In the live version of Tom Lehrer's first album he sets about parodying a variety of musical forms, from the nostalgic ballad about the absurdly saccharine home town to the football fight song. To the accompaniment of a piano he takes 12 different styles from their pedestals and gives them a firm grounding in reality( "Say you love and trust me/For I know you'll disgust me/When you're old and getting fat"). The CD also includes two songs Mr Lehrer wrote for a children's TV series called The Electric Company. These are nothing particularly special, although it was nice that they could be included rather than just leaving blank space on the CD. In short, if you haven't tried Tom Lehrer before, this is a great place to start. If you are a fan already, the chances are you already have a copy of the songs here, but it's still worth it even if it's just for the dialogue between the songs. A hearty 5 stars.
I loved Tom Lehrer's songs when I was young. Brilliant, clever, funny, often revolting. We had several LP records and we sang along. It was difficult to know which CDs to choose as there are different versions covering the same songs. I chose two CDs of live performances, and this was one. I am very happy with both and the songs are as good as ever.
This album is full of the Tom Lehrer wit and satire. How many times have I thought a boy scout should get a girlfriend. Though not many of his more famous songs are here, the Periodic Table for example, there is still plenty of anti establishment material.