If the catchphrase "Right Monkey" strikes a chord then this CD could be right up your street. Al Read began his career, and honed his technique, in the Northern clubs before making his radio debut in 1950. Unlike many of his contemporaries his humour was not anecdotal but derived from a laconic account of everyday situations with which his audience could identify readily. That observational approach touched a chord, and he attracted an audience level that would be the envy of today's comedians. Two tracks are somewhat different; the first on this compilation is a poem by Marriott Edgar, who wrote many of Stanley Holloway's monologues, and the final track is a song. In between, Al turns his attention to subjects that are still relevant today, including the doctor's waiting room, police, dogs, the Post Office, motoring and television. No dates are given for the various tracks, but the cover and four of the tracks come from a 1959 HMV EP. If you are nostalgic for the golden age of BBC radio, or prefer your humour deadbeat rather than in your face, then this is for you. (What would Al Read have made of 4U, I wonder?)
Al Read's perception and observations of situations that everyone of a certain age will remember is absolutely brilliant. I can remember laughing at his stories when I was a kid, and they haven't lost any of their brilliance over the years. Not a swear word anywhere, just great use of language and scripting delivered with expert timing and great vocalised characters. Anyone can identify with the situations he creates and they're all the more funny because of that. Excellent. Money well spent and laughs galore! Buy it!
Takes me back to listening to the radio on a Sunday and enjoying the laugh we all used to have hearing the escapades of Al Read's characters. Some of the situations are a bit dated now but still good to have in a nostaligic collection.
Oh for good old clean fun, with observation on everyday life. This is better than anything from Peter Jay,John Bishop and Lee Evans. Al Read was probably the first for getting laughs on daily observations.