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A reminder of the man's talent - and some do need reminding
on 15 June 2008
Although not as good as the album he made (in about 1971) this is still a fine compilation of his mostly early work, with a few of his better songs of the late 60s thrown in. Anyone who falls for that 'not very funny dirty old man' rubbish would be missing this comic's gift for parody and his verbal dexterity. He was also more musical than most other comedians and on this compilation we get hints of it, if nowhere near as much as the stream of great melodies he produced on that very hard to get hold of album I mentioned. This CD shows his gift for both the sauciness he became notorious for and the spoofing of great artists he is unfairly less noted for. His send ups of Bob Dylan, Barry Maguire, and Sonny & Cher in particular, on this CD, never fail to have me in stiches at his OTT caricatures. He wasn't the best mimic at all, not in the sense of being vocally accurate in the way Peter Sellers, for example was, but his all out fun approach to his send ups and his playground sense of humour would more than compensate. In fact, if there's been a better writer-performer of the 'comedy song' I will very happily eat my toupe.