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Still Remembering How To Womble,
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This review is from: Remember You're A Womble (Audio CD)
This was the second of four studio albums released from The Wombles between 1973 and 1975 and after the success of the first one of "general songs" composer (arranger, producer and singer) Mike Batt cleverly decided to go for parodies of recognised genres in his sequel released just six months later.
Some general songs include probably the most successul Womble Song of all time, the title track "Remember You're A Womble" which is still a great party song today, as well as the slower tempo and rather sad "Wombling In The Rain", the fun "Wellington Goes To Waterloo" which is about young Wellington Womble's train-spotting exploits and the quite beautiful instrumental "Wimbledon Sunset".
Who, of a certain age, will not remember the Wombles doing Mozart? Yes, Great Uncle Bulgaria's "Minuetto Allegretto" is from this album and what a thoroughly enjoyable piece it is, too. Genre stereotyping, or parodies, include the West-Indian "Banana Rock", the country Boston-style "The Return Of Cousin Yellowstone" which goes straight into "The Womble Square Dance" and "The Womble Burrow Boogie" which is not really boogie woogie at all!
But I have left my favourite to last! The Beach Boys or The Mamas and Papas would have been proud of this west-coast surfin' summer sound: "Non-Stop Wombling Summer Party" is just great. "The blue refreshing waters cool the sleepy L.A. shores, and you feel so free with Californian sand beneath your paws" and "The candy stalls are pretty, it's an all-American dream, but the hardest job in the U.S.A. is to keep the beaches clean."
With excellent quality sound - I am delighted to hear this album through again. Inside is a booklet which reproduces the original album sleeve on the outside (ah! memories) and all the song lyrics inside. Thanks Dramatico for another great release at a superb price.