From the early days of his BBC Kenny Everett, was used to write radio jingles before being given more of his own shows. Even though these are now many years old, they still sound a lot better than most of the jingles that are around today - he took it almost to an art form - and it's wonderful to hear many of them here again. Of course, he went on to become a sometimes controversial, and usually maverick presenter and ultimately TV personality. His humour was always zany and owed much to people like Spike Milligan, but went on to influence the likes of Steve Wright and Chris Evans. This 2 CD set showcases some of his earlier works and presents extracts from interviews about his life (with much of his Desert Island Discs interview interspersed - which deals with most of the interesting history bits) all amiably, if uncritically, compared by his friend Barry Cryer.
It's entertaining and amusing, and will certainly fill a long car journey. Sadly though, it only features his BBC career - none from his days at Capital Radio - which in my view saw "cuddly Ken" at his very best - partly because he could push the boundaries more in a commercial radio set up. Strange too that in such a short (2 hour) extract of what must be vast material, one bit is repeated on both CDs. But I could happily listen to two hours of Ken's radio jingles - and there's not a lot of people about whom you can say that!