Tom Lehrer, An Evening Wasted With Tom Lehrer (1959)
I bought a lot of Tom Lehrer CDs but all because of this one – this was the one I heard first, and it tells the story of his talent – if you hate this, no point looking, or listening further. He was a Harvard lecturer, a maths wiz, he would go to create the music for The Electric Company. But as a musical satirist he had a great run across the late 1950s and into the 1960s. And though it might seem a bit dated – how could it not? – the best of the work still stands up. Dry delivery, virtuoso skills. It’s not for everyone. It’s not for all the time either – but I’m glad to finally have this LP to add to the collection. Part of a small selection of the Comedy Records I Can Still Listen To.
Sample Track: Poisoning Pigeons In The Park
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