Sunday, March 31, 2013

Comedy's Greatest Hits (It'll Make You Laugh) LP - va

What we have here is a very odd assortment of songs and story telling. I have to admit that I had only heard four of the eleven  pieces on this record that being the ever annoying Okeh Laughing record (which they misspelled on the track listing), Abbott & Costello "Who's on First", Jim Backus "Delicious," and Brother Bones "Sweet Georgia Brown," which if you are have ever watched the Harlem Globetrotters you'll know this song.

The rest of this record has it's moments. Barney Bernard, "Cohen on the Telephone" is pretty funny what happens when people really aren't communicating with each other. Rudy Vallee "Old Sow Song," is funny. Johnny Standley's "It's in the Book," is really funny. Beatrice Kay doing "Hooray Hooray I'm Going Away," kind of reminds me of "They're coming to take me away." Red Ingle and His Natural 7 doing "Cigareets, Whuskey and Wild, Wild Women," is excellent.

The lesser moments of the album are the aforemetioned Okeh Laughing record, which I find down right annoying as all hell. Moran and Mack, "Two Black Crows," sounds like a couple of drunks having a conversation. Robert Benchley's "Uncle Tom's Cabin" I just don't get the punch line to the joke.

Since today is the beginning of the Baseball season here in the states and Canada, with the Texas Ranger vs the Houston Astros, what better way to start the season with Abbott and Costello doing "Who's on First."

Enjoy,

Brian Guy

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