RE-PRESS: CD ORIGINALLY RELEASED IN 2009
Although remembered by most for his hugely successful TV shows and the numerous much-loved sketches and characters they spawned, Benny Hill also had a lifelong involvement in music, limericks, witty rhymes and suchlike, which this fantastic album sees him explore to the full.
Bolstered by the presence and raised public awareness afforded by 1971’s Christmas UK Number One single, in the title track, this LP proved very popular upon its release and is still every bit as amusing almost fifty years later. Many will be familiar with poor old Ernie’s tale, but also explored here are the exploits of other Hill creations (principally of the female variety, naturally), alongside some hugely clever wordplay numbers (‘Broken Hearted Lover’s Stew’ in particular is quite astounding) and some of his spoken word and dialogue pieces (performed in front of a live audience).
All words and music here are Hill’s own, and he displays a musical knack as well-honed as much of his comedic material, managing to find that delicate and enticing balance of material which has the kids rolling about with laughter and challenges Mum and Dad to resist exchanging smirks and knowing glances. Anybody who has enjoyed Hill’s TV persona, and we’re taking for granted here that we’re all sensible enough nowadays to forego the politically less-correct nature of the times in which it was created, is sure to enjoy these terrific works which see him veer from lounge bar crooner to west country yokel and back again via a number of musical styles and arrangements crafted by many of the finest session players of the day.
This release, the first on Wisecrack Records, sees the album’s original tracking order restored and the addition of two bonus tracks not featured on the original LP.
1. ERNIE (THE FASTEST MILKMAN IN THE WEST)
2. ANNA MARIE
3. BROKEN-HEARTED LOVERS’ STEW
6. THE BEACH AT SAN TROPEZ
12.MAKING A COMMERCIAL
13.THE BIRDS AND THE BEES BONUS TRACKS
14.THE DUSTBINS OF YOUR MIND
15. FAD EYED FAL