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TOM LEHRER <br> An Evening Wasted with Tom Lehrer <br> (Reprise Records)

Details: Reprise 6199, stereo, brown label with orange R logo, 1980s reissue of 1959 recording.

Condition: Vinyl VG++ (very clean, no scratches), Jacket VG+ (minor edge wear)

From the All Music Guide:
In 1959, when the so-called "sick humor" of Lenny Bruce, Mort Sahl, and Shelley Berman was the new rage among America's hipsters (and would-be hipsters), the acid-penned musical satire of Tom Lehrer doubtless seemed to be daring indeed, as he worked his audiences for laughs with tunes like "Poisoning Pigeons in the Park," "Oedipus Rex," and "The Masochism Tango." More than four decades later, in an era when comedy struggles to ferret out new lows in bad taste on a near-daily basis (seen Freddie Got Fingered or The Man Show lately?), An Evening Wasted With Tom Lehrer sounds just a shade quaint. But thankfully Lehrer's humor still works well thanks to its considerable skill and its charm, even if its ability to shock isn't what it once was. Recorded before an enthusiastic audience at a concert at Harvard University (where Lehrer spent his days teaching mathematics), An Evening Wasted With Tom Lehrer finds him in superb form as a performer, able to dissect various musical forms for their comic potential with the skill of a surgeon and displaying not merely dead-on comic timing in his vocals but a easy élan as a pianist; for a guy who picked musical comedy as a part-time job, he sure had a knack for the trade. And while Lehrer's songs no longer shock, that's not to say they've entirely lost their sting, as the bitter twists of "Bright College Days," "It Makes a Fellow Proud to Be a Soldier," and "A Christmas Carol" hit their target just as well as ever, while inspiring no small amount of laughter. And it's worth noting that the album's final punch line, "We Will All Go Together When We Go," is just as apt today as it was in 1959, for good or ill. While the work of many of his contemporaries today sound like the products of their time and place, Lehrer's best songs are still slyly funny and corrosively charming, and An Evening Wasted With Tom Lehrer ranks with his finest work on record.

The tracks are:
1 Poisoning Pigeons in the Park 2:38
2 Bright College Days 3:03
3 A Christmas Carol 2:54
4 The Elements 2:16
5 Oedipus Rex 3:41
6 In Old Mexico 6:26
7 Clementine 4:40
8 It Makes a Fellow Proud to Be a Soldier 4:50
9 She's My Girl 2:53
10 The Masochism Tango 3:30
11 We Will All Go Together When We Go 5:32

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