- Released: March 14, 2006
- Originally Released: 1998
- Label: Collectables Records
Description by OLDIES.com:
One of the most inspirational and enduring comedy writer/performers of all time, Stan Freberg's career touches all facets of the entertainment media. Known as one of the most sophisticated of Pop satirists, Freberg wrote song parodies, sent-up TV shows, and you should hear what he does to commercials. This collection brings together the best-remembered and still popular Freberg gems, and includes his million selling hit, "St. George and The Dragonet", his hilarious send-up of TV's "Dragnet".
- 1.John & Marsha
- 2.I've Got You Under My Skin
- 3.That's My Boy
- 5.World Is Waiting For The Sunrise
- 6.St. George And The Dragonet
- 7.Little Blue Riding Hood
- 8.Christmas Dragnet (Yulenet) Part 1
- 9.Christmas Dragnet (Yulenet) Part 2
- 10.C'est Si Bon
- 11.A Dear John And Marsha Letter
- 13.Yellow Rose Of Texas
- 14.Great Pretender
- 15.Heartbreak Hotel
- 16.Rock Island Line
- 17.Banana Boat Song (Day-O)
- 19.Wun'erful, Wun'erful! (Side Uh-One)
- 20.Wun'erful, Wun'erful! (Side Uh-Two)
- 21.Green Christmas
Includes liner notes by Steve Kolanjian & Stan Freberg.
Personnel: Peter Leeds (vocals); Red Roundtree, Dick Roberts (banjo); Nariz Grande (trumpet); Buddy Cole (piano).
Liner Note Author: Stan Freberg.
Recording information: Capitol Studios, Hollywood, CA (11/07/1950-10/27/1958).
Arranger: Billy Liebert.
Combining Tom Lehrer with Spike Jones (would that make Tom Jones?) and Nichols and May with Joe Friday (a May weekend perhaps?), musical comedian Stan Freberg skewers everyone from Walt Disney to Cole Porter. Mumbling through "Sh-Boom," Freberg drags "The Great Pretender" snarling to "The Heartbreak Hotel," snares "The Yellow Rose of Texas," and takes Harry Belafonte's famous "Banana Boat" sniffling down Lonnie Donnegan's "Rock Island Line." Along the way, he reveals Little Red Riding Hood's true colors, turns Chicken Little over to a shrink, arrests a dragon for overacting (a "dragonet" -- get it?! Duuumb da-dumb dumb!), and puts Ebeneezer Scrooge in the modern-day business world (not a far stretch!). Musical? Maybe. Funny? Definitely! ~ Matthew Robinson