Ivor Cutler An Elpee and Two Epees

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  • Released: April 4, 2005
  • Originally Released: 2005
  • Label: Universal UK


  • 1.Here's a Health for Simon
  • 2.Size 9 1/2
  • 3.Pickle Your Knees
  • 4.Mary Is a Cow
  • 5.Gravity Begins at Home
  • 6.A Cowpuncher and a Bird
  • 7.The Boo-Boo Bird
  • 8.Steady Job
  • 9.The Obliging Fairy
  • 10.First Love
  • 11.Who Tore Your Trousers James
  • 12.Are You Alright Jack
  • 13.A Red Flower
  • 14.Do You Ever Feel Lonely
  • 15.A Warning to the Flies
  • 16.Grass Seed
  • 17.The Market Place
  • 18.A Tooth Song
  • 19.Egg Meat
  • 20.Muscular Tree
  • 21.The Handyman
  • 22.Sh Chi
  • 23.Stick Out Your Chest
  • 24.Turkish Bath Play
  • 25.There's a Turtle in My Soup
  • 26.Gruts for Tea
  • 27.Get Away from the Wall
  • 28.The Tureen

Product Description:

This collection features the CD debut of Scottish poet/humorist Ivor Cutler's album WHO TORE YOUR TROUSERS? (1961) and EP records IVOR CUTLER OF Y'HUP (1959) and GET AWAY FROM THE WALL (1961). All 28 tracks make their CD debut here.
Liner Note Author: Mark Powell.
Ivor Cutler's very earliest work was very hard to find in the decades after it was first issued. This compilation does an exemplary job of restoring it to wide availability, its 28 tracks combining everything from the 1961 LP Who Tore Your Trousers?, the 1959 EP Ivor Cutler of Y'Hup, and the 1961 EP Get Away from the Wall. Cutler's material would become more outrageously surreal on later recordings, perhaps, but these efforts are very much in step with the style for which he's beloved. With almost equal doses of spoken word and warbly singing with harmonium, these pieces take gentle pokes that subtly transform everyday experiences into something nearly surreal. It might be too gentle and subtle for those who like their comedy brash, or for Americans not attuned to his very British brand of humor. Still, it's easy to hear elements that the likes of the Bonzo Dog Band and Monty Python would take to more vivid (and more internationally accessible) extremes. And if it's not often laugh-out-loud funny, or too musically diverse, there's plenty of weird wordplay to generate amusement, such as his ode to a "Muscular Tree" and "Stick Out Your Chest," whose exhortative lyrics are totally undercut by Cutler's knowingly silly tone. ~ Richie Unterberger

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