This amazing collection features 7 Classic Peter Sellers albums, including...
The Best Of Sellers
Songs For Swingin' Sellers
Peter And Sophia
Best of The Goon Shows vol 1 & 2
Bridge over The River Wye
The Best Of Sellers
With a career that was effectively topped and tailed by success as a film star, it is easy to overlook the contribution Peter Sellers made to comedy. His ability to switch easily from one accent to another, be it regional, international or even class, was at the heart of his comedy routines. Most importantly, like a fine wine, many of his routines get better with age - Balham and The Trumpet Volunteer will appeal to both Sellers' fans of old as well as those discovering him for the first time.
Songs for Swingin' Sellers...
is the second studio album by the English actor, comedian and singer Peter Sellers. Released on EMI's Parlophone label in December 1959, the album was produced by George Martin with musical direction from Ron Goodwin and features a series of comic sketches showcasing Sellers' satirical humour and mimicry. The album was titled as a play on Frank Sinatra's Songs for Swingin' Lovers! and much of its contents pointedly satirises popular culture, with musical parodies of Sinatra and Lonnie Donegan among the tracks. Sellers plays a variety of roles alongside contributions from the comic character actress Irene Handl and the singer Matt Monro (credited as "Fred Flange"). A critical and commercial success, the album reached number three in the UK Albums Chart and Martin's elaborate production has been cited as an artistic forerunner to his work with the Beatles.
Peter And Sophia
When Peter Sellers told George Martin that he was filming The Millionairess with Sophia Loren, the producer suggested they record a song in character. The result was Goodness Gracious Me, which Martin hoped would be incorporated into the film, but whilst the film's producers were happy with the attendant publicity, they didn't feel the song belonged on the soundtrack. It proved immensely popular however, hitting #4 and prompting a follow-up in Bangers And Mash, a Top 30 hit in January 1961. George Martin also got the pair to record an album, although Peter and Sophia only feature together on four tracks. The rest feature Sophia as a singer and Peter as, well, as Peter Sellers in a variety of different characters...
The Goon Show was a British radio show that started in 1951 and ran until 1960. It changed the face of British comedy and still maintains its influence to this day.
The Goons included Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers and Harry Secombe. They burst onto the radio with surreal storylines, absurd logic, puns, catchphrases and groundbreaking sound effects. They ridiculed the pomposity of those in authority and laughed at the stupidity of mankind. Characters such as Ned Seagoon, Eccles, Bluebottle, Major Bloodnok, Minnie Bannister, Henry Crun, Grytpype-Thynne and Moriarty all helped to create an alternative and ludicrous view of the world.
Bridge on the River Wye is an album by members of the British comedy group The Goon Show and other humorists. It was produced by George Martin for EMI's Parlophone Records. It is a parody of the 1957 film The Bridge on the River Kwai. For legal reasons, the 'K' at the start of Kwai was edited out.
The record stars Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers, Jonathan Miller and Peter Cook, and also features Peter Rawley and Patricia Ridgway, with incidental music composed and directed by Angela Morley.
The script was written by Spike Milligan, based on an earlier script by Milligan and Larry Stephens for The Goon Show, "African Incident"(Series 8, Episode 14), first broadcast on BBC radio on 30 December 1957.
The record jacket advises, "For best results, play this record in a circular fashion". Artwork was designed by Dennis Gosling (1934–2014).
Anthony Newley’s revolutionary musical, one of the biggest hits of the ’60s, STOP THE WORLD – I WANT TO GET OFF and a selection of satirical sketches and songs and from THAT WAS THE WEEK THAT WAS and THE ESTABLISHMENT; which include the performances by Millicent Martin, David Frost, Roy Kinnear, Lance Percival, Willie Rushton, Eleanor Bron and John Fortune.
*Comic Relief is an operating British charity, founded in 1985 by the comedy scriptwriter Richard Curtis and comedian Lenny Henry in response to the famine in Ethiopia. The concept of Comic Relief was to get British comedians to make the public laugh, while raising money to help people around the world and in the United Kingdom. A new CEO, Samir Patel, was announced in January 2021.
The highlight of Comic Relief's appeal is Red Nose Day, an annual (previously biennial) telethon held in March. The first live fundraising evening, held on 4 April 1986, featured comedians and pop stars, including Rowan Atkinson, Billy Connolly, Stephen Fry, Kate Bush and co-founder Lenny Henry.
A prominent annual event on British television, Comic Relief is one of two high-profile telethon events held in the UK, the other being Children in Need, held annually in November. At the end of the Red Nose Day telethon on 14 March 2015, it was announced that in the 30-year history of Comic Relief, the Red Nose Day and Sport Relief appeals had raised in excess of £1.4 billion. According to the OECD, Comic Relief's financing for 2019 development increased by 31% to US$46.3 million.
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This never saw the light of day way back in 1969…I remember seeing John Surman play many times in that period in many configurations…but perhaps not like this!
It’s a wonderful find (it’s been in the Cuneiform catalogue for a good while now) but I reckon it’s worth bringing it to the fore again, especially in light of the recent Soft Machine release. John Cratchley