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Album Review

After the success of their songs "A Gnu" and "Hippopotamus," it was a short leap to recording an entire studio album of animal-themed songs. None of these quite rise to the level of those predecessors, but there are some very fine pieces here nonetheless, from Flander's mock horror at "The Spider" in his tub to Donald Swann's vocal turn at extolling the virtues of "The Rhinoceros," who uses his horn for picking up litter in the forest. The most enduring number, though, is Flanders' languid paean to watching the world go by, "The Sloth," in which the titular character hangs upside down and happily watches the clouds pass by his toes.

Biography

Genre: Comedy

Years Active: '50s, '60s

Michael Flanders (1922-1975) and Donald Swann (1923-1994) were two of the finest British comedians of their day. Their medium was cabaret; Swann was a gifted pianist, composer, and linguist and Flanders a talented raconteur and lyricist with a sharp eye for satire. Meeting at school, Flanders and Swann first performed a revue together in 1940, although this was not the beginnings of their partnership; Flanders aspired to be an actor. During the second World War, Swann served in the ambulance corps...
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