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The Temperance Lecture The Day I Drank A Glass of Water Frankie & Johnny My Man Friday Page 54 That's All Brother Pardon Me For Loving And Running Put It Off Until Tomorrow Slow Down Come Up And See Me Sometime
|Soloist/Artist||W.C. Fields, Mae West|
|Instruments||Music and Musicians|
|Composer||W.C. Fields, Mae West|
Customer Reviews (2)
- "Classic!"Review by Big Toots
A wise man once said that talent is a matter of breaking barriers. When one thinks about that axiom, both W.C. Fields and Mae West, legendary celebs of an earlier time, certainly broke both barriers and molds. Fields, for example, ran away from home at eleven, was homeless throughout his adolescence, took up juggling (practicing as much as 16 hours daily!) and ultimately became a vaudeville and Hollywood star. For a good part of his life, he was near-illiterate, but, eventually became obsessed with books, especially those of Charles Dickens. West, of course, used her looks, buxomness and slick double entendres to raise the concern, if not, ire of prudish censors. She broke the dishes long before bad girls Madonna and Lady Gaga were a twinkle in someone’s eyes.
With this unique recording – not a novelty, but, more of a showcase of the pair and the times – we encounter Fields delivering two lengthy, comedic monologues. (“The Temperance Lecture” and “The Day I Drank a Glass of Water”). Fields, of course, played up the role of booze-hound both on stage and in real life. His “oratory” as relates to the “Devil’s Drink” is, as you’d expect, over the top, highly faux-dramatic, and filled with satiric and metaphoric overtones. The famed Fields inflections, especially as the non-Shakespearean lines conclude are a hoot. On the first cut, Fields is accompanied by a background honky-tonk pianist. On the “Water” cut, W.C. is accompanied by none other than guitar great, Les Paul (in whose studio the recording was made). His two tracks are 100-proof enjoyable and are verboten at any AA meeting, I’m sure.
West, no Edith Piaf vocally, “talk-sings” 7 selections accompanied by various ensemble types. The material is haute-vaudevillian (“Frankie and Johnny,” “That’s All Brother”) with obvious burlesque and double-entendre shadings (“My Man Friday,” “Slow Down,” “Come Up and See Me Sometime”). One can almost visualize West hair hive-high and zaftig as they come, strutting her stuff as she barrels through a selection. A consummate performer, emanating from an era when prudes outnumbered sybarites, West was a performing revolutionary. Today’s so-called Pop Divas certainly owe her a nod – or at least a thank you for giving them the idea to use provocative costuming and those muscle men as part of the act.
Barrier breakers both, Fields and West provide a fun time here. Drink up, it’s show (us how) time!
(Posted on 6/27/2015)
- W.C. Fields, Mae WestReview by Simon Sez
W.C. Fields, who otherwise did not make any records, does two comedy routines (“The Temperance Lecture” and “The Day I Drank A Glass Of Water”) from the mid-1940s that are funny and about his love for liquor. Mae West often sang in her movies and she made a few records along the way. Her eight songs that are here include “Come Up And See Me Sometime.” This unique album will interest fans of the two Hollywood legends.
Simon Sez: W.C. Fields does two comedy routines and Mae West sings on His Only Recordings Plus 8 Songs By Mae West (Proscenium 22).
(Posted on 5/6/2014)
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