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An Evening Wasted With Tom Lehrer

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Poisoning Pigeons in the Park
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Bright College Days
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A Christmas Carol
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The Elements
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Oedipus Rex
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In Old Mexico
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Clementine
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It Makes a Fellow Proud to Be a Soldier
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She's My Girl
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The Masochism Tango
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We Will All Go Together When We Go
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Total Tracks: 11   Total Length: 42:26

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An Evening Wasted With Tom Lehrer

kgkofmel

This is the album that first introduced me to Tom Lehrer in the 1970s, courtesy of my then boyfriend. Although I had heard some of his music previously through widely separated channels, I did not realize it was all the same artist until I heard this album. I later went on to collect as many of his albums as I could, all on vinyl, of course. Now I'm collecting them again, digitally, because my collection is not complete without as much Tom Lehrer as I can get. "An Evening Wasted with Tom Lehrer" is a good introduction to Lehrer's work, and I plan to play these tracks for my partner and my friends who just seem to have missed out on this somehow!! I wish eMusic also had "That Was the Year That Was", which has some truly biting songs.

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A New Generation

Hearthwitch

When I was introduced to Tom Lehrer's musical social commentary in college, it was already 15 years old. Now I've hooked my teenage son on him! About half of his songs are just irreverent fun, but the rest are social commentaries that are as relavent now as in the 60's and 80's. That in itself is a social commentary - when are we going to do something about the issues he brings up?

They Say All Music Guide

On Tom Lehrer’s second studio album, he got a little more daring and biting, particularly on “Poisoning Pigeons in the Park,” “The Masochism Tango,” and “We Will All Go Together When We Go.” Six years, after all, had elapsed since his 1953 debut, and social mores had loosened, if only a little. There’s also one of his most well-known pieces, “It Makes a Fellow Proud to Be a Soldier.” Lehrer made the unusual decision to record an identical set of material live the same year, issuing that as An Evening Wasted with Tom Lehrer. The live record might be a tad preferable for its slightly more freewheeling ambience. In any case, both More of Tom Lehrer and An Evening Wasted with Tom Lehrer are included in their entirety on the Rhino box set The Remains of Tom Lehrer. – Richie Unterberger

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