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My Son the Box [Limited Edition]

Allan ShermanAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 8, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 6
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Rhino Handmade
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,684 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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54 of 54 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
"Hello Muddah, hello Fadduh,

Here I am at Camp Grenada

Camp is very entertaining

and they say we'll have some fun if it stops raining."

That alone should remind you of why having "My Son, The Box" would be a good thing. The main reason would be that this includes the complete works of Allan Sherman (almost: you would still have to get "Peter & The Commissar," Sherman's concert with Arthur Fielder and the Boston Pops separately). Besides, you get a beaten up box for the box part (Sherman would have loved this, although he probably would have loved being alive even more). For years we have had to put up with only a single Alan Sherman hits collection on CD waiting for all of his albums to finally come out. The good news is that here are six of them, with the better news being that each is filled to the gills with bonus tracks, and the only bad news being that you have to go for the whole set all at once because (for now) this is the only way they are available. Not all the tracks are cherce, but you get the whole side of beef here:

"My Son the Folk Singer," Sherman's 1962 debut album, which made him an overnight success (aided by word from the White House that JFK loved "Sarah Jackman"). "All" Sherman did was take recognizable tunes and give them new lyrics. Thus, "Frere Jacques" became "Sarah Jackman" (sung with Christine Nelson) and "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" became "The Ballad of Harry Lewis" (which offers the immortal line about the building "where the drapes of Roth are stored"). Also included are "Shake Hands with Your Uncle Max," "My Zelda," "Jump Down, Spin Around (Pick a Dress O' Cotton)," and there are ten bonus tracks taken from his peculiar version of "My Fair Lady" (e.g., "Get me to the Temple on Time").
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Now I can die happy! November 9, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I have been waiting for this box since the advent of CD's! I wrote a letter to Rhino suggesting just such a box, back in the late '80's, and was graced with a personal response, yet only temporarily appeased (with the "My Son, The Greatest" collection.) As soon as I heard about Rhino Handmade, I suggested it again. I was even tempted to assemble my own complete collection from my sealed vinyl LP's, but lacked the time and equipment to do the kind of job I felt this project deserved. Now that it has finally, arrived, it is well worth the wait, and far beyond my expectations! Despite the omission of the RCA/Jubilee/Columbia material (I suppose the additional expense of cross-licensing was not justifiable) I am GREATLY pleased with the inclusion of not only the material I knew existed, yet never imagined would see the light of day (legitimately, anyway) but also the wealth of "new" previously unheard selections. THANK YOU RHINO for transferring the LP's from the original master tapes rather than using "the cleanest available vinyl source" (Thanks, but no thanks, [...]!) I especially appreciate the cooperation of Allan's son Robert and his valuable assistance with this project, without whom it very well could have been anti-climactic and ultimately a disappointment. With the emergence of this collection, I now have easy and convenient access to any and all of Allan Sherman's wonderful contributions to the world of comedy - all at my fingertips. (Creating my own bonus "Disc 7" consisting of the "Fig Leaves..." soundtrack, Peter and the Commissar [with accompanying interview,] the Jubilee single, and his songs from "The Cat In The Hat" will not present a challenge.) Thanks again RHINO HANDMADE!! (This is my FOURTH purchase from Rhino Handmade - the first three being "Monkees - Headquarters Sessions, DEVO-LIVE, and the Masked Marauders.)
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pricey, but Definitely Worth Every Penny! March 22, 2006
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I was happy that Warner Bros. finally saw fit to release the entire back catalog of Allan Sherman's material onto CD. Unfortunately, Rhino Handmade was the releasing label who gave it a limited release of 4000 copies and charged $120 for the 6-CD set. I saw the set at Tower Records retailing for $132!!

Well, after a bit of patience, I was able to secure a new copy of the set from Amazon for just under $100, thanks to my tax refund. Though still pricey, after I played the opening bars of "The Ballad of Harry Lewis" in its CRYSTAL CLARITY, I got goosebumps. So after all of my bitching and moaning, I have to say that the set is definitely worth the investment.

Too bad that they didn't include the "Peter and the Commissar", but at least that's available elsewhere on CD. Same with the songs Sherman sang when he voiced the Cat in the Hat for the animated special in the early 70s. And the rumored golf jokes album is nowhere to be seen, and methinks he never actually recorded any of the material before his untimely death in 1973.

The box does reveal that there were a few unreleased tracks that still remain that way due to publishing rights, but there's so much rare and unreleased anyway (and again that CRYSTAL CLARITY) makes up for it.

Happy, happy, happy!!! Now, if they could give the same box set treatment for Bob Newhart, Bill Cosby, Steve Martin, The Smothers Brothers, and Jonathan Winters (utilizing rare and unreleased stuff as well as completing the unreleased back catalog), then Rhino Handmade will become my label of choice!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Allan Hello Maddah Hello Faddah Sherman
This is Allan Shermans box set and its very good not to mention very funny. Along with Hello Maddah Hello Faddah and other hits we have every song he ever did and every album he... Read more
Published 7 months ago by christmas lover
5.0 out of 5 stars A true comedic genius
As a child,I grew up listening to Allan Sherman-He was the "Weird Al" Yankovic of the 1960's-Like Yankovic,Sherman specialized in song parodies-For example:"Frere Jacques" became... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Scott N. Burton
5.0 out of 5 stars Hello Muddah...Hellow Faddah...Here We Have...The Whole Enchilada!
Best damn collection on the planet Earth or anywhere in our Solar System for that matter. I know the Mars rovers haven't come up with anything better!!!! Read more
Published on August 1, 2010 by Rick L. Parrish
5.0 out of 5 stars Shticks of One and Half a Dozen of the Other
Allen Sherman fans will surely love this extensive box set of his witty songs, most if not all of which are parodies of folks songs in the public domain along with many more... Read more
Published on May 1, 2010 by Matthew G. Sherwin
4.0 out of 5 stars MY SON THE BOX BY ALLEN SHERMAN
Published on February 5, 2010 by K. Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars Allan Sherman CD Set
It is just what my husband wanted: Allan S's entire collection. The individual CDs are not labeled correctly though, according to him, but that is minor
Published on February 4, 2010 by Wendy L. Livingston
5.0 out of 5 stars My son the box!
My Son, the Box
While some of his work is dated, his humor is timeless. I love listening to his satire. Read more
Published on May 15, 2009 by Barbara D. Zola
5.0 out of 5 stars You definitely won't be disappointed!
I have listened to these songs repeatedly for years, and I still laugh out loud when I hear them, that's how good they are (unlike most other comedy/novelty records which tend to... Read more
Published on June 12, 2008 by R. Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Still Funny
The Allan Sherman Box Set has been a purchase I will not regret. Anyone who lived through the late 50'-early 70's can find something to laugh at. Read more
Published on January 18, 2007 by Donnatella Anyone
5.0 out of 5 stars DEFINITELY For Sherman Lovers
If you've been waiting for many years to hear Sherman's tunes again (and your old LPs are more than a little scratched or you got rid of your turntable a long time ago) and you are... Read more
Published on August 3, 2006 by G. STY
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RED ALERT! There is a marketplace seller selling it for $99.98 right now. Also, maybe some nice person may give you a gift certificate (if you hint at it) to help lower it.
May 22, 2008 by Eric Pregosin |  See all 2 posts
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