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Very Best Of Stan Freberg

Stan FrebergAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (August 11, 1998)
  • Original Release Date: August 11, 1998
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Collectables
  • ASIN: B00000AF8G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,478 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. John & Marsha
2. I've Got You Under My Skin
3. That's My Boy
4. Try
5. The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise
6. St. George And The Dragonet
7. Little Blue Riding Hood
8. Christmas Dragnet (Yulenet) Part 1
9. Christmas Dragnet (Yulenet) Part 2
10. C'est Si Bon (It's So Good)
11. A Dear John & Marsha Letter
12. Sh-Boom
13. The Yellow Rose Of Texas
14. The Great Pretender
15. Heartbreak Hotel
16. Rock Island Line
17. Banana Boat (Day-O)
18. Tele-Vee-Shun
19. Wun'erful, Wun'erful! (Side Uh-One)
20. Wun'erful, Wun'erful! (Side Uh-Two)
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Stan is the most popular satirist in comedy history, with no less than 19 chart hits to his credit. And you'll find most of 'em here: St. George and the Dragonet; Little Blue Riding Hood; The Yellow Rose of Texas; Banana Boat (Day-O); Christmas Dragnet (Yulenet) Parts 1 & 2; Dear John and Marsha Letter; C'est Si Bon; Sh-Boom; Try; That's My Boy; Heartbreak Hotel , and more. 21 tracks!

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56 of 58 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Right Intro To Stan "The Man" Freberg September 19, 2001
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Stanley Victor Freberg's brilliance was summerized by Stephen Holden, music critic of the NY Times, who noted that Freberg's parodies were more than just of passing fads, but were superb self-contained radio comedies. The twenty-one tracks on this compilation serve up some of the best of his work during the 1950s.
Born in 1926 as the son of Baptist minister Victor Freberg, Stan first entered show business with his uncle, Raymond Freberg, whose stage act was as Conray the Magician. "Radio was my first library," Freberg has said, as he grew up during the audio medium's golden age and thus became enamored of the effect sound created. After graduation from Alhambra High School, Stan hopped a bus to Hollywood and set up a voice audition with Warner Brothers in 1944. Termite Terrace's legendary directors, Chuck Jones, Robert McKimson, and Isadore "Friz" Freleng hired Freberg on the spot and he started work alongside the equally legendary Mel Blanc.
Soon Stan was branching out more and more, doing cartoon voice work for the majority of the studios as well as a steady diet of work on radio. The Army then beckoned, and after his discharge in 1947 he was contacted by ex-Warners director Bob Clampett, for a puppet TV series he was developing. This became "Beany and Cecil" and became an all-time TV classic.
Then in 1951 he released "John and Marsha," a two-word satire of soap operas that became an instant classic. His career in musical satire thus launched, he compiled more such satires.
Among his best are his "Dragnet" parodies. In "St.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Stan Freberg Here..." December 31, 2003
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this CD contains 21 hilarious singles from Stan Freberg, the original music satirist decades before "Weird Al" came along. technically a satirist, Freberg didn't parody pop songs like Weird Al...Freberg tore them apart!! Called a hater of rock music by the '50s generation, Freberg nonetheless poked fun at what he seen as mediocre music being passed off as brilliant pieces of music. however, it all started for him musically with "John and Marsha", a satire on soap operas, in 1951. prior to this, Freberg was half of the puppet show "Time for Beany" with voice legend Daws Butler, who also played a huge part in Freberg's recording career too. Freberg was "Cecil" and "Dishonest John" while Butler was "Beany" and "Captain Huffenpuff". This show ran from 1949-1954. but...prior to that puppet show, Freberg was a teenage voice actor on Warner Brothers cartoons along side Mel Blanc. Freberg is the one who uttered the immortal phrase: "which way did he go, George? which way did he go?" in several cartoons spoofing "Of Mice and Men" characters Lenny and George.but, getting back to this CD. Freberg's recording career started with "john and marsha" in which Stan simply says the two people's names over and over in different emotions. somehow it's funny! don't ask me to over-analyze it! Freberg's stock in trade was satire of course. His wicked take on Johnny Ray on the song "Try" (a parody on Johnny's song, "Cry") is unreal! The Stan Freberg/Daws Butler/June Foray classics are here, too: "St. George and the Dragonet", "Little Blue Riding Hood", and "Christmas Dragnet". On "Heartbreak Hotel" we hear Freberg tackle Elvis and fight with the echo-chamber. Read more ›
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A true creative genius shares some of his best work. September 21, 1999
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If you don't want to pop for the boxed set TIP OF THE FREBERG, then at least treat yourself to this bargain collection of Stan's hilarious (and often painfully true) satire. He was creative genius LONG before the term was worn out on much lesser talents. Example: If you took out all of the funny stuff in his BANANA BOAT song, you'd still be left with a rendition that would rival Belefonte. Want to see how far we haven't come? Take a listen to his 40 year old TELE-VEE-SHUN. As on target today as it was when first released. What else can you say but "WUNNERFUL...WUNNERFUL..."
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5.0 out of 5 stars No One Was Safe .... Or Sacred August 6, 2007
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Born in Pasadena, California on August 7, 1926, Stan began doing impersonations on the Cliffie Stone radio program in 1943 and soon his agile voice was in demand for movie cartoons. In 1950 he then became a TV pioneer on the Time For Beany puppet show, and a year later released his first record, John And Marsha, on Capitol 1356. With the backing of the Cliffie Stone orchestra it took dead aim at the many radio soap operas as John and Marsha, two star-crossed lovers, repeated each others' name in a manner that suggested there was more going on than just conversation. It was hilarious and an instant hit, going to # 21 Pop in February 1951.

A few months later, backed by Les Baxter's orchestra and using old buddy Daws Butler, he attacked the old standard I've Got You Under My Skin taking it to # 11 in August b/w That's My Boy, a # 30 itself, on Capitol 1711. In April 1952 it was Johnny Ray's turn to squirm when Cry was crucified with the May # 15 Try with the Billy May band (b/w the omitted Pass The Udder Udder) on Capitol 2029. Then, a bit over a year later, with the Walter Schumann orchestra and June Foray, he stuck it to everyone's favorite TV show, Dragnet, with St. George And The Dragonet, containing brilliant impersonations of Jerry Lewis and Jack Webb, reaching # 1 for 4 weeks while the flip-side, Little Blue Riding Hood, didn't fare badly either, going to # 9 in October 1953 on Capitol 2596. The A-side then prompted a Christmas Dragnet (Parts I and II), backed by the Nathan Scott orchestra and with "Scrooge" becoming"Grudge" it topped out at # 13 in December on Capitol 2671 (it would be re-released in 1954 as Yulenet).
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5.0 out of 5 stars I Love The Humor Of Stan Freberg But He Is Not For Everybody
Beautiful, Very Nice, Excellent Value, A Wonder To Behold, Pretty Good, Not That Bad, Quite Nice, A Fine Example For Us All, Fabulously Wonderful In Many Fine Ways.
Published 7 months ago by Lost And Confused
4.0 out of 5 stars Are you hep
If you are not hep to the 50s (for example, if you do not know what hep means) then you may not dig this scene. Read more
Published 9 months ago by rick bramhall
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny & Still So True
Funny and so true even after all these years. Sad to say nothing changes, US debt goes up, government gets stronger while we the people get screwed.
Published 10 months ago by Lanie
5.0 out of 5 stars A Definitive Compilation From By One Of Comedy's Greatest Satirists
Stan Freberg has been active as an actor, a cartoon voice-over, advertising genius, writer and most of all, a comedic satirist. Read more
Published 10 months ago by mpage
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic
This truly is the very best OIf Stan Freberg. Can be enjoy by the whole family although the parodies might be missed by most young people because they have no knowledge of the... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Peter Tosi
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny as H*ll
This is all 50s & 60's stuff, but you will die laughing. This guy never gets old. He was popular back in the day.
Published 10 months ago by Philip Mayhew
5.0 out of 5 stars WAY AHEAD OF HIS TIME!!!!!!!!!!!
Published 14 months ago by DEADNUTS
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious, Intelligent, Fun, mostly G rated, my absolute FAVE
During the years of his regular weekly radio broadcasts, Stan Freberg was both obliged and enabled to turn out some of the most technically sophisticated audio satires and parodies... Read more
Published on May 13, 2010 by Ohio Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars blast from the past
I purchased the Very Best of Stan Freberg because it was a humourous piece of my time in the 1950s.
When I got on to the Amazon site I was able to follow the steps to select... Read more
Published on September 6, 2009 by William B. Mcguirk
4.0 out of 5 stars Product Review
Stan Freberg doing what he does. Missing a few oldies but goldies, but all around a great investment.
Published on March 27, 2009 by V
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