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Very Best Of Stan Freberg

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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!

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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 11, 1998)
  • Original Release Date: August 11, 1998
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Collectables
  • ASIN: B00000AF8G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #156,582 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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56 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Michael Daly on September 19, 2001
Format: Audio CD
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 By Jerry McDaniel on December 31, 2003
Format: Audio CD
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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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 21, 1999
Format: Audio CD
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By AvidOldiesCollector TOP 500 REVIEWER on 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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