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Rolf Harris, the Australian renaissance man, remains completely misunderstood. Sure, he scored a massive worldwide hit in the early '60s with 'Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport' and yes, he dresses quite silly. And perhaps he is a bit too affable, but the man is talented! He's an excellent painter, he's recorded his own albums as well as being featured on albums by 'cool' people (he played didgeridoo for Kate Bush) and he pretty much invented the stylophone. In essence, Rolf Harris deserves your respect even if he won't demand it himself! This 23 track collection features the best of 30+ years of recordings starting with 'Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport' up through his cover of Zeppelin's 'Stairway To Heaven'. You can't go wrong with a song called 'Nick Teen & Al K. Hall'. EMI.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 7, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: EMI Gold Imports
  • ASIN: B00009QI3O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #176,061 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Paul Moreau on September 10, 2014
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Like some of the other reviewers, I bought this CD especially for "Tie Me Kangeroo Down Sport." Apparently, Rolf recorded that song three or four times. The version here is probably the one that was popular in the UK; I don't think it's the one that made number three on the US charts. Nevertheless, it still brings back fond memories from the early sixties.

While some of the other songs on this album have familiar titles, they may not be the songs you think they are. "Three Blind Mice" and "Lay That Pistol Down" are two cases in point. "Three Blind Mice" is not the well known children's song and "Lay That Pistol Down" has only the faintest resemblence to the well known "Pistol Packin' Mama" performed by Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters.

One nice thing is that the version of "Waltzing Matilda" presented is preceeded by Rolf explaining much of the Australian slang in that song. Most, but not all of the songs on this album are Australian comedy and or Australian oriented versions of popular songs from other traditions. Only "Iko, Iko" and "If I Were A Rich Man" are standard or nearly standard performances of popular songs.

This entire album is in stereo with great sound quality. Any remastering was well done; I heard none of the obvious defects that are becoming all too common in remastered CDs.

A really enjoyable album for both adults and children. Highly recommended to those who enjoy a good laugh and want some Australian humor in your music collection.
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This album is for British expats who grew up listening to Rolf Harris. My only problem is the leaving out of "Two Little Boys", otherwise terrific. I bought this thinking my daughter (currently eight months) would enjoy it one day, but I find myself putting it on in the car on the way to work and singing along to "The Court of King Caractacus" or "Sun Arise". I love the sound of wobble boards in the morning...
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What a great memory. These are a lot of the old songs he did on his TV show years aqo. They are very entertaining and some are nice for the kids to learn. All three CD's were in perfect shape and and received quickly. Good entertainment.
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Hey Amazon, stop selling this remorseless sex offender's songs in mp3 format. He should not make another dime. I can understand why albums and CD's may still be on sale but disallow any vendor from adding his album's going forward and no more mp3 profits going to the Stafford prison inmate. Let's hope iTunes and Spotify follow your lead.
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Wow, I came across this totally by accident while looking for books on Rolfing.

One of the first albums my Brit Ex-pat mum bought me when I was a child was a Rolf Harris album. (The other two were "Meet the Beatles" and a Scots Guards bagpipe album. Probably explains a thing or two...)

Many of the songs on this CD were on that album. As I recall, the original vinyl disappeared one day after about the tenth time my siblings and I sang "So we tanned 'is 'ide when he died, Clyde.."

Then there's the old standard, "Waltzing Matilda." I've seen Aussies tear up over that one.

Really, any CD with a song called "Nick Teen and Al K. Hall" has got to be a winner.
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I remembered the song Tie Me Kangeroo Down Sport from when I was in 8th. grade. I really liked it. Then I listened to Sun Arise
on Youtube. Another very good Song, so I deceided to buy The Best Of Rolf's album. I am very happy with it. Thank you Rolf.
Paul Thunfors.
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When I was young and foolish (now I'm old and foolish), some nut from far away Australia named Rolf Harris released a song called "Tie Me Kangeroo Down Sport." The thing made little or no sense, so naturally, it went platinum. Only last week, I learned "Sun Arise," a song I loved when I was eleven or twelve, was also by Harris (handy thing the internet -- besides, it gives you something to do with the computer besides play solitare).

This is a very good collection and is filled with songs you'll be embarrassed to be caught listening to. Well, almost as embarrassed as being caught listening to "Show Them to Me" from the "Beer for My Horses" soundtrack.
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Mu oldest son, age 10, doesn't enjoy listening to "Children's" music (ie, "B-I-N-G-0," "Jimmy Cracked Corn," "Eensy - Weensy Spider," etc.) anymore. But, I REALLY don't want him to listen to the rock music that teenagers listen to. Rolf Harris is PERFECT. The songs on this CD are REALLY funny. My son REALLY enjoys listening to this. I'm going to search for other CD's for him, but I don't know if there are any out there!
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