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At The Drop of a Hat

Flanders and Swann's first proper two-man show opened on New Years Eve 1956 at the New Lindsay Club, London.

There are four albums of songs from this revue, released in 1957, 1959, 1960 and 1991. Songs are transcribed from the 1959 recording, with notes detailing differences between the 1959 and 1957 recordings. Spoken introductions to the songs are from the 1959 and / or the 1957 recordings. All 1957 transcriptions are from Ilke Vermeer - many thanks!


1. 1960 British Release
Stereo, Parlophone PCS 3001
Also issued on tape, Parlophone TA PMC 1033 - issued 1962.

At the Drop of a Hat, PCS3001. (c) EMI

Recorded during the last performance of 'At the Drop of a Hat' at the Fortune Theatre, London, May 2nd 1959.
Song transcriptions are made from this album.

1. A Transport of Delight
2. Song of Reproduction
3. The Gnu Song
4. Design For Living
5. Je Suis Le Ténébreux
6. Songs For Our Time:
7. Philological Waltz
7. Satellite Moon
7. A Happy Song
7. A Song of the Weather
8. The Reluctant Cannibal
9. Greensleeves
10. Misalliance
11. Madeira M'Dear
12. The Hippopotamus


2. 1991 Release
This Compact Disc is available on its own, or part of the 3 CD boxed set, The Complete Flanders and Swann.
Stereo / Mono, EMI CDFSB 11, CDP 7974652
A compilation disc.
Tracks 1-11, 13 & 18 are from the 1960 'At the drop of a Hat' album (PCS3001)
The other tracks (marked with a * )were originally part of 'Tried by the Centre court".

1. A Transport of Delight
2. Song of Reproduction
3. The Gnu Song
4. Design For Living
5. Je Suis Le Ténébreux
6. Songs For Our Time:
Philological Waltz
Satellite Moon
A Happy Song
7. A Song of the Weather
8. The Reluctant Cannibal
9. Greensleeves
10. Misalliance
11. Kokoraki
12. Madeira M'Dear
13. Too Many Cookers *
14. Vanessa *
15. Tried by the Centre Court *
16. The Youth Of The Heart
17. The Hippopotamus


3. 1957 Release
Released June 1957
British release: Mono, Parlophone PMC 1033
US release: Mono, Angel 65042
Recorded live at the Fortune Theatre, 21st February 1957 - the 50th performance of the show.
Later reissues miss off the last track (Lord Chamberlain's Regulations).

1. A Transport of Delight
2. Song of Reproduction
3. The Gnu Song
4. Design For Living
5. Je Suis Le Ténébreux
6. Songs For Our Time:
Philological Waltz
Satellite Moon
A Happy Song
7. A Song of the Weather
8. The Reluctant Cannibal
9. Greensleeves
10. Misalliance
11. Kokoraki - A Greek Song
12. Madeira M'Dear
13. The Hippopotamus
14. The Lord Chamberlain's Regulations


4. 1959 American Release
Released 28 September 1959
Stereo, Angel S 35797
Mono, Angel 35797
Recorded live at the Fortune Theatre, 2nd May 1959
This recording has a different intro to the British Release (PCS 3001).

1. A Transport of Delight
2. Song of Reproduction
3. Greensleeves
4. In the Bath
5. A Gnu
6. Song for our Time
7. A song of the weather
8. Design for Living
9. Tried by the Centre Court
10. Misalliance
11. Madeira M'dear
12. The Wom Pom
13. Hippopotamus