Tom Lehrer: Be Prepared (studio solo) (1953)





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Uploaded on Jun 15, 2010

The first part of the video (my signature slide) is overlaid by the final bars of "Advance Australia Fair", which I played on my keyboard.

The main part of the song is one of Tom Lehrer's studio solo songs, "Be Prepared". It is part of Tom's first published album, "Songs by Tom Lehrer". But I obtained the actual music from the box set, "The Remains of Tom Lehrer", which was released in 2000. Enjoy.

And the last part is the main theme of "The Phantom of the Opera", by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Simply the 'cherry on top', and my personal song.

Here's the description Tom Lehrer himself made about the song: "This song, whose title is of course the motto of the Boy Scouts of America, is a rousing anthem dedicated to that worthy institution. [A reminiscence: after one performance, an ex-Marine came up to me and speaking in his native language -- Neanderthal -- reprimanded me for making light of the Boy Scouts, asserting that they were the Marines of tomorrow. I agreed.]"

Sorry I gave so much information about the music earlier. I don't want to get screwed by stupid WMG again. They are a bunch of arse-holes. And to make sure I am not screwed, have them read the following credits:

Recorded at TRANS-RADIO RECORDINGS, Boston, MA (1/22/53)
Produced by TOM LEHRER
From the album "Songs By Tom Lehrer", Trans-Radio #TR-740/Lehrer
#TLP- 1 [10" LP] (1953); Reissued as Lehrer #TL-101 [12" LP] (1959)
[NOTE: The selections on this album were later re-recorded and issued on an album bearing the same title, as Reprise #RS-6216 (1966)]

"The Remains of Tom Lehrer" Compilation ℗ 2000 Warner Bros. Records Inc. & Rhino Entertainment Company.

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