even though it took Stan Freberg three-and-a-half decades, he efficiently updated the irreverent and historically challenged masterpiece gift the United says of America, Vol. 1: The beforehand Years (1961). V tongue steady planted in cheek, Freberg and his all-star company take on few of the best tales and incidents from the annals that U.S. History. The luminous cast boasts football player from Freberg"s hit new 45s and also his short-lived, self-titled weekly radio series, such as Peter Leeds and June Foray, alongside the same lauded voice-over talents of Jesse White and Paul Frees, and also the music director Billy May. The troupe reenact behind-the-scenes incidents start (appropriately enough) at the start with "Columbus Discovers America," which has the tune "It"s a Round, ring World." v Frees as narrator, the story climate moves front to the "Pilgrim"s Progress" where Mayor Pennypacker (Freberg) beginning a goodwill campaign and invites anyone to "Take an Indian to Lunch." other brilliant satires deal with the "Declaration that Independence" where listeners will uncover the melodious article "A guy Can"t it is in Too mindful What He indicators These Days" -- i beg your pardon still continues to be a bit of judicious advice, and also keen-eared pan of Freberg will acknowledge that "Yankee Doodle go Home" contains nods to his reworkings the "Yellow increased of Texas" and "Banana watercraft (Day-O)." back the idea of a second volume had actually been kicked around, in usual Freberg fashion, the created and also produced "The middle Years" when he got roughly to. Of food the passage of time gift a couple of challenges in regards come continuity. But ever the ingenious entrepreneur, Freberg assembled another top-shelf firm with original participants Leeds, Foray, White and also May flanking the likes the Tyne Daly, man Goodman, David Ogden Stiers, Sherman Helmsley, take care of Shearer, Lorenzo Music and Freberg"s youngsters Donovan Freberg and Donna Freberg Ebsen. They choose up the story with the surreal principle of the establishing fathers together an ad agency trying come "sell" the idea that America, together heard top top the 3 installments of "Madison, Jefferson, Franklin & Osbourne." Equally influenced is the elder Freberg"s change into the role of "Star-Spangled Banner" writer Francis Scott crucial on "Rumplemyer"s Shoes: The Francis Scott key Story." similarly exceptional is his portrayal the Abraham Lincoln in "Abe Lincoln in Analysis" -- featuring the number "Show Folk" -- and also the slice-of-life "Abe Lincoln at residence in the White House" through Daly, Helmsley and Foray.


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"The center Years" concludes in the wake of human being War I v "Two tin Pan Alley Songwriters" -- Freberg and Goodman -- comes up through the new patriotic selections "Hello, Peace, Hello" and a reprise the "There"ll never ever Be an additional War," a tune introduced after the Civil war era "Appomattox Courthouse Bar & Grill" sketch.