2007   MARCH 15   #074

Tony Randall and Jack Klugman - The Odd Couple Sings

Johnny One Note (2:25)
You're So Vain (3:16)
Play a Simple Melody (3:09)
When Banana Skins Are Falling (I'll Come Sliding Back To You) (2:45)
The Inch Worm [from 'Hans Christian Anderson'](2:24)
Brush Up on Your Shakespeare [from 'Kiss Me Kate'] (2:47)
Together Wherever We Go (1:52)
The Odd Couple Opera [original title 'Imagination'] (10:45)
Friendship (3:03)
Applause, Applause (2:35)

While people are lapping up William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy recordings, somehow "The Odd Couple Sings" has gotten lost in the shuffle. Perhaps it is because while it's not technically "good," it's also not technically "serious." And Tony Randall can sing, despite your desire not to hear a lot of it. These recordings are done in character as Felix and Oscar and draws its jokes from that fact. It certainly doesn't pretend Klugman can sing and it uses this fact as effectively as one can for a celebrity record. If nothing else, Randall and Klugman's "You're So Vain" is a hundred times better than Carly Simon's and the question of why it has remained out of print for more than 30 years is one of the mysteries of the ages.

- Contributed by: John Mitchell

Images: Front Cover

Media: LP
Album: The Odd Couple Sings
Label: London/Phase 4
Catalog: XPS 903
Credits: With Roland Shaw conducting The London Festival Orchestra and Chorus
Date: 1973