Tom Lehrer, The  Remains of ...   (3-Warner Archives)
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Tom Lehrer, The  Remains of ...   (3-Warner Archives)
PE0071. THE REMAINS of TOM LEHRER. 3-Rhino Warner Archives, Live & Studio Performances, 1953-99. This 3-CD set features a compendium of Lehrer's delightful Live Performances with duly enthusiastic audiences, brilliantly recorded, plus a 80-page, elaborate sturdy hardcover deluxe book with song-by-song notes by Lehrer, insightful essays by leading music critics and beautifully presented historic images. Long out-of-print, Final Copy! - 081227983123

CRITIC REVIEWS:

“Rhino's three-disc box set THE REMAINS OF TOM LEHRER presents 75 tracks from the satirist's four decade career. The first disc concentrates on Lehrer's studio output, including pieces from his 1953 debut Songs by Tom Lehrer and his 1959 album MORE OF TOM LEHRER, as well as a 1996 version of "I Got It from Agnes" and "That's Mathematics," a previously unreleased track from 1993. Disc two gathers his '59 performances at MIT and Harvard, captured on the albums TOM LEHRER REVISITED and AN EVENING WASTED WITH TOM LEHRER (which offered many of the same selections as their studio predecessors). The third disc is a mix of live and studio tracks, including the material from the album THAT WAS THE YEAR THAT WAS, songs written for PBS's THE ELECTRIC COMPANY in 1971-72, orchestral versions of songs conducted by Richard Hayman in 1960, and four new songs, including "Selling Out" and "(I'm Spending Hanukkah) In Santa Monica”. Song-by-song notes by Lehrer, rare photos, and an essay by Dr. Demento add an extra depth to THE REMAINS OF TOM LEHRER making it the ultimate collection of his irreverent social commentary.”

- Heather Phares, Rovi





“Simply put, Tom Lehrer (1928- ) is a true genius. This might be clear from the fact that he earned a Bachelor's in mathematics from Harvard by the age of 18, and a Master's degree by age 19. However, it is even more obvious from his songs. To listen to them is to experience genius in an accessible, yet inimitable way. Plus he invented Jello shots.

At the time of the shows, Lehrer was a graduate student in mathematics at Harvard. He spent several years in graduate school in two stints (split up by time in the army, amongst other things), but he never did complete his dissertation. Nevertheless, he has taught undergraduate math courses at the Harvard Business School, MIT, Wellesley, and U.C. Santa Cruz.

Lehrer has never shied away from controversy, or worried in the least about being politically incorrect. His songs were often in the vanguard of social morality, although he probably doesn't see himself as a social crusader. His song "I Wanna Go Back to Dixie" was released in 1953, mocking southern racism before the civil rights movement really took off. "We Will All Go Together When We Go" (1960), "MLF Lullaby" (1965), "Who's Next" (1965), and "So Long Mom" (1965) dealt with the real dangers of nuclear war and proliferation; these songs inspired and amused those working toward strategic arms limitations. "Send the Marines" (1965) lampoons foreign policy based on a knee-jerk military response. "Pollution" (1965) helped ignite environmentalism.

Many of his songs ("I Hold Your Hand in Mine" is my favorite example) are based on a macabre black humor that has been almost absent from the scene since he stopped recording.

There is a wonderful biography, with many quotes from Lehrer, in the 3-CD set THE REMAINS OF TOM LEHRER. However, for a brief peek you might check out these online biographies by Jeff Morris or Eric Longley.

Tom Lehrer has inspired a deep following, especially among the intelligentsia. I am deeply honored that he has chosen this website as the appropriate place to make public the historic recording of "The Physical Revue".”

- haverford.edu