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The Tale of the Oyster
First line:
Down by the sea lived a lonesome oyster
composer
1929; from 50 Million Frenchmen
author of text

Recordings
'Blah blah blah and other trifles …' (CDH55422)
Blah blah blah and other trifles …
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'The Ballad Singer' (CDA67830)
The Ballad Singer
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Details
Track 3 on CDH55422 [3'13] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)

The Tale of the Oyster
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The Tale of the Oyster is a chic, witty number from Cole Porter’s 1929 hit 50 Million Frenchmen, billed as ‘a Musical Comedy Tour of Paris in 2 Acts’. The singer is the worldly-wise fur-buyer Violet Hildegarde, who has travelled abroad hoping to be shocked. She sends up high society with a cynical tale of a ‘bivalve social climber’, gliding proudly down Mrs Hoggenheimer’s alimentary canal and emerging chastened to proclaim ‘I’ve had a taste of society, and society has had a taste of me’.

from notes by Richard Wigmore © 2011

Track-specific metadata
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Details for CDA66289 track 3
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-89-28903
Duration
3'13
Recording date
17 June 1988
Recording venue
Wigmore Hall, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. Blah blah blah and other trifles … (CDA66289)
    Disc 1 Track 3
    Release date: April 1989
    Deletion date: March 2010
    Superseded by CDH55422
  2. Blah blah blah and other trifles … (CDH55422)
    Disc 1 Track 3
    Release date: February 2012
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
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