It's Hancock

Tony Hancock

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It's Hancock Review

by Richie Unterberger

The two approximately half-hour sketches on this LP , "The Missing Page" and "The Reunion Party," were recorded at the club The Talk of the Town in the summer of 1965 and released later that year. Actually, however, their origins date back to a couple of March 1960 episodes of the Hancock's Half Hour television series on the BBC, which also featured Tony Hancock with his "special guest star" Sid James. Probably these lengthy routines (which also feature a few other actors taking speaking parts) were funnier with the visuals, whether on TV or the stage, but this does as least preserve the audio in good sound before an appreciative audience for those who want to focus on the dialogue (written not by Hancock and/or James, but by Alan Simpson and Ray Galton). On "The Missing Page," the pair are flummoxed by the last page of a suspenseful book that's been torn out of their library copy, mounting a search far and wide to track down the absent document. "The Reunion Party" is just that, replete with overblown war stories and a nagging wife as the gathered group bumbles onward. In both pieces, the banter's more amusing than uproarious, drolly reflecting the British appetite for spicing up everyday tedium with eccentric, if not exactly attractive, characters with plenty of quirks. Hancock's legacy is probably better served by the Hancock's Half Hour programs that have been issued on DVD (and CD), though this later recording likely gives an adequate representation of the comedian's sensibility.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Tony Hancock feat: Sidney James 30:59 SpotifyAmazon
Tony Hancock feat: Sidney James 32:39 SpotifyAmazon
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