Perhaps the best asset the late Benny Hill had was his hilarious facial expressions, which, of course, are missing on this release (except for the cover artwork). However, the songs on this collection are humorous, and if one couldn't discern the lyrics while Benny sang these songs on his television show, this release might provide clarity and therefore some satisfaction. Nevertheless, Benny Hill is funnier on the telly.
This album is considered by many Hill fans to be the high point of his on-and-off recording career. Unlike the relatively simple and to-the-point arrangements on his Thames TV shows, here they tend to smother the material, as some have noted about the arrangements on many of his 1960's BBC shows. Benny seems to have written one of the best songs of his career in this folksy tune with some female background singers and seems influenced by the flower power movement of the late 1960's. This song has more depth in it than just about anything else Benny wrote. Funny and poignant at the same time.
With Benny Hill, Patricia Hayes, Eira Heath, Henry McGee. A collection of sketches and musical numbers from his long running comedy/variety series, culled from shows produced and originally aired between 1969 and 1972; this film's production is more along the lines of Ten from Your Show of Shows (1973) than of And Now for Something Completely Different (1971)
Ernie (The Fastest Milkman in the West)" is an innuendo-laden comedy or novelty song, written and performed by the English comedian Benny Hill. The song was first performed on television in 1970, and released as a successful recording, topping the UK Singles Chart in 1971, reaching the Christmas number one spot. The lyric's story line is inspired by Hill's early experience as a milkman for Hann's Dairies in Eastleigh, Hampshire
This album is some of his more recent work and shows how much more honed he became with getting the music and lyrics just a bit more right, while the Ultimate Album are songs he recorded long ago early in his career yet still show all his whit and wisdom even way back then. You may notice a couple of repeat songs on both albums, but they are both different versions with a bit of different lyrics, and clearly recorded at different times.
This Benny Hill discography is ranked from best to worst, so the top Benny Hill albums can be found at the top of the list. To make it easy for you, we haven't included Benny Hill singles, EPs, or compilations, so everything you see here should only be studio albums.
|1||Yakety Sax (Intro)
Saxophone – Boots Randolph
|2||Ernie (The Fastest Milkman In The West)||3:39|
|5||New York Rap||3:56|
|7||Just Wanna Be In Your Band||3:20|
|8||Down On The Farm||3:27|
|15||Go Round Again||3:38|
Saxophone – Boots Randolph
|19206-2||Benny Hill||The Best Of Benny Hill (CD, Comp)||Continuum Records||19206-2||US||1992|
|19206-2||Benny Hill||The Best Of Benny Hill (CD, Comp)||Continuum Records||19206-2||Canada||1992|
|15206-4||Benny Hill||The Best Of Benny Hill (Cass, Comp)||Continuum Records||15206-4||UK||1992|
|12206||Benny Hill||The Best Of Benny Hill (Sampler) (CD, Comp, Promo)||Continuum Records||12206||US||1992|