Looking at this cover youâ€™d think youâ€™d hear stories featuring Alan Young as Wilbur Post and Allen â€œRockyâ€ Lane as Mister Ed. Youâ€™d be wrong though. Thereâ€™s no Wilbur Post to be found, and the only Mister Ed to be heard is voiced (Iâ€™m pretty sure) by Thurl Ravenscroft.
We start out with the â€œMister Edâ€ theme, sung in a sort of slow drawly way by Ed himself:
The rest of the album is songs by anonymous singers while Mister Ed joins in occasionally and spouts out random facts about whatever subject the song is about. This one is called â€œStraight from the Horseâ€™s Mouthâ€ and heâ€™s all over the map factwise:
Next is â€œBirds of a Featherâ€ which is, as you might expect, about birds. Listen to factoids like why we donâ€™t stuff Aztec Indians, and marvel at how Ed is able to slide some religion into the mix.
Finally, we have â€œThe How Song,â€ which is another one where Ed displays his general knowledge. I like the way the singers sing the questions like, â€œHow is chewing gum made? Hmmmmmmm?â€
If youâ€™d like to see how Mister Ed tackles such subjects as animals, weather, and hats, you can catch the whole album here!
(I apologize for this being another light week for Way Out Wednesday. Itâ€™s another busy week at school. And besides, youâ€™re just here for the music anyway, arenâ€™t you?)