It is excellent to have this CD available, as is the availabilty of a fine
run of Lionel Bart hit musicals on CD, starting with this one. There is a raw intensity to the live recording that brings out the characters. Bart loved to write for the underdog, and his dramas never shy away from lowlifes and thugs and the street. What a gift he had for both the jewish and the cockney elements all wrapped up in jaunty, whimsical tunes that the milkman could whistle. "Where do little birds" and the title track are worth the price alone.