PINS AND NEEDLES was a satirical, union-themed revue that wound up running for several years in 1930s New York, even at one point playing a "command performance" for Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. This studio album was recorded in 1962 at the behest of Columbia Records but except for the occasional anachronistic electric guitar, plays much as the little two-piano show would have played in Depression-era theater. Songs are charming, some overtly political ("Doing the Reactionary"; "Four Little Angels of Peace" about Chamberlain, Tojo, Mussolini and Hitler); some merely class-conscious: the opening number sets the tone with "Sing Me a Song With Social Significance" that explicitly rejects the moon-spoon-June type of romantic lyrics. Other lyrics reject the ultra-suave theater tunes written for and about café society, one singer explicitly mentioning that he doesn't have a summer house or a yacht or a high (top) hat, and that the coat-check girls at El Morocco would ignore him. The tunes themselves, though, are largely pastiche of the Gershwin/Cole Porter style, adding to the satire. This album is also well-known as including in its cast an up-and-coming talent named Barbra Streisand. This is an interesting album politically, engaging artistically, and a must for Streisand completists -- all at a very good price.