LH&R's creations are (re) compositions and deserve to be (re) performed "live" as well as (re) recorded in perpetuity. This is a musical "experiment" worth conducting, and these folks, a group known as Cloudburst, are fairly much up to the task. And they're bound to get better as time goes by. Their studio versions available on their myspace page sound really good. . .a shade better than the videos. They deserve a big hand. Mind you, this encomium comes from someone who not only has ALL of the LH&R sides, but who even saw them "live" a few times when he was but mere protoplasm in Buster Brown Shoes. Keep up the good work!
And speaking of Dave Lambert. . .
A brief snippet from the D.A. Pennebaker doc, Lambert & Co. Dave's musical accomplices are: Mary Vonnie, Sarah Boatner, Leslie Dorsey and David Lucas. In researching the group a while back, I was actually able to make telephone contact with Ms. Boatner. Sadly, I learned that Leslie Dorsey, the black male in the group, had remained a struggling (mostly) choral singer until, while moonlighting as a taxi driver in NYC, he was murdered by robbers 24 years post-Lambert on Labor Day 1988. Here's the story from the NYT. Read it and weep.
By the way, does anyone happen to know the title of the composition sung here?