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Comedy/Spoken — Recently Added

XStandup, sketches, and spoken word -- plus kids records, sports records, and even some Folkways oddities!


Omni (Australia), 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy
Completely bizarre work from Brother Theodore – a strange postwar cultural figure who'd arrived in the US from a rescue of the holocaust hellhole of Dachau, then reinvented himself as an offbeat actor and monologist! Theodore's got a very strange voice, one that's partly inflected by his ... CD
Fantasy/Craft, 1959. New Copy (reissue)
Maybe one of the coolest albums of poetry ever recorded – a set that features a young, pre-hippie Allen Ginsberg – delivering his epic poem Howel, plus some other key works too. The young Ginsberg's voice is great – and really fills the works with a lot of bitterness and cynicism ... LP, Vinyl record album

Amiri Baraka

It's Nation Time
Black Forum/Motown, 1972. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
An amazing record that's as powerful as the political message of the title – the hippest record ever cut by Amiri Baraka, and that's saying a heck of a lot! Baraka delivers a long and complex set of poetic reflections on the state of Black America, spiritual awakening, and political ... LP, Vinyl record album

Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali)

I Am The Greatest (with bonus tracks)
Columbia, 1963. New Copy
A great little record – and proof that Muhammad Ali was star material, even in his early years! The record is kind of in the spoken word mode – but has added music by Peter Katz – and features Ali delivering some of his famous poetic "zinger" type material, of the sort ... CD

Kenny Solms & Gail Parent

Here Comes The Bird
Atlantic, 1967. Near Mint-
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Atlantic, 1966. Near Mint- Gatefold
The one-and-only entry in the Verbatum series from Atlantic Records – a proposed spoken word offshoot of the label – but one that only ever issued this fantastic 60s reading by Allen Ginsberg! As you might guess from the cover's beautiful photograph by Richard Avedon, Ginsberg is at ... LP, Vinyl record album

Mickey Katz

Katz At The UN
Capitol, Early 60s. Very Good+
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Lenny Bruce

Berkeley Concert
Bizarre/Reprise, Mid 60s. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold
An incredible Lenny Bruce concert from the mid 60s – recorded before a very friendly Berkeley audience, at a time when Bruce was being heavily persecuted by the authorities for his groundbreaking style of humor. Although many of Bruce's performances during this time lapsed into a dullness ... LP, Vinyl record album
Laff, 1976. Near Mint-
A very "current events" oriented set – one that sums up a variety of bigger news stories of the time, spinning them all out with a hip, underground take on the events. Richard and Willie (mostly Willie) dominate, but Richard Pryor gets in a bit too – and the language on the ... LP, Vinyl record album
Kapp, 1963. Very Good+
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Mark 56, 1977. Sealed 2LP Gatefold
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Apexton, 1979. Sealed 3LP Box Set
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Laff, 1978. Near Mint-
With "Black Ben The Black Smith", "Showbiz", "Dark Person", "Nigroes", "Black Nationalist", "Unemployment Line", "Cops & Fathers", and "Folsom Prison". LP, Vinyl record album
Roulette, 1963. Very Good+
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Mort Sahl

New Frontier
Reprise, 1962. Very Good+
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Steve Martin

Let's Get Small
Warner, 1977. Very Good+ Gatefold
Steve Martin at the height of his mid 70s stand up popularity, long before he ever thought of making sappy movies. Includes "Ramblin Man", "Vegas", "Let's Get Small", "Smoking", "One Way To Leave Your Lover", "Mad At My Mother", "Excu ... LP, Vinyl record album

Neil Hamburger & Others

Entertainment
Numero, 2015. Near Mint-
A very cool mix of sounds and styles here – hardly the sort of record we'd normally expect from funnyman Neil Hamburger, and instead this wonderful mix of short comedy bits and well-chosen music put together by the Numero Group! Neil does one of his offbeat routines at the start of each ... LP, Vinyl record album
Excello, 1960s. Very Good+
One of the lesser-known King records from the 60s, but a great extended speech with a very powerful message! The title gives away the main message of the piece – but the true beauty is in the way that King sets out his points and puts them forward with an undeniable logic. LP, Vinyl record album

Weird Al Yankovic

Polka Party!
Rock N Roll, 1986. Very Good+
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Sloppy Daniels

Laff Of The Party Vol 5
Dooto, Late 50s. Very Good+
Maybe not as all-out perfect as the Redd Foxx albums from the same time, but still pretty darn great – with routines that include "The Bad Dream", "The Telephone", "Mr Bear", "My Family", and "The Preacher's Parrots". LP, Vinyl record album

Jack Clements & Dale Stevens

Weird & The Beard
Fraternity, Early 60s. Very Good+
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Paul Winley, Early 60s. Very Good
It's a shame that Paul Winley ended up making some bucks off the late great one – especially as other issues of this famous speech gave royalties to Betty Shabazz. Still, the work's an essential one – and the package is pretty nice looking. The vinyl's also banded, and divided into ... LP, Vinyl record album

Martin Luther King

Great March On Washington
Motown, 1963. Near Mint-
Although Malcolm X, John Kennedy, and other 60s heroes were always unfortunately being bootlegged, and served up in weak packages, Dr. King was fortunate enough to get representation from Motown, who did a great job putting together his albums of speeches with clarity and quality. This one from ... LP, Vinyl record album
Ember, 1960. Very Good+
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Redd Foxx

Sanford & Foxx
Dooto, 1972. Very Good+
While we love Redd Foxx to death, this album really sounds like outtakes from other comedy LPs, with a laugh track laid in after the fact. It's not all bad, but it's not all good either, though we did find ourselves laughing from time to time. Like the cover says, the material on this album is ... LP, Vinyl record album
Warner, 1977. Sealed 2LP Gatefold
Quite an unusual double-length set for the time – and a great example of the way that records often filled in on the market in the days before you could make money selling videotapes and DVDs! The 2LP set features Alex Haley telling the story of the material that went into Roots – his ... LP, Vinyl record album
MGM, 1959. Near Mint-
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Magilla Gorilla

Alice In Wonderland
Columbia, 1977. Near Mint-
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Excello, 1960s. Very Good
One of the lesser-known King records from the 60s, but a great extended speech with a very powerful message! The title gives away the main message of the piece – but the true beauty is in the way that King sets out his points and puts them forward with an undeniable logic. LP, Vinyl record album

Marshall McLuhan/Jerome Agel

Medium Is The Massage
Columbia, 1967. Very Good
A real mind-trip – and an incredible document of the times – not just ideas floating around in the late 60s, but also new ways of making records too! The album is loosely based around ideas and writings from The Medium Is The Massage – McLuhan's important 1967 book, co-written ... LP, Vinyl record album

Mickey Katz

Mish Mosh
Capitol, Mid 50s. Very Good
Classic work from borscht-belt comedian Mickey Katz – a mix of Jewish melodies, jazz instrumentation, and klezmer influences – all wrapped around song parodies of popular 50s American tunes! The titles say it all – and they include "How Much Is That Pickle In The Window" ... LP, Vinyl record album
Roulette, 1961. Very Good+
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United Artists, 1969. Near Mint-
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Bill Cosby

Fat Albert
MCA, 1973. Very Good
A classic live set from Bill Cosby – recorded at Harrah's Hotel in Reno, Nevada – back in 1973, when he was still pretty darn hip! As you'd guess from the title and cover, the emphasis here is on stories and bits involving Fat Albert – the Cosby creation that was then playing big ... LP, Vinyl record album
Epic, Mid 60s. Very Good+
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Chipmunks

Chipmunk Rock
RCA, 1982. Very Good Gatefold
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Richard Pryor

Is It Something I Said?
Warner, 1975. Very Good
Pryor's really hit his stride here, and made the transition to the mainstream, though he's still a darn funny motherf*#ker. Skits include "Shortage Of White People", "New N*ggers", "Cocaine", "Mudbone", "When Your Woman Leaves You" and "Our ... LP, Vinyl record album
Lava Mt, 1975. Near Mint-
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Laff, 1960. Near Mint-
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Cook, Late 50s. Near Mint-
A surprisingly witty record for the Cook label – a live recording of a burlesque performance, where no cameras were admitted – complete with strip tease and crowd noise too! Back cover has an annotated copy of a letter from the sherrif – further proof of the album's sense of ... LP, Vinyl record album
Riverside, 1958. Very Good+
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Lee Harvey Oswald

Lee Harvey Oswald Speaks
Truth, 1967. Very Good+
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Folkways, 1954. Very Good
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William Faulkner

Reads From His Works
MGM, Early 60s. Very Good+
Includes selections from "The Sound & The Fury" and "Light In August". LP, Vinyl record album

Mister Rogers

You Are Special
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, 1969. Very Good+
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Various

Smack My Crack
Giorno Poetry Systems, 1987. Very Good+ Gatefold
A fantastic collection of spoken word material from the Giorno Poetry System – featuring artists from both their dial-a-poem series, and the NY downtown scene! The set was one of the last, and most distributed of the label – and features work from Tom Waits, Butthole Surfers, Nick Cave ... LP, Vinyl record album

Groupies

Groupies
Earth, Late 60s. Near Mint-
Fantastic LP of "authentic" interviews with "real live groupies" from the late 60's. Theoretically an expose, this is more of a loose conversation with the girls drinking their way through a chat about the different positions that their lifestyle puts them in. We're not sure ... LP, Vinyl record album
Mainline, Late 60s. Very Good+
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Atlantic, 1990. Near Mint-
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Omnivore, Early 90s. New Copy
A full set of vocal performances by the legendary Fred Rogers – mostly tracks from later years, and all done with superb accompaniment from Johnny Costa – who provides the spare, sprightly piano lines that always make the Mister Rogers lyrics sparkle so much! You'll recognize most of ... CD
 
Updated October 14, 2019


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