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Comedy/Spoken — Recently Added

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

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
Warner, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)
Seduction and witchcraft aren't really two words we'd readily associate with each other – but sexy witch Louise Huebner manages to make both of them work together nicely! The album's quite an odd one – in which the self-proclaimed modern witch Huebner speaks about lots of spooky stuff ... LP, Vinyl record album
MGM/Omnivore, 1969/1971. New Copy 2CD
Ever wonder what happens when beatniks turn into hippies? They make albums like this one – a real treasure from the late 60s underground – and a set that showed the complete transformation of Allen Ginsberg at the time! The set's a real oddity – recorded after Ginsburg had hit ... CD
Great March On Washington
Motown, 1963. Very Good+
Although Malcolm X, John Kennedy, and other 60s heroes were always unfortunately being bootlegged, and served up in weak-ass 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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Audio Masterpiece, 1961. Very Good-
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Muhammed's Mosque of Islam, Early 60s. Very Good+
Elijah Muhammad speaks out on this self-released LP from (we think) some time in the 60's. Kind of eerie, with a spooky recording quality, and a voice that sounds like it's come back from the dead. Heavy stuff, though, and a nice relic of the man, with striking photos on both the front and back ... LP, Vinyl record album
Nuts To You
Gross, Mid 60s. Very Good+
The first album cut by party favorites Doug Clark & The Hot Nuts – a raw mix of comedy and music, done in the fast-talking style that they served up to countless gatherings in the south! The album's perhaps a bit less blue than some of the later work, but also possibly more compelling ... LP, Vinyl record album
Arista, 1975. Near Mint-
One of the best-realized Python studio albums! LP, Vinyl record album
Class Clown
Little David, 1972. Very Good+ Gatefold
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Verve, 1964. Very Good+
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Capitol, 1958. Near Mint-
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Evening With Groucho
A&M, 1972. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold
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Martin Luther King At Zion Hill
PICA/Dooto, Early 60s. Very Good+
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Adventures In Negro History
Pepsi Cola, 1963. Near Mint-
A long spoken set that chronicles the story of African Americans from the days of slavery up through the 20th century. The album was produced by Pepsi, with a style that's kind of like a radio show – narration, plus sound effects, and some dramatized passages as well. The whole thing's a ... LP, Vinyl record album
Free At Last
Gordy, 1968. Near Mint-
Classic Motown album of two of Dr. King's speeches – "Drum Major Instinct Sermon", from 2/4/68, and "I've Been To The Mountain", from 4/3/68. The latter is especially significant in that it was the last speech King ever made, delivered on the night before he was ... LP, Vinyl record album
At Carnegie Hall
Dot, Early/Mid 60s. Near Mint-
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Chess, 1962. Very Good
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When I Was A Kid
Uni, Early 70s. Very Good-
Bill Cosby recalls the days of his youth in a set of classic routines that include "My Brother Russell", "Dogs", "Frogs", "My Father", "My Boy Scout Troup", and "Buck Jones" – all delivered with Fat Albert-era charm! Despite Albert's ... LP, Vinyl record album
Warner, 1993. Sealed 2LP
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Grand, 1965. Very Good
One of the earliest issues of the words of Malcolm X – featuring speeches on the topics "The Ballot Or The Bullet", "Black Nationalism", "Birmingham Sunday School Bombing", "Human & Civil Rights", and "Violence & Non Violence". LP, Vinyl record album
Froben Production, 1980. Near Mint- 2LP
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Richard Pryor
Dove/Reprise, Early 70s. Very Good
Classic early stuff from Richard Pryor – with a wild cover that parodies National Geographic, and which features Richard dressed as a primitive with a bow & arrow! Nice and raw – with routines like "Super N*gger", "Girls", "Farting", and "Smells&qu ... LP, Vinyl record album
Caedmon, 1957. Very Good
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Ballots Or Bullets
First Amendment, Mid 60s. Very Good+
One of the better releases of the classic Ballots or Bullets speech by Malcolm. Issued by First Amendment Records, part of the Jamie/Josie group of labels. The quality is good, and the label indicates that Betty Shabazz got royalties from the album. Nice cover shot of Malcolm, too. LP, Vinyl record album
BBC/Pye (UK), 1970. Very Good+
Some of the finest moments from the Monty Python crew's skits for their excellent television show, including "Flying Sheep", 'Trade Description Act", "Nudge Nudge", "Interesting People", "The North Minehead Bye-Election", "Me Doctor", "Pet ... LP, Vinyl record album
Archy & Mehitabel
Columbia, Very Good+
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Affinity, Early 70s. Very Good Gatefold
Ostensibly a kiddie record, but hipper than you might think – thanks to arrangements by Stuart Scharf, the genius behind some of the Spanky & Our Gang albums of the late 60s. The tracks are dreamy, poppy, and hippy dippy – and Bob must have been a bit of a stoner to come off with ... LP, Vinyl record album
Never Again
Flying Dutchman/Amsterdam, 1971. Very Good+ Gatefold
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Fleetwood, Mid 70s. Very Good+ Gatefold
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Push For Excellence
Myrrh, 1978. Very Good+
The more spiritual side of the PUSH experience – with gospel performances by Jackie Verdell, Jessy Dixon, Bill Thedford, Danibelle, Walter Hawkins, Edwin Hawkins, and the PUSH Choir. LP, Vinyl record album
Little David, 1976. Near Mint-
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Warner, 1978. Very Good 2LP Gatefold
It's 1978 so that means Richard's heavy into the basing backstage, right? We can't tell for sure, but he cuts loose with the reckless abandon that we love about his late 70s records. Loads of hilarious skits, including 'White & Black People", "Black Funerals", 'Discipline" ... LP, Vinyl record album
Anything Goes With Pigmeat
Chess, 1963. Sealed
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Caedmon, 1960. Very Good+
Andy Warhol cover illustration! LP, Vinyl record album
Rappin & Readin
Broadside, 1970. Very Good+
A live recording of activist Don Lee – very righteous, and consciousness raising material from the end of the 60s – and done in a style that's similar to albums by more famous speakers like Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. The quality's a bit muddy, but overall the material's ... LP, Vinyl record album
Final Call, 1980. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold
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Decca, 1951. Sealed
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Wisdom Vol 1
Decca, Early 60s. Sealed
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Third Man, 2014. Near Mint- 2LP + Book Box Set
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Poems For Young People Vol 2
Souffle, Mid 70s. Sealed
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Poems For Young People Vol 1
Wil-Cas, 1974. Sealed
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Tradition, 1968. Near Mint-
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Gryphon, 1963. Very Good+ 3LP Box Set
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Vanguard, 1956. Near Mint-
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Caedmon, 1963. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold
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Pit & The Pendulum
Spoken Arts, Early 60s. Very Good+
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World War II – The Actual Voices & Sounds
Riverside, Early 60s. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold
A pretty cool package – in case you missed the war the first time around – put together from snippets of original recordings, with narration by Scourby – includes sound effects of battles and atom bomb explosions, plus the voices of Churchill, Hitler, Eisenhower, and others. LP, Vinyl record album
Respect, 1969. Sealed Gatefold
A classic speech by Jesse Jackson – one that became quite a hit for Stax's Respect subsidiary, and which was one of the better selling albums of its type in the early 70s. The album was recorded back in the days before Jesse had become a bit of a cliche, when he appeared to be emerging as ... LP, Vinyl record album
Decca, 1949. Sealed
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Elektra, 1951/Late 60s. Very Good
A late 60's issue of Lord Buckley's rare early recordings for the Vaya label in LA – groundbreaking sides that predated most comedy albums, and which also had a huge influence on the spoken word recordings of the beat generation! The tracks were recorded live, with Buckley talking in a ... LP, Vinyl record album
Updated October 18, 2018

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