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Back in Town

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  • Audio CD (September 17, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000002JX4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,160 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Vincent J. Mulvihill on April 11, 2003
Format: Audio CD
From his heyday in the 1970s through the 1980s, Carlin seemed to have been searching for his comedic voice - or re-searching. "Jammin' in New York", the album that precedes this one, found Carlin developing his smart social and political commentary that was hinted at in "Parental Advisory" and which comes into full bloom on "Back in Town." Here, Carlin expertly exposes thoughts about pro-lifers in deceptively simple observations: "You don't see many white women offering to have black fetuses transplanted into their uterus, do you? No, that might be something Christ would do!" Irrefutable brilliance.
From the opening rant on abortion into a brilliant shredding of the concept of sanctity of life, Carlin doesn't miss a single step, slowing only long enough to throw in the occasional one-liner, to make sure he doesn't lose anybody in the process of getting his points across. The third bit, about balancing the budget by televising capital punishment, doesn't move nearly as quickly as the first two pieces of material, but it is concise and poetic in its own way.
The second half of the routine is much lighter fare, focusing on farts, common phrases and annoying people, themes that Carlin skewers expertly. And - aside from his tendency to repeat a punchline over applause - he doesn't miss a step here either. Whereas some Amazon reviewers have decried this return to safer turf for the second half of the disc, I couldn't imagine an entire album of the philosophical humor that dominates the first half. His subsequent albums, "You Are All Diseased" and "Grievances", suffer a bit from using a similar type of humor throughout (the majority of "Grievances", in fact, is an absurdly elongated version of `Free-Floating Hostility').
"Back in Town", with its variety of material and - not to overstate it - poetic delivery, is by far the best Carlin disc of the last 20 years. Highly recommended.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By myownme777 on December 8, 2005
Format: Audio CD
let's face it folks,you don't have to agree with everything carlin says in order for it to be funny.the great vocal stylings are intended for you to think about how screwed up things are in this country as well as the world.this album in particular made me laugh out loud,as do most of his albums.but this particular one stands out along side "complaints and grievances" as two in the top 5 of his albums.great stuff here,even if some of it is immature,such as his bit about "farts",but i would expect nothing less from carlin as that is what makes his material work so well,his ability to mix the immature with the down right genius of his material.no other comedian,ever,can vocalize so well as carlin does.if you want some great laughs than i definitely suggest this album.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sunil Morar on December 1, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Probably his best work for the 90's. Just a classy album. If you ever need a good laugh as this will do it, as the stuff he talks about is timeless and clever.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By B. E. Nickerson on June 13, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Never before in the history of comedy, has a man been so right about the horrific habbits of Americans. His topics are thorough and his beliefs and observations are the truth and inspirire many thoughts. On this album, Mr. Carlin attacks anti-abortionists, guilty white liberals, and my favorite...the death penalty. The death penalty is perfectly acceptable and we need to enforce it to reduce our nation's violence-rate. if you want big laughs and great observations by the voice of multiple generations...pick this one up.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 5, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Before listening to Back in Town, I listened to his latest CD, You Are All Diseased. I then listened to this CD and laughed twice as much as I did listening to You Are All Diseased. This is a great comedy album and reccomend it to anyone who likes Jerry Seinfeld or Joe Pesci, the person George Carlin prays to.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 4, 1999
Format: Audio CD
George Carlin has always had a way with words. This is no exception here. From babies to abortion, to things he just cannot stand (and there are a lot of them). Check this album out. It is a hilarious tribute to true American Society. Beware- you might recognize yourself in his monologues.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 14, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I am a comedy buff. I like comedy in all shapes and sizes, in all forms. I have listened to, and watched everything to do with comedy i can get my hands on, but I must say that this CD is one of the funniest I have ever come across! For those not easily offended, this is a must have!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth E. Rathburn on April 27, 2013
Format: Audio CD
[...]

George Carlin could be best described as one who told it like it was. Much of his material, especially from the 90's onward, was (and still is) the pinnacle of boundary-destroying stand-up material. Perhaps one of his best works, "Back in Town," simultaneously graced and offended listeners everywhere. The back of the CD includes a quote of George claiming it to be "the best writing and performing I've done in thirty-six years." If nothing else, the fact I tend to quote the CD nearly every day probably speaks more than any long-winded review could. But that doesn't mean I won't proceed...

George immediately hits the ball out of the planet with the topic of abortion. There's no escaping the associations and implications, so a complete assault on pro-life people builds and builds and builds. Even when the sides taken are obvious, the core questions are still addressed, albeit in that off-the-wall way George was known for.

Just like a proper comedian, George offered a wonderful balance of comedic effect and actual, real world insight. One of the key reasons it worked so well was the fact his material often, at its core, stemmed from the issues of our very lives. We're not watching or listening to someone who pulls silly, random puns with no inspiration or destination out of their ass; this is a man who looked at the little details of society, found a way to bring their significance to light, and flipped them all on their stiff beer bellies.

Need further proof? Let's just take a look at a few of the key quotes:

"How come when it's us it's an abortion, and when it's a chicken it's an omelette?"

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