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Back in Town [CD]

George CarlinAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 17, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000002JX4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,328 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ...when it's a chicken, it's an omelette... 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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars another great from carlin 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 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Back in Form 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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars George Does it Again 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny as hell July 5, 1999
By A Customer
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious View on Life March 4, 1999
By A Customer
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Comedy Album February 14, 1999
By A Customer
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Carlins Best March 22, 2000
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Carlin just gets better with every album. His insights into the human condition are 'bang on target'. He's mad, he's frustrated, he's intelligent...and he's damn funny. I highly recommend this to anybody in the need for a good laugh.
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5.0 out of 5 stars No question about it
If you like George Carlin you shouldn't miss this album.
Now, I have to say that the older George Carlin was getting the better was his preformance.
Published 7 months ago by dj.key.k
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't go wrong with Carlin.
Really, anything you buy is just funny. Even if you listen or watch it over and over, you will still laugh.
Published 9 months ago by JK
5.0 out of 5 stars Boy Does This One Hit Hard...

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... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Kenneth E. Rathburn
5.0 out of 5 stars its primo George Carlin.
This is George at his best. Raw and ripping new holes wherever they are needed. If youre a PC whiner, you need to listen to this CD and get a cold slap wake-up. Read more
Published 19 months ago by thom evans
5.0 out of 5 stars George at His Best
This was made when George was at his peak. From the hilarious tale of making an entire state a prison to the ridiculous airport security (pre-9/11). Read more
Published on March 8, 2007 by Michael A. Newman
4.0 out of 5 stars Comic some belligerent arrogance
When he's not being an "every conservative/person of faith sucks!" blowhard, there are some deeply hilarious moments and perhaps even insightful observations. Read more
Published on May 12, 2005 by Greg Brady
4.0 out of 5 stars "Let's kill Mickey Mouse."
Pretty good! The first two tracks were crap, just skip over them immediately. The rest was pretty good, though. I like Carlin essential style. Read more
Published on April 23, 2005 by A stand-up comic
4.0 out of 5 stars One of his best.
This is one of my favorite Carlin performances. Very witty as usual. Good, high-paced humour that we've all grown to love from G.C. Not his best, but one of.
Published on October 25, 2004 by Stranger's Mask
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
George Carlin is one of the most clever comedians of out time, but he really starts to lose it in the 90's and Back in Town is a good example of how he's replaced clever... Read more
Published on April 22, 2003 by Millertime
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent way to start listening to GC
I bought this cd during a business trip in the US, with the suggestion of a colleague of mine who found Carling incredibly funny. Read more
Published on October 31, 2001 by "mfabbroni"
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March 30, 1996
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