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Button Down Mind of Bob Newhart [Live]

Bob NewhartAudio CD
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Bob Newhart was one of the most successful and beloved comedians of his era, famed for his remarkable deadpan delivery. Newhart's track record as a comic performer was unparalleled, encompassing a string of best-selling albums as well as two of the most acclaimed and long-running sitcoms in television history. While neither as groundbreaking nor as ... Read more in Amazon's Bob Newhart Store

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  • Audio CD (January 24, 1995)
  • Original Release Date: 1960
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Warner Off Roster
  • ASIN: B000002MSU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #214,247 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Abe Lincoln Vs. Madison Avenue
2. The Cruise Of The U.S.S. Codfish
3. Merchandising The Wright Brothers
4. The Krushchev Landing Rehearsal
5. Driving Instructor
6. Nobody Will Ever Play Baseball

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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic low-key comedy May 12, 2003
Format:Audio CD
The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart is a classic for a reason--it's still funny. But timelessness is a hallmark of Newhart's brand of comedy, however. Otherwise, people would not still have been watching his hit sitcoms The Bob Newhart Show and Newhart all these years.
The format of this album is simple: Bob on stage in front of an audience, generally enacting one side of a conversation. His ideas are what is termed "high-concept," which means they can be summarized in one sentence, or in his case, in a few words. Case in point, track one, "Abe Lincoln vs. Madison Avenue." Now from the beginning you know exactly what this is about, and just in case Bob introduces each skit with an explanation.
It's low-key (hence "button-down") and it's clean, so the whole family can listen (although as you can tell from the track listing, a basic knowledge of history is helpful). Only the Krushchev skit may be entirely unfamiliar to modern listeners.
Button-Down Mind holds up to repeated listenings, but at just over 30 minutes, this price may be too much to spend. Something Like This...The Bob Newhart Anthology is a much better deal, as it contains a lot more material and is not much more expensive.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Pleasant Surprise for a Younger Generation February 12, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Unlike many who have commented on this CD, I am not familiar with the Bob Newhart show simply because I am only twenty one years old. When I received this album, I was skeptical at first. The title sounded dry and the picture of Bob Newhart on the cover led me to believe that I was in for some of the most conservative comedy I'd ever listened to.

I must say that, after listening to the album half a dozen times, "The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart" is a comedic smash. For someone who grew up listening to Bill Cosby, Bob Newhart's hilarious "one-sided conversational" style of comedy is a scream. While an understanding of history is necessary in order to soak up every ounce of this album, even one who is not familiar with, say the Kruschev landing, will enjoy Newhart's style and absolutely perfect sense of timing.

This album has truly sparked my interest in his work and I hope to soon be adding more Bob Newhart albums to join my already growing collection of Bill Cosby.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Standup from Another Era October 17, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Recorded more than forty years ago, "The Button Down Mind of Bob Newhart," will not be a big surprise to anyone who anly knows Newhart as a television actor. Newhart's standup routines had the same kind of dry wit that he would later use to perfection as a comedic actor. The six lengthy stories included on this album all have the same basic structure. One character is speaking while others are engaging in unheard conversation or just listening. The high point comes with "Nobody Will Ever Play Baseball," in which a befuddled Abner Doubleday tries to sell the unknown game to a modern toy company executive. The brilliance of the piece is that we only hear the toy executive's end of the telephone conversation. "Abe Lincoln Vs. Madison Avenue" and "Merchandizing and the Wright Brothers" both have a similar themes.
The album's only drawback is that parts of it are quite dated. The Krushchev bit will baffle anyone under age fifty and the Driving Instructor routine is quite sexist. Nevertheless, this recording is a great relic for fans of Bob Newhart.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best non-musical album ever made! January 16, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I'm always accustomed to hearing some sort of music on a compact disc, so a recording of a comedy routine didn't win me over at first. But after hearing the first BUTTON DOWN MIND album, I've changed my tune (no pun intended). A great deal of today's comics rely on physical or slapstick humor to be funny. But comedy also requires expert timing and a considerable amount of intellect. Bob Newhart has both of these in abundance. It's no surprise this album was a smash when it was released, because even if most of the routines are considerably dated, they're still guaranteed to produce belly laughs in these more explicit and permissable times.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Martini wit February 3, 1999
Format:Audio CD
If Bob were a drink, he'd be the perfect martini; so dry it's dying of thirst. Bob takes for a look at the otherside of ourselves, never loud, never crass. Bob shows us the back of the funhouse mirror, and even 3 decades later (like the previous respondent, I inherited an original LP from my parents) it all makes sense. particularly the historical (I'm resisting the obvious pun there) Abe Lincoln and Walter Raleigh skits. Please buy this disc, or all of them if you can afford it. You'll really be giving yourself a treat. (and your kids and heirloom!)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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When "The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart" appeared in 1960 it became the first comedy record ever to top the Billboard album charts. A quick follow-up recording, "The Button-Down Mind Strikes Back!" was quickly produced and also hit the top of the charts, as well as winning a couple of Grammy awards. The result was that virtually overnight Newhart became, as this album title notes, "the most celebrated new comedian since Atilla the Hun." There are six routines on this album, most of which use Newhart's trademark technique of being part of a conversation. One of the things that surprised me is that only half the pieces have Newhart doing one side of a phone conversation, which for some reason I thought with his standard approach. The other thing that surprised me was that his audience for this live recording actually knew that Abraham Lincoln wrote the Gettysburg Address on the back on an envelope on the train from Washington. I do not think contemporary audience are, uh, that knowledgeable on such historical minutiae.
The funniest bit is the opening routine of "Abe Lincoln vs. Madison Avenue" ("Hi, Abe, sweetheart, how are you kid?") when the president's press agent tries to keep Honest Abe on script for his appearance at Gettysburg. But "Driving Instructor" also qualifies as top-flight classic Newhart. The only complaint would be that some of these routines, especially "Merchandising the Wright Brothers" and "Nobody Would Ever Play Baseball" could be longer; Newhart is only beginning to milk those ideas for everything they are worth.
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4.0 out of 5 stars you get what you pay for
Bob Newhart doing li'l... prfiles; kinda but not really
Published 24 days ago by Sean Nolan
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, Classic Newhart
The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart is a classic, great CD (I purchased the CD). The skits are from a live show in 1960. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Andrea D.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
They don't get any better than Bob Newhart--even after all these years.
Published 2 months ago by Bonnie T. Minch
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love the baseball skit and that is why I ordered it. Bob Newhart is irreplaceable
Published 2 months ago by Janet Bartel
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 months ago by easyed
4.0 out of 5 stars A great quick listen
Great album but very short only about 30 minutes of listening time.
Published 3 months ago by mr. ipod
5.0 out of 5 stars Love This
I had the record and wanted to get the DVD. He is so funny and I am happy I can still keep it in my collection.
Published 8 months ago by Lucy
5.0 out of 5 stars great clean humor-very funny
good clean humor. Funny and refreshing.Love it! Bob Newhart is witty, and has great comic timing, necessary for a good joke.
Published 9 months ago by Leora J. Piatt
5.0 out of 5 stars Still contemporary
I was 10 when I first heard it and its still just as funny it's a hoot especially Abe Lincoln and the driving instructor
Published 11 months ago by billonline
3.0 out of 5 stars Bob Newhart CD
I rate this average because while it's well done, I'm finding the jokes a bit too dated even for me.
Published 14 months ago by Truthfirst
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