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Button Down Mind Strikes Back

Bob NewhartAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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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 (April 28, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • ASIN: B0000062TF
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,104 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Bob's second album hit #1 just like its predecessor. Includes Automation; A Private in Washington's Army; The Grace L. Ferguson Airline (and Storm Door Co.); Ledge Psychology; Bus Drivers School; Retirement Party , and An Infinite Number of Monkeys .

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5.0 out of 5 stars Cerebral Shtick December 20, 2004
Format:Audio CD
If you are late 30-something/early 40s like I am, then your earliest memories of Bob Newhart are most likely of Newhart as nonplussed psychologist Bob Hartley in his early 1970s TV show with Suzanne Pleshette. To this day, nobody deadpans like Newhart, and every so often, Hollywood honors him by giving him the unflappable straight man role, most recently playing Will Ferrell's adoptive father in "Elf."

But, for those of my father's generation, they first heard Newhart's incredibly funny one-sided phone conversation routines in nightclubs in the late 1950s/early 60s.

Newhart was the biggest name in standup comedy during the first half of the '60s, a title he relinquished to the up-and-coming Bill Cosby in the latter part of the decade. Listen to this CD re-release of his excellent follow-up album from 1960, and you'll find out why.

His bits are so perfectly timed, that even when he's done a routine hundreds of times, it still sounds fresh. Newhart was a sort of forerunner to the comic strip Dilbert: Starting out as an accountant, you can hear in his pieces "Automation" and "Retirement Party" why he stopped being another C.C. Baxter and turned to comedy instead.

The best bit on this album, though, is "The Grace L. Ferguson Airline (And Storm Door Co.)." He brings the house down with this single line "and we climbed into her Volkswagen..."

"Ledge Psychology" is Bob's foray into black comedy, if you think about it. It's just that his somewhat naive demeanor allowed him to get away with making it sound merely eccentric.

Imagine Drew Carey (who modeled his persona after Newhart's early 1960s skinny tie, buttoned-down look) with Steven Wright's mind, and you'll get why Newhart was so big.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't top a Bob Newhart recording August 13, 2001
Format:Audio CD
To claim that this is a disappointment compared with Bob's first album is doing this one a major disservice. It is very difficult to separate the first two of Bob's recordings. I find A Private in George Washington's Army, The Grace L Ferguson Airline (and Stormdoor) Company, and Bus Driver's School every bit as funny as the material on the first album. As you listen to this one, remember back to when you were in school hearing about the winter of 1776, the crossing of the Delaware and the picture of the men marching with the fife, drum and flag. Bob's rendition of those events will have you rethinking history.... Think of the Bus Driver's School as a complement of the the Driving Instructor and you will understand why bus drivers are the way they are..... Listen to both of Bob's first two recordings a couple of times and you won't be able to distinguish between them...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the top 5 comedy albums ever! July 17, 1998
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Format:Audio CD
My parents had this back in the days when they were made out of vinyl and they were 12" in diameter. To this day it is one of my favorite memories of comedy. I'm so glad it has been released on CD! Bob's "Bus Driver" monologue and the "Ledge Psychology" bit are my favorites from this album.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't top a Bob Newhart recording August 13, 2001
Format:Audio CD
To claim that this is a disappointment compared with Bob's first album is doing this one a major disservice. It is very difficult to separate the first two of Bob's recordings. I find A Private in George Washington's Army, The Grace L Ferguson Airline (and Stormdoor) Company, and Bus Driver's School every bit as funny as the material on the first album. As you listen to this one, remember back to when you were in school hearing about the winter of 1776, the crossing of the Delaware and the picture of the men marching with the fife, drum and flag. Bob's rendition of those events will have you rethinking history.... Think of the Bus Driver's School as a complement of the the Driving Instructor and you will understand why bus drivers are the way they are..... Listen to both of Bob's first two recordings a couple of times and you won't be able to distinguish between them...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Newhart Strikes Back August 25, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This is a great addition to the original release, The Button Down Mind of Bob Newhart. It is as funny and is a must for anyone with a sense of humor.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars night club act June 18, 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
very short and limited stories by the great Bob Newhart...so-so quality taping from long ago. Would not buy it again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bob Newhart's smarter than the average comedian! March 4, 1999
Format:Audio CD
Somewhat of a disappointment after the almost flawless first Button-Down Mind album, it's still proof that Bob Newhart, even way back when, could make even those without a fully developed sense of humor laugh. His style of humor transfers well to audio, and you can easily picture his routines in your head. This is truly thinking man's stand-up comedy. If only today's comics could hold a candle to this!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Download not received May 12, 2014
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
I'd like it better if the download had completed. Amazon doesn't make it possible to retry any longer. Not OK.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Always loved his stand-up routines.
Published 12 days ago by T. Todd
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
As advertised
Published 14 days ago by John Pritchard
4.0 out of 5 stars Bob Newhart was a genius of his time, and the time was amazing.
Keep in mind, The Button Down Mind of Bob Newhart is STILL the #20'th best comedy of ALL TIME. Like many great comedians from the late 50's/ 60's, Bob had to get by with no visual... Read more
Published 5 months ago by R. Vernon
5.0 out of 5 stars Newhart is the greatest
Bob Newhart is funny. That's all there is to it. Younger folks may have to imagine a bygone era to enjoy Newhart in this album but the jokes are still very funny. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Bob Newhart
Not finding this as funny as I thought I would, or as funny as the television Bog Newhart show. The jokes are a bit too dated, even for this senior citizen!
Published 12 months ago by Truthfirst
5.0 out of 5 stars To be or not to be, that is the gzorninplat.
This was the second album by Bob Newhart. It came out six months after The Button Down Mind of Bob Newhart, which won the Grammy for Album of the Year. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Johnny Heering
5.0 out of 5 stars The master!
Just a delight to listen to. His timing and delivery is the best!
Top it off with the fact that he chooses timeless and ageless topics. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Sue R.
5.0 out of 5 stars Bob Newhart
What can I say. Funny, funny, funny! Arrived in time for Christmas and laughed all through New Year's Eve. Perfect gift.
Published 19 months ago by Rebecca Watren
3.0 out of 5 stars Bob
Bob is Bob and we love him. I ordered his 1st season tv show after I remembered how much I enjoyed him.
Published on February 24, 2008 by J. Weisenfeld
5.0 out of 5 stars Bob Newhart Comedy
My Uncle Henry bought this album (33 & 1/3 record) for us when I was a child. My children loved it as I did. And now we have found it and both purchased it again. Read more
Published on February 10, 2008 by Michele Turney
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