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Stan Freberg Presents The United States Of America, Vol. 2, The Middle Years

Stan FrebergAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (July 2, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino / Wea
  • ASIN: B0000033TX
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #363,267 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Intro & Overture
2. Madison, Jefferson, Franklin, & Osbourne
3. Madison, Jefferson, Franklin, & Osbourne, Pt. 2
4. America! America!
5. Madison, Jefferson, Franklin, & Osbourne, Pt. 3
6. Rumplemeyer's Horseshoes: The Francis Scott Key Story
7. Rumplemeyer's Horseshoes
8. Stephen Foster, Beloved Songwriter
9. Samuel F.B. Morse Sends the First Telegram
10. Abe Lincoln in Analysis
11. Show Folk
12. Abe Lincoln at Home in the White House
13. Barbara Frietchie, Martyr of the Year
14. Shoot if You Must
15. Lincoln at Shiloh With General Grant
16. As Long As You're Up/A Sober Life's a Hard Life
17. The Appomattox Courthouse Bar & Grill
18. There'll Never Be Another War
19. Custer's Last Stand
20. Alexander Graham Bell and the First Phone Call
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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can I Give It TEN Stars? July 12, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I was six years old when my parents bought the original LP of Volume One, and I have listened to it regularly in the 39 years since. Not only has Volume One been committed to my memory for many years now, but it has become a part of my daily life. Phrases from that disc regularly creep into my conversations, often apropos of nothing. That album is simply one of the funniest, most wonderfully creative records ever made. Freberg's voice is just FUNNY, even when he's not trying. He always has been able to surround himself with the finest voices in the business, and many of them are here, including Paul Frees, Jesse White and June Foray. This warped history lesson also includes brilliant sound effects by Jimmy MacDonald, and extraordinary musical arrangements by Billy May. The original CD release on Capitol (which took WAY too long to happen) included some extra material that Freberg found in the Capitol vaults and re-inserted. That material is carried over here in this Rhino release, which is accompanied by the long-awaited Volume Two. Sad to say, Volume Two does not live up to its predecessor. Freberg, Foray and White are all back, but White was fresh from a stroke, and it's painful to hear him here, especially if you've just listened to his wonderfully energetic performance on Volume One. It's good to hear Freberg stalwart Peter Leeds back again too, along with new voices in the persons of Tyne Daly, John Goodman, David Ogden Stiers, Harry Shearer, Sherman Hemsley, Lorenzo Music, and Freberg's own children, among others. Read more ›
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five stars for Volume 1; one star for Volume 2 April 19, 2005
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
"Vol. 1, The Early Years" is without a doubt the best comedy recording I have ever heard. I personally discovered it back in the mid-80s, when I came across a copy of the album one Saturday at the radio station where I worked. It was listened to many a time "in cue" or after sign-off. I simply could not get enough of it. I also listened repeatedly to his "Original Cast" greatest hits album and the classic "Freeberg Underground" live recording he did in the mid-60s at the Hollywood Bowl.

Ever since then, I had hoped that a) Vol. 1 would someday come out on CD, and b) that he would eventually make good on his promise in the original album's liner notes to bring out a Vol. 2.

Well, both of my wishes came true. Vol. 1 is out on CD and as good if not better than I remember it. Plus, they added back in some parts that were cut so the original recording could fit on one LP. Vol. 2, on the other hand, is a *major* disappointment.

Vol. 2 simply tries too hard. It tries to tackle a huge amount of American history (from the late 1700s through the end of World War I) in 34 tracks on one CD (a virtually impossible task). It tries to satirize events during the Civil War (a hopeless task). And, its satire lacks the "let's not take ourselves too seriously" light-heartedness of Vol. 1, which is another way of saying it is trying to be Politically Correct.

It's a shame Vol. 2 wasn't written and produced soon after Vol. 1. I honestly believe Stan and Co. would have come up with another classic.

I too wish Rhino still offered Vol. 1 separately. From a marketing/business standpoint, I understand why they don't do it.

Still, if you don't have Vol. 1, it's worth the sacrifice to buy the two-volume set just to get it. Who knows? You may end up liking Vol. 2. If not, it makes a good (albeit expensive) coaster.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars History never sounded like this before February 16, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Stan Freberg is undoubtedly a master satirist-Volume 1 of his "United States Of America" was originally released in 1961 & became an immediate classic-Thirty-five years later in 1996,Freberg decided to put out his long awaited sequel:"The United States Of America,Volume 2"-Both volumes are equally hilarious & memorable-My favorite routines are "A Man Has To Be Careful Of What He Signs These Days" (Declaration Of Independence),"Take An Indian To Lunch This Week" (The first Thanksgiving),& "The Appomatox Bar & Grill"-Freberg is ably assisted by a fine supporting cast:The late Paul Frees & Jesse White on Volume 1 & David Ogden Stiers,Sherman Hemsley,& Tyne Daly on Volume 2-It's a known fact that most students are turned off by history-However,if teachers were to play this album in their classes,I think the students would change their minds in a heartbeat-If you're a major league Stan Freberg fan like myself,don't hesitate to purchase this outstanding 2-CD set.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stan the Man May 12, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Vol. II is, I have to say, not quite as sharp or tight as Vol. I. It is every bit as Frebergian but there's an indefinable "something" missing. Maybe it's as simple as realizing that what was almost heretical in the 60's is seen as a lot tamer today.
This didn't spoil my enjoyment in any way. I was actually more surprised by the fact that Vol.I (as represented on the CD) is not the same Vol. I that I used to have on record. There have been some tweaks and additions here and there and I keep wondering just when a new line whad been added to Betsy Ross's flag song and when Paul Revere's sketch rode in. I wonder if there was a reissue of the record at some point with these little additions.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun, especially for US History buffs
Stan Freberg was one of my favorite comic artists. His parodies were among the best. This "history" is obviously not an accurate history, as it pokes fun at a lot of the... Read more
Published 26 days ago by Andrew Johnson
3.0 out of 5 stars classic freberg
I have always enjoyed this material since the first time I heard it many years ago but the sound quality on volume 1 of this set is poor.
Published 6 months ago by Russell Karich
5.0 out of 5 stars Freeberg at His Best
I had this set on LP records, long lost now, and really enjoy hearing him again. Excellant transfer to CD and the sound quality is very good as well. Read more
Published 9 months ago by R. Sutton
5.0 out of 5 stars JUDE PEPPER MODESTLY REVIEWS 'THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA'...!!!
"comic genius" is a term that gets thrown around an awful lot for something that's supposed to signify a rarity. Read more
Published 10 months ago by jude pepper
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy Me
Shipment arrived quickly and the product was exactly as described. Perfection in other words. Online purchases just don't get better than that. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Scotch7
5.0 out of 5 stars Great condition!
I bought this album for my mom, she has wanted it forever, I couldn't afford a new album, but this was decently priced and in great condition. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Pen Name
4.0 out of 5 stars one man's opinion
Volumn 1 of Stan Freberg Presents The United States of America is simply outstanding. Volumn 2, recorded a number of years later, is just borderline acceptable. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Norman Meyerson
5.0 out of 5 stars Stan the American Freberg
After hearing most of his comedy records which are funny I decided to give this a try after hearing some of the sketches on his box set. Read more
Published on June 6, 2012 by christmas lover
5.0 out of 5 stars Stan Freberg's American History
We had a copy of "The Early Years" album (33 1/3) during the early 1960's. He spoofed many songs and artists including "Sh-Boom" and Elvis. Read more
Published on November 24, 2010 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Should be in every Junior High History Class
I have loved this album for decades. Every junior and senior high school social studies teacher should have this memorized.

Unfortunately Volume 2 doesn't match Vol 1.
Published on October 13, 2010 by MikeS
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