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I Am the Greatest

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This CD is an out of print collectible! It is the original 1999 Columbia release. There is a hole punch through the UPC.

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Cassius Clay had yet to win the heavyweight championship or, indeed, to change his name when this 1963 recording was made. Incredibly young sounding, he's at his best here when making swipe after verbal swipe at Sonny Liston, both in verse and in (scripted?) answers to audience questions. One silly sketch ("'I Have Written a Drama,' He Said Playfully") isn't up to the solo spots, but even that hardly disrupts the record's giddy tone. This reissue of a once-rare LP, augmented by several other hard-to-find sides, is a must for Muhammad Ali fans, American Studies scholars, and anyone else who seeks further illumination of the Greatest's self-mocking but total confidence. --Rickey Wright
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 7, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: 1963
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • Run Time: 45 minutes
  • ASIN: B00000JT3K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #251,250 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By A Customer on July 16, 2001
Format: Audio CD
If you are a devoted Ali fan, you need this. Aside from the importance to the collector, it really IS quite funny. Definitely a kind of pre-rap. You might think this kind of endless bragging would be obnoxious, but he keeps it entertaining. If you aren't an Ali fan or boxing fan, you won't like it. But admirers of "The Greatest" will find this bringing back memories(and encouraging them to pop in the Clay-Liston fight).
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Even those unfamiliar with boxing or the topical events of the time cannot help but roar at most of the humor in this as the former Mr. Clay delivers a series of hilarious rhymes about his modesty (or lack thereof) and likelihood of beating then-champ Sonny Liston. Ali would have made a great comedian. The added bonues is that he's just as funny when he tries to sing. His attempt to sing Ben E. King's "Stand By Me" straight with his incredibly hoarse voice and poor timing is hilarious! Ditto for his Beatle-esque, raucous version of "The Gang's All Here" celebrating his victory over Sonny Liston (check out the Paul McCartney-like WHOOOO! in the backgound on this one).
This one will have Ali fans rolling on the floor in laughter. Those who are not in the know may also find this amusing. Enjoy!
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This spoken word album was recorded by Cassius Clay before he became Muhammad Ali, and even before he became World Heavyweight Champion. It's pretty entertaining stuff, with Clay reading poetry and bragging about how great he is. The album was recorded in front of a live audience, and their laughter and applause definitely helps out with the atmosphere. The CD includes three bonus tracks tracks. The single version of "I am the Greatest" is shorter than the album version, plus it is set to music. "Stand By Me" is Clay's legendary Golden Throats version of the Ben E. King's classic. "The Gang's All Here" is a previously unreleased recording of Clay leading a sing-along. Fans of Muhammad Ali should really enjoy this CD.
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I bought this CD for my grandfather who has been a big Muhammad Ali fan since the sixties. He owns the album on vinyl, but was never able to listen to it because it came framed. When asked if he enjoyed his new CD, he said he had already listened to it twice. I'm sure it's one of those little gifts that he will treasure it for years to come.
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THIS CD WAS EXCELLENT. WE LAUGHED AND HAD A TON OF FUN LISTENING TO ALI (THE CHAMP) TALK HIS TALK
KNOWING HE ALREADY HAD WALKED THE WALK. VERY FUN, INTERESTING -- HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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By robert on April 22, 2015
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I laughed the entire time... hard to believe that we havent seen other boxers take a similar approach!
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