Prime Music
Qty:1
& FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Details
Only 4 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
Is the Actor Happy has been added to your Cart
+ $3.99 shipping
Used: Good | Details
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: ....FREE UPGRADE TO 1ST CLASS SHIPPING ON ALL ORDERS 13OZ AND UNDER (DOMESTIC ONLY) TRACKING # EMAILED TO YOU AS ITEM SHIPS.
Sell yours for a Gift Card
We'll buy it for up to $0.45
Learn More
Trade in now
Other Sellers on Amazon
Add to Cart
$12.49
& FREE Shipping on orders over $35.00. Details
Sold by: Emerald City CDs and Fine Books
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

Image Unavailable

Image not available for
Color:
  • Is the Actor Happy
  • Sorry, this item is not available in
  • Image not available
  • To view this video download Flash Player
      

Is the Actor Happy Extra tracks


See all 4 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Listen Instantly with Prime Music Album
Other Formats & Versions Amazon Price New from Used from
Audio CD, Extra tracks, June 15, 2004
"Please retry"
$12.68
$8.47 $5.69

Black Friday in Music Black Friday in Music


Listen to Samples and Buy MP3s

Songs from this album are available to purchase as MP3s. Click on "Buy MP3" or view the MP3 Album.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Samples
Song Title Time Price
listen  1. Gravity Of The Situation 4:09$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Sad Peter Pan 3:30$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Strange Language 3:12$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. untitled0:34$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Onion Soup 4:42$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Doubting Woman 3:44$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Wrong Piano 2:56$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Free Of Hope 5:52$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Betty Lonely 4:26$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. untitled0:20$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Thumbtack 4:49$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Thailand 3:54$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. Guilt By Association 4:19$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. Assist 3:19$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen15. What Surrounds Me 3:10$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen16. Duck In A Tree 2:52$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen17. Parameters 5:54$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen18. Thailand (early version) 4:02$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen19. Fun Party/Shoestring Store 4:09$1.29  Buy MP3 

Amazon's Vic Chesnutt Store

Music

Image of album by Vic Chesnutt

Photos

Image of Vic Chesnutt
Visit Amazon's Vic Chesnutt Store
for 18 albums, 6 photos, discussions, and more.


Frequently Bought Together

Is the Actor Happy + West of Rome + At the Cut [Vinyl]
Price for all three: $50.15

Buy the selected items together

Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought


Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 15, 2004)
  • Original Release Date: 1995
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks
  • Label: New West Records
  • ASIN: B000295V5I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #267,255 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars
5 star
8
4 star
4
3 star
0
2 star
0
1 star
0
See all 12 customer reviews
This one is, song for song, simply the best of the bunch.
A Reader
His music, particularly his gut-wrenching vocals, is so emotionally evocative and beautiful.
Craig Fisher
This is the perfect introductory record to the Vic Chesnutt catalog.
Likebeingalive

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Craig Fisher on September 17, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Not only is this Vic's best work, but it is one of my all time favorite CD's. His music, particularly his gut-wrenching vocals, is so emotionally evocative and beautiful. In addition, the minimalist arrangements and sharp-edged lyrics further enhance the tunes' delivery. Is The Actor Happy? doesn't have a bad song on the album. I particularly enjoy "Strange Language" on which Vic and his band sound HUGE! I also have to emphasize just how amazing Jimmy Davidson, Alex McManus, and Tina Chesnutt sound on each track; check 'em out on "About to Choke" too, my next favorite Vic album. "Onion Soup" and "Gravity..." are similarly great. A number of songs seem to lean towards sadder, darker themes (e.g., "Wrong Piano", "Free of Hope"), though they are not without they're own tongue-in-cheek optimism. For me, the centerpiece of the album is his duet with Michael Stipe on "Guilty by Association", which hints at Vic's transition from local Athens, GA favorite to critically acclaimed artist. All in all, truly a masterpiece. Note: the addition of several tracks that were not on the original release (Assist through the end of the disc) is cool, but for me the meat of the album will always remain "Gravity of the Situation" through "Guilty by Association".
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Reader on December 15, 2002
Format: Audio CD
As of the date of this review, I've heard all of Vic's stuff, including his two collaborations with Wide Spread Panic. This one is, song for song, simply the best of the bunch. Every song offers a wonderful melody, a lyrical poem, and an uncomplicated musical arrangement. The beauty lies in the simplicity of the tunes. Just check out the last track for one of many examples. The musicianship is clean and expressive. Among the qualities I most enjoy in Vic's music is the range of feelings that it evokes. He makes melancholy fun! His later works seem more experimental and adventurous, which is fine. But this is the one I come back to more than any other.
This is a real American musical gem!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. S. Thomas on March 29, 2008
Format: Audio CD
"Well we blew past the army motorcade/ with its abnormal load haulage/ the gravity of the situtaion/ came on us like a bit of new knowledge." With this opens Vic Chesnutt's 4th album, which still stands as his most accessible, and one of his best. Gravity of the Situation, filled with apparent non-sequitors that, examined more carefully, are actually hiliously unsettling miniture portraits of, I guess, a tour of England, is one of Chesnutt's greatest songs. This is followed by the wonderful "Sad Peter Pan," where Chesnutt confesses to wanting to be Aaron Neville, and so, each song has a jewel of a line or stanza, all over a deliciously played blend of country, folk, and rock. Chesnutt is the master of the miniture, and captures "I'll go get the latest Ladies Home Journal (he he he)/ I need some of those sinister, little recipies." A few songs, notably "Free of Hope," are a little too loud; loud just isn't Chesnutt's stength, as evidenced on the well-written, but slightly bombastically played "About to Choke." The expanded album contains bonus tracks such as the fabulous "Parameters," and "Duck in a Tree," a ragged live song that sounds like early Lambchop, with whom Chesnutt would combine to make 1998's The Salesman and Bernadette. There are albums of his which I probably prefer, including Salesman, and maybe Silver Lake, but this is a great place to start in the works of one of the greatest living songwriters.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Adam Tamashasky on October 26, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This album, and indeed the great majority of Mr. Chesnutt's work, abounds with achingly honest lyrics and deceptively simple melodies that actually betray the complexity of the singer and his songs. I had the opportunity to see Mr. Chesnutt in concert--powerful. This album will be most appreciated by those who like Tom Waits' quiter pieces off "Alice," like "Flower's Grave" or "Lost in the Harbor." Two of the great songs off this album: "Assist" and "Sad Peter Pan."
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Likebeingalive on July 31, 2007
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is the perfect introductory record to the Vic Chesnutt catalog. The songs Gravity of the Situation, Onion Soup, Wrong Piano, and Betty Lonely rank among his finest. Do yourself a favor by listening to this album from America's most important and relevant songwriter. If you dig it, follow up with West of Rome, The Salesman and Bernadette, and Left To His Own Devices. Basically just get his entire body of work. That is an order!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Vic Chesnutt is one of my favorite singers/songwriters of all time. I'm sad that he is no longer with us. Anyways, Vic had such a distinctive, honest voice that when you hear his songs, you know it's Vic. You feel both happy and sad when you listen to his songs. Vic was a gifted songwriter and artist, and his lyrics really touched my soul. When I listen to his music, I can feel his honest pain in a lot of his albums. Vic suffered from chronic pain due to a car accident at age 18. I can relate to Vic because I suffered chronic pain starting at the age of 19 from a routine surgery gone horrible by a bad surgeon - believe me, he was a bad surgeon because many people have come out of the woodwork to tell me the things he has done to them. Even a dental instructor from a nearby college told me that she wished she knew me at age 19 so that she would've warned me to not go to this doctor for wisdom tooth surgery. Nonetheless - I really relate to Vic's struggles in life. My favorite songs from this album are: "Gravity of the Situation", "Sad Peter Pan", "Strange Language", "Free of Hope", "Guilty by Association", and "Thailand". I'm Thai American, and I thank Vic for writing the catchy "Thailand" song. Anyways, it's amazing that this man churned out so many great albums and songs while in a lot of chronic pain from his health problems. I'm really grateful for Vic Chesnutt's music. He was one of a kind, and I'm really glad he existed on this Earth. RIP, Vic. Your music will always live on.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Forums

There are no discussions about this product yet.
Be the first to discuss this product with the community.
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 


What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?