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Audio, Cassette, October 17, 1990
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1. Eulogy
2. Shortage of White People
3. New Niggers
4. Cocaine
5. Just Us
6. Mudbone (Intro)
7. Mudbone: Little Feets
8. When Your Woman Leaves You
9. The Goodnight Kiss
10. Women Are Beautiful
11. Our Text for Today

Product Details

  • Audio Cassette (October 17, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Reprise
  • ASIN: B000002KDD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,110,935 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The most groundbreaking and daring comic talent since the heyday of Lenny Bruce, Richard Pryor was also the most controversial. Like Dick Gregory before him, Pryor explored issues of racial inequity with great insight and depth, tackling taboo topics that mainstream white America would have preferred swept permanently under the rug. But while Gregory used the ... Read more in Amazon's Richard Pryor Store

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Is it Something I said is arguably Pryor at his best.
We played it in the car while taking a drive and we laughed out loud!
We will never hear his words of humor again except in his albums.
D. L. Green

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By angelfly72 on December 28, 2005
Format: Audio CD
The year was 1976, and I was 17 going on 18. All of my friends knew a Richard Pryor routine. I had only heard a few jokes repeated while hanging out before and after school, but I had never heard Rich's entire stand up routine until my father made a tactical error--he bought the album and tried to hide it from us kids in the hall closet. Please. If you want to hide something from teenagers, don't use the hall closet. That's the first place we (myself, my sister and my brother) looked. It was on after that. Our friends gathered at our house after school for leftover meatloaf (or hot link) sandwiches, potato chips, Hostess Ding Dongs and "Is It Something I Said". We often choked on our food because we couldn't stop laughing. "New Niggers" was one of our favorites: "Okay troops, try it again!" "Niccuh, niccuh, niccuh!" "Well, that's close...if you get your a*s kicked you know you made it!" But my all time favorite was "Mudbone". I know some people on this page thought it was too long, but maybe it's one of those cultural things--I have relatives down South that talk and act like Mudbone. "Swear to God!" That's what the routine is so hysterically funny. I recognize the characters, and believe me, they aren't as far fetched as you might think. My aunt in Jacksonville, Florida is the physical manifestation of Miz Rudolph. All of my friends knew people like Mudbone and Miz Rudolph. And Rich had us falling off the couches in my parents' den, tears rolling down our faces as we laughed uncontrollably. Yes, this is an all time classic album. Thanks for the memories, Richard.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Andre M. on June 14, 2002
Format: Audio CD
If you've heard the CD, (and the routine "Our Text For Today") you'll get the title of this. Clearly the best sendup of a Black preacher since Bert Williams' Elder Eatmore. The famous "Mudbone" routine is filled with hilarity as well as wise insight (all old folks ain't fools-you don't get old by being a fool). Overall, this is comedy's answer to the blues, entertaining while filled with poignant insight on both the Black expereince in particular and the human condition in general, which explains Pryor's widespread appeal. Too bad the overrated trash-talkers who have come since Pryor have not understood how to mix the profane with the profound.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Samhot on September 22, 2004
Format: Audio CD
For the longest time, I have thought that observational truths were highly prone to being the most piercing of things: I have believed that the truth could either hurt (or disturb) you terribly, or make you laugh so hard, to the point of hysteria--or a combination of both extremes. There are many things to put this theory to the test, but to cut it all short, all one would need to do (if by chance it hasn't been done already) is experience the observational humor of Richard Pryor to possibly get a better understanding of what I am talking about. This classic comedy album from 1975 is a prime example.

Richard Pryor has been hailed as a genius by many, and I would have to agree: it takes plenty of intelligence and natural talent to be a comedian for starters, but to also turn many disturbing observational truths of everyday life into something painfully, body-breakingly hilarious takes a whole lot of something as well. From the very beginning, to the tail-end of this CD, 1975's _Is It Something I Said?_ is a non-stop laugh fest, that personally gets *me* laughing so loud and hard, I end up pretty much abusing almost every part of my body in the process: my throat, my lungs, my sides, my stomach--they all end up feeling beaten and worn-out. Richard's takes on drugs, sex, race & racism, relationships, and politics in general are every bit as painfully observational as they are profane--and did I mention HILARIOUS? The racy quality of the material found here makes so much of what's referred to as "cutting-edge" these days, seem so contrived and unaffecting; Richard's observations seem just as relevant now--if not more so--as they were 30 years ago.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kitten With a Whip on August 4, 2001
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I'd seen three of Pryor's stand up videos (the ones that are supposed t be the funniest) before picked this up. Man, this guy is funny. Who else could talk about coke habits, including his own, and make it hilarious? (that title was supposed to be his imitation on the album of a pimp laughing).
Anytime I need a pick-me-up, I listen to this, especially "When your woman leaves you." I can't repeat the funniest routines on here, or this review would never get printed. The mofo count is probably as high as it is on any Eddie Murphy or Chris Rock (my other two favorite stand up comedians) album. Well, maybe not quite as high as Rock's Bigger and Blacker, but that's pretty hard to do. I'm not one of those people who laughs at cursing just for the sake of it- it has to be funny. And it is- it's the way he works it into a sentence or a joke (again, I see where Murphy and Rock got their influences). Also, it�s nowhere near as funny reading it as actually hearing it come from his mouth. Listen to any of the audio samples (though again, hearing the whole thing is best).
The Mudbone stuff is great, but not my favorite- I never get sick of listening to his imitation of a pimp on cocaine (he makes it sound funnier than me) or trying to be cool and calm when his woman leaves him. The title and the cover of this album (which I think I read somewhere had to be changed before the record company would release it- the company insisted the guys couldn't have white robes) should give you an idea of what to expect. This recording is also a good way to find out, before you make an investment in "And Its Deep, Too" whether or not you think Pryor is funny.
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