Let The Buyer Beware Box set
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Top Customer Reviews
If you're new to Lenny Bruce and you have some extra bread lying around, this is a wonderful set to pick up. (If you're more cash-conscious, start with the two-volume Lenny Bruce Originals on Fantasy records.) If you're a longtime fan of Lenny, this will not only reaffirm your love for his material, it will open new windows into the mind of one of America's great thinkers. Very highly recommended.
"Dying," he explained to a younger acolyte, "is easy. It's comedy that's hard."
Comedy may be hard, but anyone can do it. But none ever did it as well as Lenny Bruce.
The funny man died of an overdose, at age 41, nearly 39 years go, but his legacy lives on. It's a life and legacy of laughter, and it's ripe for rediscovery.
Now, a generation who never have heard of Bruce, for those who only know him from Bob Fosse's smoky (but well intentioned) bio-flick, for those who glance at an image of Bruce and think "Castro," can grasp one of the most inventive and prismatic talents of the last century in a set of rare recordings.
"Lenny Bruce: Let the Buyer Beware" is a six-CD compendium of Bruce's best material, lovingly compiled by producer Hal Willner and Bruce's daughter
Kitty. More than half has never been heard before, and a great many variants and alternate riffs of his most well-known material has been anthologized here. His debut on Arthur
Godfrey's show is here, as well as the classic routines about Father Flotsky (a parody of Warner Brothers prison flicks), the Palladium (about an American comic dying on an
English stage), as well as (real) taped phone calls to his lawyers.
Horribly illustrated is his descent into near madness, not through drugs or degenerate lifestyle, but through the systematic persecution by the U.S. government. In
America during the '50s and '60s, you could make jokes about anything, except, maybe, Jesus Christ, Milton Berle and Eleanor Roosevelt. Sacrosanct bastions were not to be
made fun of, and especially not by an outsider, someone different, someone who was not a Christian.Read more ›
As for the comedy on this boxset, Lenny Bruce has never been more relevant, never more hilarious, as he lampoons santimonious religious and political leaders, gives frank and insightful opinions about the art of comedy and who the "real" comedians of his time were. Lenny himself does not escape his incisive eye and satire as one track on Disc 2 has him reading a scathing review his nightclub act received, admitting to the audience how the review rankled him.
LET THE BUYER BEWARE is much more than a "Best of" Lenny Bruce. It provides tremendous scope of this comic genius' career, from his very early apperance on THE ARTHUR GODFREY show (winning the talent contest for that week) to his being warned by a police officer to keep his nightclub act "clean" while performing in a particular city.
To this fan, the single most poignant track in the entire boxset comes on Disc 6 when Lenny explains how "I Picked on the Wrong God." Lenny is never maudlin, but introspective and painfully honest as he assesses what has been about his outlook and nightclub act that ignited his myriad legal troubles.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good selection of unreleased routines - but not always best versions of his classic, pre-obscenity routines:
fyi, Yhere's a better cut on Bruce's Palladium from the early... Read more
As I have reviewed other Lenny Bruce products on Amazon, it's easy to verify that I idolize this man... Read morePublished on December 11, 2010 by Rhonda Poynter
I discovered Lenny Bruce shortly before the Hoffman film through his LPs: The 'best of' collection 'What I Was Arrested For', 'The Sick Humor of Lenny Bruce', and the Frank Zappa... Read morePublished on March 4, 2009 by Walter Five
I have a whole collection of studio and live recordings from Lenny Bruce on vinyl that I have been wanting to get converted to digital. Read morePublished on February 20, 2009 by Mark A. Loveland
This collection is most valuable for the tracks that don't appear anywhere else, and there are many such excerpts. Read morePublished on February 12, 2009 by J. Merritt
Hands down one of the best we'll ever see. When Dick Gregory puts you in a class with Mark Twain and Richard Pryor in terms of funniest ever, that says something. Read morePublished on April 16, 2008 by W. Zink
Highly recommended listening for any red-blooded patriotic citizen and all compassionate members [or aspirants] of the human family. Read morePublished on February 27, 2008 by M. Teeter
This is a well put together package. I definitely don't recommend downloading this as it comes with an awesome oversized book containing photos of personal clippings, letters, and... Read morePublished on December 15, 2007 by Kawika