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Let's Get Small

Steve MartinAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)

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“This album feels like a giant step into uncharted territory for me,” Steve Martin says of Love Has Come for You, his remarkable new collaboration with Edie Brickell. “When we started, we thought we were just playing around. But when we finished, we realized we weren't.”

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  • Audio CD (May 20, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino Flashback
  • ASIN: B0017CW5D0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,664 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Ramblin' Man (Main Theme from the Ramblin' Man) [Live]
2. Vegas [Live]
3. Let's Get Small
4. Smoking [Live]
5. One Way to Leave Your Lover [Live]
6. Mad at My Mother [Live]
7. Excuse Me
8. Grandmother's Song [Live]
9. Funny Comedy Gags [Live]
10. Closing [Live]

Editorial Reviews

Steve's 1977 debut album! This is the one with Excuse Me ("Excuuuuuse Me!").

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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Professional show business! Hey!" May 7, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Too many of the reviews here are not judging this album on its own merits, but on everything they know about Steve Martin following the appearance of this album in 1977. The fact is that this album was so successful that it catapulted Steve Martin into the national spotlight, but before this album he was virtually unknown. At a time when most comedians were basing more and more of their humor on their capacity to get progressively vulgar, Martin brought forth a brand of humor that depended less on profanity than conceptual humor. He could get obscene as well, but because most of his act was "clean," the few times he would get bawdy had far more impact than with other major comedians.

I remember reading once that before turning to comedy Martin was in college a philosophy student, especially the linguistic philosophy of Ludwig Wittgenstein. Certainly Martin is more conceptual than any contemporary comedian (though Steven Wright has since developed a comparable conceptual approach, though his presentation is considerably different), delighting in toying with words, combining ideas that clash unexpectedly with one another. And although the humor was always completely planned, there was an almost stream of consciousness touch to his routine at times. It was almost he never ceased being a philosopher, almost engaging in a deconstruction of normal humor.

What I find amazing today is that this album, released in the hey day of the age of disco, seems as fresh today as it was when it first came out. Even if you've heard the stuff before, his changes of pace and shifts are perennially original and unexpected. He really was cutting edge, but pretty soon he made cutting edge popular.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Obsequious, Purple, Clairvoyant June 7, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Anyone who can use "Obsequious, Purple and Clairvoyant" in a sentence, and make you laugh at the same time, is a comical genius! This album makes you wish that you had a 'wayback machine' set to 1977. You would gladly pay your four dollar admission to the Boarding House, and spend the next hour or so laughing with/at Mr. Steve Martin.
Since much of the humor is in the delivery, you'll have to listen for yourself to appreciate this masterpiece of comedy! You won't be dissappointed!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of Steve Martin's standup October 12, 2001
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In interviews in the early eighties, Steve Martin claimed that he hated performing standup: he said it frightened him. But he sure showed audiences a good time. He once led an audience - several hundred of them - outside to a local fast food joint and tried to order fries for everybody; another story he tells had him leading an audience out for a walk into the nearby neighborhood where they found an empty swimming pool. He had them all get in and he swam across the top of them - years before that became a commonplace of rock concerts.
Here he is with his banjo (he is a wonderful, mostly self-taught banjo player), trying and failing to sing sad songs with banjo accompaniment. ("You just can't sing a sad song with a banjo.... 'Oh death...and grief....and sorrow...and murder....'") He talks mockingly of seventies pot culture, improvises, dreams, and rambles with an ease and mastery that surpasses all of his subsequent albums. Highly recommended!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Oh Death and Grief and Sorrow and Murder... November 9, 2009
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I had this album on vinyl, but haven't actually listened to it since some time in the 1980s. I realized that my wife had never heard any Steve Martin, and I knew I had to get the cds. It was interesting getting the reaction of a totally new listener and comparing it to my own sepia-toned nostalgia.

The good: My wife laughed quite a bit more than I expected her to, honestly. There is a lot in this album that still holds up. Martin is great at building expectation and then taking a sharp left turn that makes you laugh out loud. The story about his girlfriend is still a classic.

On a personal note it was also great finally being able to share the source of so many of my own sayings, lines, and bits. I'd forgotten just how much of my own comedy comes from Steve Martin's early years, and I think this gave my wife an insight into my formative years.

The bad: I hate to criticize one of the true greats, but listening to this today I can clearly see that it was recorded and edited on the cheap. The sound quality isn't always very good, jokes from multiple shows run together in sometimes confusing ways, there is a little too much "filler" in some places and not quite enough in others, etc. If the original recordings of these shows still exist (fat chance, I know) I'd love to see someone recut them into a new album.

Also, as with almost all comedy albums, there are some bits that are a little hard to follow without the visuals. It's a shame, too, because the audience seems highly amused. But as I said, that's a problem with almost every comedy album ever made, so it's not a criticism. It's just too bad that videos of Steve's early shows aren't more readily available.

In short: this is still a great album, even so many years later.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Why no, do you mind if I fart?" October 4, 2005
Format:Audio CD
One of the most classic comedy albums of all time... hands down. It's one timeless side-splitting bit after the other. If you don't walk around singing "Ramblin' Man", you need to go get meds for your depression.

The bit called "Smoking" actually helped me out once. I used Steve's line and it really worked!! Not to mention the other person found it funny too. (If you don't know the bit, buy this CD, listen to it and you'll understand what I'm talking about)

It's just too bad comedy just isn't like this anymore...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Steve Martin is the Greatest!
The early stand up of Steve Martin is timeless. Funny in a way that it can be heard over and over. Even many years later and it's as funny as the first time.
Published 3 months ago by George A Dawson
5.0 out of 5 stars This is hhis best
He was at the top of his stand up game when this came out. This is his most classic album.

However I did have a problem with buying it. They were selling it 2 ways. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Brian M. Parks
5.0 out of 5 stars What Service!
Top-notch. can't be beat! i love the sound of the banjo being played! 'especially the venue audience. it has it's moments!
Published 8 months ago by Saleem Pernath
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic!
Timeless comedy album that is still as funny today as it was in 1977. Steve Martin at his best! I could listen to this album over and over.
Published 8 months ago by Christian A. Hoffman
4.0 out of 5 stars Got me a $300 pair of socks....
With the 70's, comedy albums made a radical shift. The rock and roll generation didn't have the mindset for the starchiness of, say, Bob Newhart, or the homilies of Bill Cosby. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Tim Brough
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, clean, wholesome, 1970's humor. Real, and relevant to our...
I had a pirated copy in the late 70's. It was one of the tap roots of my sense of humor. Preceded by Wild and Crazy Guy, Followed by Comedy is Not Pretty. Funny stuff. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Al Emrich
2.0 out of 5 stars night club act
Not very refined Steve Martin, poor sound quality from old night club act...jerky in subject matter & fast talk, not pleasing.
Published 10 months ago by Mrs. Sue Lewis
2.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not appropriate for kids
First, I almost never give 5 stars. Second, and I guess I'm naive, I thought this would be something I could share with my 12 & 9 year old kids. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Andy Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars very good
This was very good purchase. I would would recommend to anyone who is interested in comedy and/or standup comedy shows.
Published 13 months ago by Brandon Ruloff
5.0 out of 5 stars Some of Steve's Best Work
I found my dad's copy of this record long before I had any idea who Steve Martin was. All I remember about it is how much I used to laugh. Read more
Published 15 months ago by rkade5150
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