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Love Laughter & Truth [Live]

Bill HicksAudio CD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (November 12, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Rykodisc
  • ASIN: B00006LEPB
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #175,223 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Intro / Smokers Vs Drinkers
2. Drunk Driving
3. New York Apartment
4. My One Man Show
5. Pot Smoking
6. Drugs Are Bad
7. Children on Airplanes
8. 50 Year Smoker
9. Smoking in Heaven
10. Australia
11. Satiating the American Comedy Audience
12. Dance Club
13. Speaking of Homosexuality
14. Poe-Naw-Grah-Fee
15. A Question for the Ladies
16. My Favorite New Kid
17. You Can't Get Bitter
18. Closing Bit

Editorial Reviews

Hicks fans begged for more releases after his death; this 1997 album answered their call with a collection of unreleased performances from across his career.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Rodney Dangerfield of Bill Hicks CD Releases? May 27, 2003
Format:Audio CD
"LoveLaughterAndTruth" deserves more respect than it has been granted by some of the other customer reviewers. While they are right to criticize its lack of continuity as well as the inconsistency of its sound quality, this has some genuinely brilliant material on it--and for that alone, it is worth the price of admission. It's nice to have some of these bits without having to find them online. Hicks is at it again, railing against non-smokers, anti-drug legislation, children on airplanes, the insipidity of American comedy club audiences and arch-conservative politicians like Jesse Helms and Bob Martinez. "Children on Airplanes," "Australia" and the vividly distasteful "You Can't Get Bitter" are as good as anything in his repetoire. Let's be honest: "LoveLaughterAndTruth" is funnier than "Dangerous" and/or "Relentless" (which drags in the middle). Obviously the must-haves are "Arizona Bay" and "Rant in E-Minor," and this disc, because of its scattershot sequencing, cannot match the power of them. The new "Flying Saucer Tour Vol. 1" disc is also a worthy addition to the Hicks cdiscography. Believe it or not, "LoveLaughterAndTruth" just might be the place for neophytes to start getting acquainted with Hicks.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars doesnt deserve all the negative reviews February 27, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
yes, this release is a collection of random bits, and the sound quality is sketchy in some spots. however, you must realize what you're getting- 45 minutes, of essentially "unheard" Bill Hicks material! owning every bootleg, i had heard alot of these bits before, but there was some stuff on here that was new even to me. i wouldnt recommend this disc before his first 4 albums, or the excellent "Flying Saucer Tour, Vol. 1", but if you own those albums already and enjoy them, you MUST own this.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Missed opportunity. November 21, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Two stars for a Bill Hicks album? 'Fraid so, but before I go any further I'll emphasise that all of Hicks' material gets a five star treatment from me, and the routines on this cd are no exception. Even when he's at his laziest he still has more going for him than any other comedian, dead or alive. It gets one star above the lowest mark purely because the material is finally out.
So why two stars? This cd is a compilation of material taken from a number of shows at various points in Hicks' career that wasn't included on any of the available cds released in 1997. As such the sound quality is absolutely all over the place, going from perfect to bootleg quality (the booklet admittedly does emphasise this...but so what? It doesn't work, it just makes for a very haphazard listen); the material is arranged in a way that bears no relation to how Hicks used to fashion his shows; some of the routines are truncated, the most heinious example being the "Speaking Of Homosexuality" piece where the finishing line pointing out the hypocrisy in the attitudes he talks about is missing and completely alters the tone of the routine (I have a tape of the show the routine is originally from); there are glaring omissions that should and could have been on this cd (it is only 47 mins long) - where are the Goatboy, the It's Just A Ride, & Dick Clark pieces, to name a few? And the photographs in the booklet are rubbish - badly reproduced, no dates or locations (which can also be said about the lack of similar info on the material) etc.
Really what it boils down to is that a comedian like Hicks can't be overviewed like this in a mere 3/4 hr, his act evolved tremendously over a number of years from a Sam Kinison alike in the early/mid 80's to finding his own voice in the late 80's/'90's.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Its All Brilliant, Leave It Aone! January 11, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Bill Hicks was a genius. Period. To Date there are only 8 cds you can buy, thats not alot. If anyone calls themselves a true fan, they MUST own all of his albums. There are other reviews for this cd that complain about the quality. If these twits had gone to school and learnt how to read the enclosed CD booklet, they would have seen that this CD is not 100% because Bill recorded the material himself for his own personal archives!

If you love Bill Hicks, you will love this album. Bills impression of Australia and England, plus his opinions on Heathers two mommys is classic!!!

Buy this cd, It will grow on you, just like Flying Saucer Tour will grow on you!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TrackList November 20, 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Here's the track list, since amazon seems not to have it:
01 Intro / Smokers Vs Drinkers
02 Drunk Driving
03 New York Apartment
04 My One Man Show
05 Pot Smoking
06 Drugs Are Bad
07 Children On Airplanes
08 50 Year Smoker
09 Smoking In Heaven
10 Australia
11 Satisfying The American Comedy Audience
12 Dance Club
13 Speaking Of Homosexuality
14 Poe-Naw-Grah-Fee
15 A Question For The Ladies
16 My Favourite New Kid
17 You Can't Get Bitter
18 Closing Bit
Several of these tracks are recognizable bits in the other cds, but for the most part it's a lot of new material, well worth the pain in the side it'll bring.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ever felt like you've been cheated? December 8, 2002
Format:Audio CD
I honestly could care less about the sound quality or the lack of continuity of this "rarities" release. What is on this CD is well worth hearing and quite funny. That said, this CD is only around 45 minutes long and from the liner notes this CD was cut down from over 3 hours worth of material. I just have a hunch that substantial material was left off this disk for release later down the road. If you buy this CD just know you will not be getting a full 70 minute dose of Bill Hicks. This disc falls under a "collectors only" catagory. This disk has a lot of funny little quirks, antedotes, and slight variations of material released before. If you are looking for introduction to Bill Hicks please select another one of his other releases. Try "Relentless" or "Arizona Bay"
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4.0 out of 5 stars Love, Laughter and Truth
A compilation from some of Hicks' early performances provides yet another great album showing Bill at his funniest. Read more
Published on March 4, 2011 by Spider Monkey
5.0 out of 5 stars Fanboy's Paradise
If you've got this far in your Bill Hicks Odyssey, you will no doubt have concluded that Bill was a comedian who was prodigal in innovation but limited in variety. Read more
Published on October 7, 2010 by Magic Lemur
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Bill Hicks Comedy but nearly same skits as Flying Saucer CD
This Album is funny, and im sure i would have loved it more had it not been the same act as the flying saucer tour.. i know this one is older but still very similar material.. Read more
Published on June 30, 2006 by Nicholas
1.0 out of 5 stars Bill Hicks is brilliant, this CD blows
This CD should be called "Cutting Room Floor" or "I'm Dead and Have No Control Over The Release of My Material. Read more
Published on March 12, 2005 by oslo
2.0 out of 5 stars A two star Bill Hicks album?
I never thought I'd give Bill anything else than five stars but I'm going to have to here.Every Bill Hicks article on the market is a work of genius and should be savoured but like... Read more
Published on February 6, 2003 by "marc83"
3.0 out of 5 stars Adequate collection of rare clips; not for newbie
The other reviews here are on the money. If you're new to Bill Hicks DON'T get this; buy any of his albums first. Read more
Published on January 30, 2003
3.0 out of 5 stars 3 Stars, though any Bill Hicks release is a good one
Disjointed. That's how I'd describe this release. This is 45 minutes of random thoughts culled from various sources and various performances. Read more
Published on November 26, 2002 by John S. Harris
2.0 out of 5 stars missed opportunity
Two stars for a Bill Hicks album? 'Fraid so, but before I go any further I'll emphasise that all of Hicks' material gets a five star treatment from me, and the routines on this cd... Read more
Published on November 21, 2002 by "saundino"
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