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  • Audio CD (September 11, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: 2.13.61 Records
  • ASIN: B000UGG3IC
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,230 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Intro
2. Death To Poets
3. Journal
4. Clintonese
5. Language
6. Never Again
7. The United Colors Of West LA
8. Rite Aid
9. Israel
10. Maturity
11. Men In Make Up
12. Future Parents
13. Encore

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Boon Sheridan on March 8, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I'm intrigued by the backlash Rollins seems to be experiencing as he gets deeper into his 'speaking tours' and turns his back on more structured material. I stopped listening to Rollins' musical output years ago, although I still cherish some of his older work, and enjoy his spoken material almost as much. There is something to be said for actually SEEING Rollins perform as opposed to hearing him - so much of what makes the man a myth is his sheer physical presence. It's slightly less humorous to hear his portrayals of himself when you aren't observing what a raw slab of humanity he still is (especially when he goes on and on about women to a roomful of women who are practically hurling themselves at him.)
Sure, the material here isn't even what you would call true 'spoken word' - it veers around, tries to be funny at times, serious at others and lacks cohesion. At times it almost resembles some of Robin Williams' closings, when he would put aside the jokes and try to deliver the moral to his madness (something he did surprisingly well, as does Rollins.) Could it be that Rollins is slowing down a touch and realizing he is just as powerful talking normally as when he's bellowing? This disc certainly seems to point to that. Enjoy it for what it is - a series of humorous commentaries from an intelligent man.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By R00$ter on November 7, 2007
Format: Audio CD
How can this guy even be serious? Of course I'm referring to the trogladite making mention of this not being a children's cd and how he was suprised... It's HENRY ROLLINS! Where has this guy been and why werent his parents chemically castrated at birth? Anyway, HEnry is the man and continues to rock even without a band. Pull your finger out aof your @ss and listen to him and you might learn something.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rage Reset on April 12, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This CD is fine. It's not wall-to-wall laughs like most of Think Tank. It doesnt get deep like sections of Big Ugly Mouth. It's not the absolute pick of the bunch (depending on what you're looking for) but it's not a waste of money either. RITW is a stand-alone performance and the biggest thing wrong with it is the lacklustre crowd, who seem to respond quite well to the mention of their own town's name and not much else. I believe Henry gives his best performances when the crowd is responsive (both with Rollins Band and spoken word) and the crowd at this gig sound like they are half asleep and more interested in eating their meals than getting into the show.
I won't dissect the CD and sing the praises of each individual track. If youre a fan, this is a worthy addition. If youre a first-time listener, its worth a go but probably isnt his best work in terms of outright comedic content or the make-you-think observations that characterise his previous offerings. That said, its not a dog either - I listen to my copy from time to time and certainly dont regret buying it.
One last note for the Henry-is-past-it gang; I saw Henry in Melbourne a year ago and it was about the best thing I've heard him do. Stories like The KISS Army were just brilliant and outshone even some of the best stuff on Think Tank. His take on the way people behave, coupled with the clever references and links to things mentioned earlier in the show had the crowd falling about laughing. Stuff from that show will hopefully be released soon and prove that Henry is only getting better at Spoken Word as time goes by.
Oh, and if any of the Powers That Be at Pioneer are reading - give us a spoken word DVD that isn't Zone 1 exclusive.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 24, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Okay, understand. I was Drama Geek Yuppie Larvae (TM) so Black Flag was not a band I'm terribly familiar with. The first time in my whole life that I actually became fully aware of Hank was a few months ago when we saw him doing some of his Spoken Word stuff on HBO.
My God, what have I been missing all my life?
Intensity? He has got it.
I recently got to attend one of his spoken word shows here in California. I walked up to the girl with the T-shirts, CD's, and Video tapes and said, "Look, I just discovered this guy. I have NOTHING of his and I don't have much money with me. You are the expert, what do you suggest?"
I walked away with this CD and Talking from the Box on Video. (And a T-Shirt and a couple of free stickers... CONSUME LITTLE AMERICAN! :) ) It was a good combination I think.
The CD was recorded in 1999 so I suppose you would say it is some of his later stuff. And right now, it's my most played CD.
Mostly it's just a bunch of his thoughts about things and people he's observed while he's on tour. (Which is pretty much of the time. The man has circled the world more times the SPUTNIK.) He talks about things like Language, how he reacted to being in Jerusalem, and his love/hate relationship with Rite Aid/Thrifty.
Definitely on the lighter side of things then the earlier stuff I see in "Talking from the Box"... So I suppose that's why long term Rollins fans might see this CD as "weaker". The nihilism that they've come to know and love is tempered with his since of humor far more in this CD then in the older stuff I've heard so far.
He talks a bit in the CD about maturity and getting older, at the time this was recorded, he was 38. And taking a long hard look at 40.
He is doing something different. He's making the gracefull transition from angry, cynical, young man to angry, cynical, old man.
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