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Salvation (Oxford, November 11, 1992)

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

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  • Audio CD (November 8, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Rykodisc
  • ASIN: B000BLI39S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #159,066 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This two disc set affords a complete picture of one of the finest comedian/social commentators of the past quarter century. While portions have appeared previously (as Live at the Oxford Playhouse 11.11.1992), having the nearly two hour performance in its entirety gives a sense of the dramatic flow that Hicks built into his work. The pacing and variety is astounding. Carefully written and honed, each of the separate issues he turns his attention to seamlessly blends fully realized character voices, fearless attacks on inequities and injustices, and actual punchline payoff jokes. The utter honesty about himself lends powerful credence to his unshakable faith and hope for humanity. Fifteen months after this show he succumbed to cancer at the age of thirty-three. --David Greenberger

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More than 10 years after his death, Bill Hicks' brand of radical, thought provoking, biting comedy has seeped into the world's consciousness. Following the continued growth in popularity with every release, Oxford: November 11, 1992 captures a legendary performance at Oxford University. This 2-CD set showcases Bill Hicks at the height of his comedy powers. Nearly two hours long and unedited, Oxford is Pure, Raw BILL HICKS! Ryko. 2005.

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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 2005 Was A BILL Year! November 9, 2005
Format:Audio CD
First, earlier in 2005, we Bill Hicks fans saw a great book released earlier this year; Agent of Evolution, by long-time friend and producer Kevin Booth. Now, we see this wonderful two-disc set of Bill's complete set at Oxford November 11, 1992. Released on Rykodisc, this is a quality sounding set. Also, because it represents an entire full length unedited concert set in the UK --- it is historically important.

It is really interesting how Bill's material seems to be getting more and more pertinent to the times, as the many months had passed since his death. One would think that it would be less so, but here in America, we seem to be trapped and mired in the same issues as we were thirteen Novembers ago. There is a man named Bush in the White House, and we are at war with Iraq.

When us Bill fans get to the dreaded IF ONLY BILL WAS HERE TODAY line of thinking, we often wonder what might Bill think about our world of today? Well, Hollywood is still churning out garbage and corrupting the youth. Washington, DC is still lying to America, and the public is still believing the lies. Most of America are sleep-walking through life, which is disturbing for those of us who are awake.

This release replaces the now unnecessary SHOCK AND AWE: LIVE AT THE OXFORD PLAYHOUSE title, which was an edit of this show, which happens to be the complete performance.

Coming up in 2005: the year of Bill --- Sane Man FINALLY on DVD on December 6th!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Kawika
Format:Audio CD
This is my personal favorite of all the BH cds I've listened to (minus A-Bay + Dangerous). This is Bill at the top of his game, and the audience loves him. One of the key differences I've noticed between this and Rant is the audiences unhappy reaction on here to his non-smoking. The Ding Dong song has never been more appropriate for our times.
Between these two discs, you get a broad span of most of Bill's jokes that appear on the rest of his. The only odd thing about the production is that the tracks on disc one seem to be broken down more conveniently, the tracks on disc two are much longer and tend to blend into each other. Damn deadlines.
What I prefer in this over Rant is that there is no music between tracks, giving it a real live feel. What is most effective about Bill's presentation is that he is real, and he gets you to think. I hope people don't agree with everything he says. He's not even a role model, but I appreciate how he encourages the puppet people to wake up and smell the BS. If you don't think Bill is funny, check this out. There might even be a DVD of this out somewhere. Definately worth listening to, especially for dubya-haters.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious, poignant, and absolutely perfect! June 30, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I like to refer to Bill as the "John Lennon of comedy". It's easy to see his idealism turned upside down with repulsion toward the hypocrisy of the fanatical Christians, the insanity and lies of the government and some of the ridiculous rules of society. He truly gives us an important message presented perfectly in a comedy routine that fills up the belly with laughs! I love Bill and this cd has much of his best routines.

I wonder what he'd have to say about the current [...] regime if he were alive today.

Miss you Bill. RIP
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good, but not great show by a brillant comedian January 5, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I'll skip writing about what type of comic Bill Hicks was. You can read up on that elsewhere, besides, I couldn't do him justice.

This recording is not a five-star product, but it has nothing to do with Hicks' comedy per se. I've heard much of this material before (except the snooker/voting bit, which is brilliant), and I'm not sure where I heard it, but it was likely from his website, or possibly a bootleg. The specific performance I'm refering to was in England as well and is superior to this one for a couple reasons.

The audience in this recording doesn't really seem to be into Bill as much as the other recording. As a result, Bill seems (relatively) subdued. There's a lot less screaming, loud mocking laughter, satan-channeling and audience interaction. Those are the hallmarks of a Bill Hicks performance.

It's likely that this is the only CD on the market where you can get this material. If that is so, buy it. Just realize this isn't Bill Hicks turned up to 11.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Genius August 25, 2011
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I should begin with an admission. I was in the audience for this which makes this review partisan. That said, I had no concept of Bill Hicks at the time and was only there because a boyfriend dragged me along. I haven't listened to a recording of it since.

The first thing that struck me - other than how much more jaw ached from laughing - is how prescient Bill Hicks was. All the material about Bush and the evangelical right is as valid today as it was in 1992, if not more so. I can't imagine what he would have made of contemporary America with the so-called 'War on Terror' and Pop Idol etc. Sarah Palin would be an entire show!

Beyond the actual content, Bill's skill is in telling highly visual jokes. One can picture the vignettes, such as the scene with Jack Palance ('Pick up the gun') or grammy with Chuck Norris. His use of the microphone to make sounds - the ubiquitous gun shots, the monkeys - is inspiration itself!

Obviously not all the material works, though I'm sure this is a personal matter. I for one am less interested when he's talking about porn or drugs than the political stuff. Partisan or not, I do have a few criticism. There are quite a lot of visual gags that are dependent on Bill's facial expressions; obviously these don't work in this format. He also uses a strange Robin Williamesque British accent. And at 1 hour and 50 mins it's just not long enough! (As an aside, I'm sure the night I saw him, the show was longer. I seem to recall a whole section on gun control.)

Nevertheless, this is some of the finest, funniest, most savage stand-up comedy you will ever hear. If you've never heard the genius that is Bill Hicks, you should start here; if you know this show already, it's time to reacquaint yourself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Salvation
Recorded in Oxford, England (and with the material missing from Shock and Awe) this CD is another gem showing Bill at his funniest. Read more
Published on March 4, 2011 by Spider Monkey
5.0 out of 5 stars Bill Hicks Becomes More Relevant As Time Passes
I discovered Bill Hicks after he had died - yes, my loss. I made up for lost time, however, and I am constantly at war with myself as to who deserves the #1 space on my list of... Read more
Published on October 22, 2010 by Rhonda Poynter
5.0 out of 5 stars The Raw Material for 'Rant in E Minor' (and 'Shock & Awe')
It's funny with Bill Hicks how you go through phases of loving him & loathing him. At the moment, I'm just starting a love phase and this CD (which I thought was crude, puerile... Read more
Published on October 5, 2010 by Magic Lemur
5.0 out of 5 stars The British get Bill
You certainly get your money's worth with this double-disc performance. Some of the material is available on Bill's other CDs, but the excellent audience makes the material come... Read more
Published on October 30, 2008 by ninjasuperstar
5.0 out of 5 stars A TWO hour long performance, which is just AMAZING for a comedian to...
I absolutely LOVE this CD set! It is Bill in his element on stage in a place where he was admired and adored! Read more
Published on March 9, 2008 by Luchia
3.0 out of 5 stars Bill HIcks - Salvation @ Oxford
Wasn't as humorous as I'd hoped from previews. But the Bush jokes are still relevant and my British In-Laws loved the hometown references.
Published on November 27, 2007 by A. Leong
5.0 out of 5 stars First and last of his kind.
It's not Relentless or Rant in E-Minor or the others in the Rycodisc top 5, but it's still very, very funny. Read more
Published on February 14, 2007 by CynBio
5.0 out of 5 stars Bill At His Best
Bill had a large following in the UK, and he gives them a great 2 hour show. Even though many of the routines will be familiar, he tailors them to the audience, alternating between... Read more
Published on March 5, 2006 by Randy Remote
5.0 out of 5 stars One of his best
My problem with some of Hicks' comedy routines is that he focuses so intently and viciously on preaching that the comedy is less prominent. Read more
Published on January 20, 2006 by John
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