The First Family: Complete by Vaughn Meader
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"The First Family: Complete" is a 2-CD set that in fact includes all 34 of the tracks that were on both of Meader's 1962-63 releases. It is identical to the "Vols. 1 & 2" CD, the only difference being that Volume 1 and Volume 2 are now each on their own disc, rather than being combined onto one.
As far as the content of the "Complete" CD set is concerned, I basically agree with most of the reviewer comments posted for "Vols. 1 & 2". The heart of the humor is Meader's good imitation of JFK's voice and Boston accent. Meader's skits put silly words into the mouth of a President who, at the time, was viewed as being urbane and glamorous ("The rubber schwan is MINE!"). Unless you remember those 3 years when JFK was President -- i.e., unless you're approaching 60 or older -- much of that humor is going to be lost. This is a nostalgia piece for those of us who owned the original LPs.
Listening to it now brings back fond memories and even funnier moments with lines like the 1st Family and their report on using Crest toothpaste..or the 1st Lady's White House Tour.."and we kept it as it was originally"..including the President.
It also made me realize the importance of that particular 1st family on this nation..and how we rarely laugh about them due to their personal loss and heartache. Vaughn Meader was a genius ...proven by the The First Family!
If the answers to the above questions are all yeses, then I highly recommend this cd. If you were as lucky as I am, you grew up with this comedic interpretation of the Kennedy's experience as American Royalty in the White House.
I waited for a long time for this to come out on cd. Not being able to listen to Caroline's allowance being discussed or Jackie wanting to order a pizza for dinner caused deep regret at my chosing not to replace my turntable in the 90s.
This is good, clean fun. Even if you are one of the populace who had not been born when President Kennedy died, you will benefit from listening to Vaughn Meader's Kennedy. And if you're anything like me (and the subculture of people I've found who cherish this album) you will laugh each and every time you hear it.
I thought perhaps the one I had purchased earlier was an anomoly, and so recently I ordered a another copy. Guess what?? Same problem, different day. Now I have two copies of this release, and the second disc of each has idential scratches. Sort of like idential twins.
I have a recommendation for the management team who thought of the bright idea. Take a dollar... buy a clue.
The First Family is just plain damn funny..over and over. Almost 50 years old and its still fresh. Even though his career ended on November 22nd 1963, Vaughn Meader was waaayyy ahead of his time. To take stage comedy with multiple acting roles to manage other than his own, a live audience and make it funny as hell in an audio only release was the work of a magician in the 60's.. It wasnt until acts like the Firesign Theatre and others that came about in the later 70's could it be done nearly as well again.
So unplug from the tacky 21st century (easily done for most of us) and sit and enjoy excellent high-end modern comedy from the early cold war era. Kennedy was rideing a popularity tidal wave, camalot was becoming an empire and a family was closing in on being a dynasty. Fortunutly Vaughn Meador quickly saw it as all ready to go comedy material-at-hand and made a great album out of it..
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Bought as a present for my mother. She loved it. This is the original 1960s recording transferred to CD format. And it is really funny.Published 2 months ago by R. Darnell
Loved the first CD, but the second one was lacking in material and got a little boring.Published 9 months ago by Matthew T. Ryan
My parents bought both albums back in 1962 and we played them over and over. They were so funny. I remember the Castro reply of what kind of sandwich he wanted. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Nancy Desch
I remember my father coming home with this album when I was a child and my parents cracking up over it. Even us children somehow got the humor of this and joined in the fun. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Bunnymom
A wonderful find that tends to date. Was worried only vinyl or Cd could be found.
Amazing how many folks are too young to have even heard this delightful slice of the... Read more
I remember when these albums first came out in the early 60s. Most of us loved JFK and Jackie and the kids and, being a more respectful time, were somewhat nervous about making... Read morePublished on November 20, 2013 by D. King
I was glad to be able to download this complete album on mpegs because it is a duplicate of the album that I had 50 years ago when the Kennedys' were in the white house. Read morePublished on October 19, 2013 by Larry
We used to listen to these on tapes in the car on road trips when i was a kid. They cracked us all up! I was so thrilled to find them for download on Amazon. Read morePublished on July 9, 2013 by LibraryLady