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"The First Family: Complete" is identical to "The First Family, Vols. 1 and 2"
on March 10, 2007
This review is being written because, at the time of this writing, there is no track listing provided for "The First Family: Complete" (2007), and, as yet, no other reviews. By contrast, the previous (1999) version of this CD -- which is listed separately on Amazon but which is no longer available ("The First Family, Vols. 1 & 2") -- explicitly includes all 34 of the tracks that, together, comprised both of the LPs that Vaughn Meader released in 1962-63. The Amazon posting for that earlier release also includes multiple reviewer comments. Having spent some time unsuccessfully trying to find out whether "Complete" includes both of Meader's original recordings, I would like to save other interested buyers from having to go through the same process I did.
"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.