The Prophet [Explicit]
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The Prophet [Explicit]

September 27, 2011

  Song Title
Intro [Explicit]
I Live In NYC [Explicit]
Really Warm [Explicit]
I Get A Cold [Explicit]
Still Smoke [Explicit]
Bar Mitzvah [Explicit]
Chapel Hill [Explicit]
Late 60's\Drugs [Explicit]
Forty Now [Explicit]
George Bush [Explicit]
Exxon Valdez [Explicit]
Christmas [Explicit]
Gorby [Explicit]
Dan Quayle [Explicit]
Choices [Explicit]
Dick Cheney [Explicit]
President Reagan [Explicit]
Nancy [Explicit]

Product Details

  • Original Release Date: September 26, 2011
  • Release Date: September 26, 2011
  • Label: Comedy Central
  • Copyright: 2011 Comedy Central Records
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  • Total Length: 46:29
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  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,194 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing October 3, 2011
Format:MP3 Music
** Please listen to the audio quality before you buy!!**

I was really disappointed with this "album." I clicked "buy" before I bothered to listening to or even reading the titles any of the tracks, because I'm a huge Lewis Black fan. The result is a small collection of short, poor audio quality outtakes, from several different years, that only made me mad I lost my money. You've heard all these jokes and lines before- only they were more polished and better delivered. "Students of Comedy" might find some insight into Mr. Blacks' style, or joke development, but as an owner of all his previous albums, I found the whole thing a very poor substitute for a "real" Black album.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Profit September 30, 2011
By Kawika
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
Comedy Central money grab. While this disc is good for a few laughs, I'm very disappointed with the sound quality and length of the show. The track titles make it obvious, but Amazon hasn't even described the product yet, to let you know that this is an old show (1990). I'm disappointed that LB would sell this as a basically full priced new CD, since it is so short and sounds like a boot - so make sure to sample the tracks. Who knew Lewis Black hated Christmas 21 years ago? Lewis Black's Web site clearly explains what this disc is about, but I don't recommend this. The title is misleading too, nothing prophetic here, but still entertaining. Expectations...
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Almost unlistenable November 5, 2011
Format:MP3 Music
I've honestly heard bootleg cds with better audio. This is unacceptable for 2011. I'm not some weird audio snob but this is terrible.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars you've heard it, better, over AM radio October 12, 2011
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Poor audio quality, old clips, about 40 minutes long, and very very deceiving. I'm a huge Lewis Black fan, saw the release date, thought "Hey, that's recent, and i could use a healthy dose of cynicism"... well that's what i got, but not from Lewis Black. It sounds worse than listening to AM radio, as if someone used one of those "note to self" recorders at a few of his shows forever ago before he polished his jokes and decided to release it in the hopes that you don't scroll down and read the reviews. Don't buy it, even if you're a big collector. Go get Patton Oswalt's new album, even if you don't like him, it's worth a listen.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Understandably underrated April 9, 2012
Format:Audio CD
I'm a big Lewis Black fan, just so you know(not that it really means a thing). I'm here to say that The Prophet is underrated.

This is the only Lewis Black album that is almost universally trash-talked about, and it seems as if nobody wants it. I remember when it was first supposedly released, I couldn't find it on Amazon or anywhere else on the internet to download. Now over a year since it came out, I finally got a listen to The Prophet and I've had a little time to think about it.

Really, it's not that bad. The common reasons why people don't like this album is that the audio quality is poor, which is true, and lots of the jokes aren't evergreen, which is also true. This is an album that was released in 2011, but the political jokes are about George W Bush, Dick Cheney, Ronald Reagan, Dan Quayle, etc. They're kind of funny if you are old enough to understand those jokes/rants, but we've already heard Lewis make the same rants about these people before. However, the reason for this isn't because Lewis is losing his edge(I'd argue the opposite), but that this album is simply a recording of his earlier material.

Also, the majority of what is on the album is material that hasn't been heard yet or unrefined. I own all of Lewis Black's albums, some of which I have autographed, so I've listened to them pretty thoroughly and while the latter half of the album isn't interesting, The Prophet is still worth listening to. I can't find many facts on this album, but this is clearly earlier Lewis Black material and it's interesting to listen to how Lewis Black's act has developed over time.

The Prophet is, in my opinion, for current Lewis Black fans only.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Funny man, TERRIBLE audio quality - DO NOT BUY! July 25, 2012
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I am a big Lewis Black fan so against my better judgement, I simply bought this album (curse you 1-click!) without a trial listen. Although the jokes are funny, they sound like they were recorded with a tin can under a table in the very back of a gymnasium. They also were clearly recorded in Lewis' early days, before he had refined his style and developed his rolling voice that helps make his comedy so hilarious. You would be better off reading a transcript of this album instead of listening, unless you are one of those people who long for the type of sound quality that you used to get from a Memorex plastic cassette tape. Buyer beware!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I was excited when I saw a 'new' Lewis Black album with a release date of 2011. I bought it immediately without previewing any of the tracks. I did this because I trust(ed) Amazon and expect that when I pay almost $10 for a download, I will receive a quality product. In this case I was WRONG. Lenny Bruce's material from the 1950's has better audio quality than this album. In fact, Abbott and Costello's routines sound like HD audio compared to this album. I want my money back. I would also like Amazon to either remove this album from its website or reduce the album's list price to $1.99, or less. In the latter scenario, a disclaimer should also be provided explaining that the album's low price is related to its poor audio quality.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars PROPHET
What can I say...Lewis Black is a genius. If he doens't make you laugh, you have no sense of humor. GREAT CD
Published 2 months ago by lezzah
3.0 out of 5 stars Classic Lewis Black
Not quite as vicious as his newer releases, but it is great to hear a classic Lewis Black. Due to the age of the audio, it is a little grainy and muffled. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kenneth Tran
3.0 out of 5 stars CD misses something
I always love to hear Lewis express his feelings however when I on;ly get to hear him and not see his mannerisms and facial contortions it misses the mark a bit. Read more
Published 3 months ago by M. Boon
Lewis Black is far the best comedian and I collect his books and cd's I BELIEVE I HAVE ALL OF HIS CD'S
Published 5 months ago by Dixie J. Mills
1.0 out of 5 stars The last track is someone imitating him. I am dead serious. It's an...
There are two things wrong with this album that are completely unacceptable, the primary one being this:

The final track is not Lewis Black. That's not his voice. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Christopher Engel
4.0 out of 5 stars Fans will appreciate it
A collection recorded onstage during a 1990 tour, this is a good curio for any fan of the standup. While the sound quality is at times not the best, it is easy to hear Lewis... Read more
Published 6 months ago by R. Scott
3.0 out of 5 stars Huh?!
Not much depth to go into here. The audio is lousy and you can smell the desperation as I'm sure Comedy Central Records rushed this out to capitalize on Black's current... Read more
Published 8 months ago by thatDonOguy
2.0 out of 5 stars Early Lewis = not at his best
Of course I'm comparing it to his last several releases. There were some funny moments but overall its obvious he's still working on his material.
Published 12 months ago by jp
5.0 out of 5 stars Lewis is Great!
We went to see Lewis Black in concert in Portland, Oregon, so of course had to catch up on prior concerts. We're very happy with this CD.
Published 12 months ago by L. Pool
1.0 out of 5 stars Only sound!!!!
Got this CD and only audio... the visual is half of watching Black!!! Disc sucks! If it is only to be audio... bad idea.
Published 15 months ago by russell nyberg
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