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Reissue of 1966 album, includes 'Tonsils', 'Lumps', 'Chicken Heart' & many more comedy classics. WB.

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These days, Bill Cosby is such an established showbiz presence that it's easy to forget what a deeply influential figure he was in the '60s, when he released a wildly successful series of standup comedy LPs. At the time, an amiable, apolitical African-American comedian sharing warmheartedly-barbed observations on childhood, parenting, and other rites of passage was a gently revolutionary act. Cosby's effortless ability to address universal experiences transcended boundaries of race and economic class, uniting diverse audiences during one of the most divisive periods in American history. Wonderfulness, originally released in 1966, is Cosby at his best, with such memorable bits as "Tonsils," "The Playground," and the classic childhood reminiscence "Chicken Heart." --Scott Schinder


1. Tonsils
2. The Playground
3. Lumps
4. Go Carts
5. Chicken Heart
6. Shop
7. Special Class
8. Niagara Falls

Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 28, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Warner Off Roster
  • ASIN: B0000062TJ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (179 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #195,631 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Brian D. Rubendall HALL OF FAME on October 17, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Once Upon a Time, standup comedy was a storytelling art form rather than just someone standing on stage cracking jokes. And in his heyday, nobody told funnier stories than Bill Cosby. This was Cosby before he became a megastar, when he still had a warm, regular guy kind of appeal. As much as any entertainer, he managed to break down racial barriers in the entertainment inductry. The universal nature of his tales of childhood and other observation were likely a big reason why.
"Wonderfulness" contains three Cosby classics "Chicken Heart," "Go Karts," and "Tonsils." All three are lengthy childhood tales that resonate as much today as they did when they were first recorded live four decades ago. Along the way, he introduces us to characters he would later refine on the Saturday morning cartoon show "The Cosby Kids."
Overall, "Wonderfulness" is one of the best stand up comedy albums ever recorded.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By T. Bratz on August 4, 2004
Format: Audio CD
We grew up on Bill Cosby records. We had several of his records at our house and never got tired of listening to them. This is his best album ever. The three best cuts on this are Go Carts, Tonsils and Chickenheart.

Cosby has a great talent for telling stories from a kid's perspective, much like Mark Twain did with Tom and Huck. These are mostly stories about his childhood and they still crack me up after all these years. When they finally put his records out on cd, I had to rush out and buy this one right away.

The problem with most comedy albums is that they get old after you hear them a few times, but Cosby is such a great story teller, that it's fun to hear these records over and over. While most comedy records are just recordings of jokes, Cosby tells funny stories that you can enjoy hearing repeatedly. You really can't go wrong with any of his records, but if you haven't heard any of them and want a real treat, do yourself a favor and buy this one.

If you enjoy this one be sure to check out "To Russell, My Brother, With Whom I Slept." If you ever shared a room with a brother or sister when you were growing up, this will probably bring back a lot of memories of the good old days.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Annie Van Auken TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 10, 2010
Format: Audio CD
William Henry 'Bill' Cosby, Jr. (7/12/37) has been a stand-up comic and a presence on the American scene since the early 1960s. This RHINO CD reissue of his fourth WARNER BROS. LP, WONDERFULNESS (1966, WS 1634) is Cosby in his prime. Tracks are from live performances at HARRAH's in Lake Tahoe, NV.

Also starring: Crying Charley / Old Weird Harold / Bill's Fainting Ma / Doris from Cooking Class / Johnson and Rudolph / Mr. and Mrs. Sheldon Leonard / Cream O' Wheat / About 3,000,000 Kids / 900 Cop Cars / And a Monster Chicken Heart (from LP's back cover)

Cosby has always been at his best when relating stories (real or imagined) of his boyhood; there's a wealth of such material on this album. In "Tonsils," Bill's been promised all the ice cream he can eat once the tonsillectomy is over. "Go Carts" is a brilliant recreation of an insane downhill race between rickety carts with baby carriage wheels and brakes made from short lengths of 2 × 4's.

"Lumps" explains why our narrator cannot stand a certain brand of mush. "Chicken Heart" may be this album's most famous track. Here, young Cos' spreads JELLO on the kitchen floor to keep monsters away, then tunes into his favorite scary radio show, "Lights OUT!!" And there's more: school vignettes, playground moments and the events that make childhood a trial while living it yet a fond memory in retrospect.

PROGRAM--

SIDE ONE
[15:19] Tonsils
[3:21] The Playground
[1:39] Lumps
[5:40] Go Carts

SIDE TWO
[12:28] Chicken Heart
[2:13] Shop
[1:24] Special Class
[4:52] Niagara Falls
TOTAL TIME: 46:56
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A big fan on December 7, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I have loved Chicken Heart since a friend played it for me over 15 years ago...I have been dying to let my spouse listen to it...the whole CD is a marvelous piece of work! My father has been playing Cosby since before I was born and I hope to instill a deep love of it in my own children!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Steve M. on October 15, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Wonderfulness opened my young eyes to the many facets of humor as it applies to day-to-day living. I was nine years old when I first heard this album in 1966. My older brother brought it home during his college breaks. Being very inquisitive, when he left the house I would rumage through his stuff and his album collection. One day I discovered Wonderfulness. Seeing Bill Cosby in I Spy, I didn't know he was a comedian. I listened to the album and became hooked. Having to listen several times to catch some of the meaning behind the humor, I could put myself in the situations and could see the characters he described. Old Weird Harold, Crying Charlie, the black snakes under the bed, Dad slipping on Jello, Sheldon Leonard jokes -- this album set the stage for the rest of my life. My 10 year old daughter has just discovered Bill Cosby through syndicated TV. I will surprise her with Wonderfulness and watch her beam.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Johnny Heering on March 4, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This album by Bill Cosby was released in 1966. It's very funny, as Cos always is. Especially good are a couple of long routines; a 15 minute routine about when he had his tonsils out and a 12 minutes routine about when he got scared by an old time radio program. Also very funny is a shorter bit about go-carts. Cosby fans will be sure to enjoy this one.
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