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Mark Twain Tonight - The First 2 recordings,
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I have owned all 3 LPs for many, many years. I own the VHS of the 1967 CBS broadcast. I recent bought The Best of Mark Twain Tonight CD that pulled from all 3 recordings, but is not complete by any means.
What this Double CD offers is the complete first 2 recordings. I pulled out the LPs and checked everything. The lists match. So for the price below a full price single CD, you get both recordings including one of my personal favorites, My Encounter with an Interviewer.
Now there are no liner notes, but unless you want to learn about the preparation for the role or see photos as he transforms into Twain (some do), the performance needs little introduction.
I have seen Hal Holbrook perform Mark Twain Tonight several times, recently a couple years ago at the Moore Theater in Seattle. He is now closer to the age when Twain went on his world tour. The history is that he had lost a fortune investing in a Print Setter. It failed and Twain owed over $200,000. His friends and financial advisors told him to declare bankruptcy, but Twain refused. Instead he declared he would pay back everyone he owed. This is how the lectures came to be. He lectured across the country and around the world. He was America's Ambassador - and yes, he amassed another fortune and paid back every penny.
For a book to read that is not on the traditional reading list, I strongly recommend Letters From the Earth. Here is where the a different Twain exists. For people who love Twain, this is an essential.