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A Genius At His Best,
This review is from: Anthology 1968-1992 (Audio CD)
I don't doubt that the box set these selections are taken from has many more immaculate moments to offer, but for the money, this 2-CD offering will not cause you any regrets.
Some of you may be wondering why I may refer to Pryor's routines as "immaculate," given the free use of schatological language and common themes from his inspired imagination, yet it is not without thought that I chose such term.
Let me explain ... underneath, at the root of every Pryor routine there's so much heart, such honest pain turned into laughs, such uncanny gift for showing the absurdity of our social ills, that it is hard to imagine that some divine order of grace has not touched this man.
Yes, the language is strong but not because he curses, it is strong because he speaks irresistibly and poignantly to what makes us humans so foolish and, often, so cruel.
Here's the work that gave birth to so many great comedians, from Eddie Murphy to Dave Chappelle. And, specially, to Chris Rock's great work, someone who has not copied but learned from Richard and seems to be the only politically meaningful stand up artist around these days.
Anyway, back to Richard Pryor, I urge you to buy this CD, have it travel with you. Whenever you may find yourself depressed, overwhelmed or taken over by your own form of "automatic pilot," play it and laugh yourself back to your real life.
If you still have any doubts, just take a look at this CD's cover, Richard, bare-chested and raising his fists, ready for a fight, and behind him the American flag. This is how courageous this material is, how willing to take on something so much bigger than he was. And you know what? In some level, he won the fight by a knockout.
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Initial post: Apr 3, 2014 7:07:48 PM PDT
T. Teal says:
Just wanted to let you know that this was an absolutely beautiful, heartfelt & well written review. Thank you - and, I will be purchasing this based upon your thoughts, as well. xo
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