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Arizona Bay Live

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Bill Hicks' politically incorrect humor has developed a rabid word-of-mouth following in the underground alternative and mainstream communities. Friends and fans include David Letterman, Brett Butler, Tool and more. Topics on this album include the miracle of California's potential slide into the Pacific Ocean and more.

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Having already recorded two albums live on stage, Hicks developed a more complex plan for ARIZONA BAY. He composed music for the program, painting a sonic portrait of life on the beach after the "big one" dropped California into the Pacific Ocean. He constructed the album with alternating bits of music and comedy, so that while the comedy bits could be taken on their own, the tension the music provided was subversively adding up to a much greater undercurrent of unease. Bill wrote the following note about ARIZONA BAY shortly after finishing its rough edit and mix in the spring of 1993:"By the way, as far as I know this [mixing-in of music] has never been done before with a comedy album. (I hope there's not a reason for that!) The important thing to remember is that this idea for ARIZONA BAY extends beyond just this album. It is a philosophy about not wanting or having to go through the mainstream to have your work mangled and made mediocre. I believe there is a great deal of anti-LA (and all that LA stands for) out there. I believe people would proudly wear "Arizona Bay" t-shirts and this whole idea could help bring into focus people's antipathy for mainstream America, while also being a concept for those people to rally around."
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 25, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Rykodisc
  • ASIN: B0000009QH
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149,245 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is currently my only Bill Hicks album. My brother in law gave it to me. I guess he figured since I'm a pretty young and angry lad, that I'd probably be interested in it. I gave it a listen one night while I was cleaning up the house, and boy was I in for a treat! I pretty much fell in love with it immediately. Now, I haven't heard any of his other albums yet, but because of this one, I do have full intention on picking them up as well. Bill Hicks knew how to put energy and heart into his performances. He has a stance with every issue and he stupendously holds his ground for the most part. I must forewarn you, however, that this is not for everyone. Some of this leans way past the vulgar side of things, but that's what comedy is all about. Now, I will also warn you that this is not just a spoken comedy album. They incorporated music inbetween the tracks, so you get about of minute or so of music after every spoken bit. The music is okay. It's mostly just laid back guitar and drums, and sometimes there's some humming. Most of the time I skip through it. It was just something he was experimenting with. It's not that much of a nuisance in my opinion, just hit the 'next track' button and you'll be on the spoken bit. To sum this all up, Bill Hicks was a genius. He was considered "over the top" by most, and went out of his way to shatter the rules. His philosophies were set forth as aid for the free thinkers of the world. He was a great, and energetic speaker, and any fan of intelligent comedy should definately be familiar with Hicks and his material. Highly Recommended!
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This is probably the best Bill Hicks album to start with - it'sthe one I heard first, anyway. CLASSIC bits about the Rodney Kingtrial / LA riots, plus a lot more. There's also some good little musical interludes in between the blistering comedy bits featuring Bill Hicks on guitar. It may sound wierd, but the music works. 'Relentless' and 'Rant In E-Minor' are exceptional as well. Bill Hicks was a comedian for the thinking man. If you buy one of his CD's, you will NOT be sorry.
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There is not one day that goes by that I don't quote at least one idea or philosophy of this man. There is not one day that I don't reflect on the joy that he has brought into my life. Arizona Bay is but a small piece of the HUGE gift that he offered us during his short time on this planet. Buy this and ANYTHING else you can get your hands on that this man created. Yes, he is funny. But, more important that that . . . he is right. I realize that right and wrong are entirely subjective concepts. But, Bill Hicks is the exception to that rule. And he knew it. But thankfully for us, he took it upon himself to remind people of this fact through comedy. I had already subscribed to many of the ideas he expresses in his comedy prior to ever hearing him speak, but, it was never so clear and so . . . funny. This CD and all his others will make you ache from laughter and then suddenly realize that what he is saying is not funny at all, but sad and disappointing. We aren't going about things the right way. In fact, we are truly messing it all up. Learn something. Get this man into your life RIGHT NOW ! ! ! It is a favor to yourself that you will never forget.
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Bill Hicks is by far the greatest comedian of all time. Even though there are only 4 studio recordings available, each one is a masterpiece. And, Arizona Bay is by far the best work by Hicks. His poetry of hate is like a Shakespearian Sonnet. I recommend this CD over all other Hicks albums. It might distract some because of the mix of music over the comedy, but keep in mind both Hicks and his best friend Kevin Booth are the musicians. Later.
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"Arizona Bay," isn't Bill Hicks' best album. This is really due to the music playing in the background as Bill Hicks is performing really funny material. What's with that? I don't mind a little music in the beginning or at the end of a track, like heard in "Rant in E-Minor," but to continue playing in the background can kind of get on your nerves. It doesn't take away too much from the ablum, but that's why I gave it 4.5 stars instead of 5.
But what IS great about this album.....it's Bill Hicks! How can you go wrong. I have only discovered this man a couple of weeks ago, and and within that short amount of time, I had found myself growing addicted to the man. He was funny....and yet, he makes you laugh AND think at the same time. This is a very rare thing.
Let it be said: Bill isn't for everyone. His material is very edgy, he gets very controversial and pollitical, and he was never afraid of voicing his opinions. He uses foul language, but I really don't think it's that bad, compared to some of the other guys I have heard.
But if you love edgy comics who make you laugh and think the same time, then you will ABSOULTLEY love Bill Hicks. He should've recieved the recognition he deserved when he was alive.
This album, like his others, is very funny. (With the exception of what I have mentioned in the first paragraph.) He talks about how much he hates L.A., England and hooligans, Dinosaurs in the Bible, and problems with the Church, government, and much more.
If you love Bill Hicks, then you will love this album. If you are now just learning about this brilliant comic, then I recommend purchasing "Rant in E-Minor" first, because that was the one I bought first, and it really hooked me in to buying the others. Bill is a genius who is dearly missed by all. I wish there were more like him. But, it's up to us now to make sure that his name lives on.
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