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George Carlin is back and he's angrier - and funnier - than ever. The Atlantic Records companion album to the triple Grammy Award-winning comic's 12th HBO comedy concert, COMPLAINTS AND GRIEVANCES is another Carlin classic, a collection of side-splitting riffs and splenetic rants that cut straight to the heart of 21st Century America. Recorded live at New York City's Beacon Theater, COMPLAINTS AND GRIEVANCES finds the legendary comedian with his dander at full mast, unleashing his righteous rage as such topics as "Rats & Squealer," "The Ten Commandments," "Everybody's Body Is the Same," "The First Enema," "Too Many Songs," "Traffic Accidents," "First-Class Feces," "People Who Oughtta Be Killed," and more. As ever, Carlin's blend of hilarious comedy and biting commentary forces listeners to confront the dark truths of modern culture while trying to catch their breath from non-stop laughter.
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  • Audio CD (December 11, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B00005T60X
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,886 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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As an avid Carlin freak, I jumped at the chance to see my favorite comedian when he was performing in Vegas in August of 2001. George was doing the standup circuit, testing out his new material for the HBO Special to be taped in November. At the time, the name of his tour (which also would have been the name of the special) was "I Kinda Like It When A Whole Lotta People Die". The act was pretty much the same as "Complaints and Grievances", except for a long and hilarious routine that dealt with his love of accidents, people dying, and stuff exploding on the news.
Then, of course, Sept. 11 came along. Boom, all that great stuff was cut out, and the title of the concert gets changed. What appeared in the concert (and, subsequently, this album) was good stuff, but not great stuff. The jokes George nixed was great stuff. If he chose not to use this material out of respect, then I'm fine with that, although it doesn't sound like something he'd do and I'm left with the sickening feeling that someone along the way forced these changes upon him. Hopefully, it'll return for his next album, however long a wait that might be.
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I was expecting a lot more from this album than I actually got, mainly because I thought Carlin would talk at length about the WTC terrorist attacks. But, this subject is just kind of glossed over. About the only thing he talks about is his 'chemical warfare' solution, which was kinda funny.
Then he goes on to traffic accidents which is ok, and then on to peeling various things (such as scabs) off of his body, which was completely unfunny. This is definitely the low point of the album. At this point during the 'scab' routine, obviously sensing that the audience was getting sick of it, he says something like "maybe I went a little too far" and then goes on to something else.
However, the album starts to pick up after this point as he goes into people that should be killed (great!) and the ten commandments (pretty good).
It seems that Carlin can't make up his mind whether he wants to do disgusting 'bathroom humor' material or witty & disturbing social commentary. Though I am a fan of both when it comes to comedy, Carlin just doesn't seem very capable of mixing the two the very well.
If you are a Carlin fan, this may make for a decent listen if your expectations aren't too high. If you're not a Carlin fan, this will do little to change your mind.
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What more needs to be said? :) This is George Carlin!!! Awesome CD. I love his humor and if you stop and think about what he says, he's right. In fact, I agree with everything he say. Every statement/joke/comment he said I always agreed with him. He and I have the same exact outlook on what he talks about. I watched his debut on the Johnny Carson Show. It was hilarious. I saw his second time on that show and it had me crying with laughter. When I think about it I still laugh like that about it. George was an absolute genius.
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I do not know how much of his material comes from his mind, but for me I go how does this stuff come into his mind. He is beyond funny. His stuff makes you think. Could be the best ever. He does not need swear words to make you laugh. Even though there is an occasional f.....
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I own many many Carlin CD's. This one is now my favorite! In my opinion he is at his peak in this album. The Post 911 screed is amazing and right on. Despite being anti-establishment, Carling is able to give insight positivenbness AND put in a dig at our messed up government at the same time. There is a lot of angry ranting here, and it is great stuff.

People may complain about his anger but think of this: Carlin acted as the steam valve on the pressure cooker of our society. Let him blow off steam! It's better than letting the whole thing blow up!

The man's voice is sorely missed.
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There aren't really proper words to describe George Carlin. He's the comedian's comedian; someone who's incredibly clever--both in his word play, as well as the various odd things he notices that many don't. Or as he once put it, "That's my job--thinking up goofy $h!t. Coming around once in a while, letting you know what it is, or telling you things you already knew, but forgot to laugh at the first time." Ever since my Dad introduced me to Carlin's record albums, I've been a fan of his strange, biting humor, though admittedly, I prefer his earlier material to his later shows. Never the less, when I came across this CD I had never seen or heard before, I was excited to hear some "new" material. Despite the album being older, sometimes the sign of a great comedian is one who's jokes can still be relevant and funny even years later.

With that said, I had my share of laughs while listening to this...although it's definitely one of his weaker outings.

The show opens with him discussing the events of 9/11, which right away tells you the period and mood everyone was in at the time of this release. As I later learned, apparently this entire special had a slew of extra material that was cut out of the show for this reason, and although I can understand the reasoning, it never the less makes the rest of his act feel somewhat lacking in comparison to his earlier routines. (Admittedly, his solution to fighting the war on terror with farts is pretty hilarious.)

But soon enough, he literally tells the audience "let's pretend its Sept. 10th and get back to what I usually do", and from there on, the bigger laughs truly start.
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