The Essential Collection
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Import, 2 CD
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Bill Hicks' extraordinary social commentary is as fresh and stunning today as it was in the 80's and 90's. He confronted mainstream beliefs and hypocrisy. Bill often engaged his audiences, encouraging them to travel with him and evolve. He described himself as "Chomsky with dick jokes." Hicks' career was short in span but powerful in impact. His rigorous touring schedule from the early 80's into the early 90's often tallied over 300 nights performing per year. Hicks appeared on Late Night with David Letterman eleven times during his career.
The Essential Collection is a 4 disc set (2 CD / 2 DVD) that encompasses Bill Hicks short but powerful career as a satirist, social critic and stand-up comedian. The 2 DVD discs feature over five hours of performance footage from Bill Hicks personal archives. The video content includes rare, never before seen performance footage of Bill from the early 80 s. Also included is the cult short film, NINJA BACHELOR PARTY (starring Bill Hicks, Kevin Booth and David Johndrow), interview footage with Bill, and a DVD photo gallery with pictures from Bill s personal archives. The 2 CD discs feature over two hours of Bill s best stand up material. Included are never before released performance pieces by Bill from a San Ramon, CA performance that was found in Bill s archives. The package also features liner notes from Henry Rollins, noted UK author Paul Outhwaite and UK journalist/tv personality, Clive Anderson. Also included in the package is a download card containing 11 original song recordings by Bill entitled, Lo-Fi Troubadour.
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2 discs of audio, and more importantly 2 DVD's.
The 2 audio discs are culled from all of Bill's previous releases, with
a handful of tracks from a previously unheard tape.
Bill's material is brilliant, however it could have used some clever editing.
It seems like someone just made a 2-disc compilation at random.
These 2 audio discs are beside the point. Consider the 2 discs as extra's.
The 2 DVD's are something I've been waiting many years to see.
These are an absolute goldmine.
I'm still absorbing all that is here. It's a lot of performance footage.
First, we have a full 1981 performance from Houston.
It's amazing that this footage exists at all.
All of Bill's releases are from 1989 to 1993, so it's
nice to get some balance to these early years.
Then there's a long set from 1985. Maybe my favorite.
Bill does an amazing Tom Waits impression....I have
read that Tom Waits is a fan, so I imagine him
getting a real kick out of hearing Bill talk about him.
This is followed by more Houston performances from 1986.
Bill seems dark and weary. There is also a long poolside
interview with Bill on some of the details of the
Houston Outlaw Comics.
THEN, my friends...we have NINJA BACHELOR PARTY in excellent quality!
The audio is perfect. The video is great. The Karate action preserved.
I've had this on dubbed VHS for years, glad to have it in DVD quality.
NINJA BACHELOR PARTY is the Citizen Kane of Ninja Bachelor Party movies.
A sweeping epic. In the DVD notes, Kevin Booth mentions a future expanded
NBP release. Thank Allah! Since there is an excellent promo for the film,
tons of outtakes, a sequel that involves tennis...Can't wait.
...and we still have 4 long clips from 1991-1993 performances in Austin.
All of them filmed by Bill's brother, Steve, at the Laff Stop
where Sane Man was filmed.
I am thrilled to see these. Although they aren't full performances, they
are mostly focused on material Bill didn't use on the albums.
We finally get to see a great Elvis & Charlie Hodge routine.
I really hope there is some viable way for these full performances to
be released some day. It's hand-held camera footage. I prefer it
over expensive fixed-cam for some reason. Anyone with me on that?
you also get access to a download of an album of Bill's music,
via a cool card and the Bill HIcks website..
Here's a side of Bill we haven't heard. If you know his Arizona Bay
music, or his Marblehead Johnson music - this is different.
It's some gorgeous music. I have only had time to sample it, but
"The Moon is Smiling" will really get you all flipped inside out.
Buy this set. It's full of rare archival video.
The sales may encourage more video releases.
Please, bring on more audio and video recordings.
Then we move on to the second DVD and Ninja Bachelor Party. What a great film. I'd seen this once, years ago, on VHS, and the quality of the transfer to DVD is pretty good. Follow that up with the Austin Bootleg Series of performances, and you have the icing on the Hicks cake. Finally, the music downloads present another side of Bill Hicks. The songs are so touching. I highly recommend this set, pair it with American: The Bill Hicks Story and you have the perfect starter kit for introducing someone else to Bill Hicks' amazing career and legacy.