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Sammy's Pawnshop; The People's Pawnshop
on July 29, 2003
Sam Kinison was, and always will be, a comedic genius. He traveled where others feared. He said things that made everybody laugh and cringe at the same time. You would be laughing one minute and then thinking "what is wrong with me??" the next. That's the kind of effect he had on you, no doubt about it. And many of his fans will tell you the same thing. Sam Kinison's "Live from Hell" is a comedy gold and a classic to love.
Now, they have issued a re-mastered version of the album, which sounds a lot better than the older one. And, now the tracks are separated instead of the entire act being on one track (as the first edition was). This is a major plus, because sometimes you just need a quick fix and don't have time to listen to the entire album, and it's annoying to forward through the entire disk until you get to the bit you want to hear. Still, it's always best to hear the album in its complete entirety.
Sam talks about it all. From Pee-Wee Herman to Joan Rivers; from the Space Race to the first Gulf War; from pawnshops to the smart bomb; and there's so much more. His material was edgy, controversial, and risky. This is why we loved the man so much. He was clearly original, as there will never be an equal.
My favorite bits are "I missed the Joan River's Show," "Sammy's Pawnshop," "J.F.K.," "100 hour war," "Sam's Tirade," "the homeless," and "Cable TV." They're all good and hilarious, but those are the ones that stick out the most to me.
Sam Kinison was, and still is, a genius when it came to comedy. He dished it out like nobody else could. "Live from Hell" is Sam at his best. If you are a fan and have not checked out the album yet, get your hands on a copy as soon as you can. This album is bound to stay in your stereo for weeks.