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Life in the Reagan-era U.S. gets Carlin revved up in the epic first track on this 1988 LP, Reagan's Gang, Church People and American Values . His virtuosic riffs on American culture take you from bad drivers to bewilderment at the big contradictions in society as you behold Keeping People Alert; People I Can Do Without , and more!
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  • Audio CD (June 27, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino Flashback
  • ASIN: B001AUKUT0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,640 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By A Customer on January 8, 1999
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I listen to tons of Comedy Albums, I have the Complete works of Carlin Seinfeld Cosby, and Newhart (and many others too) and I have to say Carlin is the King, Jerry is close behind but he just isn't as good as Carlin. Now about this CD in particular I think it is his best. I know that in other ones like Back in Town he does some funny S--T like Do you have your own words, Or his Seat belt bash in Jammin' In New York. But this is my favorite. As one who lives for comedy I think my opinion means something in this is The Real thing,
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...rockets and bombs in the ***-damn thing!" This is George Carlin at his most downright cynical, which is hilarious beyond comprehension! "Baby on Board... Who gives a fu**?!" While "Carlin at Carnegie" and "Carlin on Campus" provided more irreverent material such as "Did you ever notice that mice have no shoulders at all?", "What Am I Doing In New Jersey" is the one Carlin show that makes you want to stand up and scream "Right on, brother!" while you're laughing you're a** off!
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George Carlin and me first crossed paths in 1987 when my family finnally got cable TV, and this was the first time I heard his humor in this HBO special. A awesome collection of scathing social and political humor from the master. I'd say George Carlin was too comedy what the Beatles were to Rock and Roll. That should put it in perspective.
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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 was hoping to get more of Carlin's earlier material. His material at this point is just so political. It's smart and somewhat funny, but this album is from around the Reagan years, so it is rather dated.
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Especially if you are traveling through New Jersey. This CD marks the first of the "Angry Carlin" group, and is undoubtedly his best work. From the first line "I haven't seen a group this large since they brought together all the criminals and lawbreakers in the Ronald Reagan administration", through his scathing (and sidesplitting) views of American culture, and the second half on cars and driving, this is a must have for any comedy fan.
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Hey, gop37 -- howsabout actually, I dunno...*reviewing the particular album in question*, instead of moping about a bad Saturday night you had 15 years ago(!) (Or am I somehow mistaken about the point of this particular exercise? Do we really get to just tell some stories?) Let's show some focus, huh?
And far from being the beginning of the end, this record marked a new beginning for Carlin. Not quite as precisely effective as either some of his later work nor his very early stuff, I'll grant you. Still, a definite improvement on the fairly lackluster "A Place for My Stuff" and "Playin' With Your Head", to be sure. He IS more passionate and more impatient here, yes -- and that's to the benefit of the material. (Just how good can your act be if you yourself are fairly dispassionate about it?) Bottom line, he's starting to try again. That's a good thing.
I found the first ten or so minutes to be particularly good, myself -- but that's coming from someone who values the social commentary side of Carlin's routine more than the "little things" part of the equation (ask yourself how many comics can do one, and how many can do the other). There's real substance there -- the material itself is meatier, so there's greater potential for it to effect you, as well.
And the pointing out of absurd hypocrisy (especially in the political sphere) is always good, powerful, resonant stuff. There's quite a bit of it at the album's beginning, and Carlin must've had a field day with it -- and it shows. Still, I'd recommend giving the whole album a once-over -- or more. I wouldn't necessarily rank 'New Jersey' up there with, say, 'Back in Town', but I definitely think it's worth picking up.
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This album is one of George's classics. Being a 17 year old New Jersean, I loved everything from the fourth track on. Favorite bites include, "you cant pull out of you driveway without some guy in a hat wants 50 cents!" and "when you pull up to a toll plaza, bargain with the guy!" However, the first track isn't funny unless you were alive and paying attention to politics in the 80's, and police bashing on a NJ themed album doesn't seem right after all the NJ state trooper controversies. But, all in all, its great Carlin.
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