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Product Details

  • Vinyl
  • Original Release Date: 1983
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording
  • Label: Geffen Rcords
  • ASIN: B000PDQXGC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #305,884 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Reginald D. Garrard VINE VOICE on March 8, 2003
Format: Audio CD
The title is in no way meant to condemn the comedienne; however, she doesn't exhibit the same wit and humor today that she did on this landmark recording from the early eighties.
Her respective routines about being recognized in the gynecologist office and the English "royals" are priceless.
And the Rivers in Blackgama cover is totally "Reagan-era chic".
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This was a big album in the early eighties, however, I never got around to buying it until now, in digital form. The album will take you back to another time, when jokes about Elizabeth Taylor, Liberace and Mick Jagger, were relevant. They were funny jokes, but at the expense of the stars, and I can only imagine they must have hurt. After all, who likes to hear about your lips being so huge you can French-kiss a moose? But it is Joan Rivers and you're guaranteed some laughs.

For a thirty year old plus album the sound quality is excellent. It's a shame that it took the tragic and untimely passing of Joan to finally get this re-released, even if only as a digital download. I hope her comedy albums from the sixties will get re-released as I'd like to hear them and I know others will, too.
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Joan Rivers is an American original and this CD captures her at her peak. Clever, brilliant, brash, outrageous, controversial, Joan was ahead of her time but stays timelessly hilarious on this CD. If you like Joan, you absolutely must get this - I am so grateful to have found it on Amazon.com! I originally heard this "album" when it came out in the early '80s and have loved it ever since. Joan rules!!
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Joan Rivers is a semi-legend...
Of course, she is, and it's unfortunate that her comedy act today is sour and mean-spirited. Remember her pre-awards show? And how SNL viciously satirized her? Well, in the earlier days, her comedy was fresh, witty, and extremely funny. Who could ever forget her put-downs of rock stars, gyne exams, and, of course, the British Royal Family?
It's all here in this album: when Joan was mean and witty at the same time...always with a twinkle in her eye. What demons she is exorcising these days is anybody's guess. But when she asked, "What Becomes a Semi-Legend Most?", she was on top of her game, and we all loved her for it. I still laugh when I remember her line: "Aren't rock stars ugly?....The lips, the one with the lips? Mick Jagger! He has child-bearing lips!"
Now that was funny...
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My First an Favorite One Of Joan...Those were the Days My Friend! Thanks for Sponsoring The AIDS FOUNDATION C.C.PA. back in "84. You Were The Bomb Joan...an the Bathroom Scene a Memory Never Forgotten...I know you Shared, that with Melissa... Keep Watching Over them Joan! *Muuuaah* Ronni Rose
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If you love,or even like Joan Rivers, this CD is worth the price. It is from the early 1980s, when she was still guest-hostin for Johnny Carson on "The Tonight Show". It is rather short, at about 35 minutes,but has more laughs per minute than any comedy CD I have ever owned.
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Classic Joan Rivers, and just as funny today as it was in the 1980's. I can't look at Prince Charles without thinking of him hang gliding over the Falklands - with his EARS! Or Elizabeth Taylor standing in front of the microwave yelling, "Hurry!!!" The routine about going to the gynecologist is so good, I have lent my copy of the cassette of this album to every doctor I have - until someone didn't return it.
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By Boxodreams on February 17, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Are you kidding? Can we talk? This is one of the greatest slabs of comedy of all time. I have a few of Joan's early albums and while she was funny in the '60s, she hadn't gotten rolling yet. A lot of the style was there, but she really began to flower when the wheels began to fall off the culture. Don't forget, as wild as everyone seems to remember the 60s as being, counterculture was just that, counterculture. The regular culture, even for hip, modern, forward-thinking East Coast Jews, was still kind of fusty compared to what began to take shape in the '80s, when all that Mayberry and Happy Days stuff got swept off TV and things just got coarser and coarser until we all went down the sewer. And there, in that stewing petrie dish of "dish," where the stars were no longer stars but shooting targets, Joan Rivers exploded like a supernova. "Can we talk" is pure genius: Here she says, let's cut through the crap and get down to what everybody is really thinking, what everything is really all about. Let's stop pretending. Let's stop being nice. Let's start being so hilarious you want to fall on the floor, and nearly twenty years later, unlike so many other comedy albums, this is still amazingly sharp-edged and knee buckling.

It's sheer ignorance when some people writing here have said that Joan isn't as funny today as she was then. They, sadly for them, have no idea what they are talking about. They are seeing her stretched face on QVC and seeing her swap inane quips with passing celebrities on the red carpet and other junk like that. People, she is just paying the bills (as if she doesn't have enough money) with this garbage. It's the work of an aging workaholic.
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