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Woody Allen: The Nightclub Years, 1964-1968 Import

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A lot of this CD's worth lies in its documentary value, which might seem like faint praise except for the great period that's being documented. For Woody Allen it was the transition between his writing-for-hire (not only for television, but early movie work such as What's New Pussycat?) and his filmmaking career, which would begin in earnest with 1969's Take the Money and Run. Dated or not, "The Moose" never fails to crack me up. --David Wolf

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. The Nightclub Years Part 1
  2. The Nightclub Years Part 2

Disc: 2

  1. The Nightclub Years Part 3
  2. The Nightclub Years Part 4


Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 4, 1997)
  • Original Release Date: 1964
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: EMI Comedy Classics
  • ASIN: B000003PX2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #188,784 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I had this as a double-LP set when it was first issued and enjoyed it immensely. As favorite recordings go, it got pretty scratchy from repeated listenings. When the CD era came, I always wanted to replace my worn out vinyl and just never got around to it. Lucky for me!

This material has been reissued on CD as a single disc. From reading many AMAZON customer reviews I learned that the single CD was really badly edited from the existing 93 minutes to fit onto a single disc. That single disc is the one which comes up readily in searches. Reading AMAZON reviews helped me to avoid that mistake and steered me to this EMI double CD set. This double EMI set is the only complete CD issue of the double LP set. Moreover, the producer/engineer nicely segued the album sides 1 and 2 so they flow together as one longer performance. Same with 3 and 4 as one longer presentation on CD disc 2. They're still broken up into 4 parts but flow together. Bravo to the producer/engineer for that!

The material is classic Woody Allen in his stand-up years. 1964, '65 and '68. This was before he got fully into movie-making and his brilliance is evident. Very funny stand-up comedy for the sophisticated audience. Long before other comedians broke the language barriers and forever changed comedy - not necessarily for the worse - comedy relied on colorful expression and not shock-value language to convey the story. Woody was a master at that as he honed his skill on the way to becoming the celebrated film-maker he obviously did become.

If you are a fan of comedy, buy this. DON'T buy the single CD version! Even at very inexpensive used prices, you're going to get noticably edited (sometimes in the middle of stories) routines, from what I've read.

Again, thank you to all the AMAZON REVIEWERS and AMAZON.com for having this forum available for sharing that very critical information!!
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Both 'Nightclub Years' and 'Stand Up comic' are brilliant - but almost identical in content. Buy one or the other - but not both!!!
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In a nutshell this Woody Allen complilation of his early years is by far one of my favorites in my comedy collection. The bit about The Moose is a classic is are the other finely crafted bits of dialouge. I have listened to this recording with my friends and family for years and we never fail to get a laugh out of this comic genius' timing and subject matter.
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This is a reissue of a 1972 double album that reissued Woody Allen's three comedy albums on two records. The first album was recorded in 1964 at Mr. Kelly's in Chicago. The second album was recorded in 1965 at The Shadows in Washington, D.C. The last album was recorded in 1968 at Eugene's in San Francisco. This is an excellent document of Woody Allen's early years as a standup comedian. And it's funny, too. The recording quality isn't really the best, though. And the transitions between the three different shows are sometimes awkward, especially when it switches from the earlier mono shows to the later stereo show. The two discs here are split into four parts which are 20 or so minutes long each, duplicating the four sides of the original double album. Most of the material here is quite funny, with Allen playing a similar persona to the one he played in his early films. Allen's fan's will definitely enjoy this.
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This recording is true brillance. Woody Allen's standup is truly funny. Fans who loved films such as Annie Hall will find a fimiliarity about this recording. One of the things I most enjoyed about this cd was the fact that It was very clean and still retains all the humor, which to me enhances the enjoyment to the listener. There are humorous jewels buried throughout, often the listener will find a vein. If you are a fan of Allen or just like to laugh this is the perfect cd.
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For fans of Allen (especially Bananas thru Annie Hall) this album is great, some of the references are dated, but if you're like me the voice alone is enough to keep you laughing
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These stand up sessions were recorded over 4 years in what can only be imagined as smoky, dark nightclubs on the east coast circuit. Who would have thought Woody Allen was this funny! THe remarkable thing is, he does not say ONE word of profanity! The entire recording is hilarious from start to finish, unique, off beat, implausible and urbane. I have lent this to many friends who at first greet it with skepticism and then end up recommending it to others too. A wonderful rare little piece of 60's culture!!!
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This is a 2 disc set of all of the three Woody Allen comedy albums. Hilarious from start to finish. If you want it all,this edtion from EMI is the one for you. You will be satisified. Thanks Amazon.
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