Evolution/Revolution: The Early Years by Rhino at Eleven Rack. Hurry! Limited time offer. Offer valid only while supplies last. Even though Rhino's released two comprehensive Richard Pryor collections, 2002's 2-CD Anthology and 2000's 8-CD And It's Deep Too boxed set, only one
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Even though Rhino's released two comprehensive Richard Pryor collections, 2002's 2-CD Anthology and 2000's 8-CD And It's Deep Too boxed set, only one of the *65 tracks* on this collection appeared on those sets. That's because this material, which consists of long out-of-print recordings for the legendary Laff label and unreleased routines from the Pryor, Stax and Warner Bros. vaults, is so rare it hurts, especially that Laff stuff, which is something of a holy grail for comedy collectors. In fact, disc one presents Pryor's PG-13 beginnings with newly restored Laff bits from pristine sources discovered in his private archives, while disc two at last reissues his classic Craps (After Hours) album, which is definitely not anywhere close to PG-13!
Richard Pryor was many things to many people: a bigot, a troublemaker, and drug abuser. He was also the most influential comedian of the latter half of the 20th century. This marvelously compiled 2-CD, 65-track compilation contains selections from his self-titled debut LP, the obscure Craps, and previously unreleased live dates. This collection captures his metamorphosis from a conventional comic to the artist we know today. On the first disc, when you hear tracks like "Peoria," "Improv, Pt. 1" and "Playboy Club," he sounds more like Bill Cosby. But the second disc tracks like "Wattstax Monologue," "Whorehouse, Pts. 1-2," and the brilliant "Wino & Junkie," feature his insightful, profanity-based humor, which truly reflected his ghetto upbringing and the racial climate of the 1960s. His monologue on "Black Films," where he imitates jazz drummer Tony Williams's rhythms, brilliantly highlights his incredible improvisational skills unmatched by anyone today. --Eugene Holley, Jr.
5.59 x 0.59 x 4.96 inches
4.9 x 0.5 x 5.6 inches
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