First Family [Completete 50th Anniversary]

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Comedy writers Bob Booker, Earle Doud, and George Foster weren't looking to create a cultural phenomenon when they teamed with an obscure stand-up comic named Vaughn Meader to cut a comedy album in the fall of 1962, but ultimately that's what they did, and The First Family, a gentle but effective bit of political satire that focused on the foibles of President John F. Kennedy and his family, became one of the most remarkable successes in the history of the record business, moving over seven million copies in six months when it was released in early 1963. The First Family, however, went from a smashing success to a joke no one dared tell again when Kennedy was assassinated ...
See more details below
CD (Special Edition / with Booklet)
$23.46
BN.com price
(Save 6%)$24.99 List Price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (CD)
  • All (4) from $20.72   
  • New (4) from $20.72   

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Comedy writers Bob Booker, Earle Doud, and George Foster weren't looking to create a cultural phenomenon when they teamed with an obscure stand-up comic named Vaughn Meader to cut a comedy album in the fall of 1962, but ultimately that's what they did, and The First Family, a gentle but effective bit of political satire that focused on the foibles of President John F. Kennedy and his family, became one of the most remarkable successes in the history of the record business, moving over seven million copies in six months when it was released in early 1963. The First Family, however, went from a smashing success to a joke no one dared tell again when Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963; the album was immediately pulled from stores (as was a sequel that appeared in the spring of 1963), and it was seemingly relegated to attics or garage sales from then on, a strange artifact that, despite its good intentions, was an instant reminder of a national tragedy. But as a wise man once said, time heals all wounds, and a half-decade after it was first recorded, it's possible to listen to The First Family again and hear what it was meant to be -- a respectful but playful spoof of President Kennedy that ultimately says more about his charisma and personality than politics. While it's hard to imagine anyone believing that Vaughn Meader really was Kennedy given the theatricality of his delivery, he did establish the gold standard Kennedy impersonators followed from then on, and his comic timing and delivery are impressive, while Naomi Brossart is very amusing as the breathy and slightly eccentric First Lady. This 50th Anniversary Edition of The First Family includes the original album as well as the lesser-known The First Family, Vol. 2, which doesn't work as well, thanks to a handful of musical numbers cluttering the comedy, and a bit too much acknowledgment of the first album's success, though the penultimate track, "1996," is a curiously moving sketch which imagines an elderly John and Jackie looking back at their lives. In addition to the two First Family albums, this package includes a third bonus disc, which features a BBC radio documentary on the album's history and impact (no date is given for the show, though since it mentions Meader in the present tense, it must have aired before his passing in October 2004), an early performance by Meader from the TV show Talent Scouts (which reveals he was a fine voice mimic but not so good at writing his own material), and a clip from a press conference in which President Kennedy talks about the album. While this expanded edition of The First Family is most strongly recommended to cultural historians or the nostalgic, at its best, this material is still quite funny despite the ravages of time and tragedy.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/13/2012
  • Label: Rockbeat Records
  • UPC: 089353317225
  • Catalog Number: 3172
  • Sales rank: 44,900

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Scene 1: the Experiment - Bob Booker (0:46)
  2. 2 Scene 2: After Dinner Conversations - Norma MacMillan (5:08)
  3. 3 Scene 3: the Malayan Ambassador - Bob MacFadden (1:00)
  4. 4 Scene 4: Relatively Speaking - Sara Dolley (0:39)
  5. 5 Scene 5: Astronauts - Bob MacFadden (1:00)
  6. 6 Scene 6: Motorcade - Vaughn Meader (0:49)
  7. 7 Scene 7: the Party - Bob MacFadden (0:47)
  8. 8 Scene 8: the Tour - Naomi Brossart (6:41)
  9. 9 Scene 1: But Vote!! - Bob Booker (0:23)
  10. 10 Scene 2: Economy Lunch - Bob MacFadden (5:19)
  11. 11 Scene 3: the Decision - Bob MacFadden (1:20)
  12. 12 Scene 4: White House Visitor - Jim Lehner (0:59)
  13. 13 Scene 5: Press Conference - Zahma Cunningham (2:37)
  14. 14 Scene 6: the Dress - Naomi Brossart (1:08)
  15. 15 Scene 7: Saturday Night, Sunday Morning - Naomi Brossart (4:20)
  16. 16 Scene 8: Auld Lang Syne - Norma MacMillan (1:21)
  17. 17 Scene 9: Bedtime Story - Norma MacMillan (1:43)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Scene 1: the Announcement - Bob Booker (0:22)
  2. 2 Scene 2: an Evening With Jfk - George Foster (5:39)
  3. 3 Scene 3: 1958 - Barry Newman (3:08)
  4. 4 Scene 4: the Trial - Edwin Bruce (1:25)
  5. 5 Scene 5: the Law - Edwin Bruce (4:06)
  6. 6 Scene 6: the Crisis - Joe Silver (1:41)
  7. 7 Scene 7: the Concert - Naomi Brossart (1:11)
  8. 8 Scene 8: the First Daughter - Norma MacMillan (3:52)
  9. 9 Scene 9: Biography - Vaughn Meader (0:52)
  10. 10 Scene 1: the First Family March - Norma MacMillan (3:06)
  11. 11 Scene 2: Taxes - Linda Siegel (4:41)
  12. 12 Scene 3: the Movie - Edwin Bruce (1:05)
  13. 13 Scene 4: Caroline's First Date - Stanley Myron Handelman (2:38)
  14. 14 Scene 5: Stop the World - Joe Silver (1:21)
  15. 15 Scene 6: the Brothers Three - Vaughn Meader (2:38)
  16. 16 Scene 7: 1996 - Naomi Brossart (1:52)
  17. 17 Scene 8: Equal Time - Vaughn Meader (4:07)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Bbc Tribute To the First Family - Vaughn Meader (27:37)
  2. 2 Vaughn Meader's First Tv Appearance On Talent Scout - Vaughn Meader (8:13)
  3. 3 President Kenney Talks About the First Family - Vaughn Meader (0:56)
Read More Show Less

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The First Family Primary Artist
Vaughn Meader Indexed Contributor
Eugene Lowell Choir Director
Technical Credits
Earle Doud Producer, Adaptation
Bob Prescott Sound Effects
Archie Bleyer Musical Director
Frank Laico Engineer
John Quinn Engineer
Bob Booker Producer, Adaptation
Robert Mack Producer
George Foster Producer, Adaptation
Ralph Curtiss Sound Effects
Bill Longcore Cover Photo
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously