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Barnes & Noble - Steve Klinge
"I'm not a comedian. I'm Lenny Bruce" -- so claimed the influential, troubled cult figure. But Bruce was lying: He was indeed a comedian, and his signature stand-up routines, such as "Religions, Inc.," "Jewish & Goyish," and "Father Flotsky's Triumph," attest to his ability to generate laughs. But, as the massive Let the Buyer Beware amply displays, he was also an astute observer of culture, a champion of the First Amendment, a stream-of-consciousness monologist and hipster, and a troubled victim of censorship. It's a six-disc set with well over seven hours of mostly previously unreleased recordings, housed in a beautiful 80-page hardcover book full of newspaper ...
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Barnes & Noble - Steve Klinge
"I'm not a comedian. I'm Lenny Bruce" -- so claimed the influential, troubled cult figure. But Bruce was lying: He was indeed a comedian, and his signature stand-up routines, such as "Religions, Inc.," "Jewish & Goyish," and "Father Flotsky's Triumph," attest to his ability to generate laughs. But, as the massive Let the Buyer Beware amply displays, he was also an astute observer of culture, a champion of the First Amendment, a stream-of-consciousness monologist and hipster, and a troubled victim of censorship. It's a six-disc set with well over seven hours of mostly previously unreleased recordings, housed in a beautiful 80-page hardcover book full of newspaper clippings, photos, essays, a biographical and cultural chronology, and a glossary for some of the people and Yiddish terms that come up in the set. Ranging from his first recording (a 1948 appearance on the Arthur Godfrey show) to his last ("Testing the Sony Microphone," recorded the night before his death of an overdose in August 1966), the set includes the early "bits" that brought Bruce notoriety as a "sick comic" who skewered hypocrisies associated with religion, sex, and race while provoking uncomfortable but genuine laughter. His use of profanity led to numerous arrests on charges of obscenity, and his stories of the arrests and court cases contain moments of humor; but, more significantly, they're captivating audio portraits of a historic cultural figure. Sure, Lenny Bruce was a groundbreaking stand-up comic with a wide range of voices and an unerring sense of timing. But Let the Buyer Beware also provides deeply human insights into the man behind the comedy, in all his "sick" and brilliant guises.
All Music Guide - Campbell
Let the Buyer Beware is an extraordinary six-disc CD box set packed with unreleased performances, interviews, phone conversations, and various other private recordings of Lenny Bruce. The project was lovingly compiled by Lenny's daughter Kitty and music producer Hal Willner with assistance from the estate of the late Marvin Worth, who produced both the Broadway play Lenny and the film that starred Dustin Hoffman in the leading role. With over seven hours of material, it's painfully obvious that Bruce was so much more than a comedian who worked "blue" and died of a drug overdose in 1966. The program traces his career from his first public performance in 1948 on Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts as just another corny comedian to his metamorphosis into the '50s visionary of bad taste with controversial bits pertaining to race, religion, and authority. It was routines like "Religions, Inc.," "Thank You Masked Man," and "How to Relax Your Colored Friends at Parties" that made the police take notice of Lenny, busting him and the club owners who hired him for obscenity. By disc five the biting satirical monologues have been replaced with scathing condemnations by a dejected man who ended up blackballed, bankrupt, and paranoid. Let the Buyer Beware is more than just a box set highlighting the best routines of an innovative comic; it allows the listener to go behind the scenes into the mindset of a hipster sage who vehemently exclaimed "I'm not a comedian, I'm Lenny Bruce."
Rolling Stone - David Fricke
The definitive audio-biography of Bruce as a revolutionary craftsman and antic wit.... The thrill is in hearing Bruce in action, at the peak of his nightclub powers.

The definitive audio-biography of Bruce as a revolutionary craftsman and antic wit.... The thrill is in hearing Bruce in action, at the peak of his nightclub powers.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/14/2004
  • Label: Shout Factory
  • UPC: 826663710922
  • Catalog Number: 37109

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Are There Any Niggers Here Tonight? (1:20)
  2. 2 The Clap (1:37)
  3. 3 Lenny on Comedy, Pt. 1 (2:59)
  4. 4 On Third Shows (1:04)
  5. 5 Father Flotsky's Triumph (7:36)
  6. 6 Lima, Ohio (10:39)
  7. 7 Introduction to "The Palladium"/Annie Ross/What Was I Talking About? [# (2:32)
  8. 8 The Palladium (20:13)
  9. 9 Explanation of Frank Dell and Bullets (1:29)
  10. 10 Censorship on the Steve Allen Show (6:18)
  11. 11 Taking Requests/Hip Diseases (1:49)
  12. 12 The Lawrence Welk Story (4:52)
  13. 13 How to Relax Your Colored Friends at Parties - Eric Miller (6:25)
  14. 14 Gotta Split (1:09)
  15. 15 Lenny on Playboy's Penthouse - Hugh M. Hefner (5:16)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Testing the Sony Microphone (1:11)
  2. 2 Lenny on Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts - Sally Marr (8:12)
  3. 3 Critics/Club Owners (5:58)
  4. 4 Monster Routine With Hecklers (14:24)
  5. 5 I've Never Been in Love Before (1:02)
  6. 6 Religions, Inc. (9:49)
  7. 7 Lenny Interview (4:45)
  8. 8 Airplane Glue (1:44)
  9. 9 The Phone Company (2:20)
  10. 10 My Trip to Miami (3:39)
  11. 11 Psycho Doctors/Faye Bainter/Jack Paar (6:54)
  12. 12 Ike, Sherm & Nick (6:03)
  13. 13 Non Skeddo Flies Again (10:41)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Working Carnegie Hall (0:58)
  2. 2 Point of View (4:54)
  3. 3 Christ and Moses (8:50)
  4. 4 Spanish Harlem (1:06)
  5. 5 The Joke (1:35)
  6. 6 Pretty Bizarre Show (1:41)
  7. 7 Dirty Toilet/Bad Early Toilet Training (2:45)
  8. 8 If Your Body Is Dirty, The Fault Lies With the Manufacturer (0:44)
  9. 9 What Should Be/What Is (1:35)
  10. 10 C.E. Hocksey Letters/My Father Solomon Osterow (7:47)
  11. 11 To Is a Preposition; Come Is a Verb (2:35)
  12. 12 Blah Blah Blah (2:50)
  13. 13 Dick Tracy Is an Orthodox Jew (1:21)
  14. 14 Milton Berle/Dykes/Homosexuality (3:17)
  15. 15 Cops/Where the Heat Are (1:01)
  16. 16 Going to Court/Wear a Blue Suit (1:41)
  17. 17 S.F. Gossip/Jewish & Goyish/Cat Downstairs Taping Show (2:52)
  18. 18 The Phantom (0:55)
  19. 19 Would You Want Your Sister to Marry One of Them? (1:51)
  20. 20 Chick Singer With a Gimmick (8:33)
  21. 21 Billy Graham Is Not Qualified (1:36)
  22. 22 Touch It Once (1:49)
  23. 23 The Black Cat/Get Stuffed/Why Did You Lie to Me? (6:18)
  24. 24 Closing/Will Rogers Quote (0:31)
  25. 25 Lawrence Welk the Hipster (3:08)
  26. 26 Hubert's Museum (4:34)
Disc 4
  1. 1 I Just Do It and That's All (0:58)
  2. 2 Ruby the Robot (0:22)
  3. 3 Mort Sahl, Shelley Berman, Jack Paar, Joey Bishop & Phyllis Diller/The (1:36)
  4. 4 Why the Breakfast Show (1:21)
  5. 5 The Meaning of Obscenity, Pt. 1/Drew Pearson's a Son of a Bitch (2:36)
  6. 6 Norman Rockwell/The Jazz Scene (2:21)
  7. 7 The Word or the Act/We Fucked Their Mothers for Chocolate Bars (1:26)
  8. 8 Jimmy Hoffa/Castro & Cuba (1:11)
  9. 9 Thank You Masked Man (6:57)
  10. 10 Dangerous Drugs/Marijuana (4:04)
  11. 11 Jews Killed Christ (1:43)
  12. 12 Marilyn Monroe/Narcotics vs. Juice (1:28)
  13. 13 You Don't Remember Me, Do You?/You're So Classic...Smoking a Cigar (2:26)
  14. 14 Kennedys/Jonathan Winters (1:23)
  15. 15 W.C. Fields the Anti-Semite/Hookers on Record (1:59)
  16. 16 The Meaning of Obscenity, Pt. 2 (1:15)
  17. 17 San Francisco Bust/Judge Entrapment (4:45)
  18. 18 The Act Is Kissin' & Huggin' (0:38)
  19. 19 Las Vegas, Pt. 1/Johnny Mathis (0:27)
  20. 20 I'll Show You How Prejudiced You Are (1:26)
  21. 21 Corrupt Cities/Chicago Shtarkers/Shelley Berman (2:16)
  22. 22 Audience Banter/Why Doesn't He Do the Bits on the Records? (1:18)
  23. 23 Lenny on Comedy, Pt. 2 (8:08)
  24. 24 Snot (3:42)
  25. 25 The Nerve of Faggots (1:01)
  26. 26 Hooker That Balled the President (1:08)
  27. 27 Divorce/Get Even/Stag Movies vs. King of Kings (1:51)
  28. 28 Norman Thomas/Filipinos/Midgets (3:06)
  29. 29 Las Vegas, Pt. 2/Pearl Bailey (6:58)
  30. 30 Australia (0:54)
  31. 31 Bela Lugosi & Wallace Beery/Entrancing Transylvania/Herb Caen (2:51)
  32. 32 The Warning (4:19)
Disc 5
  1. 1 The Best Man in the Tribe (1:12)
  2. 2 The Tribunal (2:55)
  3. 3 Schmuck (2:45)
  4. 4 Reading the Court Transcript (2:54)
  5. 5 Pissing in the Sink (4:24)
  6. 6 Jewish & Goyish (1:21)
  7. 7 Philly Bust/Judge Axelrod (13:47)
  8. 8 Tits and Ass (3:07)
  9. 9 Never Cop Out (4:13)
  10. 10 Jackie Kennedy Hauls Ass/Selling Out Your Country (aka.Hot Lead Enema) (2:33)
  11. 11 Dick Gregory (1:17)
  12. 12 Census Takers (3:11)
  13. 13 Barry Goldwater/The Truth About Men/Doing It to a Chicken (6:44)
  14. 14 L.B.J. (1:40)
  15. 15 Toilets/Flashers/Mark Eden Bust Developer (6:22)
  16. 16 How the Law Got Started (Eat, Sleep & Crap) (6:41)
  17. 17 Playing Milwaukee (8:50)
  18. 18 Marijuana/Flashers/Confusion/Bust in the Audience (1:01)
  19. 19 Lenny Gets Busted Onstage & Audience Gets Id'd (1:02)
Disc 6
  1. 1 All Alone (4:27)
  2. 2 The Heroin Bust (12:38)
  3. 3 Juror Phone Calls Re: The Heroin Bust (4:48)
  4. 4 Zeidler & Zeidler Commercials (8:10)
  5. 5 Eleanor Roosevelt Had Nice Tits (1:22)
  6. 6 Religions, Inc. (9:47)
  7. 7 Phone Call Reading a Letter (8:54)
  8. 8 Christ and Moses (9:09)
  9. 9 Phone Call to Harry Kalvin (8:24)
  10. 10 Describing the Fillmore West/Yorty & L.A. (1:05)
  11. 11 Southern Accents (1:48)
  12. 12 Art and a Big Piece of Shit (2:01)
  13. 13 I Picked on the Wrong God (2:05)
  14. 14 My Name Is Adolf Eichmann (2:23)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lenny Bruce Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Lenny Bruce Composer, Liner Notes
Bob Dylan Liner Notes
Bob Emmer Executive Producer
Ted Myers Discographical Annotation
Hal Willner Producer, Liner Notes
Marvin Worth Liner Notes, Executive Producer
Kitty Bruce Producer, Liner Notes
Paul Krassner Liner Notes
Eric Liljestrand Mastering
Richard Foos Executive Producer
Fred McDarrah Cover Photo
Jeff Smith Art Direction
John Roberts Artwork
Al Quattrocchi Art Direction
David Brendel Archival Consultant
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    A must for the serious Lenny-phile

    If you want to delve into Lenny's real life, this is a great item. It is also a must for any comedian and any historian of those times. It is also a must for civil rights lawyers. If you want to know Lenny better, this is for you. As for myself I enjoyed it immensely. The only downside for me was the absence of the Tarzan bit. But that is no real problem because I memorized it years ago. And although it is much lauded, I never have liked any version of the Palladium bit.

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