Louder Than Hell

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bret Adams
The late Sam Kinison was a stand-up comedy supernova, and the former Pentecostal preacher quickly established bitter screaming and high-pitched cackles as trademarks. Kinison was flat-out funny, but bubbling underneath the usual R-rated and X-rated sex
eligion/politics jokes was a sense of his personal struggle to reconcile an attraction to both the sacred and the profane. He intertwined these opposites on Louder than Hell, his extraordinary debut album. Kinison really starts rolling on "Relationships." He rants about his failed marriage and jokes how men should consciously abuse alcohol and drugs to numb their feelings and push oppressive ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bret Adams
The late Sam Kinison was a stand-up comedy supernova, and the former Pentecostal preacher quickly established bitter screaming and high-pitched cackles as trademarks. Kinison was flat-out funny, but bubbling underneath the usual R-rated and X-rated sex
eligion/politics jokes was a sense of his personal struggle to reconcile an attraction to both the sacred and the profane. He intertwined these opposites on Louder than Hell, his extraordinary debut album. Kinison really starts rolling on "Relationships." He rants about his failed marriage and jokes how men should consciously abuse alcohol and drugs to numb their feelings and push oppressive wives and girlfriends away. Sexual technique is the focus of "Alphabet." On "Manson," the murder commandant Charles -- and his Beatles obsession -- is used for comic fodder. Many people would consider "Jesus" to be blasphemous, but it's definitely funny. Kinison argues that Jesus couldn't have been married because no wife would ever believe that he died and was resurrected -- the joke being that a husband taking off with 12 friends on a Friday and disappearing for the weekend seems awfully suspicious. "Jesus" also includes a poignant, yet comical look at history's martyrs. On "Devil," Kinison surmises that Satan is disappointed when married men end up in hell because nothing there could be scarier than marriage. "World Hunger" is Kinison's most brilliant piece ever; he begs people to stop sending money to world-hunger organizations because they don' t tell desert dwellers to move where food can grow -- send 'em U-Hauls and luggage instead! [For some reason, Louder than Hell hasn't been reissued on CD. As of 1999, the cassette was still in print.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/17/1990
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 075992550345
  • Catalog Number: 25503

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Blind (2:42)
  2. 2 Big Menu (3:02)
  3. 3 Libya (2:44)
  4. 4 Relationships (6:39)
  5. 5 Alphabet (3:13)
  6. 6 Sexual Therapy (2:43)
  7. 7 Manson (2:43)
  8. 8 Jesus (5:00)
  9. 9 Devil (4:30)
  10. 10 World Hunger (3:25)
  11. 11 Letter from Home (1:36)
  12. 12 Love Song (2:15)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sam Kinison Primary Artist, Vocals
Technical Credits
Sam Kinison Composer
David Byrne Composer
Jerry Harrison Composer
Elton John Composer
Prince Composer
Lesley Duncan Composer
Madonna Composer
Chris Frantz Composer
Bernie Taupin Composer
Tina Weymouth Composer
Eric Thomas Composer
Steve Runkle Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Why Isn't This On CD!?!?

    My 5 star review goes for the material, but I don't get why this is only on cassette. This is the first cassette I've gotten in about 10 years, and all of Sam's other albums are on CD. This is one of his best so it simply makes no sense why this isn't on CD. GET OFF YOUR A$$ WARNER BROTHERS!!! As for the material, sam is funny as ever. All the key Kinison elements are there, the screaming, the sinister laugh, but most importantly, the smart and funny material. One of the roles of the stand up comedian is to push limits and boundaries, and Kinison did that, just like the greats (Pryor, Carlin, Bruce). Sam's comedy was more than just vulgarity, and people whose acts are just based on cussing quickly fizzle out (Andrew Dice Clay). Due to the nature of Kinison's material, I don't recommend this to everyone, but I think this is extremely funny.

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