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Near Perfect/Perfect
     

Near Perfect/Perfect

by Martin Mull
 
Rhino reissues Martin Mull's eighth and (so far) last album, 1979's Near Perfect/Perfect. Like other standup comics, Martin Mull refers to the live appearance captured on the disc as a concert, but in his case the term seems more appropriate, since, as usual, much of the show is given over to musical performances, and his

Overview

Rhino reissues Martin Mull's eighth and (so far) last album, 1979's Near Perfect/Perfect. Like other standup comics, Martin Mull refers to the live appearance captured on the disc as a concert, but in his case the term seems more appropriate, since, as usual, much of the show is given over to musical performances, and his standup routines often serve as introductions to the songs. This is musical comedy, but not in the sense of a Broadway show, as Mull lampoons country, pop, and disco in the tunes while contributing lyrics that range from an account of a particularly unfortunate one-night stand ("Pig in a Blanket") to the story of a trucker who prefers fruit to any other food ("The Fruit Song"). As ever, Mull maintains the persona of a suave yet seedy phony, making fun of his own background in comedy ("For years, I went under the name 'plus opening act'") and the dives he played in on his way up (the song "This Takes the Cake"). His most elaborate spoken comedy bit begins with a discussion of ecology before turning outrageous, and by the end he has reached the ultimate in hubris in the song "I Found It," the chorus of which is "I want to be God." Appropriately, God himself interrupts Mull to take him to task for this before the comedian returns to the stage to encore with a final piece of musical philosophy, "Life Is Better Than Death." After this album was released, Mull spent more time in situation comedy on TV than on the "concert" circuit.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/26/2008
Label:
Collectables
UPC:
0090431790922
catalogNumber:
7909
Rank:
104943

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Martin Mull   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Peter Frampton   Guitar
Hal Blaine   Drums
Gary Coleman   Marimbas,Timpani,Vibes
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion,Conga
Ron Hicklin   Track Performer
Bones Howe   Tambourine,Triangle,Crotale
Timothy May   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
David Porlato   Bass
Michael Melvoin   Synthesizer,Piano,Conductor,Keyboards,Electric Piano
Ed Wise   Electric Piano,Piano (Grand)

Technical Credits

Martin Mull   Composer
Bob Alcivar   Vocal Arrangements
Stan Farber   Contributor
Gene Morford   Contributor
Debbie Hall   Contributor
Ron Hicklin   Contributor
Bones Howe   Producer,Engineer
Geoff Howe   Engineer,Stage Manager
Michael Melvoin   Arranger
Harry Langdon   Cover Photo
Ron Coro   Art Direction
Edie Lehmann Eichhorn   Contributor
Johnny Lee   Art Direction

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