Near Perfect/Perfect

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/26/2008
  • Label: Collectables
  • UPC: 090431790922
  • Catalog Number: 7909
  • Sales rank: 16,837

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
Terry Dunavan Mastering
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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