The Best of Hal Holbrook in Mark Twain Tonight!

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Since the mid-'50s, actor Hal Holbrook has been known more for his onstage portrayals of Mark Twain than for anything else. This compilation is taken from three albums that Columbia released of excerpts from his one-man show in which he plays a storytelling Mark Twain, Mark Twain Tonight! All of those LPs were released between 1959 and 1967, the point at which that show was at its most popular. So this likely captures Holbrook and his characterizations at their freshest. Although the running time is a generous 73 minutes, it actually only represents a small portion of his total Twain repertoire, which included more than a dozen hours of material. The loss of visuals ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Since the mid-'50s, actor Hal Holbrook has been known more for his onstage portrayals of Mark Twain than for anything else. This compilation is taken from three albums that Columbia released of excerpts from his one-man show in which he plays a storytelling Mark Twain, Mark Twain Tonight! All of those LPs were released between 1959 and 1967, the point at which that show was at its most popular. So this likely captures Holbrook and his characterizations at their freshest. Although the running time is a generous 73 minutes, it actually only represents a small portion of his total Twain repertoire, which included more than a dozen hours of material. The loss of visuals does dilute from these rambling narratives' impact, and some may prefer to read Twain on the page than hear Holbrook express the man's thoughts in the guise of a 70-year-old. Also, though it's not too important in a spoken word dramatic recording in which all of the dialogue is easily audible, there are minor sonic imperfections in which the voice levels occasionally vary. It's still an effective distillation of Holbrook's channeling of Twain's persona as a crusty but voluble raconteur, ranging over a wide field of subjects like smoking, reaching 70 years of age, slavery, war, and nationalism.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/8/2002
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 696998622821
  • Catalog Number: 86228

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Hal Holbrook Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Steven Berkowitz Producer
Didier C. Deutsch Producer
Thomas Frost Producer
Edward Kleban Producer
Goddard Lieberson Producer, Liner Notes
Fred Plaut Engineer
Chuck Stewart Back Cover, Tray Photo
Edward T. Graham Engineer
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
Darcy Proper Mastering
Bernd Friedman Cover Photo
Jeffrey Peisch Liner Notes
Stacey Boyle Tape Research
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Mark Twain visited my home

    I was honored by a visit from my favorite author, in my home last evening. For more than an hour, last night Mark Twain delighted me with his wit, stories, and his personal observations on life in general. As you may have guessed, it was not really Mark Twain, but a video entitled "Mark Twain, Tonight", portrayed by Hal Holbrook. Mr. Holbrook's interpretation of Mr. Twain was, to say the least, very Real, and unforgetable. I shall, immediately go out and purchase my own copy of this video, so that I my go back and enjoy it time and again. If you like Mark Twain and would like to spend a little time listening to him speak on different subjects, as well as telling a few stories, you will really enjoy this video. I imagine Mr. Twain would feel that Mr. Holbrook brought him back to life, for a short time, and would enjoy it as much as I have and i am sure that you will.

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