Carnegie Hall Concert

The Carnegie Hall Concert

by Lenny Bruce
     
 

It's impossible to trace the full extent of Lenny Bruce's influence, but it's safe to say contemporary comedy, let alone stand-up, would simply not exist as it does today without his daring example. Bruce's free-flowing, jazz-like style was built on improvisatory rhythms, and his stand-up set was the first to blend highly charged political ideas into a wild and funny…  See more details below

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It's impossible to trace the full extent of Lenny Bruce's influence, but it's safe to say contemporary comedy, let alone stand-up, would simply not exist as it does today without his daring example. Bruce's free-flowing, jazz-like style was built on improvisatory rhythms, and his stand-up set was the first to blend highly charged political ideas into a wild and funny stream of consciousness. Integration, drugs, gays, lesbians, the generation gap, the Ku Klux Klan, moral philosophy, communism, interracial relationships -- after Lenny, nothing was taboo. THE CARNEGIE HALL CONCERT captures a genius on the creative ascent, and listening to it one hears the clear echoes of those who would follow his lead: Richard Pryor, George Carlin, Sam Kinison, and many others. The masterwork of a true visionary, this record marks the birth of modern American comedy.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Lenny Bruce's legendary Carnegie Hall concert from 1961 was originally released as a 40-minute album in the '60s and was replaced in the '70s by a complete triple-LP set. In 1995, it was released on two CDs. In any format, the concert demonstrates what an intelligent and viciously funny talent Bruce was.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/15/1995
Label:
Blue Note Records
UPC:
0724383402021
catalogNumber:
34020

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Introduction by Don Friedman
  2. Miracle on 57th Street
  3. The Airlines
  4. Sound
  5. The Kidnap
  6. Point of View
  7. Ku Klux Klan
  8. A What's It Mean
  9. Kennedy Acceptance Speech
  10. On Humor
  11. Nightclubs
  12. Dykes and Faggots
  13. Girl Singing
  14. The Flag and Communism
  15. Dear Abby

Disc 2

  1. Las Vegas Tits and Ass
  2. The Clap
  3. Christ and Moses
  4. Equality
  5. Internal Revenue
  6. Pills
  7. Burlesque House
  8. Judge Saperstein Decision
  9. On Contermporaries
  10. Shelly Berman
  11. The Operation
  12. The Joke
  13. The End

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