Wonderfulness

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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
Bill Cosby cracked the Top Ten album chart with 1966''s Wonderfulness, his fourth long-player in less than two years. This was indeed a sizable feat for a comedian during the height of the mid-''60s British Invasion, but not surprising in the case of Cosby. His exposure on the talk and variety television circuit of the mid-''60s had increased thanks to his co-starring role in the NBC-TV network program I Spy. Once again, he is caught in the act of being one of his era''s funniest standups, and one who never resorted to debasing his craft by filling his repertoire with cheap sex, drugs, or race-related jokes to garner a laugh. Instead, he remains faithful to his proven ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
Bill Cosby cracked the Top Ten album chart with 1966''s Wonderfulness, his fourth long-player in less than two years. This was indeed a sizable feat for a comedian during the height of the mid-''60s British Invasion, but not surprising in the case of Cosby. His exposure on the talk and variety television circuit of the mid-''60s had increased thanks to his co-starring role in the NBC-TV network program I Spy. Once again, he is caught in the act of being one of his era''s funniest standups, and one who never resorted to debasing his craft by filling his repertoire with cheap sex, drugs, or race-related jokes to garner a laugh. Instead, he remains faithful to his proven successful equation of easily relatable narratives -- in front of a typical nightclub audience at Harrah''s in Lake Tahoe. The 15-minute-long epic "Tonsils" is among the artist''s most beloved raps, and takes the listener through a wide-eyed child''s perspective of the entire procedure from sore throat to the battle-like "us or them" mind games that Cosby and his fellow kiddie comrades play on each other. Particularly memorable is the ice cream chant that Cosby leads his hospital cohabitants in and how by the end of the ordeal their priorities had radically changed. Equally as charming in its innocence is "The Playground" -- where he discusses the theory that the "grown-ups" of his time were trying to "bump us off" by clearing perfectly good fields and vacant lots in order to build potentially dangerous "monkey bars." To wit, he muses, "We lost 124 kids in one day." To the same whimsical effect, "Go Carts" recounts with genuine fondness a youthful ingenuity that inspired him and his pals to "borrow" all of the neighborhood baby coach wheels for use in the "Go Cart Championship of America" and the 900 cop cars that await the "winner" of the race. "Chicken Heart" is another of Cosby''s more involved works, featuring some unforgettable incidents when -- against his parents'' orders -- he tunes in an episode of Lights Out. The concluding "Niagara Falls" marks an interesting diversion, as the artist actually spoofs a man whom he warmly refers to as "his boss" -- old-school showbiz legend Sheldon Leonard, who was also the producer of the aforementioned I Spy. The story of Leonard''s swimming in frigid Lake Niagara on his honeymoon predates the Seinfeld concept of "shrinkage"; however, the premise remains the same.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/3/2009
  • Label: Rhino Flashback
  • UPC: 081227988074
  • Catalog Number: 1634
  • Sales rank: 8,812

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Tonsils (15:06)
  2. 2 The Playground (3:16)
  3. 3 Lumps (1:37)
  4. 4 Go Carts (5:47)
  5. 5 Chicken Heart (12:22)
  6. 6 Shop (2:33)
  7. 7 Special Class (1:25)
  8. 8 Niagara Falls (5:00)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bill Cosby Primary Artist, Vocals
Technical Credits
Bruce Staple Engineer
Roy Silver Producer
Ed Thrasher Art Direction
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Love That Cosby!

    I love comedy CDs. Bill Cosby was always my favorite comedian and I listen to him every day. This CD belongs in the collection of every Cosby fan!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Great Gift

    My grandfather had the lp version of this, and for Christmas I bought the cd for my sisters and brother. Everyone was so excited to get it, and one of my sisters even said it was one of her favorite gifts. I probable haven't heard it for 30 years or so, but can still clearly remember the song from his Tonsils story!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Comedy for the ages.

    I used to ride my bike all the way to the library when I was a little boy so I could check out Bill's albums. I would bring them home and listen to them over and over. He used to and still does make me laugh like no other human being. He is a true gift from God.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Bill Cosby Spans All Generations

    This album was SO FUNNY... I listen to my collection of his albums ALL the time and they never get old...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Laugh until you Cry

    I listened to this album when I was just a kid and I still can remember the hours of laughter I felt over and over and over! You will never get tired of this album NEVER it is beyond FANTASTIC

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