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  • Audio CD (2 Oct. 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: ADA Global
  • ASIN: B00006LEPC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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1. Intro
2. Summertime
3. The F Word
4. Smoking
5. Yul Brynner
6. Trying To Quit
7. The News
8. The War
9. Worst Audience Ever
10. More War
11. Are You Guys Drug Dealers?
12. Praying For Nuclear Holocaust
13. Girl Of Your Dreams
14. Young Lady
15. Vs. The Audience 1
16. What's Wrong?
17. Vs. The Audience 2
18. School Days
19. Vs. The Audience 3
20. Working
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Flying Saucer Tour Vol 1 is the first in what will hopefully be an exhaustive series of archived Bill Hicks performances. This one, as the sleeve notes admit, is something of a cut-and-shut job: on this particular night in Pittsburgh in 1991, Hicks got carried away and went on for longer than his tape, so the closing stages of this routine are spliced from another show in the same run. The compilers are unnecessarily apologetic: there's no way any listener would notice the edit if they hadn't been told.

Flying Saucer Tour Vol 1 captures Hicks in magnificently combative form, spurred to spectacular heights by a crowd he takes exception to--"the worst audience I've ever faced", he jeers at them after 15 minutes, before going on to accuse them of responding to his routine like "a dog that's been shown a card trick". His hostility is strange--it certainly sounds like they're laughing--but it brings out the best in him. Many of the bits here will be familiar to Hicks fans--his ruminations on smoking, the Gulf War, drugs and pornography--but they were never delivered better than this. --Andrew Mueller

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By "starsailoruk" on 17 Nov. 2002
Format: Audio CD
The good news for Hicks fans is this material has never been available to the public before. Even if you have all of the cds and have downloaded all the shows available (I'm Sorry Folks, Dark Poet, Filling Up The Hump etc...) - this is new.
It's also very, very good. Recorded in Pittsburgh in 1991, this is almost a complete show, rather than a recording edited together from several shows. It starts off with Bill in a relaxed mood but, as the show progresses, the audience don't come with him on some of the more "far out" topics he discusses and - YES! - he gets mad.
The fact that 3 of the tracks are called "VS the Audience" should give you some idea. However, unlike some of the more agressive material available from Hicks, Bill manages to reign in the rants and prove, once again, that he is the voice of common sense. From subjects as diverse as the Gulf War, pornography, drugs, the F-word, smoking and the media, he punctures myths and stamps out double standards. That he can do this while being the most hilarious stand-up comedian you have ever heard is a testament to his genius.
It's not often that a performer will lay himself bare in front of an audience and tell it like it is. For this Bill was, and still is, indispensable.
Basically, buy it - it will make your life better.
"How much do you smoke a day sir? Two packs? Pussy. I go through two lighters a day dude, alright so - two packs? You're like a health nut to me"
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "dsrchris" on 28 Oct. 2003
Format: Audio CD
I love this album, it's Bill Hicks at his most infuriated and that's always Bill at his best. God bless the Hick's family, who came up with the idea of releasing some of Bill's incendiary live shows in a virtually uncut format. The best news is this is only the first of many more promised.
Sure you get your usual Bill Hicks, the little dark poet who philosiphises, gesticulates, and generally points his finger at the world and says "you're wrong, I'm right get over it". But on this album you get a little something extra, you get a full uncut show where Bill argues with the audience, apologises for the fact that he's sick of everything, and proceeds to tell te crowd that they are about to "win the award for being the worst audience ever, ever, ever". Listen to Bill cut down hecklers in their stride, on what he liked to call his "flying saucer tour" which basically involves him making random appearances in small backwater american towns, just like UFO's. This is Bill Hicks at his best, my only regret is that living in England, I never got chance to see the poet, magician, and self proclaimed "weaver" that was Bill Hicks. You should buy this just for the fact that you get to see Bill's interaction with the audience, and just how evil he could be to them. A great album, and a must for any hardcore Hicks fan
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. James R Percy on 29 April 2004
Format: Audio CD
Bill Hicks rocks! For those of you familiar with Hicks you'll remember hisKennedy assasinated, Lennon assasinated, reagan wounded bit and to thelist of greats cut down in their prime hicks name must be addded.
It isa shame that more of Hicks' material was not filmed as the CD market eatsup any hicks release, However he was obsessed with leaving behind a bodyof work as he described it. The best CDS are those like relentless whichwere recorded specifically for CD release.
However a live CD allows you to hear Bill rail against the audience. Oncehe got under their skin he really went all out to annoy the hell out ofthem. You gotta love a comic who'll get his message across regardless ofwhether the audience agrees or not.
This CD is great because you hearBill firing on all cylinders.
Hicks was a genius and it was the petty minded of this world who stoppedhim from getting the recognition he deserved. Even now, 10 years (almostto the day) after Hick's death, his message is even more truthful. The TVis full of Mindless tripe like big brother, 'the man' is trying to bansmoking in the pub and whaddaya know, a man named bush is making a mess inIraq. If only Bill was around today He'd be tearing the pompous rhetoricof the whole thing to shreds and making us howl with laughter at the sametime.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 13 Nov. 2002
Format: Audio CD
It's annoying to think there's a load of unpublished Bill Hick's shows/material sitting somewhere collecting dust.
The current lack of 'official' CDs (just 4 of them up to recently) has driven most fans to hunting around Ebay for bootlegs.
So, it's good news that someone has finally got round to putting a full routine (well, sort of) into an official release.
Not quite perfect, but full marks for effort!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Michael Crane on 13 Nov. 2003
Format: Audio CD
This is everything a Bill Hicks album should be. It's not scattered or all over the place, it is a complete set in its entirety. (With the exception of the last bit, which was replaced with another one due to the tape running out. That is explained in the booklet.) "Flying Saucer Tour Vol. 1" is an outstanding Bill Hicks album with great material.
Hicks wasn't your ordinary comedian. He didn't do the whole "family" bit or "relationship" bit. No, he tackled edgy and controversial topics without any fear. It's subtle, and yet very refreshing and original. His comedy and sense of humor is dark and sarcastic, but it's all executed perfectly. Bill Hicks was a great talent to admire. There was no end to his brilliant mind.
"Flying Saucer Tour Vol. 1" took place in Pittsburg, PA on June 20th, 1991. He talks about drugs, the gulf war, President Bush, smoking, working, the news, the media, and much more.
The great thing about this album is you get to hear the whole act, with the exception of the end. You get to hear the man every step of the way, and see just how cool and calm he can be when the audience doesn't appear to "get him" in the beginning. You get to experience him gradually winning the crowd over as the time goes by without breaking a sweat. The best is when he actually interacts a bit with the crowd when he feels that they're not laughing like they should be. It's really a great thing to hear.
Although the whole album is great, my favourite bits are "the f-word," "smoking," "trying to quit," "are you guys drug dealers?," "school days," "Beelzebozo," and "great times on drugs." All of the "vs. the audience" tracks are also hilarious.
It sounds like there will be more of these types of albums coming out.
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