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George Carlin may be known today for all sort of things aside from his comedy recordings--HBO specials, concert tours, books, and film roles. But his most beloved work, the mother lode of humor upon which his reputation is based, are the recordings in the seven-CD collection George Carlin: The Little David Years (1971-1977). On albums such as Class Clown, Occupation: Foole, and the Grammy-winning FM & AM, Carlin redefined what it meant to be stand-up comic: he was a hip, intelligent, social satirist who was also extremely funny and entertaining. And he still is. The issues he was making fun of in the '70s are still around, which is why routines such as "7 Dirty Words" have lost none of their punch or humor. It's all here in a wondrous box set, including the complete contents of six classic records and a CD of rarities from his early years. Recent Carlin converts (as well as those who remember laughing at this stuff when it came out on LPs and 8-tracks) should all consider this great career retrospective. --John Sulak

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
An excellent Collection 2 Mar. 2004
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
You are looking at a George Carlin box set which contains six early albums of his and a new disc with previously-unreleased material. George Carlin is a legend, the voice of three generations and these six early albums show what he was when he was just starting out with actual stand-up comedy. His first solo album, Take-Offs and Put-Ons is sketch comedy, which is good in its place, FM&AM is half stand-up half sketch, but Class Clown is Carlin's first entirely stand-up album and it is great, as are the other five albums in this collection.
The seventh disc is great for Carlin fans because it shows his unreleased stand-up from through-put the years, but people who are new to Carlin should not start by listening to this disc but to the others in the collection, leaving #7 for last.
Some people have complained about the fade-in/fade-out thing, but what you have to understand is the original Vinyls had them, and if they were taken out, Toledo Window Box wouldn't be Toledo Window Box, FM & AM wouldn't be FM&AM (etc.) they would just be concerts.
this is a must-buy for all fans of Carlin.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Classic Carlin-It ages slowly and can still make you laugh 23 Sept. 2006
By Bennet Pomerantz - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I love great comedy in all forms -from Robin Williams,Bill Maher, Kevin Smith films, Chris Rock & the cast of Everyone Hates Chris, Bob Newhart, The old classic Dick van Dyke show to South Park, Bill Cosby, ALF, Mel Brooks, Buster Keaton, Don Rickles, and Jerry Lewis. So actor and comedian George Carlin has a special place in my heart. His wit and humor is messaged to the audience, most of his comedy bites are still timeless years and years later.

The Little David Years (1971-1977) is the first six classic carlin albums with an extra CD of Carlin stuff from that time not on album or CD. These CD albums including such routines as" The seven words you cant say on television" and its sequel "Filthy Words", Ed Sullivan, Football/Baseball, Occupation Foole, and " Death and Dying".

Carlin is witty and thought provoking. He will make you laugh and think-sometime at the same time. These comic routines are 35 years old and still can pack a punch and a laugh

Worth it for any person who enjoys great comedy

Bennet Pomerantz AUDIOWORLD
40 of 52 people found the following review helpful
George Carlin at his Best! 27 Nov. 1999
By Adam Silverstein - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I have tons of comedy CD's, but this set is the most unbelievabally funny out of all of them! George Carlin tells it like it is in this set and I recommend that all of you raunchy and intelligent comedy lovers buy it!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Carlin the Comedic genius 18 Mar. 2004
By David N. Reiss - Published on
Format: Audio CD
George Carlin is the grand old man of modern Comedy. You see David Lettermen, Jay Leno, Jon Stewart, and Conan O'Brien, fall all over themselves to acknowledge this whenever he deems them worthy enough to appear on their shows.
George Carlin, along with Robert Kline, Monty Python, Lenny Bruce, Richard Pryor, and Bill Cosby forms one of the grand pillars of modern comedy. He was the first person ever to host Saturday Night Live and was one of Carson's last guests on the old Tonight Show.
The comedy albums in this collection make up, along with his early work on HBO, the cornerstone of his work. "FM& AM", "Class Clown", "Occupation: Foole", "Toledo Window Box", "On the Road", "An Evening with Wally Lando featuring Bill Slaszo". That great bit Carlin did on pretty much anything that you remember being great when you first heard it, it most likely on these albums someplace.
Carlin's most famous bit, of course, is about the seven dirty words that can never be said on television. This has, after the whole Janet Jackson/Super bowl episode, again become very relevant to modern society. If you thought the USA was now a mature nation that could put up with a little obscenity, then you were very mistaken. Carlin was trying to point out stupidity in society 30+ years ago, and it is still very much stupid today. It appears that people never really do learn new tricks.
People should listen to these album's because it might, admittedly a long shot, but you never know, it might help them shack off the shackles of weirdness that modern society has forced upon them and make them see the brew-ha-ha surrounding things like seven dirty words for the utter foolishness it is. People should not let mere-words have the power to offend them to the point of stupidity. Of course, our President and other leaders in Washington would rather have people screaming about dirty words and wardrobe malfunctions at the Super Bowl, because it keeps them from noticing what they are doing to the people and planet.
People should listen to Carlin. He is one of the great modern philosophers, more knowledgeable than our leaders and more intelligent than most. Of course, most people just laugh and never really think about it. Do more than most, do both!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
the best 25 Jun. 2000
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I'm not the first to say this, but his earlier stuff, compiled here in this box set, really is the funniest out of them all. Rather than the "know-it-all" bitching angry old man he has become, there is a certain sense of innocent wonderment to be found in his earlier observations. His recent material do have their moments, but are just not as clever and thought-provoking as his earlier work. Don't think you know Carlin - or comedy - until you listen to these works. Personal favorites are "New York Voices" in "Occupation: Foole" (listen to his mastery in mimicry), and "God" in "Toledo Window Box."
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