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The Windmills Are Weakening

20 Nov. 2007 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 20 Nov. 2007
  • Release Date: 20 Nov. 2007
  • Label: Rhino/Warner Bros.
  • Copyright: 1965 Warner Bros. Records, a Warner Music Group company
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  • Total Length: 29:23
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  • ASIN: B001F2TTKE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 70,447 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 15 July 2010
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This is the fifth of six comedy albums released by satirist extraordinaire Bob Newhart in the mid to late sixties.

Newhart is a superb stand-up with a great deadpan delivery, and a gift for writing classic material, juxtaposing the mundane with the fantastic. His most famous device was the one sided phone call, where the audience can only hear his half of the conversation. On this album phone calls are made by superman to his dry cleaners, and the security guard on the Empire States Building the night King Kong climbs up it. How on earth did he come up with this stuff? It's classic stuff, and will have you crying with laughter.

The material on this album does not contain many contemporary references, so has not dated and is still funny even 40 years on.

This release form Collectors' Choice contains the original album and liner notes. The sound is nicely remastered, and sounds pretty good. There are some new liner notes concerning both the album and Newhart's career. There are no extras.

At the time of writing Amazon have not included a track list on the page, so here it is:

Edison's most famous invention
King Kong
The upset stomach commercial
Returning a gift
Superman and the dry cleaner
Buying a horse
Ben Franklin analysis
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. J. Walters on 12 May 2010
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Obviously an oblique referrence to The European Classic and really quite clever in itself.
Bob, as ever, takes a wry look at cultural artefacts as only he can . I mean ... we all took Superman's outfit as , well, just the way it was. And the details completely overlooked... except by ole' Newhart and his unique telephone (ooh, this all pre-dated The Mobile Revolution, but I still think it'd work) exchanges.
Well yes, I know, Comedy is uniquely personal.... if you want to kill a Party stone-dead, just put on a Comedy c.d..... BUT, this is very good indeed.
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By D. Reid on 11 Mar. 2015
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A classic, really enjoy Bob
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
Classic low-key comedy 12 May 2003
By Craig Clarke - Published on
Format: Audio CD
The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart is a classic for a reason--it's still funny. But timelessness is a hallmark of Newhart's brand of comedy, however. Otherwise, people would not still have been watching his hit sitcoms The Bob Newhart Show and Newhart all these years.
The format of this album is simple: Bob on stage in front of an audience, generally enacting one side of a conversation. His ideas are what is termed "high-concept," which means they can be summarized in one sentence, or in his case, in a few words. Case in point, track one, "Abe Lincoln vs. Madison Avenue." Now from the beginning you know exactly what this is about, and just in case Bob introduces each skit with an explanation.
It's low-key (hence "button-down") and it's clean, so the whole family can listen (although as you can tell from the track listing, a basic knowledge of history is helpful). Only the Krushchev skit may be entirely unfamiliar to modern listeners.
Button-Down Mind holds up to repeated listenings, but at just over 30 minutes, this price may be too much to spend. Something Like This...The Bob Newhart Anthology is a much better deal, as it contains a lot more material and is not much more expensive.
24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
A Pleasant Surprise for a Younger Generation 13 Feb. 2005
By Daniel R. Sanderman - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Unlike many who have commented on this CD, I am not familiar with the Bob Newhart show simply because I am only twenty one years old. When I received this album, I was skeptical at first. The title sounded dry and the picture of Bob Newhart on the cover led me to believe that I was in for some of the most conservative comedy I'd ever listened to.

I must say that, after listening to the album half a dozen times, "The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart" is a comedic smash. For someone who grew up listening to Bill Cosby, Bob Newhart's hilarious "one-sided conversational" style of comedy is a scream. While an understanding of history is necessary in order to soak up every ounce of this album, even one who is not familiar with, say the Kruschev landing, will enjoy Newhart's style and absolutely perfect sense of timing.

This album has truly sparked my interest in his work and I hope to soon be adding more Bob Newhart albums to join my already growing collection of Bill Cosby.
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Standup from Another Era 18 Oct. 2002
By Brian D. Rubendall - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Recorded more than forty years ago, "The Button Down Mind of Bob Newhart," will not be a big surprise to anyone who anly knows Newhart as a television actor. Newhart's standup routines had the same kind of dry wit that he would later use to perfection as a comedic actor. The six lengthy stories included on this album all have the same basic structure. One character is speaking while others are engaging in unheard conversation or just listening. The high point comes with "Nobody Will Ever Play Baseball," in which a befuddled Abner Doubleday tries to sell the unknown game to a modern toy company executive. The brilliance of the piece is that we only hear the toy executive's end of the telephone conversation. "Abe Lincoln Vs. Madison Avenue" and "Merchandizing and the Wright Brothers" both have a similar themes.
The album's only drawback is that parts of it are quite dated. The Krushchev bit will baffle anyone under age fifty and the Driving Instructor routine is quite sexist. Nevertheless, this recording is a great relic for fans of Bob Newhart.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
The best non-musical album ever made! 16 Jan. 2000
By 34-year old wallflower - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I'm always accustomed to hearing some sort of music on a compact disc, so a recording of a comedy routine didn't win me over at first. But after hearing the first BUTTON DOWN MIND album, I've changed my tune (no pun intended). A great deal of today's comics rely on physical or slapstick humor to be funny. But comedy also requires expert timing and a considerable amount of intellect. Bob Newhart has both of these in abundance. It's no surprise this album was a smash when it was released, because even if most of the routines are considerably dated, they're still guaranteed to produce belly laughs in these more explicit and permissable times.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Martini wit 3 Feb. 1999
By Sailour@Prodigy.Net - Published on
Format: Audio CD
If Bob were a drink, he'd be the perfect martini; so dry it's dying of thirst. Bob takes for a look at the otherside of ourselves, never loud, never crass. Bob shows us the back of the funhouse mirror, and even 3 decades later (like the previous respondent, I inherited an original LP from my parents) it all makes sense. particularly the historical (I'm resisting the obvious pun there) Abe Lincoln and Walter Raleigh skits. Please buy this disc, or all of them if you can afford it. You'll really be giving yourself a treat. (and your kids and heirloom!)
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