First of all this is the same concert that was previously released as 'Shock & Awe', with a hefty chunk (about an hour by my count) of extra material that was not on 'Shock & Awe' due to it being a very poor quality recording and only recently digitally tuned up - much like what they did for the DVD of 'Sane Man'. So if you own 'Shock & Awe' this is repetitive but the extra material makes it well worth it, in particular an extended twenty minutes of rant on the subject of drugs/music/etc is fantastic.
If you're new to Bill Hicks this is a good starting point, a concert in Oxford (Hicks got better reception here than in the states and it really shows in their reactions and that he's a lot more playful with them) in 1992 just after Bush Sr lost to Clinton and the LA riots were fresh in the world's memory, needless to say both get a lot of time in the concert. So, for the newcomers out there Bill Hicks was a revolutionary and hilarious political stand-up comic whose material will offend you if you're easily offended and quite possibly if you aren't. He was a blindingly intelligent, highly subversive, relentless and often aggressive act who has been dead over a decade (he died tragically young aged 32 from pancreatic cancer) and yet is still relevant and hilarious because his targets were institutions and attitudes that still exist today and haven't changed a bit. I'd highly recommend you buy this if you're new to Hicks because it's absolutely typical of his material, is one of the longest recordings out there and is one of his funniest shows.
For seasoned Hicks fans this is an essential, even if you own 'Shock & Awe' this will have you in stitches and is guaranteed to cause asthma attacks, so much of the material on this recording isn't on any other I can find and you'll definitely enjoy it.
What is it about Bill Hicks that makes him so unique? It is said that the best comedy works on several layers, and Hicks' definitely does, but one of those layers is not funny. There's actually a deeper, more serious message to his material that places him above almost any comedian before or since. What makes Hicks special is that he wanted to make people laugh and also make them think at the same time, and to do it without separating the two, well this record will make you laugh (also possibly cry) and think in equal measure. The message is angry, it's subversive, but it's ultimately a message of love and hope.
Bill Hicks: how to affirm the sanctity of human life and wet yourself laughing in one sitting.