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Better than the DVD,
This review is from: Relentless (Audio CD)
Many reviewers have commented on the legend that was Bill Hicks in their reviews & omitted to mention much about the CD itself.
As with all his CD's it contains a lot of familiar material (e.g. Odd Beliefs, Smoking, Good times on Drugs & Porn etc). However, I found this particular CD better than many of the others as it includes some of the rarer routines & shows Bill reaching the first heights of his career (which he built on until his untimely demise...)
Notable sections of this CD are the first two tracks (which may seem familiar from Philosophy: The Best Of Bill Hicks) and also tracks 9-12 (Drugs have done good, Rock against drugs, Beelzebozo & Summer trip). The timing of the former is impeccable & the twist to the porn hearings has to be one of his finest pieces of comic delivery.
Tracks 9-12, on the other hand, present something slightly unfamiliar but highly amusing as Bill waxes lyrical about Yul Brennar & Jim Fix, before an elaborate performance of his normally unnerving 'Satan's pecker' routine (about sell-out popstars).
Beelzebozo is far better performed here than elsewhere and (like a good Eminem lyric) makes you laugh before your conscience can react.
Lastly there is 'Summer trip', which is based on the idea of a family trip being taken with mushrooms, rather than in a car. As something I haven't found elsewhere, I was literally laughing out loud to it! It's just a pity that it isn't on DVD as the way he performs it is so uncannily like a home movie projector, that you marvel at how he achieved it on stage.
Anyhow, there are some other surprises on this CD such as a song (!!) to end (Chicks dig Jerks). Furthermore, most of the routines you think you've heard before (e.g. Track 6: Terminally Ill people in Movies) are more fleshed out on this CD than elsewhere and I found the contrast with some of his other work (e.g. Flying Saucer Tour Vol. 1), showed how much better his material was when he was in the mood to perform it...