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Salvation: By Bill Hicks.,
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This review is from: Salvation: Oxford, November 11th, 1992 (Audio CD)
Bill Hicks (1961-1994) had a style of interaction and delivery that made him more than a comedian, and raised his profound insights of life to the level of philosophy. He doesn't just entertain, he shares his being with you. This performance was recorded on the 11th of November, 1992, at the Oxford Playhouse, England. Just fifteen months later he died from pancreatic cancer. This particular night, however, he was at the top of his game, and performing like a world class comic genius.
This 2 CD set was released in 2003 and carries the full title of 'Bill Hicks Salvation - Oxford November 11, 1992.' An edited version of this performance is also available entitled 'Shock and Awe - Live At The Oxford Playhouse 11.11.92.' The inner-sleeve of the CD cover contains eight very positive press reports about Hicks' performances from University Student nespapers, The Irish and Birmingham posts, and The List (Scotland). Following these is a quote from Bill Hicks himself; 'We could still evolve - even in the elventh hour. If I can stop smoking, anything is possible.'
1) Intro. 2) Ding Dong. 3) Puppet People. 4) Kennedy & The Warren Commission. 5) Smoking. 6) Polls. 7) Dick Jokes. 8) News/Movies/Religion.
1) Religion/Drugs. 2) Film. 3) Kids. 4) Fries. 5) Backed Up. 8) Sleep & The Message.
The combined running time for both these discs is just under two hours in length. This a pure Bill Hicks performance with an audience who actually understands where he is coming from, and encouraging him at every turn. There is a photograph of Bills Hicks on the inner sleeve stood outside of Oxford University. Behind the second disc is the following explanation of the title of this album:
'Oxford University's Motto is Dominus Illuminatio Mae Latin for "The Lord is my Light" from the beginning of Psalm 27, which continues with "and my Salvation." Since this recording was made at Oxford and since Bill tried so hard to help liberate people from ignorance and illusion, the chosen title is Salvation.'
Much of the wisdom he conveys is as valid today as it was then - and Hicks always offers the best of criticism for the political and military behaviour of the country that he emerged from - the USA. Priceless...