- Audio CD (2 Oct. 2006)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Live
- Label: RYKODISC
- ASIN: B00006LEPB
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- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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LoveLaughterandTruth is a compilation of performances given by Bill Hicks between 1990 and 1993 in Denver, San Ramon, Palm Beach, San Francisco and Pittsburgh. Like Bob Dylan, whose electrifying effect on 1960s folk was similar to that of Hicks on 1980s and 90s comedy, Hicks was a compulsive tourer, prepared to pitch up and play pretty much anywhere that had a roof. Inevitably, this is not a consistent artefact there are considerable variations in sound quality (from perfect to dreadful), audience response (from hysterical to perplexed), and Hicks's mood (from merely pugnacious to borderline violent).
What does not alter is the standard of Hicks' material, or the passion with which it is delivered--as a writer, Hicks was simply without peer, and as a performer always had more in common with devil-driven old-school rock & roll outlaws than he did with other stand-up comedians. When he really takes flight here, as on his superb tirade against children on aeroplanes, or a magnificent explanation of his loathing for dance clubs, or his rightly famous muse on what the world would be like if men were physically able to perform oral sex on themselves ("This theatre would be full of single women... watching an empty stage"), he's nothing less than Jerry Lee Lewis with punch lines. --Andrew Mueller
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Bill was an artist who often repeated himself, and so a lot of what is on this compilation, assuming you already own a Hicks album, will be familiar to you. However, certain routines weren't performed quite so prolifically like the tracks on here which are titled 'Children on Airplanes' and 'My Favorite New Kid', so you could consider this rarities along with his famous, well-documented thoughts on drinking, drugs, and of course - smoking.
I admit that I could listen to this man's philosophies all day, and although this release doesn't really capture the essence of Bill's thoughts in terms of political, spiritual, and morality, it's nice to have some lesser-known material, and the aforementioned absences can easily be found elsewhere.
The only reason as to why I am rating 'Love, Laughter and Truth' four stars, is that the sound isn't the best, and as everything was culled together from different shows, the varying quality is quite distracting in places. If you're an avid fan of this American legend, who was surprisingly more understood and appreciated over here in Britain when he was alive, this is a great addition to your Hicks' collection. However, if you are searching around for your first CD album/MP3 download of his work, then there are better alternatives (try another compilation, Philosophy: The Best Of Bill Hicks, or even an official album like DANGEROUS first) out there.
The CD - Bill Hicks - Love, Laughter and Truth - was released in 2002 and consists of 18 distinct tracks:
1) Intro/Smokers Vs Drinkers. 2) Drunk Driving. 3) New York Apartment. 4) My One Man Show. 5) Pot Smoking. 6) Drugs Are Bad. 7) Children On Airplanes. 8) 50 Year Smoker. 9) Smoking InHeaven. 10) Australia. 11) Satiating The American Audience. 12) Dance Club. 13) Speaking Of Homosexuality. 14) Poe-Naw-Grah-Fee. 15) A Question For The ladies. 16) My Favourite New Kid. 17) You Can't Get Bitter. 18) Closing Bit.
Bill speaks of the changing attitudes to alcohol drinking in the USA, and says that in the early 1980's - if a Cop pulled you over asked if you had been drinking - and the answer was 'yes' - he would apologise for inconvenience and send you on your way. In the early 1990's, by way of contrast, if you got pulled over for drinking every Cop car in the County would descend to watch you audition for your own freedom. Bill says that he use drink so much that on one occassion, when he was pulled over by the Cops he started 'dancing' to their flashing lights - thinking that he had made it to another nightclub. He speaks about pornography and the positive side to drug taking - pointing out the media distortion of the subject. One can not help being moved by the honesty and sincerity of Bill Hicks - and living in the times that we do, his brand of humour and intelligence is much needed. A masterpiece of expression.
If you're new to Bill, I'd start with 'Rant in E-Minor' instead (probably his best CD).
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