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4.5 out of 5 stars
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4.5 out of 5 stars
The Button Down Mind Of Bob Newhart
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HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICEon 8 April 2003
When "The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart" appeared in 1960 it became the first comedy record ever to top the Billboard album charts. A quick follow-up recording, "The Button-Down Mind Strikes Back!" was quickly produced and also hit the top of the charts, as well as winning a couple of Grammy awards. The result was that virtually overnight Newhart became, as this album title notes, "the most celebrated new comedian since Atilla the Hun." There are six routines on this album, most of which use Newhart's trademark technique of being part of a conversation. One of the things that surprised me is that only half the pieces have Newhart doing one side of a phone conversation, which for some reason I thought with his standard approach. The other thing that surprised me was that his audience for this live recording actually knew that Abraham Lincoln wrote the Gettysburg Address on the back on an envelope on the train from Washington. I do not think contemporary audience are, uh, that knowledgeable on such historical minutiae.
The funniest bit is the opening routine of "Abe Lincoln vs. Madison Avenue" ("Hi, Abe, sweetheart, how are you kid?") when the president's press agent tries to keep Honest Abe on script for his appearance at Gettysburg. But "Driving Instructor" also qualifies as top-flight classic Newhart. The only complaint would be that some of these routines, especially "Merchandising the Wright Brothers" and "Nobody Would Ever Play Baseball" could be longer; Newhart is only beginning to milk those ideas for everything they are worth. More importantly, this material has not really become dated over the past forty years; the exception would be "The Kruschev Leanding Rehersal" ("Take the putter from Ike"), but maybe a young audience can just substitute Gorbachev, Yeltsin or Putin for Kruschev and get the point anyway ("Take the chips from Dubyah"). From a historical perspective "The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart" has to still be considered one of the Top 10 comedy albums of all time. Or to quote Lincoln's press agent, "Abe, do the speech the way Charlie wrote it."
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on 15 March 2017
Bought this for our thirty something daughter and her husband. They knew Bob Newhart from Big Bang Theory but didn't know this old stuff from our childhood. We were a bit concerned that the humour and context were out of date, but they related instantly to it
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on 15 May 2017
very funny
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on 23 December 2013
If you have never heard of Bob Newhart before ,then you have to buy one of his albums because his routine is hilarious .
I must to have come across late sixties but he became famous in the early sixties as he had two records in the number one and number two spot .
Anyway 1/ buy lp . 2/play said lp 3/laugh your cotton white socks of
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on 19 April 2011
This is so very, very funny :-))
Only problem is that it's very American and even I didn't understand all the jokey references.
But it's one of those CDs you'll listen to again and again, and each time you'll fall about laughing.
They don't make 'em like that any more !!!
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VINE VOICEon 4 May 2014
Not for nothing is this the bestselling standup comedy album ever - hilarious. A true master. Each of the routines here are brilliant.
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on 13 July 2011
There is so Much WASTED space in addition to the Paltry 32 Minutes presented here. More of Bob's Hilarious Monologues for the Dollar Please ! Wake Up Warner Bros !
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on 1 July 2013
The material from this consummate artist was spoiled for me by the poor sound reproduction. I have had audio tapes of Bob Newhart which were far superior. One has to put up with the audience reaction but much of it sounded 'canned' and was disruptive.
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on 1 July 2013
very good value for a certain era--even the younger generation found it great entertainment--fairly priced and would recommend it again
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on 29 January 2013
I love Bob Newhart but the sound on this was not very good at all, also it had mentioned one that I really wanted but wasn't there.
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