George Carlin

Classic Gold

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A box set version of George Carlin's first three albums in his (then new) guise as a young Lenny Bruce retooled for the counter-culture. Considering how topical some of Carlin's routines are (references to boxer Carmine Basilio, for example, are certain to baffle younger listeners), it's astonishing how funny most of this stuff remains, particularly when he's reminiscing about his Catholic childhood (an encounter with Sister Mary Discipline; wondering if anybody ever went to Purgatory for eating beef jerky).

Other bits include a meditation on the effect of Scope mouthwash on borderline psychotics, and a hilarious imitation of other comics imitating TV host Ed Sullivan. There's also a comparison of Black and Irish consciousness--of the latter he remarks, "When they're conscious, they're great..."

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