Mort Sahl

Anyway...Onward

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Earlier in the 1960s, Mort Sahl had already risen to prominence as a social commentator, but he fell from favor when his comments started to hit a bit too close to home for most of his fans. With Anyway...Onward, Sahl steps back up to the microphone like nothing ever happened and gives his account of a visit to the White House, then occupied by Lyndon Johnson and Humbert Humphrey. He details the absurdities of the visit, from the stage directions of Jack Valenti to the annoyance of the president of Ivory Coast, from the equivocation of both Humphrey and Johnson to trying to get a conversation started with the President. After so long a layoff, you'd think that Sahl would have a lot of pent-up political frustration to blow off, but Anyway...Onward actually shows him more relaxed than he'd been on previous albums, a change that makes listening to this album less of an ordeal. Unfortunately, his material is also a little more subdued; people hoping for the stinging Sahl of the past will find that he comes up a little short here.