Billy C. Wirtz

Best of the Wirtz: 15 Years on the Road with a 77" Pianist

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Although this is a best-of disc, actually less than half of these 19 tracks are previously released studio versions. The rest is a mixture of new songs, live versions of some of his more popular numbers, and previously unreleased material from TV and radio appearances. Granted, much of Wirtz's following is not the kind to keep tabs on this sort of discographical minutiae, but if you're keeping count, eight of the tracks are labeled as previously unreleased. Of course, the original version of his most popular item, the gross "Roberta," is included in its eight-minute form. No, this lewd, crude satire, usually utilizing bar-band/honky tonk/blues-rock backup, is not for politically correct weenies. But Wirtz's material, and its popularity among a certain niche audience, does beg this question from shrinking violets: If this is a comedy album, why does listening to it make you depressed?

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