The entertaining series of extremely rude and uncomfortable outtakes and bizarre recordings from any number of famous and infamously anonymous folks continues with this entry. Unlike the original and follow-up collection, this version is a single-disc only affair, but has enough worthwhile ridiculousness on it to make a fine listen if one's into that sort of thing. With so many famous highlights of the underground tape trading world already captured previously -- the Troggs tapes, Buddy Rich rampaging against his backing band and so forth -- Volume 2.9 delves into more esoteric and, in some cases, more recent material. A couple of legit recordings actually surface first, and they're both utterly creepy -- Joan Crawford, with her daughter Christina in tow, delivering gooey interviews and holiday charity appeals that in light of Mommie Dearest have to rank as some of her best acting moments. Another number that was intentionally produced -- but with clear satiric intent -- is a wonderful insane internal NBC recording from the '70s, with the usual chirpy choruses singing about how the company was going down the ratings crapper, lyrical bile offset by the peppy style. Meanwhile, two of Courtney Love's most legendary moments, verbally attacking an audience in Holland and then threatening a journalist via answering machine, are now preserved for eternity. Elsewhere, Nina Simone holds drawlingly forth in an interview for a grinding 20 minutes that's an exercise in sheer patience. The Mae West snippets, on the flip side, prove that her sense of humor was indeed her strongest point, including a brilliant on-the-fly turning of the tables on a random fan who calls her, only to be told that it's supposed to be her sister who has answered. Then there are Mel Blanc's obscene Porky Pig lines -- but that would spoil the fun.
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AllMusic Review by Ned Raggett