Shelley Berman

Shelley Berman: The Complete Albums 1959-61 by Shelley Berman

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Artist: Shelley Berman

Artist: Shelley Berman
Title: The Complete Albums 1959-61 by Shelley Berman
Product Type: COMPACT DISCS

The Complete Albums 1959 - 1961 by Shelley Berman - Shelley Berman is one of the coterie of comedians who made the transition from the club stage to a recording contract and television shows during the late '50s and early '60s, around the same time as Bob Newhart, both of them employing similar techniques of depicting one end of a telephone conversation and a satirically observational raconteur style. Beginning life as a straight actor and then a sketch writer, before doing stand-up comedy, which earnt him a contract with the Verve label - he became the first stand-up comic to perform at Carnegie Hall. This 3-CD set, comprises the complete content of his first four albums for Verve, released between 1959 and 1961 - "Inside Shelley Berman", "Outside Shelley Berman", "The Edge Of Shelley Berman" and "A Personal Appearance" presented in chronological order. His debut album won the inaugural Grammy award for a non-musical recording, and was the first comedy recording to be certified gold. His oblique view on contemporary life through a series of narrative vignettes led one critic to observe that he "singlehandedly transformed modern neuroticism in high art", playing on issues which challenged suburban sensibilities at a time of acute social change. For those who were around at the time, it's a stimulating reminder of the comedy of that era, while for others it's an enlightening insight into the development of modern satirical comedy.

Tracks:
1.1 Child Psychologists
1.2 Buttermilk
1.3 The Morning After the Night Before (Phone Call)
1.4 Small Embarrassing Moments
1.5 Talking to a Youngster on Phone
2.1 Franz Kafka on the Telephone
2.2 The Booking Agent
2.3 Conversation with My Father
2.4 P.T.A. Meeting
2.5 First Date
2.6 Alvin ; Shirley
3.1 Alice B. Toklas
3.2 Outtakes of Child Psychologists
3.3 A Sappy Thank You
3.4 Slipping Table Napkin
3.5 Television Advertising (It Shows It to You)
3.6 Hotel Guest
3.7 Conventioner (Making a Long Distance Call)
3.8 Black Specks in a Glass of Milk
3.9 Movie Clichés
3.10 Girl Who Has Lost Her Heel
3.11 Meeting the Prospective In-Laws
3.12 Conclusion (Including the Dentist)

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