A Prairie Home Companion 4th Annual Farewell Performance is a 2 CD Garrison Keillor set of the complete June 16th 1990 show in Iowa City. If you are going to re-release something, might as well do it right and HighBridge Audio does that in spades for each of the four Prairie Home Companion Annual Farewell Performance CD sets.
Each of the sets looks great and each features complete liner notes and so on. I also appreciate the cardboard fold-in box to the standard plastic double trays as they are more durable.
This 1990 Prairie Home Companion show recording is a nice trip back in time for long time Garrison Keillor Lake Wobegon fans. For those who are not familiar with the older shows, the 4th Annual Farewell Performance CD set reveals a somewhat different show than what is now heard on Minnesota Public Radio.
This show is much faster paced than what Garrison Keillor fans are now used to. It features a lot more music and the music itself is more traditional, tending towards gospel, traditionals, and bluegrass. It is also a much more mellow experience compared to "modern" Prairie Home Companion shows which have an edge and are more political.
There are also fewer sketches and fake commercials -this CD set features a Bertha's Kitty Boutique bit and one for Ostrousko Horseradish.
The 4th Annual Farewell Performance CD set features 4 songs by Scottish song legend Jean Redpath, three songs by Iowa songwriter Greg Brown and a Russian Traditional
The News From Lake Wobegon story here is about the day Eloise Krepsbach was elected mayor of Lake Wobegon. This is one of the really good ones and it is not, to my knowledge, available on any other Keillor CD compilation.
Other non-musical bits include soap opera spoof Reach For Tomorrow, and an ensemble sketch in the now retired Buster the Show Dog series.
Since I have all four Annual Farewell Performance Garrison Keillor CD sets, I have to admit the sets look great together. Still, I wish HighBridge had kept the design of the 3rd Annual cassette edition; I just really like the artwork.
A Prairie Home Companion 4th Annual Farewell Performance:
Hello Love, Open Up Your Heart, Why Iowa, Powdermilk Biscuits/Back Again, Iowa Waltz, Reach for Tomorrow, If I Had Known, All Day Rain, Higher Ground, Buster, The Show Dog, Ostroushko Horseradish, Moi Rchehn (Moyee Yasinih)
Tico Tico, Intermission Rag, Greetings Prairie Lullaby, Bertha's Kitty Boutique, The Eriskay Love Lilt, Heavy Lies My Heart, Leaving The Land, News From Lake Wobegon, God Moves On The Water, Hallelujah, I'm Ready
Other Garrison Keillor Reviews
The Christmas Companion With Garrison Keillor: 2 comedy CD set great stocking stuffer
The Adventures Of Guy Noir: Fans of Prairie Home Companion will certainly enjoy this two sketch comedy CD set
Local Man Moves To The City: different from what you are used to on the Prairie Home Companion show.
A Prairie Home Companion It's Only A Show: Prairie Home Companion compilation from HighBridge Audio,
Comedy Theater: For those who remember a kinder, gentler Prairie Home Companion
Gospel Birds: This Garrison Keillor CD is definitely better than what we have heard in the last couple of years or so as News From Lake Wobegone
Guy Noir Radio Private Eye: Radio Private Eye is only one of two Garrison Keillor CD collections of Guy Noir stories
More News From Lake Wobegon: the stories from More News From Lake Wobegon are funny
Dusty And Lefty The Lives Of The Cowboys: 6 complete stories on this 10-track cowboy comedy CD
Songs Of The Cat: Any cat lover must have this very funny Garrison Keillor CD
Mother, Father, Uncle, Aunt: 2 Garrison Keillor CD set from when Wobegon was not political.
WLT A Radio Romance: How often do you get to suggest to a novelist to stick to the news?
A Prairie Home Companion Commercial Radio: great compilation comedy CD of Prairie Home Companion commercials
A Prairie Home Companion 10th Anniversary: A less preachy time in Lake Wobegon history.
A Prairie Home Companion - The Movie: Decent movie version of Garrisson Keillor Lake Wobegone radio show
Never Better Stories From Lake Wobegon: 10 News From Lake Wobegon on 2 CDs. Good stuff all around.
Lake Wobegon Loyalty Days: includes perhaps Garrison Keillor's best track ever: The Young Lutheran's Guide to the Orchestra.
Pontoon A Lake Wobegon Novel - Audio Book - Capsule Review: A bowling ball containing the ashes of a Lake Wobegon resident is scheduled to be dropped in the lake as another is having a wedding ceremony on it.
Pontoon A Lake Wobegon Novel - Audio Book Full Review: Better as an audiobook than as a paperback.
More News From Lake Wobegon - Hope: CD reissue of 1989 More News From Lake Wobegon set. A kindler, gentler time and stories
More News From Lake Wobegon - Faith: 4 News segments: Rotten Apples, O Death, The Wise Men, and A trip to Grand Rapids.
English Majors A comedy collection for the highly literate: Perfect gift for the college graduate and funny too.
A Prairie Home Companion - Duets: A who's who of music and the American songbook.
A Prairie Home Companion 2nd Annual Farewell Performance: A few skits, lots of music including the Everly Brothers: a solid show
A Prairie Home Companion Final Performance: The first final performance. Good but not the best.
A Prairie Home Companion 3rd Annual Farewell Performance: Good stuff including a 2 part 40-minute News From Lake Wobegon
Tourists: Prairie Home Companion CD of esoteric music like klezmer, balalaika, and zydeco
Liberty - A Lake Wobegon Novel - Audio Book: One of the better Lake Wobegon novels, this Garrison Keillor audio book is darker and features some adult situations.
Lake Wobegon USA - Fertility: Prairie Home Companion CD reissue. Finally
Lake Wobegon USA - Patience: Features Aunt Ellie, Duke's 25th, and You're Not the Only One.
Lake Wobegon USA - Youth: Features Blue Devils, Nostalgia, O Christmas Tree, Pageant, and Messy Shoes
Lake Wobegon USA - Rhubarb: Includes Rhubarb, Yellow Ribbon, Sweet Corn, and The Sun's Gonna Shine Someday
Even More Pretty Good Jokes 2CD set: Best of the last 3 years of the Prairie Home Companion Joke Show
A Christmas Blizzard: A non-Lake Wobegon Christmas yarn is decent enough.
Prairie Home Comedy - Radio Songs & Sketches: Lots and lots of musical comedy plus some short skits.
Church People - The Lutherans of Lake Wobegon: Lots of Lutheran based humor the kids are not going to get.
Motherhood: Not quite as good as expected and very loosely about motherhood
Summer Love: A mostly musical record of the Prairie Home Companion 2010 tour in a country western vein.
My Little Town - Stories From Lake Wobegon: 3 CD set includes the story of the Inqvist s departure.