This supposedly new Bill Cosby CD is far from new. Icon is nothing that is not available on Bill Cosby At His Best and on the so-called 20th Century Masters compilations both available in a bargain bin near you. The material on Bill Cosby Icon is generally somewhat better than average. Unless you do not have Bill Cosby At His Best or 20th Century Masters Icon is a questionable purchase.
Icon is a compilation of some of the material Cosby released on the MCA label in the mid eighties. This was not the comic’s most inspired period.
The material on this CD is also atypical in the sense that some of it is not quite squeaky clean. An example is Wallie, Wallie, a story about his daughter catching him au naturel in the shower.
A decent bit is My Wife and Kids about chasing his wife around. Slow Class is a somewhat meandering tale about Bill trying to talk his dad out of meeting the principal. Froofie the Dog has Cosby losing a battle of wits with his daughter as to what TV show they are going to watch.
The better tracks include The Invention of Basketball and Animal Stories which is a take on how improbably Lassie and Rin Tin Tin movies were. Fat Albert Got a Hernia is also pretty good.
Football is a minor track about being on the team. It is not the longer, good version of that story.
Other Bill Cosby Reviews
Oh, Baby: another very good if different Cosby cd. 1991 on the Geffen label.
When I Was A Kid: When I Was A Kid, originally released on the Uni label in 1971 and now available on Geffen, is a collection of childhood stories from Bill Cosby' s stand-up days after he left the Warner Brothers label.
Bill Cosby Is A Funny Fellow, Right!: probably the Bill Cosby album or comedy cd everyone is most familiar contains his classic and memorable Noah bit comprised of Noah: Right! Noah: And The Neighbor, and Noah: Me And You, Lord.
The Very Best of Bill Cosby: definitely not the very best of Bill Cosby.
To Russell, My Brother, Whom I Slept With: Title track worth the price of the CD
Wonderfulness: Contains Chicken Heart, Go Karts, Tonsils and other good stuff
It's True! It's True!: A high school student could have done a better job with an old cassette copy, a tin can, and a piece of string
200 MPH: another classic though lesser-known Bill Cosby comedy CD
I Started Out As A Child: Contains Street Football and Lone Ranger, the rest of minor interest
Revenge: Features three back-to-back absolute classics: Cool Covers, 9th Street Bridge, Buck Buck
The Bill Cosby Collection: contains some of his most offbeat and hard to find stand-up comedy bits.
Why Is There Air?: Bill Cosby comedy CD contains $75 Car, Shop, and other good stuff
Himself: Bill Cosby DVD with The Dentist, Brain Damage, Naturan Child Birth, Chocolate Cake For Breakfast and other good stuff.
Ghost Dad: almost decent family fare
Leonard Part 6: 1987 Golden Raspberry Award winner for worst picture
Bill Cosby - Just For Laughs 2006: A giant show by the giant of comedy
Cosby And The Kids: The best Bill Cosby stand-up comedy CD compilation.
The Cosby Show - Season 3: A classic situation comedy that was excellent in its early years.
Bill Cosby - Montreal, July 25th 2009: This comedy giant is still a giant.
Far From Finished CD Version: The Master is in fine form and old school.
Far From Finished - Blu-ray: Brilliant. The video version includes a forty-eight minute interview but not the two bonus tracks from the CD