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Comedy Reviews - CD - Bill Cosby - The Very Best of Bill Cosby


Bill Cosby
The Very Best of Bill Cosby
20th Century Masters

The Very Best Of Bill Cosby is definitely not the very best of Bill Cosby. Most Bill Cosby comedy cds were released on the Warner Brothers label and MCA and Cosby had a short-lived relationship mid-carreer.

That Bill Cosby is a 20th century master is unquestionable, that this is it is just plain wrong. MCA's idea of what is the very best of Bill Cosby is basically whatever tracks it got from its short-lived association with Bill Cosby and a roll of audio Scotch Tape.

There is nothing on The Very Best of Bill Cosby that is the very best of Bill Cosby. No Noah, no To Russell, My Brother, Whom I Slept With, no 200 mph, no Dentist, no 9th Street Bridge, classic Bill Cosby track of any kind.

This is a  best of based on only 5 lesser albums made by Cosby for MCA in the very early seventies, and none of those albums, When I Was A Kid, For Adults Only, Inside the Mind of Bill Cosby, Fat Albert, or Live At Madison Square Garden were ever great Bill Cosby Albums, including the Fat Albert. 4 of these albums are available as re-releases somewhere else and maybe only the Fat Albert album is worth getting and this only if it is on sale somewhere or in a used cd store.

The Very Best Of Bill Cosby is the usual Bill Cosby material about growing up in Philadelphia, his kids, his wife, and a few observations on life. Standard Bill Cosby material in this case does not mean good Bill Cosby material.

These are the kind of secondary or filler tracks one could expect to find on a comedy album. I doubt any of these tracks have ever been part of a conversation about someone's favorite Bill Cosby funny stories or funny jokes..

The Very Best of Bill Cosby is a shame because some people will buy this comedy cd thinking the packaging is honest and that the cd is what it says it is. Oh well, caveat emptor.

This really avoidable comedy cd is for serious collectors only, and even then, they would be better buying the original cds than this mess.

There is no point in listing the tracks, none of them are worthwhile.

Richard Lanoie

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.

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.

Icon: Nothing new if you already have other Cosby CDs

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

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