.What makes this Bill Cosby CD an absolute classic and must have is the title track "To Russell, My Brother, Whom I Slept With" where Cosby tells the story of having to share a room and bed with his brother Russell. Anyone who has kids or been a kid can relate to this story about fraternal conflict.
Cosby uses his trademark ability to create distinct voices, easily recognizable self-made sound effects, and a world of his own anyone can be a part of to tell this absolutely hilarious story of two brothers who have been sent to bed but just can't seem to be able to sleep.
Russell, Bill's younger brother, is the unwitting star of many of Cosby's early material, but here he is fully formed and at his best in terms of a character. Cosby, as the older brother, comes across as the dominant brother whose power is only real when their parents are not there.
We all now what happened to the young Bill Cosby but I have always wanted to know what happened to Russell in the later years. A "Russell, Revisited" album would be a godsend and, knowing Cosby's ability to make is all participants in his magical world, an instant must-have classic.
What is really mind boggling about "To Russell, My Brother, Whom I Slept With" is that is is 27 minutes long and there is no way you feel those 27 minutes go by. I do not recall ever hearing an American comic to 27 minutes on one thing and be able to only to make you laugh from beginning to end but be able to get you into his or her world as if it was your very own. This track is one of those "How did he know that about me?" moments.
The other tracks are okay when you compare them to your standard brilliant Cosby material but Cosby tells a funny story on each of these tracks. The "best of the rest" as it where are "The Conflict" and "The Losers" where Bill's family takes center stage.
Bill Cosby's To Russell, My Brother, Whom I Slept With is, as mentioned herein above is another Cosby comedy cd you can safely share with your children and enjoy with them.
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.
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