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Comedy Reviews - CD - Bill Cosby - It's True! It's True!

It's True! It's True!
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Bill Cosby
It's True It's TrueOriginally released in 1969
Warner Brothers 2005

It's True! Somebody actually got credited in the liner notes for this comedy CD re-release for the digital transferring. A high school student could have done a better job with an old cassette copy, a tin can, and a piece of string. It's True! Bill Cosby actually swears, once, in this performance recorded during a musician's strike in Lake Tahoe.

It's True! is one of very few Cosby CDs that you cannot safely enjoy with the entire family. (The other albums not Rated G are the rather banal For Adults Only and the unavailable on CD 8:45 / 11:45.

This is a very good and rare improvised comedic performance by the master of the well-structured long funny story. The story is that since the Lake Tahoe musicians were on strike, Cosby had to do add 45 minutes to his set and he decided to improvise. For someone who became famous for autobiographical comedy and crafted bits like Noah and Fat Albert, this must have been a thrill. Cosby's improvisation worked out very well.

The opening track is an echo of the Adam and Eve bit on the absolutely and must have To Russell, My Brother, Whom I Slept With. You then get an improv on helicopters, why ants are cool, the more adult bit about burlesque shows and why men go to those things (this is where Cosby swears by the way), the American gambler, a nice harmless bit about shoelaces always breaking at the wrong time, and the urban legends surrounding Spanish Fly.

The funniest material on this comedy CD is Mr. Ike & The Neighborhood TV Set, a humorous biographical story about the days when only a few people had a TV set and people would congregate at their houses. There is also a reference to something I had not known already existed back then: the pay as you go TV set.

This CD closes with a 14-minute riff on foreign countries built around the travels Cosby did for the I Spy show. You get his take on Greece, Spain, England, Mexico, and bathhouses in Japan.

It's True! It's True! is perhaps not Cosby's best stuff but adult fans will enjoy it nonetheless.

A note to the guy who got credit for the digital transfer: People should not have to crank the volume all the way up to hear a CD. There is such a thing as normalization which evens out the highs and lows on a track so the volume doesn't constantly change. There is freeware and shareware software out there that allows you to do that. I know this because although I am not a computer wizard, I can use those programs successfully.

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.

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

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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