CD / Digital release date: February 26, 2021
Picture Disc LP release date: July 17, 2021 – Record Store Day
Expanded edition of legendary comic’s landmark debut.
“What you hold in your hands is something precious: both the landmark debut that was, and the piece of cultural dynamite that might have been. In its original form, Richard Pryor alerted the world that Pryor had stepped out of Bill Cosby’s long shadow and developed a style—surreal, nervy, improvisational—that was all his own.”From the liner notes by Scott Saul
Originally released in 1968, Richard Pryor’s cover art (shot by legendary photographer Henry Diltz) should have been enough to let the buyer know this was not your average comedy release. Pryor was at a career crossroads that year, when the earliest tracks for the release were recorded at the Troubadour in West Hollywood. He’d already become a regular on The Merv Griffin Show and The Ed Sullivan Show, and was signed to the same agency that handled The Beatles and The Supremes. But it wasn’t just his love of artistic freedom that pulled him toward what many looked at as defiance. Pryor wanted to not only change comedy, but how we look at ourselves and those around us.
Richard Pryor’s original 8 tracks make up disc one of this new edition, while the second disc contains 21 tracks from the out-of-print Evolution/Revolution: The Early Years (1966-1974) collection—originally compiled by producers Reggie Collins and Steve Pokorny, the former of whom helms this new set along with Jennifer Lee Pryor and Grammy®-winning producer, Cheryl Pawelski. With new liner notes from Scott Saul, author of Becoming Richard Pryor, and restoration from Grammy®-winner, Michael Graves, Richard Pryor is ready to start a comedy to start a comedy revolution. Again.
Super Nigger Girls Farting Prison Play T.V. Panel Show Smells Army Life Frankenstein Peoria Improv, Pt. 1 Heart & Brain Taxi Cabs & Subways Playboy Club Rumpelstiltskin Slippin’ In Poo Poo Birth Control Nigger Babies Faith Healer Black Power I Feel Jail Directions Movie Stars In The Bathroom War Movies The Army Hippy Dippys Hank’s Place Improv, Pt. 2 Mankind