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Richard Pryor — Richard Pryor

Richard Pryor — Richard Pryor

Richard Pryor

Richard Pryor

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.


    CD / Digital Track List:
    Disc 1:

  1. Super Nigger
  2. Girls
  3. Farting
  4. Prison Play
  5. T.V. Panel Show
  6. Smells
  7. Army Life
  8. Frankenstein
    Disc 2 – Bonus Tracks:

  1. Peoria
  2. Improv, Pt. 1
  3. Heart & Brain
  4. Taxi Cabs & Subways
  5. Playboy Club
  6. Rumpelstiltskin
  7. Slippin’ In Poo Poo
  8. Birth Control
  9. Nigger Babies
  10. Faith Healer
  11. Black Power
  12. I Feel
  13. Jail
  14. Directions
  15. Movie Stars In The Bathroom
  16. War Movies
  17. The Army
  18. Hippy Dippys
  19. Hank’s Place
  20. Improv, Pt. 2
  21. Mankind

Cat: OV-415

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