Stand Up! Records (www.standuprecords.com) confirmed today that they would reissue the exceedingly rare and out-of-print The Next To Last Joan Rivers Album from iconic comedian Joan Rivers (www.joanrivers.com) on Record Store Day (http://www.recordstoreday.com) this April 18th. Highly sought after by comedy fans and collectors, The Next To Last Joan Rivers Album will be making its debut on Compact Disc as the very first Record Store Day release from Stand Up! Records.
The Next To Last Joan Rivers Album has been lovingly updated to include an eight-page booklet featuring new liner notes by noted comedy historian and WFMU blogger Kliph Nesteroff, a new essay from comedian Sarah Silverman and photos by John Shearer (Look Magazine). Originally recorded live in June 1968 at Julius Monk's famed cabaret Upstairs at the Downstairs club in New York City, the package has been digitally remixed and remastered for release. Tracks include:
1. Diamond Ring
2. 27 and Single
3. Football and the Baton Twirler
6. Catch Me! Catch Me!
7. Pregnant and Beautiful
9. Glorious Marriage
10. Tim, It's Alright
11. 1000 Cups
12. Omaha, Nebraska
Some 45 years after it was recorded, the voice is strong and clear. It is young, but unmistakable: Joan Rivers. That voice—and the truths it speaks—are timeless. And the truth is always a little shocking. The Next to last Joan Rivers album's re-release proves that, before there were arguments over whether women were funny, women's lives were funny.
Unapologetically, Rivers owns her own experiences as great material. She doesn't have to pick on audience members to get a gasp or gross them out by saying things they don't expect from a woman; instead, Rivers delivers a tight set packed full of real life. Within minutes, the listener can actually hear the audience melt into her hands. The women laugh with true freedom: Rivers is saying what they haven't been able to say, giggling along with her about the absurdities of juggling roles and living up to the expectations of their mothers, their husbands, and their peers. And the men guffaw at this brassy, whip-smart Jewish dame pulling back the curtain. Together, they're swept up, liberated by a woman saying the truth and everyone finding it funny.
Rivers, who clearly considers her audience as in-on-the-joke as she is, dropping clever asides and subversively referring to her set as "the rally," leaves the stage as she left the world: to shouts of "Brava!"
Stand Up! Records is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota and run by Grammy-winning comedy producer Dan Schlissel. With a growing catalog and more than 130 releases, they have a 15 year history as a champion of the underdog. More than just a record label it is a comedy brand juggernaut; combining comedy, great art, discovering new talent, founding comedy festivals and also producing cool stuff.
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