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FM & AM

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Shoot
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The Hair Piece
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Sex in Commercials
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Drugs
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Birth Control
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Son of Wino
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Divorce Game
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Ed Sullivan Self Taught
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Let's Make a Deal
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The 11 O'Clock News
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Total Tracks: 10   Total Length: 50:11

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justagui

After reading the comedian's autobiography (Last Words), one realizes that quite in addition to being hilarious this was a very pivotal recording in both Carlin's career and our culture.

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Utterly Classic

blatanville

I grew up listening to this album, a mysterious left-over from a friends' parents LP collection. While we no doubt missed half of the jokes ("What woulda Commie-Fag-Junkie sound like? (Carlin slips into deeply slurred and lispy voice) 'Workers of the world unite...'" what 11 year old is going to get that?!?), they made an impression, one that's lasted 25+ years now. This probably, as alluded to in the AMG review, marks another kind of transition for Carlin: from the character/sketch-based comedy he'd done (I'm thinking in particular of the track "11:00 News"), with all of it's setup and voices, to the more "observational/monologue" style that he's still rocking today. "Don't be skeered...it's just a beard."

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While FM & AM was reissued on compact disc as part of the George Carlin box set The Little David Years 1971-1977, it’s important to have this early groundbreaking release available again, individually, at an affordable price. FM & AM found Carlin officially poking fun at, while incorporating, his early material performed in the lounges of America and on The Ed Sullivan Show. It also marked Carlin’s metamorphosis from straight-laced to hippie, intentionally embracing the growing counterculture. The record is divided into two separate manifestations of humor, making it a sort of comedy concept album. One section focused on references geared toward the more wholesome commercial oriented AM radio audience: “Son of Wino,” “Ed Sullivan Self Taught,” and “Let’s Make a Deal,” while the remaining material was intended for the “hipper” FM audience: “Drugs,” “Birth Control,” and “Sex in Commercials.” Carlin’s unabashed wit, irony, and cynicism appealed to both audiences as FM & AM won a Grammy award in 1973 for best comedy album. – Al Campbell

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