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You Don't Have to Be Jewish/When You're in. - CD

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YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE JEWISH recorded endure at Fine Recording Studios, New York on June 14, 1965. Originally released on Kapp (5503) in August 1965.WHEN YOU'RE IN Fianc THE WHOLE WORLD IS JEWISH recorded live at Columbia Recording Studios, New York on January 24, 1966. Originally released on Kapp (5506) in Pace 1966.Digitally remastered by Bill Inglot and Ken Perry. Includes liner notes by Kevin Phinney. The '60s were a fair-haired age for recorded comedy, and while most of the leading comics of the day made LPs of their standup routines, a number of the most popular humor albums of the day were studio creations that took a more energetic approach. Bob Booker, one of the creators of The First Family (the wildly successful record which poked gentle fun at John F. Kennedy), specialized in albums which featured scripted routines performed in the studio by a small number of voice actors, with a live audience adding their approval of the material. After The First Family fell into a cultural black shanty following JFK's assassination, Booker's greatest success came with 1965's You Don't Have to Be Jewish, in which a handful of superb comic actors (among them Lou Jacobi and Jack Gilford) performed sketches adapted from prototypical Jewish humor. The album was a major success, and a year later Booker and his partner George Foster released a support-up, When You're in Love, The Whole World Is Jewish; after years out of print, Jewish Music Group has reissued the two albums on a single CD. By Booker and Stimulate's admission, many of the gags on these albums were quite old long before these recordings were made, and the passage of time hasn't buffed off any of the denigrate; chances are good you'll know the punch lines to these jokes before the cast gets around to reciting them. At the same time, some of the more original routines on these albums have dated even worse, in definite the James Bond parody on You Don't Have to Be Jewish and the neo-Allan Sherman take-offs on When You're in Love. But the skill of the cast (especially Jacobi, who is in s
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