- Released: May 22, 2001
- Originally Released: 2001
- Label: MCA
- 1.Hikky Burr (Part 1)
- 2.My Brother Russell
- 4.Wallie, Wallie
- 5.The Lower Tract
- 6.The Invention Of Basketball
- 7.Slow Class
- 8.My Wife And Kids
- 9.Fat Albert's Car
- 10.Animal Stories
- 11.The Story Of The Chicken
- 12.Bill Visits Ray Charles
Personnel includes: Bill Cosby (spoken vocals).
Recorded between 1970 & 1972. Includes liner notes by A. Scott Galloway.
All tracks have been digitally remasterd.
This is part of MCA's 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection series.
Liner Note Author: A. Scott Galloway.
Recording information: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY.
Since most of MCA's 20th Century Masters: Millennium Edition has been devoted to musicians, it's a little strange to see it applied to a comedian, yet the same principle works very well on Bill Cosby's collection. This covers his early-'70s records for MCA, a time when he was deep into Fat Albert -- who indeed appears here with "Fat Albert's Car." Truth be told, this material isn't as classic as what appeared on the early-'60s albums on Warner, but it's pretty damn great all the same, and while it doesn't have the flow of a real comedy record (and is admittedly missing some great bits), it does have most of the major cuts he made during this time, and is a successful sampler. If you just want a taste of Cosby's early-'70s recordings, this is a good choice. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine