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Humour - Released December 30, 1899 | Pickwick

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Humour - Released December 30, 1899 | LOL

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Humour - Released December 30, 1899 | LOL

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Humour - Released December 31, 1899 | LOL

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Humour - Released December 30, 1899 | LOL

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Humour - Released December 30, 1899 | LOL

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Humour - Released December 31, 1899 | LOL

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Humour - Released December 31, 1899 | LOL

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Humour - Released December 30, 1899 | Pickwick

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Humour - Released December 30, 1899 | LOL

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Humour - Released December 31, 1899 | LOL

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Humour - Released January 6, 1900 | LOL

Bob & Ray's first album for RCA Victor, Bob & Ray Throw a Stereo Spectacular, is actually a sampler record for the label's Living Stereo line with a handful of comedy bits appearing between cuts from other albums in the series. Bob & Ray's portion depicts their visit to the castle of Dr. Ahkbar, a mad scientist (voiced by Bob Elliot) whose bizarre experiments give the comedians an excuse to fool around with stereo sound effects. Listening with headphones is advantageous, but most of the humor holds up independently of the stereo effects. The one exception is "Bob and Ray in the Laboratory," which consists of practically nothing but sound effects. The music ranges from the orchestral instrumental pop of George Melachrino, the Sauter-Finegan Orchestra, and Skitch Henderson to vocal performances by Abbe Lane and Julie Andrews. Richard Leiber plays "The First Noel" on the pipe organ, Lena Horne performs the suggestive "New-Fangled Tango" live in concert, and Harry Belafonte's Belafonte Singers contribute the folk song "The Ox Drivers." The gleefully cacophonous Guckenheimer Sour Kraut Band takes the prize for providing the most unusual musical selection, but the overall program is extremely diverse. Whether Living Stereo collectors want to hear Bob & Ray -- or Bob & Ray fans want to hear a Living Stereo sampler -- is another matter, but the comedy and music are enjoyable. ~ Greg Adams
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Humour - Released January 9, 1900 | Perennial

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Humour - Released January 23, 1900 | Hallmark

A good number of TV fans know Bob Newhart from the sitcom Newhart, and some older fans may remember the earlier sitcom The Bob Newhart Show; less people are aware that he had another show in 1961, also known as The Bob Newhart Show, but in this case it was more of a variety/sketch comedy show. The material on this album was taken from the best bits previously used on that show, and as a cream-of-the-crop collection, it's a step up from his previous album. This one includes "Introducing Tobacco to Civilization," detailing the receiving end of a phone conversation with "Nutty" Walt Raleigh. There's also a look into how to tell your friend that his precious pet dog is a vicious monster (if at all), a speculation on what it would be like if chariot corporations in ancient Rome were run like modern car companies, and amateur bomb defusing. It's all done in Newhart's traditional one-sided style, and with strong material like this it's an enjoyable listen all the way through. © Sean Carruthers /TiVo
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Humour/Spoken Word - Released January 28, 1900 | Performance

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Humour/Spoken Word - Released January 28, 1900 | Performance

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Humour - Released January 28, 1900 | LOL

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Humour/Spoken Word - Released January 28, 1900 | Performance

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Humour - Released January 28, 1900 | LOL

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Humour/Spoken Word - Released January 29, 1900 | Performance