- Evolution/Revolution: The Early Years (1966–1974)
Infobox Album | Name = Evolution/Revolution: The Early Years (1966-1974)
Type = Live album
Released = 2005
February, 1966to Autumn, 1974
Length = 2:38:52
Label = Rhino
Richard Pryor, Robert Marchese, David Drozen
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Last album = "
...And It's Deep Too! The Complete Warner Bros. Recordings (1968-1992)"
This album = "
The Anthology (1968-1992)"
Next album = "Evolution/Revolution: The Early Years (1966-1974)"
"Evolution/Revolution: The Early Years (1966-1974)" is a two-CD compilation of live stand-up comedy recordings by
comedianand actor Richard Pryor, that predate his 1974 mainstream breakthrough album " That Nigger's Crazy".
The album was primarily compiled from tapes recorded by
Laff Recordsbetween 1966 and 1974. By 1968, Pryor had only recorded and released one album up to that point, the eponymous debut that was released by Dove/Reprise and featured a much milder Pryor.
In 1970 Pryor signed with
Laff Recordsto record and release his second album, the underground classic " Craps (After Hours)". After its release in February, 1971, Pryor sought out a larger label for his next album but didn't find it until 1974 when he signed with Stax Records, who originally released " That Nigger's Crazy". Laff promptly sued Pryor, but a settlement allowed Pryor to become a free agent in exchange for allowing Laff to release all previously unissued material with them. After Pryor signed with Warner Bros. Recordsin 1975, where he kicked his recording career into high gear with the release of " ...Is It Something I Said?" and the reissue of " That Nigger's Crazy", Laff began rushing out badly packaged and mastered albums to piggyback Pryor's Warner Bros. releases.
Between 1971 and 1983, Laff released twelve albums worth of Pryor material, but spread out the contents amongst twenty different albums, including releases that either repackaged older albums with new titles and covers, or albums that paired Pryor tracks from "Craps" with previously issued material from other comedians who had recorded for Laff (including
In 2002, Pryor and his wife/manager
Jennifer Lee Pryorwon the legal rights all of the Laff material with Pryor's name on it -- over 40 hours of unedited reel-to-reel tapes -- containing recordings both issued and unissued. Jennifer Lee Pryor then gave Reggie Collinsand Steve Pokorny, the men who had previously compiled the " ...And It's Deep Too! The Complete Warner Bros. Recordings (1968-1992)" nine-CD box set and its companion 2-CD "Anthology" for Rhino, access to all of the tapes.
Disc 1 contains what is said to be the best of the material Laff had released on record after 1974, while Disc 2 contains the entire "Craps" album plus other unreleased material, including the unedited version of Pryor's entire "
The album packaging also contains liner notes from journalist
David Felton, who had interviewed Pryor several times, including around the time of "That Nigger's Crazy"'s release and after Pryor had his 1980 free-basing accident.
Disc One: Evolution (1966-1968)
#"Improv, Pt. 1"
#"Heart & Brain"
#"Taxi Cabs & Subways"
#"Slippin' In Poo Poo"
#"Prison Play" (aka Black Ben The Blacksmith)
#"Movie Stars In The Bathroom"
#"Improv, Pt. 2"
Disc One recorded live at:
*The Hungry I, San Francisco, CA, February 1966 (Tracks 1, 2)
*unknown venue, July 15, 1967 (Tracks 4, 5)
*P.J.'s, Hollywood, CA, May 24 & 25, 1968 (Tracks 7-11)
*The Troubador, West Hollywood, April 1968 (Tracks 14, 15, 21, 22) and July 26-29, 1968 (remainder)
Disc Two: Revolution (1971-1974)
#Fuck From Memory
#Blow Our Image
#I Spy Cops
#Got A Dollar
#Pres' Black Baby
#280 Pound Ass
#Black And Proud
#Gettin' The Nut
#Fuck The Faggot
#Whorehouse, Pt. 1
#Whorehouse, Pt. 2
#Niggers & Italians
#Jim Brown (alternate version)
#Street Corner Wino ("Wino & Junkie" intro)
#Wino & Junkie
Disc Two recorded live at:
*The Redd Foxx Club, Hollywood, CA, January 1971 (Tracks 2-33 -- the entire "
Craps (After Hours)" album)
*Laney College, Oakland, CA, February 25, 1971 (Track 35)
*Basin Street West, San Francisco, CA, February 26, 1971 (Tracks 36, 42)
*unknown venue, Los Angeles, CA, May 30, 1971 (Track 1)
*The Summit Club, Hollywood, CA, October, 8, 1972, for use in the motion picture "
Wattstax" (Track 34)
*The Comedy Store, Hollywood, CA, October 29-November 1, 1973 (Tracks 37-41)
*unknown location in San Francisco Bay Area, Fall 1974 (Track 43)
Primary Recording Credits
*Known Original Producers: Richard Pryor, Robert Marchese & David Drozen
*Executive Producer ("Craps (After Hours)"): Louis Drozen
*Known Original Engineers: Ron Johnson, Gabby Garcia, Chris Chigaridas
*Compilation Produced By: Reggie Collins and Steve Pokorny
*Supervising Producer: Jennifer Lee Pryor
*Executive Producer: Richard Pryor
* [http://www.richardpryor.com Richard Pryor's Official Homepage]
* [http://www.rhino.com/store/ProductDetail.lasso?Number=78490 Rhino Records page on "Evolution/Revolution" album]
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