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Album Review

George Carlin fluctuates between two polar extremes of intellect on Back in Town. The album is mostly plagued by this single problem, which prevents it from reaching the heights it might have otherwise. Carlin's material is consistent, in that it all takes the form of societal criticism, but whereas his caustic gaze can sometimes intelligently deconstruct an issue as complicated as abortion, elsewhere his routine devolves into mere profane insults and gross-out humor. The aforementioned abortion bit joins a discussion of familiar expressions as the disc's highlights, and most of the parodies of modern phenomena in "Free-Floating Hostility" are on the mark. This meditation on capital punishment and state-prison farms drags on with jokes taken so far that it's difficult to remember Carlin is actually parodying these issues. Also, skip over "Farting in Public" — the title speaks for itself.

Customer Reviews

Where do we go from Here?

TO say that, George Carlin was way ahead of our time, just check out Back in Town which was performed live in 1996. Taking place 12 years before his passing, it shows that he was just a vessel of truth disguised in a comedy show in order to make his message semi-tolerable to the ignorant and god-fearing @-holes who have systematically undermined our culture for a purpose so nasty and evil that the human race, in essence, hasn't got a pot to pee in anymore. He saw this through the looking glass and I am thankful to have enjoyed his raves and rants on several occassions. My hope is that future generations can find his "comedy" somewhere, sometime again....Good luck in ever truly laughing again now that he's gone.


Very funny album. George's style is clearly evident in this album. I have only one complaint; there is one male audience member who is awful. His voice is clearly evident on the Free-Floatin Hostility track when George is talking about white guys who wear their baseball caps backwards. After hearing the audience member at this point, the second time you listen to the album you will hear him over and over. He is clearly drunk. I hate people who go to comedy shows for the sole purpose of getting drunk and trying to share the show with the performer. This guy is annoying, but Carlin keeps on trucking and keeps his act together. Don't be an annoying audience member.

The Best there ever Was

George Carlin wasn't a comedian. He didn't tell jokes. He told the truth. He was incredibly perceptive, down-to-earth, and saw through every attempt made by others to pull the wool over his eyes. He paved the way for other comic greats like Lewis Black and Bill Hicks. He broke with convention. He ridiculed society, christianity, religion as a whole, abortion, the sanctity of life, the english language, airplane announcements, altruists, beauty pageants, environmentalists, politicians, drivers, Ronald Reagan, life, death, feminism, the persian gulf war, golf, mickey mouse, the news, the economy, the bible, technology, cancer, "political correctness", and euphemisms. He listed ways to add a little insanity to your day, like backing out of a bank drive-thru, or asking for your gift from a gift shop. He scoffed at such terms like "near miss" and "tell us in your own words". (hint: a near miss is called a hit, and no one has their own personal words. We all use the same ones). He was a genius, a devil's advocate, and a visionary. He was ahead of his time. The only problem was, he was only about an hour and a half ahead. And now he's dead as a doornail (don't use that silly "passed away" euphemism!) and the world a little darker, a little sadder, and a whole lot less funnier because of it. God help us George, we're all gonna miss you. Rest in Peace.


Born: May 12, 1937 in New York, NY

Genre: Comedy

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Famed for his landmark "Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television" routine, George Carlin filled the void created by the death of Lenny Bruce, honing a provocative, scathing comic style that bravely explored the limits of free speech and good taste. George Dennis Carlin was born on May 12, 1937, in New York City. While serving a stint in the military, he was stationed in Shreveport, LA, where he began working as a disc jockey; after working with fellow radio personality Jack Burns on a Shreveport...
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