||Mort Sahl Live! (Side A)||Mort Sahl||24:44||Album Only||View In iTunes|
||Mort Sahl Live! (Side B)||Mort Sahl||21:59||Album Only||View In iTunes|
Wrong album title, and wrong review too..
But it really is Mort Sahl though. The actual (or at least original) title of this 1973 album is "Sing a Song of Watergate" Do a Google on "Sing a Song of Watergate" for actual reviews of the album. To pick one of his topics, the comparison & contrast beween two plane trips Mort took on Air Force One - one with JFK, the other with Richard Nixon offers a peek at the differing presidential "styles" and the different sense of humor between the presidents (JFK's seems intended, Nixon's not.) The review that is here is actually for the 1997 Dove Audio release of "Mort Sahl's America, which does include Senator Eugene McCarthy and his wit. I liked it too, but it isn't available (yet, hopefully) on iTunes...
A real review
Critic's Review Sean Carruthers, All Music Guide : Though Mort Sahl had been around since the release of his previous album in 1967, there really wasn't enough going on for him to consider releasing another one...until Watergate. If you were hoping to use this as a primer on what exactly happened during the Watergate crisis, don't bother. Rather than providing a history lesson, Sahl instead deals mostly in trivia, like what kind of sport shirt Nixon wore, and conversations Sahl had with other people tangentially involved in the brouhaha. Of course, as with virtually any Sahl performance, much of the monologue here consists of sarcastic asides to the audience. Though his delivery is a bit slower and more laid-back, he's still in full Sahl mode here, bouncing back and forth between topics that seem only marginally related, and if you're not too familiar with Watergate or with the players, you'll quickly get lost listening to this. With his overly sarcastic sense of humor, it's sometimes hard to determine just how serious Sahl is, which may leave you feeling uneasy when he questions women's political reasoning abilities or comments that an intellectual, communist, black woman represented "everything I've always hated in one person." Even if you're not sure how to feel about the rest of the album (whether you're upset or merely lost), the bits contrasting the differences between being on Nixon's plane and Kennedy's plane are certainly guaranteed to deliver a few laughs.
LIKE MOZART, MORT HAS NO SERIOUS DETRACTORS!
Mort Sahl is a true American and by extension due to time served in making a couple of generations laugh (at least a couple), I think by now, an American Legend. Obviously this album site has changed since the other two reviews were written as we have no editorial review nor mention of "Mort Sahl's America. (yet another must hear collection with former senator and 1968 Presidential candidate Eugene McCarthy). Please note: any Mort Sahl album is well worth owning and I have them all on vinyl or CD dating back to the mid 1950s. Does anyone remember "Mort Sahl At the Hungry i," or "The Future Lies Ahead," et al? Pity if not. But, I knew Mort for a few years and was fortunate enough to spend some time with him as a result of our mutual love of the Stan Kenton Orchestra. Actually, I met Mort when I asked him to autograph a copy of his 1976 autobiograpy "Heartland." He asked the waitress to whom I'd given the book to invite my date and me into his dressing room between shows at the La Jolla Comedy Store as Mort told me that since the books release I was the first one to request his signature (I still can't understand that mystery.). Lunch followed and frendhip developed. But (as he would often say) "I digress...anyway onward." I'll grant that this is not a history of Watergate nor was it intended to be. Rather a piece of American history, that being Mort's magnificent and always insightful (as well as side-spliting) stand up performances. It's worth the price of the album just to hear him tell such stories as President Kennedy saying to him as Air Force One taxied out to depart Palm Springs, "You know Mort, if this baby goes down...your name will be in very small print on page three." Mr. Sahl, who was teaching until last year at one of the old Associated Colleges of Clairmont (Harvey Mudd University) is now in his early eighties and my last reports are that he's lost nothing off his fast ball nor his quips. Here's your opportunity to enjoy an hour or so with a man who flew on every Air Force One from (at least) Kennedy to Reagan; who often filled in for Johnny Carson as host of the Tonight Show; hosted the Academy Awards one year after Bob Hope left; hosted several television programs of his own; worte screenplays; appeared in Hollywood films; was a semi-regular on the popular fifties "Playboy After Dark" tv program; was the subject of one of PBS' American Masters series; and on and on. He graduated from USC and shared an apartment with Paul Newman and Joanne Woodard as a young man; almost single handedly discovered the Dave Brubeck Quartet; was a close friend to everyone from Hugh Hefner to JFK to me (and I'm nobody important). When I met Mort in 1977 he and Clint Eastwood were sharing office space writing and editing screenplays. If you were a Hollywood star or a Washington politco you knew Mort Sahl. I called him frequently long distance when he hosted an afternoon drive time talk show on a D.C. radio station where he frequently welcomed members of Congress and other politicians and celebrities. Don't pass up this album...it's a chance to get a little up close and personal with on of my all time idols. I think that after listening he'll be an idol of yours as well. Joe. M. Hayes, La Jolla, CA
Born: May 11, 1927 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '90s
Top Albums and Songs by Mort Sahl
||At The Hungry I (Excerpt)||100 of the Greatest Comedy Skits||5:36||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Mort Sahl Live! (Side A)||Mort Sahl Live!||24:44||Album Only||View In iTunes|
||Mort Sahl Live! (Side B)||Mort Sahl Live!||21:59||Album Only||View In iTunes|
||On Nixon / New York / The Air Force / Kruschev / Movies / The FBI||At the Hungry I||24:01||Album Only||View In iTunes|
||The U2 Spy Incident / Castro / de Gaulle / Nixon / The AMA / Socialized Medicine and More||At the Hungry I||18:06||Album Only||View In iTunes|