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Rant in E Minor Variations Overview

Many people believe that Rant in E Minor is Bill Hicks’ most brilliant album. Released posthumously in 1997, it was brought together beautifully by Bill’s friend and producer, Kevin Booth (Kevin also finished the work on Arizona Bay).

Bill had a vision of combining his comedy with original music. Since this was a new idea it had been suggested to Bill, at that time, to consider releasing them as a double or triple album-one side with the comedy only, one with the music only and one with the comedy plus the music per his vision; this way the fans could experience it in whatever arrangement they chose. Bill liked the idea but was adamant that the albums first come out the way he wanted, combining his comedy with the music, and so they did, in honor of Bill’s wishes.

The original Rant release was compiled from several different nights recorded over a period of time. This version, Variations, is one of those evenings, October 24th, 1993 in Austin, Texas. You’ll hear familiar bits, new bits not included in the original release and different versions with some nice twists because the version on the original Rant was not taken from this particular evening.

This is how Bill performed it to the audience that night, with no music or sound effects. Enjoy it in a different light, a different order and maybe a different feel. It’s all Bill, live on stage……

I love Bill, but...

Couldn't have some of these tracks been merged into one track? To save a little clutter? I know this is a double cd because I have it, but still..


I LOVE Bill. And at first figured I'd listened to the original version too much to enjoy this, but simply put this wasn't as heavy hitting.
He never reaches that boil of anger in this show that defines that original release. Maybe it was because he was on home turf that doesn't really present him an opportunity to rage at the audience.
I never realized how much I liked the music till it was gone. Some of his darkest personal reflections being back ended by music was a really brilliant move.
Anyways. If you're like me there's probably nothing I can write that will sway you from buying this. But it's not something that begs repeat listens.


Born: December 16, 1961 in Valdosta, GA

Genre: Comedy

Years Active: '80s, '90s

Bill Hicks was the last great social satirist, the true descendent of comedians like Lenny Bruce, Richard Pryor, and Mort Sahl. The self-described "Prince of Darkness," his work confronted the hypocrisies of late-20th century American life, divining comedy from the more evil impulses of the government and the mass media while assaulting the soullessness of mainstream culture. An alcoholic, coke addict, and chain smoker, Hicks also experimented heavily with hallucinogenics, and his monologues addressed...
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