Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Omnivore Recordings Reissues Two Classic Albums From Legendary Comedian Richard Pryor

Arriving February 26th, from Omnivore Recordings, are two new expanded reissues of comedian Richard Pryor's first two albums, "Richard Pryor" and "Craps (After Hours)." Richard Pryor was a comedian's comedian. He held nothing back when he delivered his brand of humor. He released his first album in 1968, after already making regular appearances on "The Ed Sullivan Show" and "The Merc Griffin Show." Pryor's debut release was recorded at the Troubadour in West Hollywood and only featured thirty minutes of his act, which included everything for farting, to girls panties, to a black superhero. Pryor's delivery was honest and truthful and raw. This new reissue includes a second disc of Richard Pryor's material, which was recorded at different clubs throughout California and first appeared on the out-of-print "Evolution/Revolution (1968-1974)" set. This new addition adds 70 more minutes of Pryor's stellar comedy, discussing birth control, asking for directions and of course the story of "Hank's Place." The quality changes slightly with each recording, but all of the jokes are top notch and showcase Pryor's spot-on deliver.

It would be three years for Richard Pryor to release his second album "Craps (After Hours)" in 1971. The album was recorded live at the Redd Foxx Club in Hollywood and showcases how Pryor's material got more raw and raunchy. He would jump right into his relationship with his wife, how they would fight and gave every joke a spin about being black and going against the "white man." It was cutting edge comedy 50 years ago, which definitely paved the way for comedians today to just be themselves and not censor their work. This new reissue of the "Craps (After Hours)" album includes seventeen minutes of bonus material, which also appeared on the "Evolution/Revolution (1968-1974)" set. His delivery of "Wino & Junkie" is pure Richard Pryor at his best, while also discussing and giving his honest insight about "Attica" on a radio show. To find out more about these two new reissues of Richard Pryor's early albums, please visit

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