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Track Listing
CD1 - Inside Shelley Berman (MGM Verve V-15003)
1. Child Psychologists
2. Buttermilk
3. The Morning After the Night Before (phone call)
4. Small Embarrassing Moments
5. Talking to a youngster on phone

CD2 - Outside Shelley Berman (MGM Verve V-15007)
1. Franz Kafka on the Telephone
2. The Booking Agent
3. Conversation With My Father
4. P.T.A. Meeting

The Edge of Shelley Berman Part 1 (MGM Verve V-15013)
5. First Date
6. Alvin & Shirley

CD3 - The Edge of Shelley Berman Part 2
1. Alice B. Toklas
2. Small Embarrassing Moments
3. Outtakes of Child Psychologists
4. A Sappy Thank You

A Personal Appearance (MGM Verve V-15027)
5. Slipping Table Napkin
6. Television Advertising (It Shows It To You)
7. Hotel Guest
8. Conventioner (Making A Long Distance Call)
9. Black Specks In A Glass Of Milk
10. Movie Clichés
11. Girl Who Has Lost Her Heel
12. Meeting The Prospective In-Laws
13. Conclusion (Including The Dentist)
Artist:
Shelley Berman
Title:
The Complete Albums 1959-61 (3CD)
Label:
Acrobat
Cat No:
ACTRCD9063
Format:
CD
Price £11.99
• Shelley Berman is one of the coterie of comedians who made the transition from the club stage to a recording contract and television shows during the late ’50s and early ’60s, around the same time as Bob Newhart, both of them employing similar techniques of depicting one end of a telephone conversation and a satirically observational raconteur style.

• Beginning life as a straight actor and then a sketch writer, before doing stand-up comedy, which earnt him a contract with the Verve label – he became the first stand-up comic to perform at Carnegie Hall.

• This 3-CD set, comprises the complete content of his first four albums for Verve, released between 1959 and 1961 – “Inside Shelley Berman”, “Outside Shelley Berman”, “The Edge Of Shelley Berman” and “A Personal Appearance” presented in chronological order.

• His debut album won the inaugural Grammy award for a non-musical recording, and was the first comedy recording to be certified gold. His oblique view on contemporary life through a series of narrative vignettes led one critic to observe that he “singlehandedly transformed modern neuroticism in high art”, playing on issues which challenged suburban sensibilities at a time of acute social change.

• For those who were around at the time, it’s a stimulating reminder of the comedy of that era, while for others it’s an enlightening insight into the development of modern satirical comedy.