On October 29th, 1973 Richard Pryor took the stage for the first of a four night stint at The Comedy Store. And now, nearly 50 years later that entire performance (and bonus tracks) are to be released as album for the first time.
Omnivore Records announced the release of Pryor’s Live At The Comedy Store, 1973 on July 23rd. While the tracks have all appeared elsewhere previously (the main 14 tracks were distributed as a limited edition promotion CD with the 2013 box set No Pryor Restraint: Life in Concert), this is the first time this specific performance will have an official release.
The album is produced by Reggie Collins, a described “Pryor expert,” as well as Cheryl Pawelski, and Pryor’s widow Jennifer Lee Pryor. The liner notes for the album were written by Cory Frye.
“As time has shown,” Frye wrote, “there’s no death with Richard Pryor. He may have left us in 2005 (after whole decades that would have killed lesser men), but his own afterlife’s proven immense, minus the eight-billion harp-happy m***********s he once described practicing on some distant cloud. Here’s a chance to catch him just as he begins to live — again.”
Check out the track listing for the release below.
2. Street Corner Wino
3. Wino & Junkie
10. Black Movie Stars
12. The Line-up
14. Celebrities in the Audience
16. Niggers & Italians
17. Jim Brown (alternate version)
18. Black Films
19. Jesus Saves
20. Steve Corner Wino (Evolution/Revolution edit)