David Frye, Richard Nixon Superstar, Buddah BDS-5097, 1971
What John F. Kennedy was to Vaughn Meader, Richard Nixon was to David Frye. As a public servant for 25 years before winning the presidency, Nixon was a very distinct personality, complete with mannerisms and policies that cried out to be made fun of.
But like the Lyndon Johnson record from last night, this record just doesn’t play well today. President Nixon gets put through the ringer in a number of zany ways, but it’s just not that funny. The impersonations are better than the Johnson ones, but that’s about it.
This is one of the newest of the first generation Buddah Records labels that I’ve seen. By 1972, the company turned to a maroon and brown label familiar to anyone who owns a Gladys Knight & The Pips record. This one is a decent collectable, but like the Nixon presidency, something most people could live without.
Cost: $2, $675 Remaining