November 3, 2016 Funny (Not Funny)

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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.

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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.

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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.

Today’s Summary:

Cost: $2, $675 Remaining

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