...And It's Deep Too!

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...And It's Deep, Too! The Complete Warner Bros. Recordings (1968–1992)
Box set by Richard Pryor
Released October 17, 2000
Recorded September 1968–October 17, 1992
Genre Comedy
Length + 7 hours
Label Warner Archives/Rhino/Atlantic Records
Producer Robert Marchese
Richard Pryor
David Banks
Biff Dawes
Richard Pryor chronology
Here And Now (1983) ...And It's Deep, Too! The Complete Warner Bros. Recordings (1968-1992) (2000) The Anthology (1968-1992) (2002)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau A+ [2]

...And It's Deep, Too! The Complete Warner Bros. Recordings (1968–1992) is a compilation of all of Richard Pryor's recordings with Warner Bros. Records. It contains material recorded between 1968 and 1992 and was released in 2000 through Rhino Entertainment. The collection won an award in the Grammy Awards of 2001 for Walter Mosley's liner notes.

Background[edit]

The collection includes eight CDs released on Warner Bros. between 1968 and 1983: plus a ninth CD of previously unreleased material. These albums include:

His 1968 self-titled album contains conventional standup material. In contrast, his 1974 album That Nigger's Crazy featured the comedy style which made him famous focusing on racial issues with plenty of swearing. That album was a breakthrough for Pryor, going platinum, and winning a Grammy in the Grammy Awards of 1975 for Best Comedy Performance.

...is it something I said? was another success critically, topping the Billboard black charts, going platinum and winning another Grammy for Best Comedy performance. Bicentennial Nigger won him his third Grammy award in three years and went top 5 in the black charts. Pryor won a fourth Grammy for Live On The Sunset Strip in 1982.

Pryor's career suffered a major setback in 1980 when he was badly burnt while freebasing cocaine, which he acknowledged in his "Live on Sunset Boulevard" performance. During this, he waved a lit match around, and stated, "This is Richard Pryor, Running down the street!" In 1986, Pryor announced that he had multiple sclerosis and this eventually led to his retirement as a standup comedian in 1992. This album features some material from his 1992 concerts.

In 1998, Richard Pryor won the first Mark Twain Prize for American Humor from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. This album contains all of the material that earned him that award.

The box set went out of print sometime after and was later re-issued in 2013, albeit without the first and last discs, as The Warner Bros. Albums (1974-1983).[3]

Track listing[edit]

References[edit]

  • "Richard Pryor." American Decades Gale Research, 1998; Reproduced in Biography Resource Center. Farmington Hills, Mich.: Thomson Gale. 2005.
  • "Richard Pryor" in Shirelle Phillips (editor) Contemporary Black Biography, Volume 24 Reproduced in Biography Resource Center. Farmington Hills, Mich.: Thomson Gale. 2005.