The Three Faces of Al

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The Three Faces of Al
Comics-style cover art depicts Nick Danger, an unshaven man smoking a cigarette and wearing a fedora hat and trenchcoat, holding two guns. Behind him, a woman in a red dress also holds a gun. Rocky Roccoco, a short man wearing a fez, leers at them from behind some sort of structure. A note bearing the album's title is pinned to the structure with a dagger.
Live album by Firesign Theatre
Released 1984
Recorded July–December 1983
Studio Fred Jones Recording Services, Hollywood CA
Genre Comedy
Length 33:24
Label Rhino Records
Producer Fred Jones
Firesign Theatre chronology
Shakespeare’s Lost Comedie
(1982)
The Three Faces of Al
(1984)
Eat Or Be Eaten
(1985)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars [1]

The Three Faces of Al is a 1984 comedy album by the group Firesign Theatre. It features the group members reprising their most popular characters from earlier collaborations, notably hard-boiled detective Nick Danger and his nemesis, Lieutenant Bradshaw.

A recurring theme in previous albums was Danger insulting Bradshaw by forgetting his current rank, referring to him as Sergeant Bradshaw, when Bradshaw had been promoted to Lieutenant. In this album Bradshaw is the District Attorney, but Danger still refers to him by his police rank.

In earlier albums, the characters refer to the "Anselmo pederasty" case. Even though this album occurs years later than the other albums, it is about that case, but Anselmo Von Pederazzi is a mob boss,[2] and the case is apparently not actually about pederasty.

David Ossman does not appear on the album, having already left the group. Ossman would return for good in 1998, on the album Give Me Immortality or Give Me Death.

The initial release on Rhino Records was at the dawn of compact discs, and was among or possibly the first comedy CD issued by any record company. The CD wasn't produced in very large quantities, however, and after it went out of print it became something of a collector's item for many years. The album was finally reissued on CD in 2008 as part of the Firesign Theatre's Nick Danger box set, "Box of Danger" on the Shout! Factory label.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Carruthers, Sean. The Three Faces of Al at AllMusic
  2. ^ "Nick Danger: The Three Faces of Al, liner notes". Firesigntheatre.com. Retrieved October 5, 2017.