Wednesday, October 20, 2010
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE Arista LP 1976
There WAS a time before DVRs and VCRs when if something came on TV, you weren’t sure if you’d ever see it again. And if you wanted to see it, you had to stay up late or get up early. There was no second chance. Many of us dragged out our little cassette recorders to capture the AUDIO of the Rolling Stones on Saturday Night Live or a favorite music act on Dinah Shore or some other variety program. Not only could you buy albums featuring FULL movie soundtracks (including dialogue) from classic films by The Marx Brothers and Laurel & Hardy, but there were also hit albums for 1970s TV shows like “All In The Family” and comedy albums were all the rage (George Carlin, Cheech & Chong, Richard Pryor).
In 1976, Arista Records released this LP featuring “The Not Ready For Prime Time Players” entitled simply “SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE” that edited together best bits from the hit late night TV show with Don Pardo’s newly added studio announcements to try and emulate a real episode.
By the time I bought this album circa 1978, you could find it in the cut-out bins for $2.99 or less. I loved the hell out of it. Listening back many years later, I can still recite bits easily by heart and with perfect timing.
From classic skits like “Bedtime Story” (Dan Aykroyd and Gilda Radner) to “Dueling Brandos,” (with John Belushi & Peter Boyle) to a lengthy “Weekend Update” with Chevy Chase (who also gets a musical tribute from ‘Chevy’s Girls’), who also appears on a shocking “Word Association” skit with Richard Pryor. It’s television comedy at its finest and with only the audio available, it’s up to your mind to supply the visuals.
Special Guests-PETER BOYLE, BUCK HENRY, RICHARD PRYOR, PAUL SIMON, LILY TOMLIN
Here's a rare photo of John Belushi and Bill Murray on the Blues Brothers set. I met Bill Murray while working at Tower Records and was fortunate to spend some time helping him shop for music. He was super nice and HILARIOUS. He was looking for "house music" for a party and when I told him I wasn't too familiar with the genre he looked me in the eye and said, "You gotta get out more, pal." Just a few weeks ago I ran into Garrett Morris shopping at Ralph's here in Hollywood. When I approached him and asked if he was Garrett Morris, his reply was, "You're not a cop are you?"