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Format: CD
Sku: 242277787
UPC: 089353317225
UPC 14: 00089353317225
Release Date: 11/13/2012
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Scene 1: the Experiment ~ The First Family
2. Scene 2: After Dinner Conversations ~ The First Family
3. Scene 3: the Malayan Ambassador ~ The First Family
4. Scene 4: Relatively Speaking ~ The First Family
5. Scene 5: Astronauts ~ The First Family
6. Scene 6: Motorcade ~ The First Family
7. Scene 7: the Party ~ The First Family
8. Scene 8: the Tour ~ The First Family
9. Scene 1: But Vote!! ~ The First Family
10. Scene 2: Economy Lunch ~ The First Family
11. Scene 3: the Decision ~ The First Family
12. Scene 4: White House Visitor ~ The First Family
13. Scene 5: Press Conference ~ The First Family
14. Scene 6: the Dress ~ The First Family
15. Scene 7: Saturday Night, Sunday Morning ~ The First Family
16. Scene 8: Auld Lang Syne ~ The First Family
17. Scene 9: Bedtime Story ~ The First Family
Disc 2
Song Title
1. Scene 1: the Announcement ~ The First Family
2. Scene 2: an Evening With Jfk ~ The First Family
3. Scene 3: 1958 ~ The First Family
4. Scene 4: the Trial ~ The First Family
5. Scene 5: the Law ~ The First Family
6. Scene 6: the Crisis ~ The First Family
7. Scene 7: the Concert ~ The First Family
8. Scene 8: the First Daughter ~ The First Family
9. Scene 9: Biography ~ The First Family
10. Scene 1: the First Family March ~ The First Family
11. Scene 2: Taxes ~ The First Family
12. Scene 3: the Movie ~ The First Family
13. Scene 4: Caroline's First Date ~ The First Family
14. Scene 5: Stop the World ~ The First Family
15. Scene 6: the Brothers Three ~ The First Family
16. Scene 7: 1996 ~ The First Family
17. Scene 8: Equal Time ~ The First Family
Disc 3
Song Title
1. Bbc Tribute To the First Family ~ The First Family
2. Vaughn Meader's First Tv Appearance On Talent Scout ~ The First Family
3. President Kenney Talks About the First Family ~ The First Family
 

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Adapters: Earle Doud; George Foster; Bob Booker.
Muze PNote Personnel: Ralph Curtiss, Bob Prescott (sound effects).
Muze PNote Recording information: Columbia Recording Studios, New York, NY (03/18/1963); Fine Recording Studios, New York, NY (03/18/1963); Columbia Recording Studios, New York, NY (10/22/1963); Fine Recording Studios, New York, NY (10/22/1963).
Muze PNote Comedy writers Bob Booker, Earle Doud, and George Foster weren't looking to create a cultural phenomenon when they teamed with an obscure stand-up comic named Vaughn Meader to cut a comedy album in the fall of 1962, but ultimately that's what they did, and The First Family, a gentle but effective bit of political satire that focused on the foibles of President John F. Kennedy and his family, became one of the most remarkable successes in the history of the record business, moving over seven million copies in six months when it was released in early 1963. The First Family, however, went from a smashing success to a joke no one dared tell again when Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963; the album was immediately pulled from stores (as was a sequel that appeared in the spring of 1963), and it was seemingly relegated to attics or garage sales from then on, a strange artifact that, despite its good intentions, was an instant reminder of a national tragedy. But as a wise man once said, time heals all wounds, and a half-decade after it was first recorded, it's possible to listen to The First Family again and hear what it was meant to be -- a respectful but playful spoof of President Kennedy that ultimately says more about his charisma and personality than politics. While it's hard to imagine anyone believing that Vaughn Meader really was Kennedy given the theatricality of his delivery, he did establish the gold standard Kennedy impersonators followed from then on, and his comic timing and delivery are impressive, while Naomi Brossart is very amusing as the breathy and slightly eccentric First Lady. This 50th Anniversary Edition of The First Family includes the original album as well as the lesser-known The First Family, Vol. 2, which doesn't work as well, thanks to a handful of musical numbers cluttering the comedy, and a bit too much acknowledgment of the first album's success, though the penultimate track, "1996," is a curiously moving sketch which imagines an elderly John and Jackie looking back at their lives. In addition to the two First Family albums, this package includes a third bonus disc, which features a BBC radio documentary on the album's history and impact (no date is given for the show, though since it mentions Meader in the present tense, it must have aired before his passing in October 2004), an early performance by Meader from the TV show Talent Scouts (which reveals he was a fine voice mimic but not so good at writing his own material), and a clip from a press conference in which President Kennedy talks about the album. While this expanded edition of The First Family is most strongly recommended to cultural historians or the nostalgic, at its best, this material is still quite funny despite the ravages of time and tragedy. ~ Mark Deming

Producer: Earle Doud; George Foster; Robert Mack; Bob Booker

Engineer: John Quinn; Frank Laico

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations First Family:50th Anniversary Edition

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 11/13/2012
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2012
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : ROC-CD-3172
Music Label Name Label : Rockbeat Records
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 3
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00089353317225

Product Attributes
Product attributeArtist:   Meader,Vaughn
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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