A Star Is Bought

A Star Is Bought

by Albert BrooksAlbert Brooks


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The concept of A Star is Bought is that Albert Brooks has decided to become a massive crossover music star, and so has designed and constructed an album to appeal to as many constituencies as possible. Brooks appeals to various famous friends, asking such musicians as Alice Cooper and Linda Ronstadt for advice. (Ronstadt advises him to make a record about simple human emotions, which prompts Brooks to reply that he has no simple human emotions). Along the way, Brooks skewers every possible genre, from supposedly unearthing lyrics to Ravel's "Bolero" that reveal it to be a song about a cheap one-night stand ("Should we do it on the floor?/Or should we check into a fine hotel/One with naked paintings?") to "The Englishman-German-Jew Blues," in which blues great Albert King attempts to sing a song while Brooks tries to cheer him up by telling a long-winded shaggy dog story. None of it is laugh-out-loud funny, but most of it is clever and the star cameos are amusing (especially a hyperbolic David Geffen, of all people). The album's sole clunker, "The Albert Brooks Show #112," is an attempt to simulate the pre-TV radio era but goes on far too long. Even at its weakest, however, the album does a superb job of recreating the different genres and eras parodied, which is a credit to Brooks and co-producer Harry Shearer. A Star is Bought isn't a comedy classic, but it is a witty and charming recording, and comedy fans should give it a listen.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/02/2017
Label: Wounded Bird Records
UPC: 0664140103528
catalogNumber: 1035
Rank: 51443


  1. In the Beginning
  2. Phone Call to Americans
  3. Near the Beginning
  4. Party from Outer Space
  5. In the Middle
  6. Phone Calls from Americans
  7. An End in Sight
  8. Love Song
  9. The End of the First Beginning
  10. A New Beginning
  11. Promotional Gimmick
  12. Call This Cut Three, Side Two
  13. The Englishman-German-Jew Blues
  14. The Beginning of the End
  15. The Albert Brooks Show #12
  16. The End

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Albert Brooks   Primary Artist,Synthesizer
Conte Candoli   Musician
Buddy Collette   Musician
Andrew Gold   Musician
Jim Gordon   Musician
Chuck Berghofer   Musician
Ed Black   Musician
Oscar Brashear   Musician
Gary Coleman   Musician
Harold Diner   Musician
Kenny Edwards   Musician
David Kemper   Musician
Albert King   Musician
Arthur Beck   Musician
Bill Greene   Musician
Russ Freeman   Musician
Irv Cottler   Musician

Technical Credits

Conte Candoli   Contributor
Buddy Collette   Contributor
Andrew Gold   Arranger,Contributor
Ed Black   Contributor
Oscar Brashear   Contributor
Neil Brody   Engineer
Gary Coleman   Contributor
Irving Cottler   Contributor
Harold Diner   Contributor
Kenny Edwards   Contributor
Sid Feller   Arranger
Val Garay   Engineer
David Kemper   Contributor
Albert King   Contributor
John Neal   Engineer
Harry Shearer   Composer,Producer
Charles Berghoffer   Contributor
Jim Gordon   Contributor
Andy MacDonald   Engineer
Albert Brooks   Composer,Producer
Arthur Beck   Contributor
Dan Reid   Engineer
Glen Christensen   Art Direction
Bill Greene   Contributor
Russ Freeman   Contributor

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