Ask many people and they will tell you Richard Pryor is the greatest comedian to ever live. If not, any true fan of comedy will have him hovering around the top of their list somewhere. His material has inspired comedians for decades. Tomorrow, December 1, would have been Pryor’s 75th birthday, and a little over a week from now, December 10, will be the anniversary of his 2005 heart attack which took him from us. Nevertheless, fans can now enjoy Pryor’s work for years to come in digital form. Some of the joke-teller’s most legendary works are now available for streaming and download for the first time.
Pryor recorded six albums of new material for Warner Bros., including 1975’s …Is It Something I Said? and 1982’s Live on the Sunset Strip, which earned him his third Grammy Award. This time period saw him transition from a safe, Cosby-esque comic to a master of raw, oft-profane storytelling. Fans can buy a digital bundle of all the albums or a best-of compilation called The Anthology: 1968-1992 that includes stand-up from his non-Warner Bros. releases.
“I am thrilled to celebrate Richard’s upcoming 75th birthday with this great news. A wonderful gift to his fans, old and new alike,” said Pryor’s widow, Jennifer Lee Pryor.
The albums that are now available on Spotify and Youtube include:
That Nigger’s Crazy (1974)
…Is It Something I Said? (1975)
Bicentennial Nigger (1976)
Wanted/Richard Pryor – Live In Concert (1978)
Live On The Sunset Strip (1982)
Here And Now (1983)
The Warner Bros. Albums (1974-1983)
Richard Pryor – The Anthology: 1968-1992
Stream Richard Pryor’s The Warner Bros. Albums (1974-1983) below: