Box of Danger: The Complete Nick Danger Casebook

Box of Danger: The Complete Nick Danger Casebook

by The Firesign Theatre


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When counterculture vintage radio show fans Phil Proctor, Peter Bergman, Phil Austin, and David Ossman -- aka the Firesign Theater -- introduced the amazing and charming wiseacre detective Nick Danger, Third Eye on their 1969 album How Can You Be in Two Places at Once When You're Not Anywhere at All, they had no idea that they were creating a mythical institution. (Garrison Keillor's Guy Noir character would not exist if it weren't for the whacked-out adventures of Nick Danger -- and he's nowhere near as funny because of his reliance on the upper middle class for his bread and butter.) But that first episode, "The Further Adventures of Nick Danger (Cut 'Em Off at the Past)," was as well loved in those heady days of weed, acid, antiwar demonstrations, and Eastern mysticism as the subversive Firesigns themselves. Since that time there have been three entire albums devoted to this character, he's made countless appearances with the Firesigns on the radio and with Austin on the Daily Feed radio program, and he even starred in a film -- Nick Danger and the Case of the Missing Yolks, produced by former Monkees guitarist Mike Nesmith. In other words, he's a hero, not just from the 1960s, but an authentic mythical presence in the folklore of America itself from the last third of the 20th century. Box of Danger: The Complete Nick Danger Casebook, compiled by the Firesigns and released with brilliant artwork and annotation by Shout Factory, is the definitive document thus far. It contains 29 episodes of varying lengths recorded between 1969 and June of 2008 -- three months before this box set was released. The comedy and radio theater here cannot be described except that it is far from the obviousness of The National Lampoon Radio Hour, and is sometimes so subtle that one can hear these skits and sketches many times before being able to get all the jokes. Nick Danger may be inept as a Third Eye detective, but he's one hell of a humorist. Shout Factory has done a superb job in offering this material with very clean sound and an excellent presentation with intro essays by the various characters associated with Danger in one form or another, including Danger himself, Rocky Rococo, and others. If you are heretofore unacquainted with Nick Danger and interested in humor, in particular classy subversive humor that spoofs everything associated with American culture, you have no idea how much this is for you. Those well versed in both the Firesigns and Danger are already smiling at the thought of such a document.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/30/2008
Label: Shout Factory
UPC: 0826663107807
catalogNumber: 310780
Rank: 69183

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Firesign Theatre   Primary Artist
David Ossman   Improvisation
Richard Parker   Organ
Peter Bergman   Improvisation
Mark Ward   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Firesign Theatre   Composer
Phil Proctor   Composer
Cyrus Faryar   Producer
Philip Austin   Composer
Warren Dewey   Producer,Engineer
Fred Jones   Producer
Jack Lattig   Engineer
Miguel Morales   Engineer
David Ossman   Composer,Producer,Adaptation
Richard Parker   Composer
Bob Wayne   Engineer
John Rice   Executive Producer
Ken Stange   Composer
Peter Bergman   Composer,Producer,Adaptation
Steve Vance   Art Direction,Cover Illustration
Rocky Schenck   Photo Courtesy
Phil Austin   Composer
Philip Proctor   Composer
Bill McIntyre   Producer
Phil Cross & Poet Voices   Engineer
Patrick M. Griffith   Producer
Jeff Palo   Producer
Joel Haas   Producer,Engineer
Kevin Rock   Art Direction
Mark Friedman   Engineer
Dan Wilson   Engineer

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