Gregory, Dick

Band members               Related acts

- Dick Gregory - spoken word



- none known





Genre: comedy

Rating: *** (3 stars)

Title:  Dick Gregory: The Light Side: The Dark Side

Company: Poppy

Catalog: PYS-60001

Year: 1969

Country/State: St. Louis, Missouri

Grade (cover/record): VG / VG

Comments: double LP; gatefold sleeve; includes the gigantic poster (in perfect shape)

Available: 1

GEMM catalog ID: 4621

Price: $25.00

Cost: $66.00


How many of you knew that comedian Dick Gregory had run for President in 1968?  


Recorded at a March 1969 performance at Southampton College, "Dick Gregory: The Light Side: The Dark Side" isn't exactly the funniest album you've ever heard.  A highly political set, the collection found Gregory reflecting on a broad spectrum of political, morale and social issues.  I'd only seen brief clips of Gregory and I have to tell you that he on monologs like 'Young Moral Dedication', 'Moral Gap' and 'Assassinations' he came off as a surprisingly thoughtful and insightful guy.  Mind you, Gregory could be quite funny (check out his Santa Claus story and the 'titty watcher' segment).  Perhaps even funnier is listening to the upper class, white liberal college audience trying to figure out how to respond to Gregory's raps.  Still, stretched over two LPs and clocking in at almost and hour and a half, the collection would have benefited from a bit of editing.

"Dick Gregory: The Light Side: The Dark Side" track listing:
(side 1)

1.) Introduction - 0:44

2.) Black Progressive   (Dick Gregory) - 4:05

3.) Young Moral Dedication   (Dick Gregory) - 6:35

4.) Moral Gap   (Dick Gregory) - 15:12


(side 2)
1.) Assassinations   (Dick Gregory) - 1:00

2.) Property Rights - Human Rights   (Dick Gregory) - 11:35

3.) Draft Resistors   (Dick Gregory) - 3:25

4.) Learning To Live   (Dick Gregory) - 8:03


(side 3)
1.) White Racists Institutions   (Dick Gregory) - 8:28

2.) Black Rioters   (Dick Gregory) - 7:07

3.) American History   (Dick Gregory) - 4:30


(side 4)
1.) Black Attitudes   (Dick Gregory) - 17:15

2.) Black Progress   (Dick Gregory) - 3:35

3.) The Concerned Honky Law   (Dick Gregory) - 5:00

4.) Atmosphere of Trust   (Dick Gregory) - 2:25

5.) Presidential Campaign   (Dick Gregory) - 1:35

6.) White Brother   (Dick Gregory) - 2:05





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