Vinyl Cafe Stories

Performers Stuart McLean

Vinyl Cafe | November 9, 1999 | Compact Disc

5 out of 5 rating. 1 Reviews
The sign - "We`re not big, but we`re small" - hangs out in front, letting you know that you`ve come to the right place. Enter the Vinyl Café, relax, enjoy some laughs with some old friends and maybe meet some new ones. Stuart McLean`s radio show is one of the things Canadians most look forward to on CBC every weekend - now you can enjoy it without the wait. Vinyl Café Stories revisits Dave`s store and his wacky, yet familiar, life with his wife Morley and some very odd characters. Included on these two discs are favourites like Dave`s holiday turkey mishap and a tale that anyone who`s travelled with a cat will find uncomfortably familiar`. 

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: November 9, 1999

Genre: General

Style: Spoken Word

Number of Discs: 2

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 1999

Label Name: Vinyl Cafe

UPC: 775020097926

Found in: General

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Vinyl Cafe Stories

Vinyl Cafe Stories

Performers Stuart McLean
Producer David Amer

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: November 9, 1999

Genre: General

Style: Spoken Word

Number of Discs: 2

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 1999

Label Name: Vinyl Cafe

UPC: 775020097926


Title Track Time
1.The Jock Strap --
2.Holland --
3.Driving Lessons --
4.School Days --
5.The Bird --
1.Cat in the Car --
2.Emil --
3.A Day Off --
4.Polly Anderson's Christmas Party --

Editorial Notes

Recorded at various concerts given by McLean throughout Canada in 1997 and 1998, this two-CD, two-hour-plus collection gathers nine of his one-man storytelling performances of tales from his CBC The Vinyl Cafe radio program. All of them feature the Toronto family at the heart of The Vinyl Cafe: Dave, his wife Morley, their daughter Stephanie, and their son Sam. They're lovable, if typically fractious, in their good-natured struggle to get along and navigate life's minor problems, though perhaps more prone to comic misadventures than your average next-door neighbors. The launching point for each of these tales is ordinary: a Christmas party, the family cat, playing hooky from work, a deranged bum, a trip to Holland during the uneasy first year of a marriage, the awkwardness of buying the first jock strap for your son. The tales themselves, however, aren't ordinary. They're pretty funny, as things often go awry, as when a mix up of the bowls at the Christmas party results in the kids getting drunk, or an attempt to toilet train the cat ends up with someone nearly jumping to their death. They're also funny, though, because they're told with a wry, well-paced humor and a compassionate insight that offers not just jokes, but also an appreciation of the compromises and sacrifices that make life as a family survivable. ~ Richie Unterberger
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