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Great Mid Century New York City Hip Humor.

This is a great find, probably only to be appreciated by the cognoscente ... ha ha. Mike and Elaine, in their day were the toast of the town for their witty back-and-forth banter - sophisticatedly satirizing culture and current events in all their myriad manifestations. Their records were prized possessions.

Here is an excerpt from the sleeve notes:

"The material within this album is a collection of words and music completely improvised at the recording session. Pianist Marty Rubenstein played varied sorts of music that suggested different moods and Nichols and May would spontaneously create a scene to fit each. Occasionally the briefest germ of an idea would be suggested beforehand (eg: 'maybe you could be a boss and his secretary in a cocktail lounge'), but there were no scripts, no rehearsals, and nothing was planned beforehand.

Improvisations to Music
Piano Accompaniment by Marty Rubenstein
Mercury Records MG 20376
1959 Hi-Fi 33 LP


We test-play all records to determine condition.

Used / previously played

DISC - Hardly seems to have been played - bright and full sound

COVER - The sleeve is bright and presentable with no splitting - only mild surface rub, softly bumped corners - just discernible is a slight record ring -- displays very nicely

LINER - Original Mercury paper liner

Mike Nichols and Elaine May - Improvisations to Music - Sophisticated New York City Hip Humor - Vintage 1959 LP


  • Vintage item from the 1950s
  • Materials: vinyl, cardboard, paper
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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