Or, at least the 22 non-compilation albums that are on Spotify. I think that’s all of them.
My thoughts? The very early stuff (Killer Carlin, bits of Take Offs & Put Ons) was so bad it was uncomfortable to listen to.
The hippie freak Carlin period (Class Clown, Toledo Window Box, Occupation Foole) is where he hit his stride, and brought back very fond and familiar memories of my youth.
He did well as an old man, too (sorry, George; old fuck). For several albums - before he got extremely cranky - he continued to entertain in a smart and admirable way.
I had never before heard I Kinda Like It When a Lot of People Die, which is the bit he was working on and was going to perform just before 9/11 hit. Even now it’s a little uncomfortable to listen to.
There is also a very interesting interview (George Carlin on Comedy) that I hadn’t heard. It really illustrates Carlin’s intelligence and gives a peek at his creative process.
I’m far from a prude, but there was one bit (can’t even remember which album it was from) that was over the line, IMO. It involved harvesting certain body parts after death, much as we harvest eyes, kidneys, and livers. It felt like ol’ Georgie was straining to offend.
Anyway, thought I’d share.