Garrison Keillor had no idea the Prairie Home Companion Final Performance would become an annual affair for the next three years. This 2 CD set features the entire first final performance from 1987 including the audience greetings and various musical moments and skits that made and still make A Prairie Home Companion such fun to listen to.
There is a lot of melancholic music on this Prairie Home Companion CD set including Love's Old Sweet Song, The Storms Are On The Ocean, I'll See You In My Dreams -a great instrumental by Chet Atkins, and the Irish Eriskay Love Lilt performed by Jean Redpath. There is also Hawaiian music performed by the Kamehameha Schools Concert Glee Club, and a couple of patriotic numbers including the very, very bizarre Stars and Stripes Forever sung by Vern Sutton.
Skits include Buster the Show Dog, the Sons of Knute Fishing March a really good fishing skit on CD 2 of this Prairie Home Companion compilation, and what was to be the last News From Lake Wobegon about the a long rainy day that allows Keillor to catch up with most Lake Wobegon residents.
The story is Keillor was moving to Denmark where he believed he had found love. As later Prairie Home Companion shows would reveal this did not work out very well. Although Keillor never revealed the entire story, he alludes to the dangers of basing a relationship purely on passion in later News From Lake Wobegon segments.
Of the Final Performance CD sets available, this one is not really the best. Personally I prefer the 2nd or 4th Annual Farewell Performance sets.
A Prairie Home Companion Farewell Performance Table of Contents
CD 1: Hello Love; Loves Old Sweet Song; Garrison Talks of Leaving; Tell Me Why; Jitterbug Waltz; The Storms Are on the Ocean; Powdermilk Biscuit Spot; How Can I Keep from Singing?; Songs of Parting; Greetings; Roy Blount Poem; I'll See You In My Dreams; Brownie & Pete; Spring Poem; Crow River Waltz; Buster the Show Dog; Oh Susanna; America The Beautiful; Adventures in Paradise; Aloha Oe; Intermission Medley;
CD 2: Stars & Stripes Forever; Put On Your Old Grey Bonnet; Meet Me In St. Louis; The Sons of Knute Fishing March; News From Lake Wobegon; Sleepwalk, Eskray Love Lilt; Til Then; The Minstrel Show; Hawaii Aloha; Fool Such As I; One More Spring; Till We Meet Again; Songs of the Exiles
Other Garrison Keillor Reviews
The Christmas Companion With Garrison Keillor: 2 comedy CD set great stocking stuffer
The Adventures Of Guy Noir: Fans of Prairie Home Companion will certainly enjoy this two sketch comedy CD set
Local Man Moves To The City: different from what you are used to on the Prairie Home Companion show.
A Prairie Home Companion It's Only A Show: Prairie Home Companion compilation from HighBridge Audio,
Comedy Theater: For those who remember a kinder, gentler Prairie Home Companion
Gospel Birds: This Garrison Keillor CD is definitely better than what we have heard in the last couple of years or so as News From Lake Wobegone
Guy Noir Radio Private Eye: Radio Private Eye is only one of two Garrison Keillor CD collections of Guy Noir stories
More News From Lake Wobegon: the stories from More News From Lake Wobegon are funny
Dusty And Lefty The Lives Of The Cowboys: 6 complete stories on this 10-track cowboy comedy CD
Songs Of The Cat: Any cat lover must have this very funny Garrison Keillor CD
Mother, Father, Uncle, Aunt: 2 Garrison Keillor CD set from when Wobegon was not political.
WLT A Radio Romance: How often do you get to suggest to a novelist to stick to the news?
A Prairie Home Companion Commercial Radio: great compilation comedy CD of Prairie Home Companion commercials
A Prairie Home Companion 10th Anniversary: A less preachy time in Lake Wobegon history.
A Prairie Home Companion - The Movie: Decent movie version of Garrisson Keillor Lake Wobegone radio show
Never Better Stories From Lake Wobegon: 10 News From Lake Wobegon on 2 CDs. Good stuff all around.
Lake Wobegon Loyalty Days: includes perhaps Garrison Keillor's best track ever: The Young Lutheran's Guide to the Orchestra.
Pontoon A Lake Wobegon Novel - Audio Book - Capsule Review: A bowling ball containing the ashes of a Lake Wobegon resident is scheduled to be dropped in the lake as another is having a wedding ceremony on it.
Pontoon A Lake Wobegon Novel - Audio Book Full Review: Better as an audiobook than as a paperback.
More News From Lake Wobegon - Hope: CD reissue of 1989 More News From Lake Wobegon set. A kindler, gentler time and stories
More News From Lake Wobegon - Faith: 4 News segments: Rotten Apples, O Death, The Wise Men, and A trip to Grand Rapids.
English Majors A comedy collection for the highly literate: Perfect gift for the college graduate and funny too.
A Prairie Home Companion - Duets: A who's who of music and the American songbook.
A Prairie Home Companion 4th Annual Farewell Performance: A 2 CD Prairie Home Companion set with more music and less talk.
A Prairie Home Companion 2nd Annual Farewell Performance: A few skits, lots of music including the Everly Brothers: a solid show
A Prairie Home Companion 3rd Annual Farewell Performance: Good stuff including a 2 part 40-minute News From Lake Wobegon
Tourists: Prairie Home Companion CD of esoteric music like klezmer, balalaika, and zydeco
Liberty - A Lake Wobegon Novel - Audio Book: One of the better Lake Wobegon novels, this Garrison Keillor audio book is darker and features some adult situations.
Lake Wobegon USA - Fertility: Prairie Home Companion CD reissue. Finally
Lake Wobegon USA - Patience: Features Aunt Ellie, Duke's 25th, and You're Not the Only One.
Lake Wobegon USA - Youth: Features Blue Devils, Nostalgia, O Christmas Tree, Pageant, and Messy Shoes
Lake Wobegon USA - Rhubarb: Includes Rhubarb, Yellow Ribbon, Sweet Corn, and The Sun's Gonna Shine Someday
Even More Pretty Good Jokes 2CD set: Best of the last 3 years of the Prairie Home Companion Joke Show
A Christmas Blizzard: A non-Lake Wobegon Christmas yarn is decent enough.
Prairie Home Comedy - Radio Songs & Sketches: Lots and lots of musical comedy plus some short skits.
Church People - The Lutherans of Lake Wobegon: Lots of Lutheran based humor the kids are not going to get.
Motherhood: Not quite as good as expected and very loosely about motherhood
Summer Love: A mostly musical record of the Prairie Home Companion 2010 tour in a country western vein.
My Little Town - Stories From Lake Wobegon: 3 CD set includes the story of the Inqvist s departure.