HighBridge Audio has reissued the Lake Wobegon USA set. The four CDs in this collection include Fertility, Youth, Patience, and Rhubarb. The series consists in recordings of the News From Lake Wobegon performed by Garrison Keillor in 1991 and 1992 during a Prairie Home Companion tour. The stories on Lake Wobegon USA – Fertility are The Krebsbach’s Vacation, Prophet, The Six Labors of Father Wilmer, and Fertility.
My favorite News From Lake Wobegon story on this CD and a favorite amongst all of Garrison Keillor’s tales is track 3, The Six Labors of Father Wilmer. A successor to autocratic Father Emil, Father Wilmer invited a bit more democracy within Our Lady of Perpetual Sorrow church but this has led to installing mercury vapor lights in the sanctuary. Father Wilmer decides to turn them off but it proves to be more difficult than he thought it would be. Some might argue this story is a metaphor for getting to heaven, who knows?
Florian and Myrtle Krebsbach go to California in The Krebsbach’s Vacation, the first track on this Garrison Keillor CD. All this because Myrtle started an argument and Florian didn’t follow the usual dialogue for the argument. This is a fun tale of two old folks out of their element. The best moment is still Garrison Keillor’s recreations of the conversations between Florian and Myrtle.
Prophet, the second News From Lake Wobegon segment on Lake Wobegon USA – Fertility is a rambling tale that has a thinly veiled aside about the first Gulf War. It even includes a bit of the oft told (most recently Oct.08) tomato butt story.
Fertility, the title story of this Prairie Home Companion CD, has the villagers preparing their gardens, mayor Eloise Krebsbach dating a teacher at the high school and hoping spring will make him a little more passionate, and a few bachelor farmers taking off a layer as spring is here. This is not a very focused story but it is very interesting and funny.
The musical intros or outros to the stories still fail to impress.
The Lake Wobegon USA packaging for the 4 different CDs reflects the fact these recordings belong together. I appreciate HighBridge also used the original artwork of the cassette release. It really looks like a painting of Lake Wobegon.
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 Final Performance: The first final performance. Good but not the best.
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 - 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.