Picks and Pans Review: The First Family Rides Again

updated 03/15/1982 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/15/1982 AT 01:00 AM EST

Rich Little

There may be a few people Little can't impersonate, but President Reagan isn't one of them. His Reagan is as flawless as his Johnny Carson, and when he does both on this album, it shows how deft and subtle a practitioner of his strange craft he can be. The LP's producer is Earle Doud, also the producer 20 years ago of The First Family, which gently mocked John Kennedy and his clan. Vaughn Meader, who did that JFK impression, does a cameo on this LP as Reagan's Attorney General. Hervé Villechaize does a brief Tattoo, Shelley Hack is a voice over the phone, and Walter Williams creates his Mr. Bill from Saturday Night Live. Melanie Chartoff of Fridays is Nancy Reagan. The LP is good-natured and to the point even if its targets are predictable: jelly beans, Bonzo movies, old age, Reaganomics and the President's sleeping habits. He stays in bed even though aides tell him that Florida is under 10 feet of water, Spain has attacked France and the Navy is missing, but when he's told one of his old movies is on the late show, he shouts, "Everybody up!"

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