Just in time for what would’ve been his 75th birthday, all of Richard Pryor’s classic comedy albums for Warner Bros. Records have been released digitally for the first time. Rhino Records said the albums, from 1974’s That Nigger’s Crazy to 1983’s Here and Now, are now available for digital download and on streaming services including Spotify and YouTube.
"I am thrilled to celebrate Richard's upcoming 75th birthday with this great news. A wonderful gift to his fans, old and new alike," said Pryor’s widow, Jennifer Lee Pryor. The comedian would have turned 75 on Dec. 1.
Pryor recorded six albums of new material for Warner Bros., including 1975’s …Is It Something I Said? and 1982’s Live on the Sunset Strip, which earned him his third Grammy Award. This time period saw him transition from a safe, Cosby-esque comic to a master of raw, oft-profane storytelling. Fans can buy a digital bundle of all the albums or a best-of compilation called The Anthology: 1968-1992 that includes stand-up from his non-Warner Bros. releases.