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Performer: Lily Tomlin
Title: This Is A Recording
Country: US
Released: 1971
Style: Comedy
Category: Records
Rating: 4.8 ✦

This Is a Recording is a comedy album released in 1971 by American actress-comedian Lily Tomlin. The album consists of comic sketches of Tomlin in her most famous character, Ernestine, the nosy, aggressive, and sharp-tongued telephone operator. The album's tracks include monologues in which Ernestine tangles over the phone with Joan Crawford, Gore Vidal ("Mr. Veedle"), Martha Mitchell, and J. Edgar Hoover. It was recorded live at the intimate Ice House in Pasadena, California.

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Although a majority of the album is performed in character, Tomlin occasionally steps out as a narrative voice giving hilarious biographical info about Ernestine. She commences the proceedings with a brief monologue regarding factors and persons (read: "Alexander Graham Bell") motivating Ernestine to begin embarking upon her career as a public servant in the telephonic arts. Tomlin again steps from behind her switchboard for the last band on each side of the original LP. Those tracks - "Peeved" and ".

This Is A Recording is a comedy album released in 1972 by actress-comedian Lily Tomlin. Tomlin became the first woman to win this award for a solo recording (in 1962 Elaine May won for an album with Mike Nichols; in the years since only Whoopi Goldberg and Kathy Griffin among female comedians have won the award. The album peaked at on the Billboard Hot 200 albums list, the highest charting solo comedy album by a woman ever on the chart.

In 1972, Tomlin released This Is A Recording, her first comedy album on Polydor Records in 1972 that contained Ernestine's run-ins with customers over the phone. The album hit on the Billboard Hot 200, becoming (and remaining as of 2011) the highest-charting album ever by a solo comedienne. She earned a Grammy award that year for Best Comedy Recording.

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A1 Alexander Graham Bell 2:42
A2 Mr. Veedle 3:30
A3 The Marriage Counselor 2:37
A4 Joan Crawford 3:27
A5 Obscene Phone Call 0:59
A6 The Repairman 3:29
A7 The Bordello 3:04
A8 Strike 4:10
A9 Peeved 0:40
B1 Ernestine 1:44
B2 The Pageant 2:36
B3 The F.B.I. 3:07
B4 The Mafia And The Pope 3:00
B5 Mrs. Mitchell 4:39
B6 Awards Dinner 3:56
B7 Boswick 9 2:27
B8 I.B.M. 0:55

Companies, etc.

  • Manufactured By – Polydor Incorporated
  • Pressed By – Columbia Records Pressing Plant, Pitman
  • Published By – Omnipotent Publishing
  • Recorded At – The Ice House
  • Mastered At – Sterling Sound


  • Engineer – Wally Heider
  • Mastered By – LH*
  • Mixed By, Edited By – Rik Pekkonen
  • Photography By – Guy Webster
  • Producer – Irene M. Pinn
  • Recorded By – Wally Heider Recording
  • Written-By – Allan S. Manings, Betty Beaird, Donna Sloate, Jim Rusk, Kenny Hume, Lily Tomlin, Rod Warren , Warren Burton


Recorded Live At The Ice House, Pasadena.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A label): POLP 80177
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B label): POLP 80178
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, etched [Variant 1]): POLP 80177-2A
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, etched [Variant 1]): POLP 80178-3A
  • Matrix / Runout (Sides A & B runout, stamped [Variant 1]): STERLING
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, etched [Variant 2]): POLP 80177-2A
  • Matrix / Runout (Sides A runout, stamped [Variant 2]): STERLING P
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, etched [Variant 2]): POLP 80178-1A LH
  • Matrix / Runout (SidesB runout, stamped [Variant 2]): P STERLING
  • Rights Society: BMI

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
24-4055 Lily Tomlin This Is A Recording ‎(LP) Polydor 24-4055 US 1971
2425 064 Lily Tomlin This Is A Recording ‎(LP, Album) Polydor 2425 064 Germany 1971
24-4055 Lily Tomlin This Is A Recording ‎(LP, Album) Polydor 24-4055 US 1971
LGH1114 Lily Tomlin This Is A Recording ‎(CD, Album, RE) Laugh.com LGH1114 US 2002
24-4055, 2425 064 Lily Tomlin This Is A Recording ‎(LP, Album, Son) Polydor, Polydor 24-4055, 2425 064 US 1971