Black Pearls: The Poetry of Maya Angelou

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Black Pearls: The Poetry of Maya Angelou is a reissue of the 1969 album The Poetry of Maya Angelou, which finds the poet reading 33 poems, most of which are featured in her book Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'Fore I Die. There are five musical interludes by Ed Bland scattered throughout the record, but the primary appeal of the record, of course, is Angelou's poetry, and this record contains some impassioned readings of several of her finest poems. The reissue includes the original liner notes by James Baldwin, plus new notes from Robin Marcus Vazquez and Elizabeth Pavone.
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Black Pearls: The Poetry of Maya Angelou is a reissue of the 1969 album The Poetry of Maya Angelou, which finds the poet reading 33 poems, most of which are featured in her book Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'Fore I Die. There are five musical interludes by Ed Bland scattered throughout the record, but the primary appeal of the record, of course, is Angelou's poetry, and this record contains some impassioned readings of several of her finest poems. The reissue includes the original liner notes by James Baldwin, plus new notes from Robin Marcus Vazquez and Elizabeth Pavone.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/17/1998
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227298746
  • Catalog Number: 72987

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 No, No, No, No (3:10)
  2. 2 I Will Last (1:40)
  3. 3 The Calling of Names (0:48)
  4. 4 Letter to an Aspiring Junkie (1:03)
  5. 5 Sepia Fashion Show (0:48)
  6. 6 On Working White Liberals (0:36)
  7. 7 Homewrecker's Lament (They Went Home) (0:43)
  8. 8 Re: Revolt (1:37)
  9. 9 The Thirteens (Black) (0:36)
  10. 10 The Thirteens (White) (0:39)
  11. 11 Miss Scarlett, Mr. Rhett and Other Latterday Saints (1:33)
  12. 12 Harlem Hopscotch (0:50)
  13. 13 My Guilt (1:06)
  14. 14 No Loser, No Weeper (1:05)
  15. 15 A Dirge for Thanksgiving and Christmas (0:39)
  16. 16 When I Think About Myself (1:16)
  17. 17 Black Incense (2:59)
  18. 18 Burnt Umber (1:23)
  19. 19 Black Ode (0:52)
  20. 20 To a Freedom Fighter (0:36)
  21. 21 To a Husband (0:35)
  22. 22 All Alone (2:08)
  23. 23 Song of Insecurity (Senses of Insecurity) (0:25)
  24. 24 The Gamut (0:46)
  25. 25 When You Come to Me (0:29)
  26. 26 To a Man (1:02)
  27. 27 Faces (0:38)
  28. 28 Remembering (0:28)
  29. 29 In a Time (0:49)
  30. 30 Tears (0:21)
  31. 31 The Detached (1:02)
  32. 32 My Life Has Turned to Blue (1:01)
  33. 33 Let's Majeste (0:44)
  34. 34 On Diverse Deviations (0:44)
  35. 35 Poem III (Mourning Grace) (0:24)
  36. 36 Accident (0:40)
  37. 37 Poem I (Sounds Like Pearls) (0:17)
  38. 38 Tell Me (2:09)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Maya Angelou Primary Artist
Technical Credits
James Baldwin Liner Notes
Ed Bland Arranger, Composer
Hugh Brown Art Direction
Bill Inglot Remastering
Paul Robinson Producer
Robert O'Neil Assistant Project Supervision
Rachel Gutek Art Direction
Elizabeth Pavone Producer
Dave Schultz Remastering
Emily Cagan Contributor, Assistant Project Supervision
Robin Marcus Vazquez Liner Notes
Allyson DeSimone Assistant Project Supervision
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