Holy Soul Jelly Roll: Poems & Songs

Holy Soul Jelly Roll: Poems & Songs

by Allen Ginsberg
     
 

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Holy Soul Jelly Roll: Songs & Poems (1994) is an ambitious collection from the now-defunct WordBeat division of Rhino Records. This astounding aural compendium features the collected recordings of beat poet/writer/activist Allen Ginsberg. Accompanying the discs is a 64-page text replete with not only Ginsberg's own recollections and track-by-track analysis, butSee more details below

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Holy Soul Jelly Roll: Songs & Poems (1994) is an ambitious collection from the now-defunct WordBeat division of Rhino Records. This astounding aural compendium features the collected recordings of beat poet/writer/activist Allen Ginsberg. Accompanying the discs is a 64-page text replete with not only Ginsberg's own recollections and track-by-track analysis, but also contributions from a who's who of hip, including Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Michael McClure, Bob Dorough, and Bob Dylan. Ginsberg's contribution to post-World War II literature and culture is incalculable. Among his earliest influences were the talkin' blues of Ma Rainey, Leadbelly, and Bessie Smith. In part, Ginsberg's genius lies in adapting his fascination with that traditional American lyric form into his often scatological poetry and prose. Each of the four volumes is presented with a rough chronology of materials -- ranging from professional to very private recordings. Among the more interesting are the earliest lot on volume one, "Moloch!" -- a majority of which are derived from homemade tapes -- from sources as disparate as Neal Cassidy or Laurence Lipton's respective dwellings to the Town Hall Theatre in Berkeley, CA. The highlight of the disc, however, is an unexpurgated reading of the epic "Howl," which is presented in its half-hour entirety. Volume two, "Caw Caw," commences with the 63-plus-minute reading of "Kaddish (For Naomi Ginsberg 1894-1956)" from a November 24, 1964, recitation at Brandeis University that was the focus of Allen Ginsberg Reads Kaddish: A 20th Century American Ecstatic Narrative Poem (1966). Also on this second volume are "To Aunt Rose" and "Guru" from the Hal Willner-produced Lions for Real (1989) disc -- plus, a 1965 rarity, "Kral Majales (King of May)," which was included on the Cold Turkey Press/Klacto Present a Cold Turkey Press Special (1972) LP issued only in Holland. Volume three, "Ah," includes several astonishing pieces, commencing with the previously unissued version of "Wales Visitation" -- which is described in the liner notes by Ginsberg as having been conceived during the "sixth or so hour of an acid trip in Wales." The majority of the disc consists of tracks from the Allen Ginsberg/William Blake: Songs of Innocence and Experience (1970) word and musical jazz album. This title features notable contributions from jazz legends Don Cherry (percussion/trumpet) and Bob Dorough (keyboard/harpsichord). There is also a handful of previously unearthed material from Pacific High Studios in San Francisco, documented during the summer of 1971. Pop and rock music fans will perhaps be most drawn to the rarities on volume four, "Ashes & Blues." Here are unreleased collaborations with the Clash ("Capitol Air") and Bob Dylan (" Vomit Express," "Airplane Blues," and "September on Jessore Road").

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/06/1994
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227169329
catalogNumber:
71693

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Walking at Night in Key West  - Allen Ginsberg
  2. A Mad Gleam  - Allen Ginsberg
  3. The Green Automobile  - Allen Ginsberg
  4. A Supermarket in California  - Allen Ginsberg
  5. Howl (For Carl Solomon)  - Allen Ginsberg
  6. Footnote to Howl  - Allen Ginsberg
  7. America  - Allen Ginsberg
  8. Sunflower Sutra  - Allen Ginsberg
  9. Green Valentine Blues  - Allen Ginsberg
  10. Death to Van Gogh's Ear  - Allen Ginsberg

Disc 2

  1. Kaddish (For Naomi Ginsberg 1894-1956)  - Allen Ginsberg
  2. To Aunt Rose  - Allen Ginsberg
  3. Kral Majales (King of May)  - Allen Ginsberg
  4. Guru  - Allen Ginsberg

Disc 3

  1. Wales Visitation  - Allen Ginsberg
  2. The End  - Allen Ginsberg
  3. I Am a Victim of Telephone  - Allen Ginsberg
  4. The Echoing Green  - Allen Ginsberg
  5. The Lamb  - Allen Ginsberg
  6. (A) Little Boy Lost (B) Little Boy Found  - Allen Ginsberg
  7. Laughing Song  - Allen Ginsberg
  8. The Sick Rose  - Allen Ginsberg
  9. Nurse's Song (Experience)  - Allen Ginsberg
  10. City Midnight Junk Strains (For Frank O'Hara)  - Allen Ginsberg
  11. A Cradle Song  - Allen Ginsberg
  12. Infant Joy  - Allen Ginsberg
  13. The Fly  - Allen Ginsberg
  14. Voice of the Bard  - Allen Ginsberg
  15. School Boy  - Allen Ginsberg
  16. A Dream  - Allen Ginsberg
  17. Who Be Kind To  - Allen Ginsberg
  18. First Party at Ken Kesey's With Hell's Angels  - Allen Ginsberg
  19. Pacific High Studio Mantras (Om Ah Hum Vajra Guru Padma Siddhi Hum)  - Allen Ginsberg
  20. Wichita Vortex Sutra, Pt. 3  - Allen Ginsberg
  21. Nurse's Song (Innocence)  - Allen Ginsberg
  22. Pull My Daisy  - Allen Ginsberg

Disc 4

  1. Capitol Air  -  Clash
  2. Written in My Dreams by W.C. Williams  - Allen Ginsberg
  3. CIA Dope Calypso  - Allen Ginsberg
  4. Vomit Express  - Allen Ginsberg
  5. Please Master  - Allen Ginsberg
  6. The Little Fish Devours the Big Fish  - Allen Ginsberg
  7. Prayer Blues  - Allen Ginsberg
  8. Birdbrain  - Allen Ginsberg
  9. Gospel Noble Truths  - Allen Ginsberg
  10. Hum Bom!  - Allen Ginsberg
  11. Airplane Blues  - Allen Ginsberg
  12. On Neal's Ashes  - Allen Ginsberg
  13. September on Jessore Road  - Allen Ginsberg
  14. Father Death Blues  - Allen Ginsberg
  15. Do the Meditation Rock  - Allen Ginsberg
  16. After Lalon  - Allen Ginsberg

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Allen Ginsberg   Primary Artist,Vocals,finger cymbals
Happy Traum   Banjo,Guitar
Arthur Russell   Clarinet,Cello,Tambourine
Bob Dylan   Guitar,Vocals
Joe Strummer   Guitar
David Amram   Piano,French Horn,Recorder
Don Cherry   Trumpet,Bells,gourd
Bob Dorough   Piano
Elvin Jones   Drums
Marc Ribot   Acoustic Guitar
Perry Robinson   Clarinet
Steve Swallow   Bass
Kenneth Rexroth   Vocals
Mark Bingham   Guitar
Ralph Carney   Clarinet
Jon Sholle   Banjo,Bass,Guitar,Drums,Maracas,Ukulele
Michael Blair   Cymbals
Bill Frisell   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Mark Frye   Choir, Chorus,Multi Instruments
Topper Headon   Drums
David Mansfield   Guitar,Mandolin,Violin,Bass Guitar
Alan Senauke   Mandolin
Paul Simonon   Bass
Anne Waldman   Vocals
Herman Wright   Bass
Garo Yellin   Cello
Kenny Vaughn   Guitar,Choir, Chorus
Alan Johnson   Piano
Peter Orlovsky   Vocals
Janet Zeitz   Flute
Lannie Garrett   Choir, Chorus
Muruga Booker   Percussion,Drums
Arthur Rosato   Drums

Technical Credits

Allen Ginsberg   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Executive Producer,Adaptation
Elvin Jones   Arranger
Marc Ribot   Composer
Steve Swallow   Composer
John Hammond   Producer
Barry Miles   Producer
Mark Bingham   Composer
James Austin   Executive Producer
Jack Douglas   Producer,Engineer
Bob Fisher   Remastering
Kurt Munkasci   Producer
John Strother   Remixing
Hal Willner   Producer,Liner Notes,Remixing
Kenny Vaughn   Producer
Geoff Gans   Artwork
Eric Liljestrand   Remixing
Coco Shinomiya   Artwork
James Grauerholz   Producer
Neil Kellerhouse   Artwork
Kush   Producer
Robert Marino   Producer

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