Holy Soul Jelly Roll: Poems & Songs

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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
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, ...
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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
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: 9/6/1994
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227169329
  • Catalog Number: 71693

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Walking at Night in Key West (0:45)
  2. 2 A Mad Gleam (0:35)
  3. 3 The Green Automobile (8:54)
  4. 4 A Supermarket in California (2:42)
  5. 5 Howl (For Carl Solomon) (32:00)
  6. 6 Footnote to Howl (3:33)
  7. 7 America (9:04)
  8. 8 Sunflower Sutra (6:23)
  9. 9 Green Valentine Blues (3:02)
  10. 10 Death to Van Gogh's Ear (10:11)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Kaddish (For Naomi Ginsberg 1894-1956) (63:49)
  2. 2 To Aunt Rose (3:31)
  3. 3 Kral Majales (King of May) (5:03)
  4. 4 Guru (3:28)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Wales Visitation (6:49)
  2. 2 The End (2:06)
  3. 3 I Am a Victim of Telephone (1:34)
  4. 4 The Echoing Green (1:26)
  5. 5 The Lamb (1:14)
  6. 6 (A) Little Boy Lost (B) Little Boy Found (1:08)
  7. 7 Laughing Song (1:26)
  8. 8 The Sick Rose (1:41)
  9. 9 Nurse's Song (Experience) (2:11)
  10. 10 City Midnight Junk Strains (For Frank O'Hara) (4:47)
  11. 11 A Cradle Song (5:03)
  12. 12 Infant Joy (2:19)
  13. 13 The Fly (0:46)
  14. 14 Voice of the Bard (1:14)
  15. 15 School Boy (3:52)
  16. 16 A Dream (6:17)
  17. 17 Who Be Kind To (7:22)
  18. 18 First Party at Ken Kesey's With Hell's Angels (1:16)
  19. 19 Pacific High Studio Mantras (Om Ah Hum Vajra Guru Padma Siddhi Hum) (5:27)
  20. 20 Wichita Vortex Sutra, Pt. 3 (7:43)
  21. 21 Nurse's Song (Innocence) (7:19)
  22. 22 Pull My Daisy (1:38)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Capitol Air - The Clash (6:08)
  2. 2 Written in My Dreams by W.C. Williams (2:16)
  3. 3 CIA Dope Calypso (3:29)
  4. 4 Vomit Express (6:37)
  5. 5 Please Master (4:55)
  6. 6 The Little Fish Devours the Big Fish (5:01)
  7. 7 Prayer Blues (5:59)
  8. 8 Birdbrain (6:43)
  9. 9 Gospel Noble Truths (4:42)
  10. 10 Hum Bom! (2:59)
  11. 11 Airplane Blues (4:25)
  12. 12 On Neal's Ashes (0:46)
  13. 13 September on Jessore Road (10:36)
  14. 14 Father Death Blues (3:45)
  15. 15 Do the Meditation Rock (4:18)
  16. 16 After Lalon (3:26)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Allen Ginsberg Primary Artist, 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, 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 Sr. 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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