Howl and Other Poems [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
This is arguably the best-known recording to feature any beat-era poet. Fantasy Records originally issued Howl and Other Poems in 1959 and the title was kept in print until the late '80s, when CDs replaced traditional vinyl records and cassettes. Prior to this 1998 release, the contents were available in the digital domain on the Howls, Raps & Roars 1993 multi-disc box set. Although "Howl" is the centerpiece, the peripheral works -- especially the mantra-like "Footnote to Howl" and "Howl Part One" -- are given empowering presentations that magnify the greatness that's inextricably inherent in both art and artist. Indeed, the genesis of Allen Ginsberg's brilliance as ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
This is arguably the best-known recording to feature any beat-era poet. Fantasy Records originally issued Howl and Other Poems in 1959 and the title was kept in print until the late '80s, when CDs replaced traditional vinyl records and cassettes. Prior to this 1998 release, the contents were available in the digital domain on the Howls, Raps & Roars 1993 multi-disc box set. Although "Howl" is the centerpiece, the peripheral works -- especially the mantra-like "Footnote to Howl" and "Howl Part One" -- are given empowering presentations that magnify the greatness that's inextricably inherent in both art and artist. Indeed, the genesis of Allen Ginsberg's brilliance as both poet and performer has rarely been equalled. The modern listener remains entranced by his vaudevillian sense of provocation as it couples with an unspoken, yet palpable obsession of a postmodern amphetamine-fuelled Shakespeare. The material is split between the live recitations of "Howl," "Sunflower Sutra," and the opening section from "Kaddish," which had been collectively documented at Ginsberg's "Big Table" readings during the 1959 Shaw Festival in Chicago. The other works consist of studio recordings made in June of 1959 in the Bay Area -- where the poet resided semi-permanently. Although a majority of the titles featured on Howl and Other Poems also appear on the four-volume Holy Soul Jelly Roll: Songs & Poems 1994 box set, they are not the same performances. Of particular note are full-length versions of both "Howl" and "Kaddish," which are otherwise only available on the previously mentioned and highly recommended compendium. Literary enthusiasts are greatly encouraged to compare and contrast the respective readings as they offer additional insight to the schizophrenic embodiment of the poet and performer.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/25/1998
  • Label: Fantasy
  • UPC: 025218771320
  • Catalog Number: 7713
  • Sales rank: 61,493

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Allen Ginsberg Primary Artist, Vocals
Technical Credits
Allen Ginsberg Composer, Liner Notes
Bill Belmont Reissue Producer
Anne Waldman Liner Notes
Joe Tarantino Remastering
Jamie Putnam Art Direction
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