Howls, Raps & Roars: Recordings from the San Francisco Poetry Renaissance [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
The subtitle -- "recordings from the San Francisco poetry renaissance" -- perfectly places in context the vitality of the contents of this multi-disc box set. While the Bay Area based Fantasy label is primarily known for its uncompromising and otherwise groundbreaking jazz releases, they were also home to some of the Beat Generations most prolific and genre defining figures. This collection gathers over four hours of recordings documented during the height of the Cold War in the late '50s and early '60s, historically reflecting the world as interpreted by such freewheelin' thinkers as Lew Welch, Michael McClure, David Meltzer, Kenneth Rexroth, Lawrence Ferlinghetti and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
The subtitle -- "recordings from the San Francisco poetry renaissance" -- perfectly places in context the vitality of the contents of this multi-disc box set. While the Bay Area based Fantasy label is primarily known for its uncompromising and otherwise groundbreaking jazz releases, they were also home to some of the Beat Generations most prolific and genre defining figures. This collection gathers over four hours of recordings documented during the height of the Cold War in the late '50s and early '60s, historically reflecting the world as interpreted by such freewheelin' thinkers as Lew Welch, Michael McClure, David Meltzer, Kenneth Rexroth, Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Allen Ginsberg. Under the influence and careful annotation of Ann Charters -- who is perhaps best known in the literary community for her valiant efforts as editor of the Portable Beat Reader -- Howls, Raps & Roars 1993 revisits some of America's most brilliant spoken-word recordings and aurally stimulating recitations borne of the tremendously prolific mid-century poetry scene. In addition to the definitively earnest efforts of the afore mentioned authors, also prominently featured on this collection is the work of comedian and social commentator Lenny Bruce -- who commences the set with over an hour's worth of his most profound recordings for Fantasy. His works -- most especially the irony-laden "Shorty Petterstein Interview" and equally strident "How To Relax Your Coloured Friends At Parties" are as over the top and deliciously ironic in the 21st century as they most assuredly were in the heart of the previous one. Also included are more established cornerstones of the Bay Area beats such as Ginsberg's "Howl" and the first part of "Kaddish" as well as Rexroth's biblically inspired "Thou Shalt Not Kill" and Ferlinghetti's epic "Moscow In The Wilderness, Segovia In The Snow" -- all of which have been previously issued, albeit difficult to locate. However the unqualified centrepiece of Howls, Raps & Roars is the plethora of unissued recitations -- including an entire disc of unissued masterworks corralled under the moniker "From The Mad Mammoth Monster Poetry Readings." On this volume are nearly an hour and ten minutes of rare recordings from the likes of well-known artists such as Ginsberg "Patna-Benares Express" and McClure "From Dark Brown" to the potentially less recognizable Lew Welch "From Hermit Poems" and Phillip Whalen "From The Art of Literature". The importance of the works included in this aural compendium can not be overstated and remain as shimmering artefacts of reality from within a decidedly and increasingly image conscious post World War II America. Accompanying the discs is a 36-page liner notes booklet that includes copious eye candy and verbiage to accurately place the recordings in perspective for the modern consumer. This is an essential, if not somewhat compulsory release!
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/29/1993
  • Label: Fantasy
  • UPC: 025218441025
  • Catalog Number: 4410
  • Sales rank: 368,316

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Shorty Petterstein Interview (4:17)
  2. 2 Djinni In The Candy Store (1:54)
  3. 3 Enchanting Transylvania (3:00)
  4. 4 How To Relax Your Colored Friends At Parties (3:21)
  5. 5 Lima, Ohio (7:41)
  6. 6 Comic At The Palladium (20:07)
  7. 7 In Which The Artist Discusses ...The Philadelphia Hotel Room Raid (24:55)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Howl - Allen Ginsberg (18:26)
  2. 2 Footnote To Howl - Allen Ginsberg (2:52)
  3. 3 A Supermarket in California - Allen Ginsberg (2:17)
  4. 4 Transcription Of Organ Music - Allen Ginsberg (4:00)
  5. 5 America - Allen Ginsberg (4:47)
  6. 6 In The Back OF The Real - Allen Ginsberg (0:50)
  7. 7 Strange New Cottage In Berkeley - Allen Ginsberg (0:51)
  8. 8 Europe! Europe! - Allen Ginsberg (3:23)
  9. 9 Kaddish, Pt. 1 - Allen Ginsberg (9:53)
  10. 10 The Sunflower Sutra - Allen Ginsberg (4:29)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Thou Shalt Not Kill (21:26)
  2. 2 Autobiography (11:26)
  3. 3 Statue Of St. Francis (2:06)
  4. 4 Moscow In The Wilderness, Segovia In The Snow (8:02)
  5. 5 In The Fleeting Hand Of Time - Gregory Corso (2:42)
  6. 6 Vision Of Rotterdam - Gregory Corso (1:48)
  7. 7 The Last Warmth of Arnold - Gregory Corso (2:37)
  8. 8 Mexican Impressions - Gregory Corso (2:15)
  9. 9 Botticelli Spring - Gregory Corso (1:03)
  10. 10 Sun-A Spontaneous Poem - Gregory Corso (1:55)
  11. 11 Ode To Coit Tower - Gregory Corso (5:25)
  12. 12 I Am 25 - Gregory Corso (0:51)
  13. 13 A Rainbow (1:49)
  14. 14 Morning Again (2:19)
Disc 4
  1. 1 A Poem for Cocksuckers (1:06)
  2. 2 A Poem for the Old Man (1:18)
  3. 3 Rest In Peace, Al Capone - Philip Lamantia (1:10)
  4. 4 All Hail Pope John XXIII - Philip Lamantia (1:47)
  5. 5 From Hermit Poems (6:25)
  6. 6 Patna-Benares Express (1:36)
  7. 7 May 22 (1962) Calcutta (3:32)
  8. 8 From The Art Of Literature (14:58)
  9. 9 From Dark Brown - Michael McClure (4:00)
  10. 10 From Ghost Tantras - Michael McClure (4:30)
  11. 11 Baby's Hands (0:35)
  12. 12 Rain Poems (1:26)
  13. 13 Nerve Root Poem (1:38)
  14. 14 Two Poems To My Wife (1:01)
  15. 15 Poem For Lew Welch (1:07)
  16. 16 From Angel Faint - Kirby Doyle (14:44)
  17. 17 Grahhh! (Michael In The Lions Den) - Michael McClure (3:38)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lenny Bruce Track Performer
Allen Ginsberg Track Performer
Kenneth Rexroth Track Performer
Lawrence Ferlinghetti Track Performer
David Meltzer Track Performer
Peter Orlovsky Track Performer
Lew Welch Track Performer
Philip Whalen Track Performer
John Wieners Track Performer
Gregory Corso Track Performer
Technical Credits
Bill Belmont Producer
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