Our Souls Have Grown Deep Like the Rivers [Explicit Lyrics]

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Barnes & Noble - Christopher Stackhouse
Entertaining and enlightening, Our Souls Have Grown Deep Like the Rivers: Black Poets Read Their Work is an invaluable collection of original voices born of the African-American struggle. This authoritative two-CD set of 20th-century black poetry assembles more than 70 writers reading their own work and covers the art form from the Harlem Renaissance to the present. The different styles here constitute a vast verbal journey that takes the listener from the traditions established by W.E.B. DuBois to the more progressive turns of rap visionaries Public Enemy. Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Maya Angelou orate with resounding clarity; Nikki Giovanni, Nobel...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Christopher Stackhouse
Entertaining and enlightening, Our Souls Have Grown Deep Like the Rivers: Black Poets Read Their Work is an invaluable collection of original voices born of the African-American struggle. This authoritative two-CD set of 20th-century black poetry assembles more than 70 writers reading their own work and covers the art form from the Harlem Renaissance to the present. The different styles here constitute a vast verbal journey that takes the listener from the traditions established by W.E.B. DuBois to the more progressive turns of rap visionaries Public Enemy. Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Maya Angelou orate with resounding clarity; Nikki Giovanni, Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka, and U.S. poet laureate Rita Dove lend rich nuance and textured dialect to their beautifully worded lines; and tracks from Amiri Baraka, Ntozake Shange, Gil Scott-Heron, and the Last Poets create a context for the performance poetry of contemporary "spoken word" artists. The live recordings in particular harbor a great warmth and intimacy, adding to a sweeping sense of history that, neither pedantic nor overbearingly political, respectfully represents some of the greatest moments in African-American literature and performing arts.
All Music Guide - Stacia Proefrock
Over the years, Rhino Records has proven that it can release well-thought-out and well-produced collections of spoken work recordings. With Our Souls Have Grown Deep Like the Rivers, the company has proven yet again its ability to produce a well-balanced and fascinating collection. Spanning from 1919 to 1999, this double album collects some of the finest recordings of African-American poetry available, and lingers not too long in the territories of the old and the young. Indeed, the selections on Our Souls Have Grown Deep Like the Rivers are evenly spread throughout the time that the release covers, featuring a wealth of recordings from the Harlem Renaissance -- not only predictable representatives like Langston Hughes, but Countee Cullen and Arna Bontemps as well. The great poets of the '50s and '60s like Gwendolyn Brooks also get fair time and the collection closes with the recently critically acclaimed performance poets like Gil Scott-Heron and Carl Hancock Rux. Overall, the selections are careful and comprehensive; not only do these poets do a good job of representing their generations, but these poems do a good job of representing their poets. Our Souls... could have easily been twice or half of its size here, but as a double album, Rhino has presented a compilation of great value, artistic and otherwise.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/18/2000
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227801229
  • Catalog Number: 78012

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Negro Speaks of Rivers (0:56)
  2. 2 I, Too (0:37)
  3. 3 The Atlanta Years - W.E.B. Dubois (3:17)
  4. 4 If We Must Die (1:07)
  5. 5 St. Isaac's Church, Petrograd (1:00)
  6. 6 The Tropics in New York (0:52)
  7. 7 The Creation - James Weldon Johnson (4:23)
  8. 8 We to America - James Weldon Johnson (0:38)
  9. 9 Nocturne at Bethesda (3:31)
  10. 10 Heritage (3:25)
  11. 11 Dark Symphony (4:51)
  12. 12 Ma Rainey - Sterling A. Brown (3:06)
  13. 13 Strong Men - Sterling A. Brown (3:01)
  14. 14 For My People (4:24)
  15. 15 Kissie Lee (2:22)
  16. 16 The Mother (2:28)
  17. 17 Dream Montage: Tell Me, Good Morning; Harlem; Same in Blues; Commen (3:33)
  18. 18 We Real Cool (Continued) (0:25)
  19. 19 Those Winter Sundays (0:52)
  20. 20 Fredrick Douglass (0:56)
  21. 21 Sepia Fashion Show (0:49)
  22. 22 To a Man (1:03)
  23. 23 Freedon Suite (2:32)
  24. 24 Crusoe's Island (4:51)
  25. 25 Dahomey (2:08)
  26. 26 In Memoriam: Martin Luther King, Jr. (1:33)
  27. 27 Run Nigger (1:12)
  28. 28 Admonitions (1:06)
  29. 29 Nikki Rosa (1:01)
  30. 30 A Dance for Militant Dilettantes (1:28)
  31. 31 Dear John, Dear Coltrane (2:33)
  32. 32 Rueben, Rueben (1:15)
  33. 33 My House (0:36)
  34. 34 Flight to Canada (1:12)
  35. 35 Betty's Ball Blues (2:32)
  36. 36 Wounded in the House of a Friend (1:48)
  37. 37 Song No. 2 (0:45)
  38. 38 A Poem for Players (1:50)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Muhammad Ali at the Ringside, 1985 (6:09)
  2. 2 Hard Rock Returns to Prison from the Hospital for the Criminal Insane (2:16)
  3. 3 The Idea of Ancestry (3:08)
  4. 4 Bang, Bang Outishly (1:28)
  5. 5 Rhythim Blues (0:23)
  6. 6 Shazam Doowah (0:50)
  7. 7 The End of Civilization as We Know It (3:22)
  8. 8 Cruelty (Continued) (0:40)
  9. 9 Lucy (Pt. 6) (Continued) (1:46)
  10. 10 Endangered Species List Blues (2:53)
  11. 11 I Live for My Car (2:48)
  12. 12 Nigger Rhythm Rhymes from the Blues Part of Town, Pt. 4 (1:10)
  13. 13 Lester Leaps In (Continued) (1:07)
  14. 14 Poem for Magic (2:25)
  15. 15 I Am She (0:24)
  16. 16 Tuskegee Airfield (2:14)
  17. 17 Facing It (1:09)
  18. 18 Venus's-Flytraps (1:37)
  19. 19 Rise up Fallen Fighters (Okra Takes up With a Rastafari Man/She ...) (2:47)
  20. 20 A Poem to Thrill the Naacp, or a Black Family Moves to the Suburbs (1:13)
  21. 21 The Near-Johannesburg Boy (Continued) (3:00)
  22. 22 The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (3:06)
  23. 23 Helen (0:34)
  24. 24 Helen and Martha (0:38)
  25. 25 Martha and Helen (0:25)
  26. 26 1962: My Brother Richard Returns from the Monastery (0:35)
  27. 27 Shakespeare Say (1:43)
  28. 28 After Reading Mickey in the Night Kitchen for the Third Time ... (1:31)
  29. 29 Jamal's Lamentation (0:40)
  30. 30 Self Portrait, 1988 (0:31)
  31. 31 Barbie's Little Sister (2:17)
  32. 32 The Slaughter - Kevin Young (2:16)
  33. 33 Nocturne (1:06)
  34. 34 Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos (6:25)
  35. 35 Project Princess (2:03)
  36. 36 Ohm (1:05)
  37. 37 No Black Male Show (7:41)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Public Enemy Track Performer
Jayne Cortez Track Performer
Langston Hughes Track Performer
The Last Poets Track Performer
Ishmael Reed Track Performer
W.E.B. Dubois Track Performer
Nikki Giovanni Track Performer
Wanda Coleman Track Performer
Arna Bontemps Track Performer
Gwendolyn Brooks Track Performer
Sonia Sanchez Track Performer
Maya Angelou Track Performer
Amiri Baraka Track Performer
Michael Harper Track Performer
Marilyn Nelson Track Performer
Gil Scott-Heron Track Performer
Al Young Track Performer
Kevin Young Track Performer
Sterling A. Brown Track Performer
Milton Smith Track Performer
Carl Hancock Rux Track Performer
Quincy Troupe Track Performer
Derek Walcott Track Performer
Claude McKay Track Performer
Lucille Clifton Track Performer
Countee Cullen Track Performer
Audre Lorde Track Performer
Tracie Morris Track Performer
Ntozake Shange Track Performer
Saul Williams Track Performer
Yusef Komunuakaa Track Performer
Anthony Butts Track Performer
Allison Joseph Track Performer
Rueben Jackson Track Performer
Rita Dove Track Performer
Ethelbert Miller Track Performer
Colleen J. McElroy Track Performer
Etheridge Knight Track Performer
Wole Soyinka Track Performer
June Jordan Track Performer
Robert Hayden Track Performer
Margaret Walker Track Performer
Melvin B. Tolson Track Performer
James Weldon Johnson Track Performer
Technical Credits
Jayne Cortez Composer
Lester Young Composer
W.E.B. Dubois Composer
Hugh Brown Art Direction
Bob Fisher Mastering
Ted Myers Producer
Maria Villar Art Direction
Shawn Amos Editorial Coordinator
Moses Aschi Engineer
Rebekah Presson Mosby Producer
James Weldon Johnson Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Culturally awakening for the sleeping

    I heard this in June and have been searching for this since. I absolutely fell in love with this. For anyone who has an measure of interest in spoken words or history or the Harlem Renaissance period - this is a MUST!!

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