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The Beat Generation [Rhino]

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All Music Guide - Jason Ankeny
A three-CD box set featuring recordings from titans including William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, and Kenneth Rexroth, The Beat Generation works in tandem with Rhino's earlier compilation The Jack Kerouac Collection to paint a definitive audio portrait of one of the seminal literary uprisings of the 20th century. Because the Beats were so heavily influenced by jazz, their work ranks among the most rhythmic and lyrical in all of literature and lends itself perfectly to spoken word recordings; Kerouac's insistence that "Beat" stood for "beatific" aside, the name's musical implications are undeniable, with the writers' free-flowing, improvisational wordplay -- what Ginsberg...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Ankeny
A three-CD box set featuring recordings from titans including William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, and Kenneth Rexroth, The Beat Generation works in tandem with Rhino's earlier compilation The Jack Kerouac Collection to paint a definitive audio portrait of one of the seminal literary uprisings of the 20th century. Because the Beats were so heavily influenced by jazz, their work ranks among the most rhythmic and lyrical in all of literature and lends itself perfectly to spoken word recordings; Kerouac's insistence that "Beat" stood for "beatific" aside, the name's musical implications are undeniable, with the writers' free-flowing, improvisational wordplay -- what Ginsberg dubbed "spontaneous bop prosody" -- echoing the radical innovations of Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie. The set also charts the Beats' own influence on musicians spanning from Lambert, Hendricks & Ross to Perry Como to Tom Waits, at the same time embracing kindred spirits including Ken Nordine, Lord Buckley, and Lenny Bruce. The inclusion of some of the material is questionable at best -- the box would probably work as effectively at two discs instead of three -- but in recapturing the singular spirit of its time, The Beat Generation is an essential document of cool.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/17/1992
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227028145
  • Catalog Number: 70281

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 San Francisco Scene (The Beat Generation) - Jack Kerouac (3:09)
  2. 2 The Beat Generation - Bob McFadden (2:03)
  3. 3 Footloose in Greenwich Village (12:32)
  4. 4 Blues Montage - Leonard Feather & Langston Hughes (3:12)
  5. 5 Manhattan Fable - Babs Gonzales (2:36)
  6. 6 Reaching into In - Ken Nordine (1:53)
  7. 7 Parker's Mood - King Pleasure (2:57)
  8. 8 Route 66 Theme - Nelson Riddle (2:06)
  9. 9 Diamonds on My Windshield - Tom Waits (3:10)
  10. 10 Naked Lunch - William S. Burroughs (6:26)
  11. 11 Bernie's Tune - Gerry Mulligan Quartet (3:31)
  12. 12 Like Rumpelstiltskin - Don Morrow (6:18)
  13. 13 Oop-Pop-A-Da - Dizzy Gillespie & His Orchestra (3:08)
  14. 14 Basic Hip - Del Close (1:11)
  15. 15 Christopher Columbus Digs the Jive - John Barrymore (3:04)
  16. 16 The Clown - Jean Shepherd (12:11)
  17. 17 The Murder of Two Men by a Young Kid Wearing Lemon Colored Gloves - Chamber Jazz Sextet (1:15)
Disc 2
  1. 1 The Hip Gahn - Lord Buckley (6:09)
  2. 2 Twisted - Lambert, Hendricks & Ross (2:14)
  3. 3 Yip Roc Heresy - Slim Gaillard & His Middle Europeans (2:28)
  4. 4 Ha! - Charlie Ventura (2:46)
  5. 5 Pull My Daisy - Lynn Sheffield (4:29)
  6. 6 October in the Railroad Earth - Jack Kerouac (7:06)
  7. 7 The Cool Rebellion - Howard Smith (20:13)
  8. 8 Cosmic Rays - Charlie Parker (3:05)
  9. 9 Kookie's Mad Pad - Edd "Kookie" Byrnes (2:03)
  10. 10 Bebopper - The Gordons (2:44)
  11. 11 Hunger Is From - Ken Nordine (3:48)
  12. 12 No Pictures Please - Rod McKuen (4:03)
  13. 13 Like Young - Mitchell Ayres (2:53)
  14. 14 Married Blues - Kenneth Rexroth (3:22)
  15. 15 Psychopathia Sezualis - Lenny Bruce (2:24)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Jack and Neal / California, Here I Come - Tom Waits (4:57)
  2. 2 Readings from "On the Road" and "Visions of Cody" - Jack Kerouac (3:28)
  3. 3 Interview With Jack Kerouac - Ben Hecht (15:29)
  4. 4 Kerouazy - Don Morrow (2:06)
  5. 5 Cool - John Brent & Del Close (3:50)
  6. 6 But I Was Cool - Oscar Brown Jr. (2:53)
  7. 7 Uncool - Del Close (0:58)
  8. 8 High School Drag - Phillipa Fallon (2:14)
  9. 9 Oop-Bop SH-Bam - Kenny Clarke & His 52nd Street Boys (3:04)
  10. 10 Professor Bop - Three Bips & a Bop (2:26)
  11. 11 Beatnik's Wish - Patsy Raye & The Beatniks (2:28)
  12. 12 Like Having Fun - Elmer Bernstein (2:17)
  13. 13 On Beatniks - Carl Sandburg (0:27)
  14. 14 Swinghouse - Gerry Mulligan Quartet (2:53)
  15. 15 The Greenwich Village Poets - Charles Kuralt (1:36)
  16. 16 America - Allen Ginsberg (4:47)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Steve Allen Piano, Track Performer
Lenny Bruce Track Performer
Carl Sandburg Track Performer
Allen Ginsberg Track Performer
Jack Kerouac Track Performer
Paul Horn Woodwind
Elmer Bernstein Track Performer
Perry Como Track Performer
Tom Waits Vocals, Track Performer
Pepper Adams Baritone Saxophone
Henry "Red" Allen Trumpet
David Amram Flute, Guitar, Piano, French Horn, Kazoo, Track Performer, Bazouki, Pakistani Flute
Chet Baker Trumpet
Phil Bodner Reeds
Lord Buckley Track Performer
Conte Candoli Trumpet
Kenny Dorham Trumpet
Harry "Sweets" Edison Trumpet
Leonard Feather Track Performer
Dizzy Gillespie Trumpet, Vocals, Track Performer
Babs Gonzales Vocals, Track Performer
Langston Hughes Track Performer
Milt Jackson Vibes
Hank Jones Piano, Track Performer
Jimmy Knepper Trombone
Lee Konitz Alto Saxophone, Track Performer
John Lewis Piano
Shelly Manne Drums
Charles Mingus Bass, Track Performer
James Moody Tenor Saxophone
Gerry Mulligan Baritone Saxophone, Track Performer
Fats Navarro Trumpet
Ken Nordine Track Performer
Kenneth Patchen Track Performer
Cecil Payne Baritone Saxophone
King Pleasure Vocals, Track Performer
Bud Powell Piano
Jerome Richardson Reeds
Dannie Richmond Drums
Max Roach Drums
Sonny Rollins Tenor Saxophone
Annie Ross Track Performer
Ed Shaughnessy Drums
Sonny Stitt Alto Saxophone, Vocals
Charlie Ventura Saxophone, Track Performer
Julius Watkins French Horn
Dave Burns Trumpet
Linton Garner Piano
Boots Mussulli Saxophone
Ike Isaacs Bass
Howard Johnson Alto Saxophone
Wade Legge Piano
Howard Smith Track Performer
Chamber Jazz Sextet Track Performer
Allyn Ferguson Percussion, Piano, French Horn, Electric Piano
Don Lamond Drums
Kenneth Rexroth Track Performer
Slim Gaillard Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Sam "The Man" Taylor Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Oscar Brown Jr. Track Performer
Rod McKuen Track Performer
Jean Shepherd Narrator, Track Performer, Improvisation
John Barrymore Track Performer
Charles Kuralt Track Performer
Jim Gordon Drums
Al Harewood Drums
Teddy Kotick Bass
Shafi Hadi Alto Saxophone
Percy Heath Bass
Lambert, Hendricks & Ross Track Performer
George Vocals
Ray Abrams Tenor Saxophone
Lyle Atkinson Bass
Mitchell Ayres Track Performer
Walter Bolden Drums
Modesto Briseno Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Ray Brown Bass
Larry Bunker Drums
William S. Burroughs Track Performer
Herb Bushler Bass
Edd "Kookie" Byrnes Track Performer
Kenny Clarke Drums, Track Performer
John Collins Guitar
Vic Dickenson Trombone
Fred Dutton Bass, Bassoon
Arthur Edgehill Percussion
Barry Galbraith Guitar
Joe Gayles Tenor Saxophone
George Gordon Vocals
Honey Gordon Vocals
Richard Gordon Vocals
Paul Gray Bass, String Bass
Bennie Green Trombone
Ali Candido Hafid Dumbek, Vocals
Kenny "Pancho" Hagood Vocals
Al Hall Bass
Joe Harris Drums
Jon Hendricks Track Performer
Milt Hinton Bass
Jim Hughart Bass, Upright Bass
J.J. Johnson Trombone
Osie Johnson Drums
Phil Kramer Voices
Frank Leal Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Clyde Lombardi Bass
Gildo Mahones Piano
Danny McKenna Piano
Nelson Riddle Track Performer
Charlie Parker Alto Saxophone, Track Performer
Jack Parker Drums
Arthur Phipps Bass, Vocals
John Pisano Guitar
Chris Porter Tenor Saxophone
Curtis Porter Tenor Saxophone
Ross Track Performer
Midhat Serbagi Viola
Doc Severinsen Trumpet
Lynn Sheffield Vocals, Track Performer
Carson Smith Bass
Charles Smith Drums
Charlie Smith Drums
Todd Sommer Percussion
Frank Vicari Tenor Saxophone
Chauncey Welsch Trombone
Al Williams Piano
Maceo Williams Piano
Robert Wilson Clarinet, Percussion
Elmon Wright Trumpet
Jimmy Bond Bass
Honey Vocals
Bob McFadden Track Performer
Bob Frazier Drums
Emmett Frazier Bass
Forest Horn Bass, Drums
Gerry Mulligan Quartet Track Performer
Tom Reynolds Drums, Timpani
Raymond Orr Trumpet
John Brent Track Performer
Del Close Track Performer
Phillipa Fallon Track Performer
Don Morrow Narrator, Track Performer
Howard Heitmeyer Guitar
Ken Soderbloom Woodwind
Jack Zimmermann Bass
Matthew McKay Trumpet
Howard E. Johnson Alto Saxophone
Lou Garisto Piano
Robert Wilson Percussion, Trumpet
John Brown Alto Saxophone
John Brown Alto Saxophone
Jordan Fordin Alto Saxophone
Charles Mingus Jazz Workshop Tenor Saxophone
Patsy Raye & The Beatniks Track Performer
Kenny Clarke & His 52nd Street Boys Track Performer
Three Bips & a Bop Track Performer
Keith Mitchell Bass
Ann Thomas Voices
Richard Campbell Piano, Vibes
The Gordons Vocals, Track Performer
Technical Credits
Bob Dylan Liner Notes
Gil Fuller Arranger
Dizzy Gillespie Composer
Babs Gonzales Composer
Gerry Mulligan Composer
James Austin Producer, Liner Notes
Bob Fisher Remastering
Ted Myers Project Assembly
Geoff Gans Art Direction
J.D. King Animation
Jerry Stoll Cover Photo
Michael J. Weldon Liner Notes
Daniel Clowes Logo
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