The Best of the Beat Generation

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Released ten years after Rhino's exhaustively entertaining three-disc box The Beat Generation, 2002's The Best of the Beat Generation is essentially a single-disc distillation of that set with a couple of new tracks that, according to producer James Austin's liner notes, "weren't available (in 1992) or had slipped under my Beat radar." Though these new finds are good, they're probably not enticing enough for those who already own the set, but that's not the audience for this, anyway. This disc is for those that want to discover the Beats or know the Beats and know they don't need three discs of them. And on that front, this succeeds brilliantly, offering 20 ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Released ten years after Rhino's exhaustively entertaining three-disc box The Beat Generation, 2002's The Best of the Beat Generation is essentially a single-disc distillation of that set with a couple of new tracks that, according to producer James Austin's liner notes, "weren't available (in 1992) or had slipped under my Beat radar." Though these new finds are good, they're probably not enticing enough for those who already own the set, but that's not the audience for this, anyway. This disc is for those that want to discover the Beats or know the Beats and know they don't need three discs of them. And on that front, this succeeds brilliantly, offering 20 tracks -- many by such legends as Jack Kerouac, Steve Allen, Ken Nordine, Langston Hughes, Lenny Bruce, Allen Ginsberg, Bob Dorough, Slim Gaillard, and William Burroughs -- that set the mood, plus a great set of liners that explain the era. Sure, there are a couple of cuts that were probably included for their novelty value, but The Best of the Beat Generation captures the feeling of the era and has a lot of great music, which is exactly what the curious listener needs.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/5/2002
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227830229
  • Catalog Number: 78302

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 October in the Railroad Earth - Jack Kerouac (7:09)
  2. 2 Travelin' Blues - Slim Gaillard & His Boogiereeners (3:04)
  3. 3 Like (2:11)
  4. 4 Basic Hip (1:14)
  5. 5 Three Little Pigs (A Grimm Fairy Tale for Hip Kids) - Al "Jazzbeaux" Collins (4:05)
  6. 6 Big High Song for Somebody - Roy Glenn (4:01)
  7. 7 The Beat Generation - Bob McFadden (2:06)
  8. 8 Twisted - Annie Ross (2:41)
  9. 9 Marc Antony's Funeral Oration (4:03)
  10. 10 Dog - Bob Dorough (3:26)
  11. 11 Pull My Daisy (4:32)
  12. 12 Bowery Blues - Jack Kerouac (3:53)
  13. 13 My Baby (2:36)
  14. 14 The Murder of Two Men by a Young Kid Wearing Lemon Colored Gloves (1:18)
  15. 15 A History of Jazz - Shorty Petterstein (2:26)
  16. 16 Coffee Time - André Previn's Trio Jazz (2:46)
  17. 17 Blues Montage - Langston Hughes (3:14)
  18. 18 Psychopathia Sexualis (2:27)
  19. 19 Sunflower Sutra (6:24)
  20. 20 Bradley the Buyer (6:22)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Steve Allen Piano
Lenny Bruce Track Performer
Allen Ginsberg Track Performer
Jack Kerouac Track Performer
Paul Horn Woodwind
Pepper Adams Baritone Saxophone
Henry "Red" Allen Trumpet
David Amram Bouzouki, Guitar, Piano, French Horn, Kazoo, Pakistani Flute
Lord Buckley Track Performer
Bob Dorough Track Performer
Jon Eardley Trumpet
Chico Hamilton Drums
Langston Hughes Track Performer
Shelly Manne Drums
Red Mitchell Bass
Ken Nordine Track Performer
Kenneth Patchen Track Performer
André Previn Piano
Annie Ross Track Performer
Lucky Thompson Tenor Saxophone
Fred Katz Cello, Leader
Chamber Jazz Sextet Track Performer
Allyn Ferguson Percussion, Piano, French Horn, Electric Piano
Howard McGhee Trumpet
Johnny Bond Bass
Al Harewood Drums
Percy Heath Bass
Lyle Atkinson Bass
Wild Bill Tenor Saxophone
Art Blakey Drums
Modesto Briseno Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Bam Brown Bass
William S. Burroughs Track Performer
Herb Bushler Bass
Vic Dickenson Trombone
Fred Dutton Bass, Bassoon, Contrabassoon
Arthur Edgehill Percussion
Teddy Edwards Tenor Saxophone
Karl George Trumpet
Ali Candido Hafid Dumbek, Vocals
Jack Hammer Track Performer
Milt Hinton Bass
Osie Johnson Drums
Frank Leal Bass Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Carmen McRae Track Performer
John Pisano Guitar
Roger "Ram" Ramirez Organ
Midhat Serbagi Viola
Lynn Sheffield Vocals
Fletcher Smith Piano
Leo Watson Drums
Al Williams Piano
Teacho Wiltshire Piano
Roy Glenn Track Performer
Forest Horn Drums
Tom Reynolds Drums, Timpani
John Brent Track Performer
Del Close Track Performer
David Amram Quintet Track Performer
Technical Credits
Steve Allen Adaptation
Blind Willie McTell Composer
Leonard Feather Director
Deborah Allen Composer
Bob Fisher Remastering
Holly George-Warren Liner Notes
Kevin Garth Nordine Vocal Effect
Julie Vlasak Art Direction
Jay Fernandez Editorial Research
Leigh Hall Liner Note Coordination
Tavis Coburn Cover Illustration
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