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Format: CD
Sku: 60073527
UPC: 025218441025
UPC 14: 00025218441025
Release Date: 6/2/1993
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Shorty Petterstein Interview - Lenny Bruce ~ Various Artists
2. Djinni In The Candy Store - Lenny Bruce ~ Various Artists
3. Enchanting Transylvania - Lenny Bruce ~ Various Artists
4. How To Relax Your Colored Friends At Parties - Lenny Bruce ~ Various Artists
5. Lima, Ohio - Lenny Bruce ~ Various Artists
6. Comic At The Palladium - Lenny Bruce ~ Various Artists
7. In Which The Artist Discusses "The Lie" - Lenny Bruce ~ Various Artists
Disc 2
Song Title
1. Howl - Allen Ginsberg ~ Various Artists
2. Footnote To Howl - Allen Ginsberg ~ Various Artists
3. Supermarket In California, A - Allen Ginsberg ~ Various Artists
4. Transcription Of Organ Music - Allen Ginsberg ~ Various Artists
5. America - Allen Ginsberg ~ Various Artists
6. In The Back Of The Real - Allen Ginsberg ~ Various Artists
7. Strange New Cottage In Berkeley - A. Ginsberg ~ Various Artists
8. Europe, Europe - Allen Ginsberg ~ Various Artists
9. Kaddish (Part 1) - Allen Ginsberg ~ Various Artists
10. Sunflower Sutra, The - Allen Ginsberg ~ Various Artists
Disc 3
Song Title
1. Thou Shalt Not Kill - Kenneth Rexroth ~ Various Artists
2. Autobiography - Lawrence Ferlinghetti ~ Various Artists
3. Statue Of St. Francis - Lawrence Ferlinghetti ~ Various Artists
4. Moscow In The Wilderness - L. Ferlinghetti ~ Various Artists
5. In The Fleeting Hand Of Time - Gregory Corso ~ Various Artists
6. Vision Of Rotterdam - Gregory Corso ~ Various Artists
7. Last Warmth Of Arnold, The - Gregory Corso ~ Various Artists
8. Mexican Impressions - Gregory Corso ~ Various Artists
9. Botticelli Spring - Gregory Corso ~ Various Artists
10. Sun (A Spontaneous Poem) - Gregory Corso ~ Various Artists
11. Ode To Coit Tower - Gregory Corso ~ Various Artists
12. I Am 25 - Gregory Corso ~ Various Artists
13. Rainbow, A - Peter Orlovsky ~ Various Artists
14. Morning Again - Peter Orlovsky ~ Various Artists
Disc 4
Song Title
1. Poem For Cocksuckers, A - John Wieners ~ Various Artists
2. Poem For The Old Man, A - John Wieners ~ Various Artists
3. Rest In Peace - Philip Lamantia ~ Various Artists
4. Al Capone - Philip Lamantia ~ Various Artists
5. All Hail Pope John XXIII - Philip Lamantia ~ Various Artists
6. From Hermit Poems - Lew Welch ~ Various Artists
7. Patna-Benares Express, May 22 [1962] Calcutta - Allen Ginsberg ~ Various Artists
8. From The Art Of Literature - Philip Whalen ~ Various Artists
9. From Dark Brown - Michael McClure ~ Various Artists
10. From Ghost Tantras - Michael McClure ~ Various Artists
11. Baby's Hands - David Meltzer ~ Various Artists
12. Rain Poems - David Meltzer ~ Various Artists
13. Nerve Root Poem - David Meltzer ~ Various Artists
14. Two Poems To My Wife - David Meltzer ~ Various Artists
15. Poem For Lew Welch - David Meltzer ~ Various Artists
16. From Angel Faint - Kirby Doyle ~ Various Artists
17. Grahhh! (Michael In The Lion's Den) - Michael McClure ~ Various Artists

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote HOWLS, RAPS & ROARS is a 4-CD box set compiled and annotated by Ann Charters containing Beat Generation's spoken word recordings made between 1958-69. In addition to masterworks like Ginsberg's "Howl" (heard in its entirety) and Kenneth Rexroth's "Thou Shalt Not Kill," this set presents previously unreleased recordings by Gregory Corso and Peter Orlovsky, as well as excerpts from the "Mad Mammoth Monster Poetry Readings" of 1959 and 1963.
Muze PNote 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! ~ Lindsay Planer

Producer: Bill Belmont

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 05/15/1993
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1993
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 4410
Music Label Name Label : Fantasy
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 4
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Mixed
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Mixed
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00025218441025

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone (3/24/94, p.94)
- 4 Stars - Excellent - "...four brilliant CDs...presents [the Beats] in their edgy glory; amid the cigarette smoke and wine-glass clinking of San Francisco bars, they overspill ecstatic into cheap microphones and the ripe subconscious of a new generation...."

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