Recordings From The San Franci CD (1993)

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Label Fantasy
SKU 60073527
UPC 025218441025
UPC 14 00025218441025
Format CD
Release Date 6/2/1993
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Author Howls Raps & Roars
Technical Info
Producer Bill Belmont
CatalogID 4410
Lable Name Fantasy
Released 05/15/1993
Original Release 1993
Number of Discs 4
SPARE Code n/a
Length 256m : 0s
Mono/Stereo Mixed
Studio/Live Mixed
UPC 00025218441025
Album Notes and Credits
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.
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
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...."
Disc 1
1 Shorty Petterstein Interview - Lenny Bruce,Howl - Allen Ginsberg,Thou Shalt Not Kill - Kenneth Rexroth,Poem For Cocksuckers, A - John Wieners
2 Djinni In The Candy Store - Lenny Bruce,Footnote To Howl - Allen Ginsberg,Autobiography - Lawrence Ferlinghetti,Poem For The Old Man, A - John Wieners
3 Enchanting Transylvania - Lenny Bruce,Supermarket In California, A - Allen Ginsberg,Statue Of St. Francis - Lawrence Ferlinghetti,Rest In Peace - Philip Lamantia
4 How To Relax Your Colored Friends At Parties - Lenny Bruce,Transcription Of Organ Music - Allen Ginsberg,Moscow In The Wilderness - L. Ferlinghetti,Al Capone - Philip Lamantia
5 Lima, Ohio - Lenny Bruce,America - Allen Ginsberg,In The Fleeting Hand Of Time - Gregory Corso,All Hail Pope John XXIII - Philip Lamantia
6 Comic At The Palladium - Lenny Bruce,In The Back Of The Real - Allen Ginsberg,Vision Of Rotterdam - Gregory Corso,From Hermit Poems - Lew Welch
7 In Which The Artist Discusses "The Lie" - Lenny Bruce,Strange New Cottage In Berkeley - A. Ginsberg,Last Warmth Of Arnold, The - Gregory Corso,Patna-Benares Express, May 22 [1962] Calcutta - Allen Ginsberg
8 Europe, Europe - Allen Ginsberg,Mexican Impressions - Gregory Corso,From The Art Of Literature - Philip Whalen
9 Kaddish (Part 1) - Allen Ginsberg,Botticelli Spring - Gregory Corso,From Dark Brown - Michael McClure
10 Sunflower Sutra, The - Allen Ginsberg,Sun (A Spontaneous Poem) - Gregory Corso,From Ghost Tantras - Michael McClure
11 Ode To Coit Tower - Gregory Corso,Baby's Hands - David Meltzer
12 I Am 25 - Gregory Corso,Rain Poems - David Meltzer
13 Rainbow, A - Peter Orlovsky,Nerve Root Poem - David Meltzer
14 Morning Again - Peter Orlovsky,Two Poems To My Wife - David Meltzer
15 Poem For Lew Welch - David Meltzer
16 From Angel Faint - Kirby Doyle
17 Grahhh! (Michael In The Lion's Den) - Michael McClure
Disc 2
1 Shorty Petterstein Interview - Lenny Bruce,Howl - Allen Ginsberg,Thou Shalt Not Kill - Kenneth Rexroth,Poem For Cocksuckers, A - John Wieners
2 Djinni In The Candy Store - Lenny Bruce,Footnote To Howl - Allen Ginsberg,Autobiography - Lawrence Ferlinghetti,Poem For The Old Man, A - John Wieners
3 Enchanting Transylvania - Lenny Bruce,Supermarket In California, A - Allen Ginsberg,Statue Of St. Francis - Lawrence Ferlinghetti,Rest In Peace - Philip Lamantia
4 How To Relax Your Colored Friends At Parties - Lenny Bruce,Transcription Of Organ Music - Allen Ginsberg,Moscow In The Wilderness - L. Ferlinghetti,Al Capone - Philip Lamantia
5 Lima, Ohio - Lenny Bruce,America - Allen Ginsberg,In The Fleeting Hand Of Time - Gregory Corso,All Hail Pope John XXIII - Philip Lamantia
6 Comic At The Palladium - Lenny Bruce,In The Back Of The Real - Allen Ginsberg,Vision Of Rotterdam - Gregory Corso,From Hermit Poems - Lew Welch
7 In Which The Artist Discusses "The Lie" - Lenny Bruce,Strange New Cottage In Berkeley - A. Ginsberg,Last Warmth Of Arnold, The - Gregory Corso,Patna-Benares Express, May 22 [1962] Calcutta - Allen Ginsberg
8 Europe, Europe - Allen Ginsberg,Mexican Impressions - Gregory Corso,From The Art Of Literature - Philip Whalen
9 Kaddish (Part 1) - Allen Ginsberg,Botticelli Spring - Gregory Corso,From Dark Brown - Michael McClure
10 Sunflower Sutra, The - Allen Ginsberg,Sun (A Spontaneous Poem) - Gregory Corso,From Ghost Tantras - Michael McClure
11 Ode To Coit Tower - Gregory Corso,Baby's Hands - David Meltzer
12 I Am 25 - Gregory Corso,Rain Poems - David Meltzer
13 Rainbow, A - Peter Orlovsky,Nerve Root Poem - David Meltzer
14 Morning Again - Peter Orlovsky,Two Poems To My Wife - David Meltzer
15 Poem For Lew Welch - David Meltzer
16 From Angel Faint - Kirby Doyle
17 Grahhh! (Michael In The Lion's Den) - Michael McClure
Disc 3
1 Shorty Petterstein Interview - Lenny Bruce,Howl - Allen Ginsberg,Thou Shalt Not Kill - Kenneth Rexroth,Poem For Cocksuckers, A - John Wieners
2 Djinni In The Candy Store - Lenny Bruce,Footnote To Howl - Allen Ginsberg,Autobiography - Lawrence Ferlinghetti,Poem For The Old Man, A - John Wieners
3 Enchanting Transylvania - Lenny Bruce,Supermarket In California, A - Allen Ginsberg,Statue Of St. Francis - Lawrence Ferlinghetti,Rest In Peace - Philip Lamantia
4 How To Relax Your Colored Friends At Parties - Lenny Bruce,Transcription Of Organ Music - Allen Ginsberg,Moscow In The Wilderness - L. Ferlinghetti,Al Capone - Philip Lamantia
5 Lima, Ohio - Lenny Bruce,America - Allen Ginsberg,In The Fleeting Hand Of Time - Gregory Corso,All Hail Pope John XXIII - Philip Lamantia
6 Comic At The Palladium - Lenny Bruce,In The Back Of The Real - Allen Ginsberg,Vision Of Rotterdam - Gregory Corso,From Hermit Poems - Lew Welch
7 In Which The Artist Discusses "The Lie" - Lenny Bruce,Strange New Cottage In Berkeley - A. Ginsberg,Last Warmth Of Arnold, The - Gregory Corso,Patna-Benares Express, May 22 [1962] Calcutta - Allen Ginsberg
8 Europe, Europe - Allen Ginsberg,Mexican Impressions - Gregory Corso,From The Art Of Literature - Philip Whalen
9 Kaddish (Part 1) - Allen Ginsberg,Botticelli Spring - Gregory Corso,From Dark Brown - Michael McClure
10 Sunflower Sutra, The - Allen Ginsberg,Sun (A Spontaneous Poem) - Gregory Corso,From Ghost Tantras - Michael McClure
11 Ode To Coit Tower - Gregory Corso,Baby's Hands - David Meltzer
12 I Am 25 - Gregory Corso,Rain Poems - David Meltzer
13 Rainbow, A - Peter Orlovsky,Nerve Root Poem - David Meltzer
14 Morning Again - Peter Orlovsky,Two Poems To My Wife - David Meltzer
15 Poem For Lew Welch - David Meltzer
16 From Angel Faint - Kirby Doyle
17 Grahhh! (Michael In The Lion's Den) - Michael McClure
Disc 4
1 Shorty Petterstein Interview - Lenny Bruce,Howl - Allen Ginsberg,Thou Shalt Not Kill - Kenneth Rexroth,Poem For Cocksuckers, A - John Wieners
2 Djinni In The Candy Store - Lenny Bruce,Footnote To Howl - Allen Ginsberg,Autobiography - Lawrence Ferlinghetti,Poem For The Old Man, A - John Wieners
3 Enchanting Transylvania - Lenny Bruce,Supermarket In California, A - Allen Ginsberg,Statue Of St. Francis - Lawrence Ferlinghetti,Rest In Peace - Philip Lamantia
4 How To Relax Your Colored Friends At Parties - Lenny Bruce,Transcription Of Organ Music - Allen Ginsberg,Moscow In The Wilderness - L. Ferlinghetti,Al Capone - Philip Lamantia
5 Lima, Ohio - Lenny Bruce,America - Allen Ginsberg,In The Fleeting Hand Of Time - Gregory Corso,All Hail Pope John XXIII - Philip Lamantia
6 Comic At The Palladium - Lenny Bruce,In The Back Of The Real - Allen Ginsberg,Vision Of Rotterdam - Gregory Corso,From Hermit Poems - Lew Welch
7 In Which The Artist Discusses "The Lie" - Lenny Bruce,Strange New Cottage In Berkeley - A. Ginsberg,Last Warmth Of Arnold, The - Gregory Corso,Patna-Benares Express, May 22 [1962] Calcutta - Allen Ginsberg
8 Europe, Europe - Allen Ginsberg,Mexican Impressions - Gregory Corso,From The Art Of Literature - Philip Whalen
9 Kaddish (Part 1) - Allen Ginsberg,Botticelli Spring - Gregory Corso,From Dark Brown - Michael McClure
10 Sunflower Sutra, The - Allen Ginsberg,Sun (A Spontaneous Poem) - Gregory Corso,From Ghost Tantras - Michael McClure
11 Ode To Coit Tower - Gregory Corso,Baby's Hands - David Meltzer
12 I Am 25 - Gregory Corso,Rain Poems - David Meltzer
13 Rainbow, A - Peter Orlovsky,Nerve Root Poem - David Meltzer
14 Morning Again - Peter Orlovsky,Two Poems To My Wife - David Meltzer
15 Poem For Lew Welch - David Meltzer
16 From Angel Faint - Kirby Doyle
17 Grahhh! (Michael In The Lion's Den) - Michael McClure

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