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  • Audio CD (1 April 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rykodisc
  • ASIN: B00001IVLH
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 390,841 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Coney Island Of The Mind Pt. 1 1:37£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Coney Island Of The Mind Pt. 2 1:54£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Coney Island Of The Mind Pt. 3 1:27£0.79  Buy MP3 
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Listen  8. Coney Island Of The Mind Pt. 8 2:08£0.79  Buy MP3 
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Listen10. Coney Island Of The Mind Pt. 10 1:40£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Coney Island Of The Mind Pt. 11 2:05£0.79  Buy MP3 
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Listen13. Coney Island Of The Mind Pt. 13 1:21£0.79  Buy MP3 
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Listen15. Coney Island Of The Mind Pt. 15 1:17£0.79  Buy MP3 
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Listen17. Coney Island Of The Mind Pt. 17 2:18£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Coney Island Of The Mind Pt. 18 1:01£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Coney Island Of The Mind Pt. 19 1:25£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Coney Island Of The Mind Pt. 200:54£0.79  Buy MP3 
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Listen22. Coney Island Of The Mind Pt. 220:51£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Coney Island Of The Mind Pt. 230:36£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Coney Island Of The Mind Pt. 24 1:30£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen25. Coney Island Of The Mind Pt. 250:32£0.79  Buy MP3 
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Listen28. Coney Island Of The Mind Pt. 280:43£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen29. Coney Island Of The Mind Pt. 29 4:10£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen30. I Am Waiting 3:23£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen31. Autobiography 4:21£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen32. Dog 2:50£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen33. Christ Climbed Down 2:50£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen34. #11 2:05£0.79  Buy MP3 

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robin Benson TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 Jun. 2006
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Ferlinghetti continues the great tradition of American spoken poetry. The use of jazz as an accompaniment is fairly recent idea though Vachel Lindsay had a go decades past with his Daniel Jazz poem using 'Dixie' and 'Alexander's Ragtime Band'. The use of jazz on this recording seems a bit hit and miss to me. It certainly seems to have been recorded as background rather than an equal to Ferlinghetti's reading. I'm quite happy with this as I basically bought the CD to hear his reading of 'A Coney Island of the Mind' and I'm certainly not disappointed. His voice is now wonderfully mature and he easily slips into different accents and word pronunciations.

Apart from the complete Coney Island the other five tracks offer an interesting mixture of poems from the book (ISBN 0811200418) 'Autobiography' is for some reason not complete (it ends about half way through) 'I am Waiting', 'Dog', 'Christ Climbed Down' and stanza twenty-five only from 'Pictures of the Gone World'.

Ferlinghetti reads the excellent 'Autobiography' and two of his other poems, 'The Statue of St. Francis' and 'Junkman's Obbligato' on a Fantasy CD 'Poetry Readings in the Cellar' (FCD 77172) recorded in 1957 with a jazz quintet and unlike the Coney recording they play their improvisations alternately with his reading.

Both CDs feature readings from a great American poet separated by more than fifty years yet to me his work still sounds lively and relevant.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Magnificent Aural Delight 20 Sept. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Ferlinghetti is an amazing poet. By and far my favorite. I have never been a fan of spoken word cd's. However, this cd is incredible. It puts a voice on the poems i have read and the musical accompaniment by Morphine's Colley is amazing. He gives life to his writings like only he could. His voice sounds exactly as I imagined it would, intriguing and playful. If you are a fan of Ferlinghetti then you must have this cd.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
an essential addition to any hipster's collection 29 Sept. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
If you dig the spirit of the Beat generation, this is CD to buy. Extremely hip and soothing. Ferlinghetti delivers a very good reading of his landmark poetry collection by the same title. The background jazz noir is nothing remarkable but well done. I was hoping for some early Tom Waits-esque stuff but didn't find it here. There are more than 30 tracks on this CD and each one has a distinct feeling. It's almost like different rides on Coney Island. Really good stuff. Mind you, I believe this CD is the ONLY Lawrence Ferlinghetti material available. A little anecdote: I've been running around for half a day looking for this disc. None of the record stores I've been to have it in stock. Most store clerks I've encountered got the lyrics to every single Backstreet Boys songs memorized but have never heard of Ferlinghetti. When I mentioned the name they all had a puzzled look on their pimply faces. One guy with shits pierced all over his face recommended me the latest MTV pop dance collection instead. Man...
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Not bad reading, terrible back-up 23 Mar. 2006
By Alexander - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Although I'm an avid Amazon shopper, I don't write reviews. Mostly because I think a lot is covered in other reviews, or I'm pleased with the product. In this case, I think I have to intervene. I purchased this CD on the strength of the reviews, although I was skeptical when I heard who had composed the music. I should have gone with my first instinct.

F.'s reading isn't the best I've heard, but it's tolerable. Colley's accompaniment is horrible. A kind of fake-jazz, Kurt Cobain w/ W. Burroughs wanna-be noise that makes listening to the CD darned near impossible.

If you're interested in listening to the beats read their poetry, try to get something recorded when they were active. I have the Jack Kerouac box set from Verve and it's amazing, as are older recordings of Ginsberg. You might also want to check out Langston Hughs with the Mingus Band.

The music is supposed to complement the 'beat' of the poetry, either in the interstices or in the back ground. This music most certainly doesn't do that. Buyer beware.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The amusement park of memory 2 Jun. 2006
By Robin Benson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Ferlinghetti continues the great tradition of American spoken poetry. The use of jazz as an accompaniment is fairly recent idea though Vachel Lindsay had a go decades past with his Daniel Jazz poem using 'Dixie' and 'Alexander's Ragtime Band'. The use of jazz on this recording seems a bit hit and miss to me. It certainly seems to have been recorded as background rather than an equal to Ferlinghetti's reading. I'm quite happy with this as I basically bought the CD to hear his reading of 'A Coney Island of the Mind' and I'm certainly not disappointed. His voice is now wonderfully mature and he easily slips into different accents and word pronunciations.

Apart from the complete Coney Island the other five tracks offer an interesting mixture of poems from the book (ISBN 0811200418) 'Autobiography' is for some reason not complete (it ends about half way through) 'I am Waiting', 'Dog', 'Christ Climbed Down' and stanza twenty-five only from 'Pictures of the Gone World'.

Ferlinghetti reads the excellent 'Autobiography' and two of his other poems, 'The Statue of St. Francis' and 'Junkman's Obbligato' on a Fantasy CD 'Poetry Readings in the Cellar' (FCD 77172) recorded in 1957 with a jazz quintet and unlike the Coney recording they play their improvisations alternately with his reading.

Both CDs feature readings from a great American poet separated by more than fifty years yet to me his work still sounds lively and relevant.
The poet should leave the rading of his poetry to others 26 Feb. 2008
By Stuart Meyers - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I dearly love A Coney Island.., but the poet doesn't read it very well. And the music obviously was recorded at another time and place, and is really a pain in the neck. Read the poems alound all by yourself. It would be much better. Or let me read it to you. 50svinyl
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