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Solid Citizen Live in Hamburg

charles bukowski Audio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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  • Audio CD (23 April 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Phantom Sound & Vision
  • ASIN: B00005NB87
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 337,886 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Hankburger 78 30 Aug 2011
'Solid Citizen' contains 19 poems live in Hamburg (May 1978) and 4 1969 home recordings.
The Hamburg gig sounds like it was sourced from a cassette as there's quite a bit of tape hiss but that doesn't dampen the enjoyment of listening to Bukowski rattling through his poems, fending off hecklers and playing with the audience, there's a particularly hilarious reading of 'The Place Didn't Look Bad' involving a member of the audience who sound close to wetting himself and the whole gig is hugely enjoyable.
The home recordings involve 3 poems and a short story and, although they're enjoyable, they lack the spark that the live audience gives in the Hamburg gig.
(Total Ruuning Time 65 minutes)
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4.0 out of 5 stars An odd mix 31 Aug 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Even for Bukowski, the merging of a 1978 live reading in Hamburg with a 1969 home recording is an odd, somewhat incongruent mix. The live reading portion shows a poet at home with his audience, comfortable in his reading. Although not the riotous exhibition of the "Hostage" CD, Bukowski and his listeners engage in humorous banter throughout. "Haven't you gone home to your mother yet?" the poet asks one audience member. "She has a little bottle of milk for you warmed up." When the audience members try to converse, Buk chastises them with, "I did not pay to come see you." For the most part the poetry is standard Buk, full of ironies and tragedies, examing the misery of the human condition as he sees it. There are "men without," jobs and the problem of having too much money. All is done to the complete delight of the audience, and Buk aknowledges that in closing with "Das ist alles. Danke schon." The 1969 reading, with monotonic intoxication in his delivery, consists of three poems and the absurdly dark "A Short Story." This ending piece about multiple murder and insanity is a hard contrast to the live portion of the CD which came off on a fairly high note. But it's all pure Charles Bukowski, and his evolving character can be compared over the decade-long span. Bukowski ends with "See you later." I hope so on another CD, Mr. B. Auf wiedersehen!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An odd mix 31 Aug 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Even for Bukowski, the merging of a 1978 live reading in Hamburg with a 1969 home recording is an odd, somewhat incongruent mix. The live portion shows a poet at home with his audience, more comfortable in his reading. Although not the riotous exhibition of the "Hostage" CD, Bukowski and his listeners engage in humorous banter throughout. "Haven't you gone home to your mother yet?" the poet asks one audience member. "She has a little bottle of milk for you warmed up." When the audience members try to converse, Buk chastises them with, "I did not pay to come see you." For the most part the poetry is standard Buk, full of ironies and tragedies, examing the misery of the human condition as he sees it. There are "men without," various jobs and the problem of having too much money. All is done to the complete delight of the audience, and Buk aknowledges that in closing with "Das ist alles. Danke schon." The 1969 readings, all with monotonic intoxication in his delivery, consist of three poems and the absurdly dark "A Short Story." This ending piece about multiple murder and insanity is a hard contrast to the live portion of the CD which came off on a fairly high note. But it's all pure Charles Bukowski, and his evolving character can be compared over the nearly decade-long span. Bukowski ends with "See you later." I hope so on another CD, Mr. B. Auf wiedersehen!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Buk Reading To Hear 31 Aug 2001
By "mostlybroken" - Published on Amazon.com
This is Buk reading on his famous trip back to Germany in 1978. Although the reading is not very long, Buk & the audience are attentive (save for the occasional heckler - yes, even in Germany). He reads the poems likes he really means them instead of collecting a paycheck. The remaining 4 tracks are outtakes from the 1969 home alone sessions which produced the "70 Minutes In Hell" CD.
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