This new edition collects Jack Kerouac's three classic jazz/spoken word albums on two discs, as opposed to the three discs of the original, out-of-print edition. While I prefer the three-disc set, just for sentimental reasons, what really matters is what's on the discs ... and it is wonderful! Because while Kerouac's prose flows across the page like a river following twists, turns, digressions, finding its own rhythms, you really need to hear it aloud. And there's no better way than by hearing Kerouac read it himself. He had a rich, soulful voice, spiked with humor, suffused with sadness, aching with compassion, that just sweeps you up in the naked vastness of his words. "Naked" ... that's the key. Kerouac honed a unique prose style with such perfection that it became a natural part of him, and so his readings have no barriers between him & the listener. Most of us have some sort of public persona for dealing with the world & protecting ourselves from it; Kerouac had none. His wounds, his wonder, his joys, his terrors -- all of it comes through purely, with the honesty of angels. And the jazz accompaniment provides the right setting. In many ways, even if you love the books, you really haven't heard Kerouac until you hear these recordings -- most highly recommended!