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The Complete Collection [CD]

Jack Kerouac Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (23 April 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Chrome Dreams Music
  • ASIN: B006OZEB2I
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,346 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. October in the Railroad Earth 7:090.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Deadbelly 1:050.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Charlie Parker 3:450.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. The Sounds of the Universe Coming Through My Window 3:170.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. One Mother0:490.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Goofing at the Table 1:450.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Bowery Blues 3:560.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Abraham 1:170.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Dave Brubeck0:310.69  Buy MP3 
Listen10. I Had a Slouch Hat Too One Time 6:120.69  Buy MP3 
Listen11. The Wheel of the Quivering Meat Conception 1:550.69  Buy MP3 
Listen12. MacDougal Street Blues 3:250.69  Buy MP3 
Listen13. The Moon Her Majesty 1:380.69  Buy MP3 
Listen14. I'd Rather Be Thin Than Famous0:380.69  Buy MP3 
Listen15. American Haikus10:02Album Only
Listen16. Hard Hearted Old Farmer 2:160.69  Buy MP3 
Listen17. The Last Hotel & Some of the Dharma 3:510.69  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Poems from the Unpublished Book of Blues14:12Album Only
Listen19. The Beat Generation 3:130.69  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Poems (Fragments) 3:230.69  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Lucien Midnight the Sounds of the Universe in My Window Pt. I 2:240.69  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Lucien Midnight the Sounds of the Universe in my Window Pt.II 1:580.69  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Fantasy: The Early History of Bop10:57Album Only
Listen24. Excerpts from 'The Subterraneans' 3:120.69  Buy MP3 
Listen25. Visions of Neal and the Three Stooges Pt.I 3:120.69  Buy MP3 
Listen26. Visions of Neal and the Three Stooges Pt. II13:53Album Only
Listen27. Readings from 'On the Road & 'Visions of Cody' 3:310.69  Buy MP3 
Listen28. Interview with Ben Hecht (1958)15:30Album Only
Listen29. Interview with William F. Buckley Jr (1968) 3:100.69  Buy MP3 
Listen30. Interview with Fernanda Pivano (1966) 4:260.69  Buy MP3 


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In 1957, Jack Kerouac was on top of the world as his thinly-veiled autobiographical novel On The Road had finally found a publisher after six years of trying. Chronicling the adventures of Sal Paradise and his sidekick Dean Moriarty as they travel across America, the book was generously lauded, although a few hostile reviews due to its highly controversial nature, helped accelerate its notoriety. Kerouac s new found celebrity resulted in him being invited to make a record in 1959 for the Dot label. It s probably true to say that if he hadn t achieved such success by that point in his career, the opportunity wouldn t have presented itself. But as it was, the notoriety he had received afforded him the chance to do something different and two further records appeared under his name in late 59 and 1960 respectively, This compilation brings together all three spoken word albums that Kerouac recorded. The first of these, Poetry For The Beat Generation caught Keroauc reading his poetry and prose over backing by talk show host and jazz pianist Steve Allen. Blues & Haikus, record two, again finds Jack reading from his work, but this time musical backing comes from the two acclaimed Jazz saxophonists, Al Cohn and Zoot Simms. Readings by Jack Kerouac on The Beat Generation. his third album, originally released in 1960, features no music at all and is wholly made up of Kerouac reading further of his poems and prose, In addition to these albums being featured in their entirety, this anthology contains a live reading from On The Road by Kerouac as performed on The Steve Allen Show in 1959, with Allen again accompanying Jack on piano. The set is completed with three interviews with Jack Kerouac recorded during the 1960s. While his many novels and other works preserve the uniqueness of his aesthetic vision and continue to confirm his status as one of the twentieth century s most original and influential writers, the three albums and interviews that comprise this collection add another, most valuable, dimension to our perception of the man in hearing Kerouac s voice speaking in mellifluous cadences and breathing life into his written words, we are able to get a rare and insightful glimpse of the actual man himself and feel the depth of his passion while experiencing the visionary power of his extraordinary genius.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good to have rare recordings 26 Oct 2013
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sound quality is varible on some of the recordings, to be expected. Pleased to have obtained these historic recordings, and at a good price.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beat heaven...... 23 Dec 2012
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For those who thumbed the paperback novels and City Lights "Pocket Poets" in the 50s and 60s, to hear the Man rejoicing aloud in the spoken word is just amazing. If that were not enough, the musical contribution of Al Cohn and Zoot Sims is pure joy - I even find Steve Allen's piano playing very listenable, and that is not meant to sound condescending. There is a temptation to write a critique in a review, but I just want to encourage waverers to dive in and enjoy this at visceral level. Many of Kerouac's allusions will be lost on non US listeners (as with me) or those born in a later era, but the total experience is what counts here. Listen!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kerouac's classic jazz albums and more 25 May 2012
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A selection of kerouac readings, conveying the inimitable rhythmic flow & innovative onomatopoeia of the master of beat poetry.

Two CDs of the `On the Road' author's poems, blues, haikus & interviews, some to tasteful musical backing, musing on subjects as varied as charlie parker, the moon & the ecstasy of pure being. also includes readings from his most famous novels including `On The Road' & `Subterranean' plus three insightful interviews from 1958, '66 & '68. Heavenly stanzas that ache with unaffected cool.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kerouac's classic jazz albums and more 25 May 2012
By Arnold Corns - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
A selection of kerouac readings, conveying the inimitable rhythmic flow & innovative onomatopoeia of the master of beat poetry.

Two CDs of the `On the Road' author's poems, blues, haikus & interviews, some to tasteful musical backing, musing on subjects as varied as charlie parker, the moon & the ecstasy of pure being. also includes readings from his most famous novels including `On The Road' & `Subterranean' plus three insightful interviews from 1958, '66 & '68. Heavenly stanzas that ache with unaffected cool.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The voice of ecstasy, loneliness, and sweet yearning for the divine 17 Jun 2013
By William Timothy Lukeman - Published on Amazon.com
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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!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Everything will be alright. 26 Jun 2013
By J. R. McHone - Published on Amazon.com
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I used to own the Kerouac/Steve Allen LP, back when there WERE LP's. Something in his voice and cadences just seems to make me feel "everything will be alright after all. In eternity it is accomplished." Thanks to any and everyone who had anything to do with bringing us this CD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kerouac 8 Aug 2013
By ari - Published on Amazon.com
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I love Kerouac and have so many "Kerouac" books, lost art, letters, etc., but I did not know that this existed until a few months ago. I got it right away and I love it. God Bless Steve Allen for recognizing the incredible talent and value of Kerouac's work, and a big Thank-You to all who contributed to these CDs .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Happy 3 Jan 2013
By Jan L Bellistri - Published on Amazon.com
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My son is on a Jack Kerouac kick and when I saw this, I knew he'd like it. I have no complaints. The CD arrived promptly and in a protective case so it wouldn't get broken.
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