on 25 November 2014
If you like all things BEAT, then you'll love this. Recorded NYC 1992, this showcases the poetry of Gregory Corso, Peter Orlovsky and Allen Ginsberg. The poets read in rotation several poems at a time. For me, Corso was the draw here as I consider him one of the top 3 Beat poets (along with Bob Kaufman and Lawrence Ferlinghetti). BUT, I would be interested to discover more of Orlovsky on the strength of what I heard here; I'd been aware of this poet for a long time but hadn't been able to get hold of anything by him and he really does shine on this album. Nice work.(I think it's a bit sad he's cheifly identified as Ginsberg's longtime lover and not more of a well known Poet as I reckon he's a better poet. Unlike the self indulgent Ginsberg). I don't know what it is about Ginsberg, but I've never really warmed to his poetry. I just don't think he's as interesting or as good as some of the other Beats. He seems more like a spear head to the Beat movement, a poster boy if you will. His words seem, to me at least, a bit flat in comparison to his peers. Perhaps that's why he came across as more outlandish in character, a way of compensating for this? Perhaps not. He does, however, deliver vocaly the clearest recitals on this recording - Orlovsky is raspy and sounds ill, and Corso shocked me a little with his high New York kind of whine - there are lots of forgetful "erms.." punctuaing his readings initially and he sounds so old. If you buy this, listen to Corso with your eyes closed. To me he sounds like a really, really old and decrepit Rick Moranis! Almost comical! Anyway, I got it for £1.35 all in and think it's definately worth a ganders.