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99 of 100 people found the following review helpful
on 25 August 2006
Welsh actor Richard Burton had one of the greatest voices ever captured on record. Dylan Thomas was one of the finest poets ever to emerge from Wales. Put them together and you have one of the most joyously beautiful recordings you can hope for. Burton was always a wonderful reciter of poetry, and his readings of 15 of Dylan's poems on this CD are amongst his very best work. He reads them with passion, wit, love and reverence. His reading of 'Fern Hill' is my personal favourite, but all of them are wonderful.

The CD also includes two of Thomas's short stories, read by Hugh Griffiths and Emlyn Williams. I cannot recommend this recording highly enough.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on 10 July 2011
You MUST MUST MUST buy this album.
If the poet and the poetry was not already legendary then the voice of Burton makes it one of the great works of recorded literature.
a voice like sticky molasses running down a golden teaspoon.
It send shivers up and down your spine. The only way you can fail to be moved by this collection is if you are already dead!
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon 22 September 2011
Those who are poetry lovers will already be familiar with Dylan Thomas written word, but here we have selected Thomas favourites read by the late great Richard Burton.

In My Craft and Sullen Art, Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, And Death Shall Have No Dominion, to list but three of the most chosen of Thomas works by radio listeners are read here by Richard Burton. 15 tracks in all, with two bonus tracks, Return Journey - excerpt by Hugh Griffith. A Visit To Grandpa's read by Emlyn Williams taken from Homage to Dylan Thomas recorded at the Globe Theatre, London in 1954.

Although these recordings are old ones, ( Thomas died in 1953 ) and his drinking pal and close friend, Burton, ( died in 1984 ) they are still of favourable quality with Burton's mellifluous tones bringing them from the page and giving them a life of their own.

If you like to hear your favourite poems as well as read them, then this is a must buy for fans of Dylan Thomas and Richard Burton alike.Two welsh buddies united in death.
When Burton died in 1984 he was buried with a copy of Dylan Thomas Collected Poems, perhaps he still reads them aloud in the afterlife!
The CD has a playing time of 73 minutes. Regis Records 2006
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 24 February 2013
Divine, last listened to the recording in 1962 on an old scratched vinyl "portable" player strapped that travelled around Wales on my motorbike. Thanks "Old Ramrod"
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 3 November 2009
I knew, I had heard, I had seen dramatised versions of the works of Dylan Thomas. Richard Burtons voice is superb at setting the scene and taking you through the scenarios. Very special. Buy it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 16 July 2013
Richard Burton's voice is perfect, reads perfectly, It wouldn't matter what he read, but the fact that he reads the wonderful Dylan Thomas's work is heaven. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 5 November 2013
Burton at his best, reading Thomas, what more could you ask for , a classic, and should be compulsive to the education of our children
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 28 February 2009
ive read both other reviews and take the negative point of quality in one and agree wholely with all the positive in the other.i forgive the negative for this stunning piece.enjoyed over and over.the whole of under milk wood recorded by burton,an open fire,my terrier and an old glass of port.heaven
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on 12 June 2014
There is no better example of poetry declaimed than the performance of Dylan Thomas reading his own work. I do not like it much. Richard Burton had range, the permanent threat of extreme passion poised to invade our imagination but always with a little in reserve just to show you who is in control and the promise of tranquil beauty heightened by the contrast. The combination of Thomas' words and Burton's resonance is irresistable . This is how it should be.
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on 21 November 2014
Both Thomas and Burton are acquired tastes but it is a perfect pairing. Both have a fine delight in the sounds, the rythms and the meanings of words. Both squandered their talent in ultimately fatal self-indulgence. It is interesting to compare Burton's reading with Thomas's own old-fashioned declamatory style. Burton makes every word punch its weight which is what they deserve
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