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  • Audio CD (26 April 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Import
  • ASIN: B002WFGQCC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,727 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Dylan Thomas reads 10 of his poems.

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By Malcolm TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 Oct. 2012
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I purchased this CD to replace the old Caedmon vinyl
LP that had long outlived it's playing life. Hisses
and crackles had detracted from the enjoyment factor
and the LP had been banished to the loft.

This 2009 release of Dylan Thomas reading some of his
best loved and better known poems does justice to this
wonderful Welshman.

There are 10 poems in total on this recording, including,
Fern Hill,
In The White Giant's Thigh,
A Child's Christmas in Wales (my own particular favourite)
A Winter's tale,
Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night,
And Death Shall Have No Dominion.

His "Visit To America"; An Irreverent Preamble,is also
included, one of the last recordings from the great man
during what was to be his last tour abroad. This live
recording in front of a New York audience, during his
1953 readings, could well have been made in the days
leading up to his death in November of that year.

Already having the Richard Burton recordings of some of
Thomas works, I was overjoyed to hear the Bard reading
his own poems in his own unique and mellifluous tones.
Despite the age of the original master tapes made in 1952
and 1953 respectively, the end result is still of favourable
quality. Admirers of Dylan Marlais Thomas will find this
an acceptable recording which recreates the vivid imagery
from the mind of a poetic genius.

The CD runs for just over 79 minutes.
A worthy addition to your collection.
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I had this collection as an LP when I was young, and listened to "A Child's Christmas in Wales" every year, each time laughing and also with tears. There are other versions - Burton, Tom Jones (!) but none compare with this. An all-time classic, I can't recommend it highly enough. The poems are absolutely wonderfully read, too. Now I can have it again, and pass it on to the family. We all listened this Christmas, and everyone was entranced.
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By RR Waller TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 27 Sept. 2011
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There are quite a few recordings of Dylan Thomas's poetry but (as one of the other reviewers has commented) no-one reads Thomas like Thomas himself. Actors have voices like his, but none is his and, because of that, I would recommend anyone with a serious interest in Dylan Thomas, to listen to his own recordings first.

These are obviously old recordings, some record in the heat of the live recording rather than the controlled recording studio, and the quality is not what we expect in this digital age; somehow, this adds to the charm for me.

It is a good selection of his most famous and best-loved poems.

Highly recommended.
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Torn between going for Dylan Thomas reading his own poetry or Richard Burton reading DT's poems. Thanks to Amazon's service of being able to sample each, I decided to go for the authentic version of DT reading his own and pleased I did. It's not the sort of thing one wants to listed to on a daily basis, but when I'm in the mood for some childhood nostalgia or just plain relaxation, Dylan Thomas's hypnotic and soothing tones fit the bill. The humour he shows in a very subtle way, is entertaining and even more appreciated when you are from the area in Wales which he writes about. Recommended CD.
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i purchased this cd in early january 2014 and have listened to it twice in the first week,i have never read or heard a dylan thomas poem, but i am a great fan of richard burton (his voice and diction perfect) and was looking to buy some of his "spoken"work when i came across this collection read by the poet himself, it has been said many times but it is a fact the poet knows how to read their own work as it was written. if you like thomas you will love this, highly recommended
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There is nothing like listening to the person who wrote the poetry, reading it. He had a really good voice and his performance gives a great depth to his words. I remember his performances on the radio as a child.
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Had already purchased Richard Burton reading Under Milkwood and was keen to hear more. I did not realise just how well Dylan Thomas read his own poetry. Great to listen to. A Child's Christmas in Wales has to be the highlight, but it's all very good!
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Read as it was written by this brilliant creator. A privileged insight to the Master's thinking and a key to the subtle nuances not obvious when presented by other Welsh voices.
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