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XSpoken word -- plus sports records and even some Folkways oddities!

Comedy | Spoken Word | Children's

Folkways/Fantome Phonographique (Italy), 1964. New Copy (reissue)
A fascinating little record – and one of the oddest releases ever issued by Folkways Records! The set is exactly what it promises in the title – human speech, but after the voice box has been removed from an individual – so that vocalizations have to take the form of noises and ... LP, Vinyl record album

Amiri Baraka

It's Nation Time
Black Forum/Motown, 1972. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
An amazing record that's as powerful as the political message of the title – the hippest record ever cut by Amiri Baraka, and that's saying a heck of a lot! Baraka delivers a long and complex set of poetic reflections on the state of Black America, spiritual awakening, and political ... LP, Vinyl record album
Omni (Australia), 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy
Completely bizarre work from Brother Theodore – a strange postwar cultural figure who'd arrived in the US from a rescue of the holocaust hellhole of Dachau, then reinvented himself as an offbeat actor and monologist! Theodore's got a very strange voice, one that's partly inflected by his ... CD
Folkways, 1959. New Copy
Tony Schwartz must have been one of the coolest cats working on the New York scene in the 50s – not a musician, or a singer – but instead a sound artist whose legacy was dedicated to documenting the city in a very poetic way! This album may well be Tony's masterpiece – a long ... CD
Folkways, 1955. New Copy
Great work from Tony Schwartz – one of the most compelling artists to ever record for the Folkways Records label, and almost more of a filmmaker than anything else! The set's a compelling audio documentary on the new and growing community of Puerto Rican residents in New York – ... CD

Tony Schwartz

New York 19
Folkways, Mid 50s. New Copy
A very cool document of New York in the 50s! Tony Schwartz turns the Folkways ethnographic microphone to the streets of the city – and comes up with amazing sounds and audio documents of life in the Big Apple – specifically, all material recorded in postal zone 19 – hence the ... CD
Folkways, 1957. New Copy
A vivid audio document of New York City in the late 50s – put together by creative sound recorder Tony Schwartz! The set's one of a few amazing albums put together by Schwartz – who spent a lot of time on the streets with his microphones and recorder, then really got creative putting ... CD

Langston Hughes

Story Of Jazz
Folkways, 1954. New Copy
A very cool record! Langston tells the story of jazz, using snippets of work from the Folkways catalog – like tunes by Louis Armstrong, Baby Dodd, Ma Rainey, Leadbelly, and others – all sewn together in a rich narrative on the history of the music, delivered with some surprising ... CD

Bobby Seale/Eldridge Cleaver/H Rap Brown

Huey/Listen Whitey
Folkways, 1972. New Copy Gatefold
Dialogue excerpts from two early 70s films documenting the shift between the Civil Rights and Black Power eras in the US! Side one is taken from the film Huey – and features Black Panthers Bobby Seale, Eldridge Cleaver and H Rap Brown – plus what sounds like interviews with police and ... CD
Folkways, 1981. New Copy Gatefold
One of the coolest records we've ever heard from beat legend Allen Ginsberg – not just a record of his famous poetry, but one that also features him on harmonium as well! There's a really weird, dark sound to the record – as Ginsberg plays harmonium and sings/speaks his own words ... CD

Langston Hughes

Voice Of Langston Hughes
Folkways, 1950s. New Copy
A wonderful collection of work from Langston Hughes – material pulled from a handful of albums recorded for the Folkway labels in the 50s, all of which are pretty darn great and long out of print! Hughes' writings are well known – part of a rich tradition of African-American expression ... CD
Fremeaux & Associates (France), Late 90s/2000s. New Copy 3CD
CD...$8.99 29.99
Maybe not our usual bag – and we'll be honest, we mistook the general concept for the album – but if you speak French, and you're interested in contemporary art, there's plenty to love in this 3CD set! The set features interviews and discussions with a number of contemporary artists ... CD

Jesse Jackson

Our Time Has Come
MCA, 1984. Near Mint- Gatefold
Jesse's speech at the Democratic Convention in 1984! LP, Vinyl record album
Vanguard, 1959. Very Good+
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Capitol, Early 60s. Very Good+
The man responsible for Lights Out takes his craft into the 60's, and this album's an attempt to bring his older radio style to a number of contemporary settings. Lots of sound effects and spooky moods! LP, Vinyl record album

Martin Luther King

Great March On Washington
Motown, 1963. Very Good+
Although Malcolm X, John Kennedy, and other 60s heroes were always unfortunately being bootlegged, and served up in weak packages, Dr. King was fortunate enough to get representation from Motown, who did a great job putting together his albums of speeches with clarity and quality. This one from ... LP, Vinyl record album
Rhino, 1959. Near Mint- 4LP Box Set
Includes "Poetry For The Beat Generation", "Blues & Haikus", and "Readings By Jack Kerouac On The Beat Generation" – plus a special Last World album – and a beautiful 40 page book! A classic meeting of jazz and beat poetry – packaged beautifully ... LP, Vinyl record album
Riverside, 1956. Near Mint- 2LP
Henry Miller talks on many topics – in coversation with Ben Grauer. LP, Vinyl record album
Baktabak (UK), Mid/Late 80s. Sealed
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Alan Moore/Mitch Jenkins

Unearthing
Lex, 2010. Near Mint- 3LP/3CD Box Set
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Baktabak (UK), Mid/Late 80s. Sealed
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Folkways, 1964. Very Good+
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Aleister Crowley

Evil Beast
Cleopatra, 1910s. Near Mint-
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Ken Nordine

Son Of Word Jazz
Dot, Late 50s. Very Good+
Nice one! This is Ken Nordine's follow-up to his highly successful Word Jazz album, and it's another crazy batch of jazz-meets-beat poetry-meets-goofy stuff. Ken Nordine's wit is razor sharp as usual, and the tracks include "The Bullfighter", "Junk Man", "Looking At ... LP, Vinyl record album
MGM, 1967. Sealed
One of the strangest albums to come out of the late 60s spoken word record boom – a collection of Bob Dylan tunes, read with a heavy English accent by actor Sebastian Cabot! Cabot's probably best known for his roles in the shows Checkmate and Family Affair – and he uses that familiar ... LP, Vinyl record album
MGM, Mid 60s. Very Good-
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Folkways, 1974. Very Good+
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Power, 1976. Sealed
Stories include "The Jewel Of The Ages", "Shadow Of The Stolen City", "The Thunder Dust", and "The Crawler In The Mists". LP, Vinyl record album
Success Motivation Institute, 1961. Near Mint-
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Alan Watts

This Is It
Numero, 1962. Near Mint-
A "spontaneous musical happening" from wordsmith Alan Watts – working here with the help of a number of Bay Area associates from the early 60s – on a trippy little record that's become the stuff of legend over the years! There's a really loose, spontaneous vibe to the record ... LP, Vinyl record album
United Airlines/Sedgrick, Late 60s. Near Mint-
An unusual album of hip poetry from Chicago – dedicated to the new O'Hare Airport! LP, Vinyl record album

Groupies

Groupies
Earth, Late 60s. Near Mint-
Fantastic LP of "authentic" interviews with "real live groupies" from the late 60's. Theoretically an expose, this is more of a loose conversation with the girls drinking their way through a chat about the different positions that their lifestyle puts them in. We're not sure ... LP, Vinyl record album

Rod McKuen

Listen To The Warm
RCA, 1967. Near Mint-
Incredible work from Rod McKuen – raspy-voiced pop poetry – served up in a style that's completely sublime! The album's the sort that should make us wince – Rod, the best-selling author of quirky crossover poems – working here both as a speaker and singer to deliver his own ... LP, Vinyl record album
Folkways, 1973. Very Good+
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David Frost & Richard Nixon

Nixon Interviews (4LP set)
Polydor, 1977. Near Mint- 4 LP Box Set
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Antoine De Saint-Exupery

Le Petit Prince
Festival (France), 1954. Near Mint- Gatefold
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Apexton, 1979. Sealed 3LP Box Set
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Baudelaire

Les Fleurs Du Mal
Caedmon, 1956. Very Good-
Read by Eve Le Gallienne and Louis Jourdan. LP, Vinyl record album
RCA, 1971. Sealed
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Columbia, Early 70s. Very Good+
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Mercury, 1969. Very Good+
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Respect, 1969. Sealed Gatefold
A classic speech by Jesse Jackson – one that became quite a hit for Stax's Respect subsidiary, and which was one of the better selling albums of its type in the early 70s. The album was recorded back in the days before Jesse had become a bit of a cliche, when he appeared to be emerging as ... LP, Vinyl record album

John F Kennedy/Howard K Smith

Kennedy In Germany
Philips, 1964. Near Mint- Gatefold
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Fleetwood, 1969. Near Mint-
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Mace, Mid 60s. Very Good+
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Columbia, 1956. Very Good
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Brock Peters/Vinnette Carroll

Beyond The Blues – American Negro Poetry
Argo (UK), 1963. Very Good+
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Mark 56, 1977. Sealed 2LP Gatefold
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Capitol, 1977. Very Good+
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Imperial, 1960. Sealed
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Updated February 27, 2020


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