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

Comedy | Spoken Word | Children's

Great Jones/Shimmy Disc, 1989. New Copy 2LP
A really wonderful later project from the legendary poet Allen Ginsberg – a set put together by Hal Willner, and one that may well be better than any of his previous efforts to blend together words and music! The tunes often still have that hypnotic quality of Ginsberg's earlier recordings, ... LP, Vinyl record album
Hanover/Real Gone, 1959. New Copy (reissue)
A beautifully vivid set from Jack Kerouac – one that has him reading his own music set to spare piano accompaniment by Steve Allen – most of which was improvised for the set! The pairing of Kerouac and Allen seems an unlikely one, but it really works well here – as Jack's quite ... 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
Industrial/DAIS, 1981. New Copy (reissue)
One of the rarest records to ever feature the work of groundbreaking writer and language experimentalist William S Burroughs – an album that originally came out on the Industrial Music label, home to the early work of Throbbing Gristle! Peter Cristopherson and Genesis P-Orridge worked with ... LP, Vinyl record album

William S Burroughs

Break Through In Grey Room
Sub Rosa/DAIS, 1960s/1970s. New Copy (reissue)
One of the greatest albums of material by William S Burroughs – and one of the few to really show his groundbreaking tape techniques! The album compiles a wealth of archival recordings – including obscure performances and experiments from the 60s, as well as Burroughs' own readings on ... LP, Vinyl record album
Death Is Not The End, Mid 90s. New Copy
A really unusual collection, and one that really captures a key musical moment in the London scene – a time when all sorts of underground activity was happening on the rave scene, but people didn't have the world of cell phones and internet to connect! So instead, folks got news out about ... CD

Langston Hughes & Margaret Danner

Writers Of The Revolution
Black Forum/Motown, 1970. New Copy (reissue)
One of the most laidback albums ever recorded by Motown – a conversation between authors Langston Hughes and Margaret Danner – presented in a nicely unadorned style for Motown's Black Forum label! There's no music on the record at all, but both writers read some of their work – ... LP, Vinyl record album

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

William S Burroughs

Break Through In Grey Room
Sub Rosa/DAIS, 1960s/1970s. New Copy
One of the greatest albums of material by William S Burroughs – and one of the few to really show his groundbreaking tape techniques! The album compiles a wealth of archival recordings – including obscure performances and experiments from the 60s, as well as Burroughs' own readings on ... CD
Pepsi Cola, 1966. Very Good-
A long spoken set, produced by Pepsi, with a style that's kind of like a radio show – narration, plus sound effects, and some dramatized passages as well. The whole thing's a bit hokey and dated – but that's also part of its charm. LP, Vinyl record album

James Baldwin

Struggle
Black America/Buddah, Early 70s. Near Mint-
Baldwin speaks on his thoughts, his writings, and art in general – in a rare recorded performance that goes beyond the scope of his usual fiction. There's no other backing, and the LP is a nice intimate moment with Baldwin, whose voice is as beautiful and haunting as his writings! LP, Vinyl record album

Richard Harris/Arif Marden

Prophet – By Kahil Gibran
Atlantic, 1974. Near Mint- Gatefold
A spoken word classic – Richard Harris' reading of Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet – all set to some sublime backings from Arif Mardin! Harris has an even more pointed style of pronunciation than on some of his previous records on ABC – less of a shining tramp than the British actor ... LP, Vinyl record album
Black Forum, 1972. Very Good+
One of a handful of righteous classics issued on Motown's Black Forum imprint in the early 70s – and a set that's maybe even more righteous than the rest – as it features a whole host of message-oriented tracks put together by the poet Amiri Baraka! The set was recorded live at the ... LP, Vinyl record album

Marshall McLuhan/Jerome Agel

Medium Is The Massage
Columbia, 1967. Very Good+
A real mind-trip – and an incredible document of the times – not just ideas floating around in the late 60s, but also new ways of making records too! The album is loosely based around ideas and writings from The Medium Is The Massage – McLuhan's important 1967 book, co-written ... LP, Vinyl record album

Whitey Ford/Ernie Banks/Willie Mays/Bob Friend

Play Better Ball – Tips From Baseball's Biggest Stars
Urania, Late 50s. Very Good
(Includes booklet! Cover has a small split on the upper spine, and light wear.) LP, Vinyl record album
Silhouettes In Courage, 1969. Near Mint- 2LP Box Set
(Includes the insert. Box has some waviness on the back and light wear.) LP, Vinyl record album

Frederick O'Neal

Silhouettes In Courage Vol 3
Silhouettes In Courage, 1970. Near Mint- 2LP Box Set
(Box has split corners, a torn wrap-around, and bent edges.) LP, Vinyl record album

Fred W Friendly/Walter Cronkite

I Can Hear It Now – The Sixties (3LP Box Set)
Columbia, 1960s. Near Mint- 3LP Box Set
(Early 70s issue. Includes the booklet. Box has light wear and a bit of marker at the top left corner.) LP, Vinyl record album
Twinson, 1964. Very Good+
(Includes instructions insert! Cover has a mild bumped corner.) LP, Vinyl record album

Martin Luther King

American Dream
Southeastern Recording Co Of America, 1968. Near Mint-
(Cover has light ringwear.) LP, Vinyl record album

Martin Luther King

Voice Of Greatness
Benash (UK), 1971. Near Mint-
The record includes excerpts of a number of King's famous speeches, but in between the excerpts, the voices of the Clara Ward singers come up and do some songs. We can't figure out if they're actually there with King, or if their singing is dubbed in afterward for the recording, but the latter's ... LP, Vinyl record album
Argo (UK), 1965. Very Good+
Read by Yvonne Bonnamy, Richard Burton, William Devlin, and John Neville. LP, Vinyl record album

Jerry Blocker & Others

Adventures In Negro History
Pepsi Cola, 1963. Near Mint-
A long spoken set that chronicles the story of African Americans from the days of slavery up through the 20th century. The album was produced by Pepsi, with a style that's kind of like a radio show – narration, plus sound effects, and some dramatized passages as well. LP, Vinyl record album
IRC, 1965. Very Good+
... LP, Vinyl record album
Word, 1960s. Very Good+
(Cover has light wear, corner bump.) LP, Vinyl record album

Emmett Williams

Cellar Song For Five Voices
? (Germany), 2003. Used
(Out of print.) CD
Quarterstick, 1990. Used
... CD
 
Updated December 01, 2023


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