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Spoken Word — Recently Added

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

Comedy | Spoken Word | Children's

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

Marshall McLuhan/Jerome Agel

Medium Is The Massage
Columbia/Five Day Weekend, 1967. New Copy Gatefold
CD...$7.99 17.98
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 ... CD
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/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
Folkways, 1955. New Copy
CD...$7.99 16.99
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
CD...$7.99 16.99
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
CD...$7.99 16.99
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
Fremeaux & Associates (France), Late 90s/2000s. New Copy 3CD
CD...$1.99 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
Folkways, 1965. Very Good+
... LP, Vinyl record album

Ray Bradbury/George Garabedian

Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles
Mark 56, 1976. Near Mint-
... LP, Vinyl record album

David Janssen

Hidden Island
Epic, 1965. Very Good
... LP, Vinyl record album

Rae Armantrout

Fonograf Editions, 2016. Near Mint-
... LP, Vinyl record album
Lone Wolf (Canada), 1989. Sealed
... LP, Vinyl record album

Ray Bradbury/Leonard Nimoy

Illustrated Man/Veldt/Marionettes Inc
Caedmon, 1976. Near Mint-
... LP, Vinyl record album
Lively Arts, 1962. Very Good+
An incredible collision of postwar pop culture – The Penguin reads Ray Bradbury – the stories "There Will Come Soft Rains" and "Marionettes Inc". LP, Vinyl record album
Tributes, 1971. Very Good+ Gatefold
... LP, Vinyl record album

Steve Allen/Paul Smith

How To Think
Golden, Late 60s. Very Good
... LP, Vinyl record album

Edgar Allan Poe/Nelson Olmsted

Tales Of Terror
Vanguard, 1956. Very Good+
... LP, Vinyl record album
RCA, 1960s. Sealed 2LP
... LP, Vinyl record album
Audio Masterworks, 1956. Very Good
A very weird little record – hardly the kind of "informative" album that you'd guess from the cover and liner notes, and really just a great live recording by Murray Banks – who's got an approach here that's a fair bit like Lenny Bruce! Banks tells it like it is on a variety ... LP, Vinyl record album

Siobhan Mc Kenna & Cyril Cusack

Playboy Of The Western World
Seraphim, 1950s. Sealed
... LP, Vinyl record album

Ingrid Bergman

Human Voice
Caedmon, 1960. Near Mint-
... LP, Vinyl record album

Zeke Manners

Play Guitar Course
Lectro Logic, 1976. Very Good
... LP, Vinyl record album
Argo (UK), 1962. Near Mint-
Interviews conducted by Walter Harris, with Noel Coward, Albert Finney, Peter Hall, Sean Kenny, Siobhan McKenna, Harold Pinter, Sybil Thorndike, Kennethy Tynan, and Peter Ustinov. LP, Vinyl record album
Spoken Arts, Mid 60s. Very Good+
Includes works by Thomas Blackburn, DJ Enright, Zulfikar Shose, Bernard Kps, Michell Raper, Vernon Scannell, Anthony Thwaite, and John Wain. Readings by Angela Baddeley, Richard Attenborough, High Dickosn, Peter O'Shaughnessy, and VC Clinton-Baddeley. LP, Vinyl record album

J Sylvester Rowan

Troubled Poet
J Sylvester Rowan, 1976. Very Good
... LP, Vinyl record album
Folkways, 1964. Very Good+
... LP, Vinyl record album
Silhouettes In Courage, 1969. Near Mint- 2LP Box Set
... LP, Vinyl record album

Odyssey Theatre Ensemble

Chicago Conspiracy Trial
Capitol, 1980. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold
... LP, Vinyl record album
Cornucopia, 1977. Very Good+
... LP, Vinyl record album

Glenda Jackson

Mind Of Emily Dickinson
Argo (UK), 1976. Sealed 2LP Gatefold
... LP, Vinyl record album
MGM, Mid 60s. Very Good-
... LP, Vinyl record album
RCA, 1971. Sealed
... LP, Vinyl record album
Caedmon, Mid 60s. Very Good+
Includes "The Raven","Black Cat", "Masque Of The Red Death", "Eldorado", and "The City In The Sea". LP, Vinyl record album

Geraldine Brooks, Norman Rose

Poet's Gold – Verses Of Today
RCA, 1950s. Near Mint-
Featuring work by TS Eliot, WH Auden, Dorothy Parker, Louise Bogan, Wallace Stevens, Dylan Thomas, Hilda Doolittle, and more! LP, Vinyl record album

Noel Coward & Mel Ferrer

Decca, 1960s. Sealed
... LP, Vinyl record album
IRC, 1965. Very Good+
... LP, Vinyl record album
Caedmon, Late 50s. Very Good
... LP, Vinyl record album

John Gielgud/Irene Worth/Edith Sitwell

A Program Of Poems By Edith Sitwell
RCA, 1966. Sealed
... LP, Vinyl record album
Fantasy, Late 50s/Early 60s. Used 4 CDs
Pieces from Lenny Bruce, Allen Ginsberg, Kenneth Rexroth, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Gregory Corso, Peter Orlovsky, John Wieners, Philip Lamantia, Lew Welch, Michael McClure, David Meltzer & Kirby Doyle. CD
Rhino, 1959. Used 3 CDs
Includes "Poetry For The Beat Generation", "Blues & Haikus", and "Readings By Jack Kerouac On The Beat Generation" and a beautiful 40 page book! A classic meeting of jazz and beat poetry – packaged beautifully too! CD
Rhino, Late 40s/1950s/1960s/1970s/1980s/Early 90s. Used 4 CDs
Features rare poetry readings, spoken word passages, and even some of Ginsberg's surprisingly haunting music! CD

K Curtis Lyle/Julius Hemphill

Collected Poem – For Blind Lemon Jefferson
Mbari/Ikef, 1971. Used
An incredible LP from the St Louis underground of the early 70s – featuring poet K Curtis Lyle, backed up by sax and flute work from Julius Hemphill! The poem is dedicated to Blind Lemon Jefferson, but the style of the album is hardly blues – more freewheeling jazz-meets-poetry, with ... CD
Rhino, Late 50s. Used 3 CDs
A great colleciton – spoken word material, hip singers, and more – with tracks from Jack Kerouac, Lord Buckley, Babs Gonzalez, Carl Sandburg, Allen Ginsberg, Del Close, Dizzy Gillespie, William S Burroughs, King Pleasure, Ken Nordine, Langston Hughes, The Gordons, and many more! CD
Updated September 18, 2020

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