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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

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
Atlantic/Real Gone, 1966. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
LP...$7.99 20.98
The one-and-only entry in the Verbatum series from Atlantic Records – a proposed spoken word offshoot of the label – but one that only ever issued this fantastic 60s reading by Allen Ginsberg! As you might guess from the cover's beautiful photograph by Richard Avedon, Ginsberg is at ... 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
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

Langston Hughes

Rhythms Of The World
Folkways, 1955. New Copy
A really wonderful record – and one that maybe brings together a few key strands of the Folkways Records magic – as the album features narration by Langston Hughes, based on his First Book Of Rhythms book – layered with sound effects, folk songs, and music from around the world ... CD
Folkways, 1977. New Copy Gatefold
A pretty cool collection produced by Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee – focusing on famous speeches by important female African-Americans – mostly focusing on the civil rights era, but also featuring an early speech by Ida B Wells. Ruby reads the speeches, and works include "I Am A Black ... CD

Television Educational Unit

IBM Presents Scrooge
TelEd, 1975. Very Good+
... LP, Vinyl record album

Ken Nordine

Word Jazz Vol 2
Dot, 1960. Sealed
Wow! This was the 4th Ken Nordine album of word jazz for Dot, and it's maybe the hardest to find! The record is a great example Nordine's legendary blend of nutty verbal bits and tight jazzy backing – and the music is by the Northern Jazz Quartet, who are a bit better than some of the other ... LP, Vinyl record album
Ziff-Davis, 1967. Sealed
... LP, Vinyl record album


1974 In Review
UPI, 1974. Sealed
Audio documentary of significant world news events from 1974. LP, Vinyl record album

John Paul II

Live In America
Bethlehem, 1979. Sealed
... LP, Vinyl record album
Caedmon, 1962. Sealed
... LP, Vinyl record album
Caedmon, 1956. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold
... LP, Vinyl record album
Columbia, 1969. Sealed 2LP Gatefold
... LP, Vinyl record album

Franklin Delano Roosevelt/Victor Young

Voice Of FDR
Decca, 1930s-Mid 40s. Sealed
Foreword by Robert Sherwood and special narration by Quentin Reynolds. LP, Vinyl record album
Caedmon, 1971. Near Mint-
... 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

Ruby Mazur

Dynamic Karate
Adam VIII, 1974. Sealed
... LP, Vinyl record album

James Whitmore

Will Rogers' USA
Columbia, 1970s. Sealed 2LP Gatefold
... LP, Vinyl record album

Henry Rollins

Texas Hotel, 1989. Sealed 3LP
... LP, Vinyl record album
Lone Wolf (Canada), 1989. Sealed
... 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

Rae Armantrout

Fonograf Editions, 2016. Near Mint-
... LP, Vinyl record album

Alfred Edward Housman/James Mason

Shropshire Lad & Other Poetry
Caedmon, 1965. Sealed
... LP, Vinyl record album

Arthur Miller/Repertory Theater Of Lincoln Center

Incident At Vichy (2LP Box Set)
Mercury, Mid 60s. Near Mint- 2LP Box Set
... LP, Vinyl record album
Folkways, 1965. Very Good+
... 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
RCA, 1960s. Sealed 2LP
... LP, Vinyl record album

Siobhan Mc Kenna & Cyril Cusack

Playboy Of The Western World
Seraphim, 1950s. Sealed
... 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
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
No Label, 1967. Very Good+
A speech by Ed Miller given in Grand Rapids Michigan at the Distinguished Salesman Award dinner of the sales and marketing executives. LP, Vinyl record album

Noel Coward & Mel Ferrer

Decca, 1960s. Sealed
... LP, Vinyl record album
Silhouettes In Courage, 1969. Near Mint- 2LP Box Set
... LP, Vinyl record album
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
Folkways, 1959. Used
A very unusual record – one that has the Folkways ethnographic team on the streets of New York, recording the songs and calls of "six boys in trouble" as they riff and sing on some rough and raw numbers! The record's an odd turn of the ethnographic ear to the American scene – ... CD
Updated December 02, 2020

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