Jack Kerouac and Steve Allen ‎– Poetry For The Beat Generation - 1959 Spoken Word and Jazz - Beatnik Smoke Vinyl LP

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Jack Kerouac & Steve Allen ‎– Poetry For The Beat Generation

Real Gone Music ‎– RGM-0540
Vinyl, LP, Limited Edition, Beatnik Smoke
07 Apr 2017
Jazz, Non-Music
Spoken Word, Cool Jazz


A1 October In The Railroad Earth 7:09
A2 Deadbelly 1:05
A3 Charlie Parker 3:45
A4 The Sounds Of The Universe Coming In My Window 3:17
A5 One Mother 0:49
A6 Goofing At The Table 1:45
A7 Bowery Blues 3:56

B1 Abraham 1:17
B2 Dave Brubeck 0:31
B3 I Had A Slouch Hat Too One Time 6:12
B4 The Wheel Of The Quivering Meat Conception 1:55
B5 McDougal Street Blues 3:23
B6 The Moon Her Majesty 1:36
B7 I'd Rather Be Thin Than Famous 0:37

Companies, etc.

Manufactured By – Rhino Entertainment Company

Piano – Steve Allen (3)
Producer – Bob Thiele
Voice – Jack Kerouac

Black and White "Beatnik Smoke" Vinyl Limited to 900 Copies
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Barcode (stickered): 848064005445

( amazon customer) " Although Jack Kerouac was the "voice of his (beat) generation," it was his writing - rather than his speaking - voice that became well-known. His three albums of spoken word poetry and prose, two from 1959 and one from 1960, received little circulation or critical notice upon their initial issue," " Poetry for the Beat Generation teams Kerouac with jazz pianist (and television personality) Steve Allen"

" The album was inspired by an impromptu pairing of Kerouac and Allen at New York's Village Vanguard, and the subsequent single-take studio session lasted only an hour. Allen's improvised backings are lyrical and nearly sentimental in their melodiousness, more background late-night tinkling than challenging bop. Kerouac's recitations roam more freely, powered by the strength of his rhythmically riffed words. His poems are percussive stories that break through any regulation of punctuation, paragraph or stanza, and his New England-accented voice is animated and rye.

Originally recorded for Dot, the album was dropped by label-head Randy Wood, reportedly due to concerns about the edginess of the content. But having your counter-culture expression suppressed in the 1950s wasn't exactly news, and the album quickly found distribution through an independent label. Yet even with Kerouac's literary fame in full flower (he'd published On the Road in 1957 and The Subterraneans and The Dharma Bums in 1958), his debut album was little known, and for many years, a rarity. "

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Format LP
Color Black