Jack Kerouac and Steve Allen – Poetry For The Beat Generation 100th Birthday Release! - 1959 Spoken Word and Jazz - Ltd. Milky Clear Vinyl - Sealed LP
Jack Kerouac & Steve Allen – Poetry For The Beat Generation
Style: 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
Manufactured By – Rhino Entertainment Company
Piano – Steve Allen (3)
Producer – Bob Thiele
Voice – Jack Kerouac
( 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. "