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  • Audio CD (September 14, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rykodisc
  • ASIN: B00001IVLH
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Alexander on March 22, 2006
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Although I'm an avid Amazon shopper, I don't write reviews. Mostly because I think a lot is covered in other reviews, or I'm pleased with the product. In this case, I think I have to intervene. I purchased this CD on the strength of the reviews, although I was skeptical when I heard who had composed the music. I should have gone with my first instinct.

F.'s reading isn't the best I've heard, but it's tolerable. Colley's accompaniment is horrible. A kind of fake-jazz, Kurt Cobain w/ W. Burroughs wanna-be noise that makes listening to the CD darned near impossible.

If you're interested in listening to the beats read their poetry, try to get something recorded when they were active. I have the Jack Kerouac box set from Verve and it's amazing, as are older recordings of Ginsberg. You might also want to check out Langston Hughs with the Mingus Band.

The music is supposed to complement the 'beat' of the poetry, either in the interstices or in the back ground. This music most certainly doesn't do that. Buyer beware.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 19, 1999
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Ferlinghetti is an amazing poet. By and far my favorite. I have never been a fan of spoken word cd's. However, this cd is incredible. It puts a voice on the poems i have read and the musical accompaniment by Morphine's Colley is amazing. He gives life to his writings like only he could. His voice sounds exactly as I imagined it would, intriguing and playful. If you are a fan of Ferlinghetti then you must have this cd.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 29, 1999
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If you dig the spirit of the Beat generation, this is CD to buy. Extremely hip and soothing. Ferlinghetti delivers a very good reading of his landmark poetry collection by the same title. The background jazz noir is nothing remarkable but well done. I was hoping for some early Tom Waits-esque stuff but didn't find it here. There are more than 30 tracks on this CD and each one has a distinct feeling. It's almost like different rides on Coney Island. Really good stuff. Mind you, I believe this CD is the ONLY Lawrence Ferlinghetti material available. A little anecdote: I've been running around for half a day looking for this disc. None of the record stores I've been to have it in stock. Most store clerks I've encountered got the lyrics to every single Backstreet Boys songs memorized but have never heard of Ferlinghetti. When I mentioned the name they all had a puzzled look on their pimply faces. One guy with shits pierced all over his face recommended me the latest MTV pop dance collection instead. Man...
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