Kerouac - Kicks Joy Darkness (a Spoken Word Tribute With Music)

July 11, 2006 | Format: MP3

$9.49
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: July 11, 2006
  • Release Date: July 11, 2006
  • Label: Ryko/Rhino
  • Copyright: 1997 Rykodisc
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  • Total Length: 1:19:20
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  • ASIN: B001RZ66YQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #151,213 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ouija VINE VOICE on April 12, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Now and then a CD gets better the more you listen. Such is the case with Kicks Joy Darkness, a tribute to Jack Kerouac. It was released in 1997, but I recently rediscovered it and put it in my car so I could listen again. I'm glad I did.

The CD is a tribute in words, music and voices to one of the greatest writers of our time. Here, his work is interpreted by a diverse range of talents, including actor Matt Dillon, Morphine, Michael Stipe, the awesome band Come, and Aerosmith's Steven Tyler, as well as Jack's contemporaries Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Allen Ginsberg.

The best two tracks are "Dream: "Us Kids Swim off a Gray Pier" by Tyler, who does a phenomenal job of evoking Jack's images of summer through spoken word, and "MacDougal Street Blues," which is Jack's own voice backed by the late great Joe Strummer on electronic beat and keyboards. It's nothing short of sublime.

I like Jack's work because he seems to be a reluctant hero, which is what he was. Once his "On the Road" was reviewed by the New York Times in 1957, he was touted as The Next Big Thing and the spokesperson of a generation (the Beat generation for sure). And sort of like Kurt Cobain in the Nineties, who was also given the role of spokesperson of a generation against his will, Jack resisted. He never wanted to be anything but a writer, so fame ate him up and overshadowed the very thing that had catapulted him to the forefront in the first place - his talent.

My only complaint about this CD is that none of Jack's novels (his best work) are represented here, which is why I'm giving it 4 stars instead of 5. I recommend picking up this CD as it's definitely worth a listen.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Pitoucat on September 7, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Kerouac enthusiasts are well-served with recordings of their master's work read by others. I can think of several such albums already available, mainly of his well known books: On The Road, The Dharma Bums, Visions of Cody, Big Sur, and Mexico City Blues. There are also Jack's own recordings, released on a 3-CD Rhino Records set, in which he tends to explore more unfamiliar territory, such as his Pomes All Sizes, Old Angel Midnight, and Book of Blues, with just the occasional excursion into the more familiar realms of The Subterraneans, Desolation Angels, Lonesome Traveler, and Visions of Cody.

Such is the case with this tribute CD from Rykodisc where the producer (and nephew of Jack's last wife) Jim Sampas, has deliberately chosen more unfamiliar texts for the galaxy of star talents on this release to read. The reasoning behind this decision was apparently to show Kerouac in a different light, and to demonstrate the wide range of his different styles. In this objective Sampas has succeeded admirably.

Accordingly, there are readings of the more obscure items from Pomes All Sizes and Book of Blues as well as four texts which have never before been published: Brooklyn Bridge Blues, America's New Trinity of Love: Dean, Brando, Presley, and two dreams: "On a Sunny Afternoon...", and "Us Kids Swim Off a Great Pier". The excellent 32-page booklet includes the full text of all the readings, and so represents the first publication of these items. It also has some photos of Jack, and paintings by him which have not been widely seen.

So, who is reading the texts? A host of talent from the worlds of music, film and literature. The late Allen Ginsberg and William Burroughs are present, as are Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Hunter S Thompson and Jim Carroll.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Charles O'Meara on March 19, 2013
Format: MP3 Music
i believe everyone on this CD had good intentions, and put a lot of effort into their tracks. unfortunately, we have several CDs of jack reading his own material. what's missing here is the energy and humor and passion kerouac put into his own readings of his work. almost every track here is some imaginary dark landscape that's dedicated to the romanticized IMAGE of kerouac, not his writing. the music adds absolutely nothing. remember, kerouac was one of the few writers who could capture and evoke the feeling of listening to jazz in his words, no mean feat. It's really COOL these days to walk around believing you know what jack was "about" without having read all the books and understanding something of the man, his times and the country he loved (ever notice how america/nature figures in all his writings? it wasn't just about all night wine parties with weirdo junkies you know).
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By A Customer on November 13, 2000
Format: Audio CD
A well chosen and diverse mix of musicians, poets and writers contribute intimate interpretations of Kerouac's poetry. Haunting, graceful, raw and humorous, a brilliant album highly recommended. Special hilights-Hunter S Thompson's gonzo "Ode to Jack," Morphine's smoky "Kerouac," and Maggie Estep & the Spitters aggressive "Skid Row Wine." Jack himself is heard to a house beat by Joe Strummer on "Macdougal St Blues." One of a kind.
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A great variety of people here from Johnny Depp to Allen Ginsberg to Steven Tyler, Matt Dillon, Maggie Estep etc backed up, in most cases, by one band or another.
Oddly, Allen Ginsberg's recitation is one of the weakest.

This CD is great for those mixed CDs you burn for your strange friends who like Lord Buckley-esque found-sound 'The Books' type stuff.
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