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Jack Kerouac Collection Box [Box set, Best of]

Jack Kerouac Audio CD
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Disc: 1
1. October In The Railroad Earth - Jack Kerouac & Steve Allen
2. Deadbelly - Jack Kerouac & Steve Allen
3. Charlie Parker - Jack Kerouac & Steve Allen
4. The Sounds Of The Universe Coming In My Window - Jack Kerouac & Steve Allen
5. One Mother - Jack Kerouac & Steve Allen
6. Goofing At The Table - Jack Kerouac & Steve Allen
See all 15 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. American Haikus - Jack Kerouac
2. Hard Hearted Old Farmer - Jack Kerouac
3. The Last Hotel & Some Of The Dharma - Jack Kerouac
4. Poems From The Unpublished 'Book Of Blues' - Jack Kerouac
5. Old Western Movies - Jack Kerouac
6. Conclusion Of The Railroad Earth - Jack Kerouac
Disc: 3
1. The Beat Generation - Jack Kerouac
2. Poems (Fragments): San Francisco/Street Scene/Money Honey/Westinghouse Elevators/Old Age... - Jack Kerouac
3. Lucien Midnight: The Sounds Of The Universe In My Window, Pt. 1 - Jack Kerouac
4. Lucien Midnight: The Sounds Of The Universe In My Window, Pt. II - Jack Kerouac
5. Fantasy: The Early History Of Bop - Jack Kerouac
6. Excerpts From 'The Subterraneans' - Jack Kerouac
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As a reader and performer of his own words, Kerouac wasn't as potent as his beat-generation pals. He lacked the greasy charisma of Allen Ginsberg or the razor squawk of William Burroughs. But what Kerouac did have was real joy, a certain innocence (despite his wild experiences), and an Everyman's charm. This last quality infects these historic recordings, making Kerouac's freethinking, beautiful words and images jump out of the past with as much potency as when he laid them down in the late 1950s. The Collection gathers Kerouac's three albums (which feature the author riffing alongside jazzmen Steve Allen, Zoot Sims, and Al Cohn) and a brace of bonus tracks. The performances are coupled with expansive liner notes, photos, and commentary. This set is required beat listening. --Michael Ruby

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All three of the hopelessly rare albums ( Poetry for the Beat Generation; Blues and Haikus , and Readings by Jack Kerouac on the Beat Generation ) the beat bard released in his lifetime, plus unreleased recordings and, as a boxed set profiling a literary giant should, a deluxe booklet. Jack raps, the jazz plays all is cool.

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5.0 out of 5 stars joy & sorrow Feb. 12 2004
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The first album in this box set, which contains 15 tracks of Kerouac reciting prose while Steve Allen plays beautiful jazz piano, is dazzling. There is something magical and heartbreaking about the record.. Listening to it makes you feel as if you're sitting next to Jack himself at a bar, drinking, as he tells you these stories and talks to you. For any fan of Kerouac's writing, this album is a must. Once you've heard this, you will read his books knowing the sweet voice that is talking emphatically.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jack's voice Jan. 15 2003
By A Customer
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Jack Kerouac is one of the greatest writers of the 20th century, and I beleive he also has one of the best voices. The difference between reading the book yourself and listening to Jack read it is all in his voice. It is, in a word, mesmerizing. I first heard some of this collection in my Beat Generation class in college, and I had to get the collection.
Salvador Dali said that Jack Kerouac was the most beautiful person he had ever seen. I don't think anyone can listen to his voice, see his pictures in this collection, and appreciate his writings without agreeing whole-heartedly.
This collection of works is more than a few good CDs--it's an experience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Melts your mind into the beat mind-set. Jan. 14 2003
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If you are familiar with everything Jack Kerouac ever wrote, then this set is a great memory jogger. If you are new to his work it is a superb introduction. Or perhaps you've tried to read him but never got into his "flow of consciousness" style. Then, these recordings teach you how to hear him in your mind- as one long, sweet jazz riff. Just close your eyes and let him transport you to better times and better places. Of course, Kerouac's America is still out there, here and there, in forgotten corners, in special places and special people.
Kerouac was the soul of his age. Who else but Jack could go from commenting on Dostoeveky one minute, then switch to the Three Stooges without missing a beat? Or just as easily go from Sanskrit to scat. And it works. That is because a great soul can encompass entire worlds without contradiction....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Melts your mind into the beat mind-set.... Jan. 9 2003
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If you've read everything Kerouac ever published, then this collection is a marvelous review and memory jogger. If you've always heard of him and the beats but you've never read him, then this is a perfect first introduction. I've heard people say that they can't read his flow of consciousness style. Well, these recordings in his own voice shows how to read him- like a long flowing jazz riff. You've got to hear him like this in your own mind to get him. Put these recordings on and close your eyes, it transports you to a better place, a better time, a better mind-set. Of course, if you look for Kerouac's America it is still out there, here and there in certain forgotten corners, certain moments out of time....
I'm still absolutely amazed by Jack Kerouac. Who else could discuss Dostoevsky knowingly one moment, then without missing a beat, switch to the three stooges? Who else could instantly switch from Sanskrit to scat? Yet it works perfectly, for a great soul can encompass entire worlds without contradiction.
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4.0 out of 5 stars jack and jazz complete Oct. 28 2002
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much of what jack wrote was written with the idea of jazz flowwing through his words. in this collection we have not only some fine 50's jazz but jack's own voice doing the libretto.this collection is smooth jazz and smooth jack. oh bye the way one c-d has steve allen as accompianist. this is jack as he and his work were meant to be.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the Books June 16 2002
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I'm a Kerouac fan so am a bit biased, but of course, due to his "unedited" style he wrote lots of bad stuff and much of his work is difficult to read.
I've had this collection on tape for 12 years and will buy it again one of these days on CD. His work is best this way- with Jack reading them himself and illuminating the nuances of his sometimes made-up language. If you can even stomach Kerouac's work this collection is required.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "No telegram today, only more leaves fell" May 17 2002
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This is a true treasure trove. Don't let this rich find escape your grasp, preserve it for future generations. If a stadium could be filled with an audience for these albums American culture would be re-born. Can the land of Jack's birth be any better described than he does it in "The Railroad Earth"? Who else could describe "a world so nothing that we would forever have to go on making believe its real". From his description of Charlie Parker to his intrusion in a sidewalk art show - "they don't even listen to me when I tell them they will die. I know I know I know, it'll happen. Why are so tragic and gloomy? Now excuse me! Its a happy June afternoon I want to walk in." Jack has a chance on these albums to spread his wings and fly and so does. "He offers his hands and feet for the emancipation of the shufflers passing by..."
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5.0 out of 5 stars I HEAR YA ,JACK July 25 2001
By Ame
Format:Audio CD
Late night, early day, any day, listening...Thank God this treasure made it thru...You will be most wonderfully absorbed in this, Jack's greatness!
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