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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
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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 Poems From The Unpublished 'Book Of Blues' - Jack Kerouac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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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.


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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars I damn near want to cry when . . . March 21 2000
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This set takes me back so far in time, I can hardly consume the oxygen required to revive myself. I bought a copy of this at Cyrano's Book Store in Anchorage, Alaska on tape. I parted with it over the years but it was a mistake. I re-purchased it the other day, once more; but this time on the crisp delivery of CD. Kerouac's voice to me, is what I imagine god to sound like. If they would've made track 15 from the first disk available to listen to, you'd buy it too, without hesitation. Hearing Jack read the last paragraphs from On The Road, makes one realize that it stands to be one of the greatest passages ever written in Literature (of any genre).
Jack Kerouac with voice intact becomes reverant, gracious and invisible all at once. You'll read and hear him say how in his life, he was hated by most he met, even the musicians who play on the disk. Do we have to alienate ourselves so much to really 'see'? I'm just thankful that it took place and was released. I couldn't find a better way to live on.
Hoka hey, Jack.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Indispensable. March 7 1999
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Kerouac's tales of experience lived out in knowing know-how's & starry eyed wonder through his childish,rollicking & innocent voice.One marvels at the enthusiasm the author nuances in his works,a superb storyteller he definitely has proven himself to be & a damn convincing one.Accentuations & emotions describe the words that they recite so appropriately that its truly something to quite behold.Even if some of his prose meanders towards insignificance & unsubstantiality,the sheer excitement & joy that he puts in delivering them saves it from head nodding doldrums.Disc 1 is a personal fave,some of his best work in the collection is found here,& Steve Allen's piano is so warm & relaxing that I cant but feel so comforted as to bring me back to that time which the music so accurately portrays.Disc 3,with its solemn tone of auhority,the voice solely alone almost whispering to the listener,is probably the best.Kerouac is truly a spoken word genius.
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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 "No telegram today, only more leaves fell" May 16 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 Nothing Like Hearing His Voice March 6 1997
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Of course everyone knows of Jack Kerouac the author, and many appreciate the honest purity of his spontaneous prose, but the 3 CD's in the Jack Kerouac Collection bring his works to life like noting else. The enthusiasm with which he reads his prose and poems alike will never stop making you slap your thigh no matter how often you listen to them. Sometimes he you can even hear him laughing at himself between breathes. Even if you've never his books, this is probably the best way to introduce yourself to Jack since he's no longer with us of course. Even if you're not a poetry buff, the jazz on the Blues And Haikus disc is top-notch...even Steve Allen's piano on the Poetry For the Beat Generation disc are non-intrusive old-time blues strolls. So do yerself a favor and check this out. END
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5.0 out of 5 stars joy & sorrow
The first album in this box set, which contains 15 tracks of Kerouac reciting prose while Steve Allen plays beautiful jazz piano, is dazzling. Read more
Published on Feb. 12 2004 by "lewistollani"
5.0 out of 5 stars Jack's voice
Jack Kerouac is one of the greatest writers of the 20th century, and I beleive he also has one of the best voices. Read more
Published on Jan. 15 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars jack and jazz complete
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... Read more
Published on Oct. 27 2002 by ron sterzinger
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the Books
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. Read more
Published on June 16 2002 by Cape Codder
5.0 out of 5 stars I HEAR YA ,JACK
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!
Published on July 25 2001 by Ame
5.0 out of 5 stars Kerouac Speaks!
To finally hear his voice; his poetry uttered by his own mouth, and its own reverberations, was eneough incentive to buy this set. Read more
Published on May 17 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Kerouac could've been a professional voice talent...
Click the links on this page and listen to the sample cuts provided by amazon.com. You'll see what I mean when I say that Kerouac was uniquely gifted to read his own work... Read more
Published on May 21 2000 by R. Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Bee Bop from the beat one
This was a great collection of samples of the great Jack Kerouac. My favorite is the collection with Steve Allen on piano. Read more
Published on May 19 1999
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