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Edgar Allen Poe Closed On Account Of Rabies Compilation
|1. Alone - Marianne Faithfull|
|2. The Raven - Christopher Walken|
|3. The Tell-Tale Heart - Iggy Pop|
|4. The Conqueror Worm - Ken Nordine|
|5. The Black Cat - Diamanda Galas|
|6. For Annie - Gavin Friday|
|7. To Helen - Ed Sanders|
|1. The Haunted Palace - Ed Sanders|
|2. Ulalume - Jeff Buckley|
|3. Berenice - Dr. John|
|4. The City And The Sea - Deborah Harry and the Jazz Passengers|
|5. Annabel Lee - Marianne Faithfull|
|6. The Masque Of The Red Death - Gabriel Byrne|
|7. The Raven (excerpt) - Abel Ferrara|
One of the true marks of a horror artist is to create something that is at once completely terrifying and utterly fascinating. It's not about blood, guts, and gore, as anyone who's ever seen Psycho could tell you, but about suspense, story, and the characters themselves. Edgar Allan Poe's stories rank as some of the greatest horror ever written--and that's before the likes of Iggy Pop, Diamanda Galás, Abel Ferrara, and Christopher Walken (chilling, as he reads from "The Raven") got their hands--er, voices--on Poe's words. This two-disc compilation is a success if only for treating Poe's texts in the right manner, with subtle backing music and sounds and restrained, ominous performances from the readers (other fine readings come from Ken Nordine, Dr. John, and Jeff Buckley). One reason for the album's quality may be producer Hal Willner; if you enjoy this, you might also want to check out his work on Weird Nightmare: Meditations on Mingus, The Carl Stalling Project, Vol. 1, and Spare Ass Annie. --Randy Silver
Top Customer Reviews
Everyone is going to have his or her favorite tracks/stories/poems, but here are mine:
1. Gabriel Byrne reading "The Masque of the Red Death" -- great accent, cool music and background noises; nicely understated, Byrne lets the story tell itself.
2. Diamanda Galas reading "The Black Cat" -- smoking five packs a day does pay off for some people. . . . I almost wet my pants when I first heard her read the opening line of the story.
3. Dr. John reading "Berenice" -- not the typical Poe selection, very cool New Orleans accent and grovely voice.
4. Iggy Pop reading "The Tell-Tale Heart" -- classic story, great voice and interpretation.
5. Marianne Faithfull reading "Alone" -- again, great voice and creepy effects.
I'm leaving out Ken Nordine, Jeff Buckley, and Christopher Walken, all of whom turn in outstanding performances.
Weak points aside, this CD earns five stars for the total package.Read more ›
I also use this in my classroom every year. Poe, in general, is great for helping resistant students discover a love of literature and this CD is specifically responsible for creating readers out of some of my most unwilling students. While I am not too fond of the musical tracks on these CDs, my students enjoy them very much and they have inspired some of them to set Poe's work to their own music. All in all, I truly feel as if I've gotten my money's worth from these CD's and find them to be both enjoyable and useful.
Most recent customer reviews
What makes Poe's poetry so gripping? It is not the words themselves, but rather the rythm and beat they create. His poems are just begging to be read and these cd's do just that. Read morePublished on Feb. 10 2002 by Mark Grimes
I'm a huge Jeff Buckley and Poe fan, so I HAD to have this. His reading of "Ulalume" is excellent, his speaking voice is just as beautiful as his singing voice. Read morePublished on June 4 2001 by Dangerous Soybean
If you like Poe, purchase this cd. If not, don't bother. I love this cd and think it is utterly beautiful. The most beautiful being the Jeff Buckley reading of "Ulalume. Read morePublished on Dec 2 2000 by Janine Koenig
This collection rolls along impressively. Christohpher Walken, Ken Nordine, Jeff Buckley, Marianne Faithfull and Gabriel Byrne all outstanding and their pieces suit the works... Read morePublished on June 19 2000 by firstname.lastname@example.org
I bought this album for Christopher Walken. I fell in love with this album due to Iggy Pop. Iggy's methodical beginning of The Tell Tale Heart slowly gives way to a manic... Read morePublished on June 16 2000 by Matthew S. McCroskey
The dark and disturbing performances of Poe's work found on this CD will be sure to give one pause. Jeff Buckley's rendention of "Ulalume" haunts the very soul. Read morePublished on April 22 2000 by Wolphy
Mr Walkins does a great telling of the Raven and Diamanda Gala's has the prefect voice for the Black cat. Read morePublished on March 15 2000
Mr Walkins does a great telling of the Raven and Diamanda Gala's has the prefect voice for the Black cat. Read morePublished on March 3 2000
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