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Jack Kerouac Collection Box Box set, Best of
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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
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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....
Most recent customer reviews
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 morePublished on Feb. 12 2004
Jack Kerouac is one of the greatest writers of the 20th century, and I beleive he also has one of the best voices. Read morePublished on Jan. 15 2003
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 morePublished on Oct. 27 2002 by ron sterzinger
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 morePublished on June 16 2002 by Cape Codder
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
To finally hear his voice; his poetry uttered by his own mouth, and its own reverberations, was eneough incentive to buy this set. Read morePublished on May 17 2001
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 morePublished on May 21 2000 by Roy H. Williams