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Allen Ginsberg – First Blues 1971-83 (Rare Recording Incl. Bob Dylan) (2CD)

Allen Ginsberg – First Blues 1971-83
Rare Recording Incl. Bob Dylan
2CD

Fascinating collection of Ginsberg music/poetry odds and ends!

This includes a few tracks from sessions with Bob DYLAN from 1971!

Although quite over-rated as a poet, some of the pieces in here are quite good.

As I listen to this two-CD recording by the late Allen Ginsberg, I cannot help thinking about Dick Cheney. The American vice president might just be the exact polar opposite of Allen Ginsberg, kind of a beat Dr. Evil. I suspect he’s never heard Ginsberg read his unexpurgated Buddhist poetry or joined a sing-along with his harmonium. But then again, who knows what Cheney does in his bunker. He might be learning the lyrics to “Everybody Sing”—”everybody is just a little bit homosexual, whether they like it or not.”

The famous poet was nearly beatified before his death in 1997. His recordings have included poetry readings, of course, but also song. His most easily accessible release would be The Lion For Real (Great Jones, 1989), a Hal Willner-produced session with jazz artists Marc Ribot, Arto Lindsay and Bill Frisell. He also recorded with Philip Glass, Paul McCartney and The Clash.

First Blues, a reissue of a long out-of-print LP, revives these sessions from 1971 (with Bob Dylan and Anne Waldman), 1976 (with famous producer John Hammond) and 1981. Ginsberg’s naked voice is quite honest. Like his poetry, he can strip a lyric to plain meaning, whether he speaks about war, corporate greed or sex with young men. Like the late recordings of John Lennon, pretensions are dropped. How else can you sing about dildos and eternity?

File these sessions as Ginsberg unplugged, covering tunes he is famous for: “Father Death Blues,” “Vomit Express (Going To Puerto Rico),” and “CIA Dope Calypso.” Raw, funny and beautiful, his life and his karma endures in this music. I don’t know if we should miss him in these troubled times or we should be happy he doesn’t have to endure them.


Track listing: CD1: Going To San Diego; Vomit Express; Jimmy Berman (Gay Lib Rag); NY Youth Call Annunciation; CIA Dope Calypso; Put Down Yr Cigarette Rag; Sickness Blues; Broken Bone Blues; Stay Away From White House; Hard-On Blues; Guru Blues. CD2: Everybody Sing; Gospel Nobel Truths; Bus Ride Ballad To Suva; Prayer Blues – 1972; Love Forgiven; Father Death Blues; Dope Fiend Blues Tyger; You Are My Dildo; Old Pond; No Reason; My Pretty Rode Tree; Capitol Air.

Personnel: Allen Ginsberg: vocals, harmonium, finger cymbals, song sticks; David Amram: French horn, flute, recorder, piano, hi-hat; Perry Robinson: clarinet, Bob Dylan: guitar; Happy Traum: banjo; Jon Sholle: guitar, bass, banjo, ukulele, harmonizer, maracas, drums; Surya: zither; Moruga: drums; Arthur Russell: cello, tambourine; David Mansfield: mandolin, bass guitar, pedal steel guitar, violin; Stephen Taylor: recorder, guitar, conga; Peter Orlovsky: vocals.

By Mark Corroto

Published: April 02, 2006

Allen Ginsberg – Father Death Blues

Hey Father Death, I’m flying home
past streets that should bare your name
and sad shadows Tattooed with a bolar cap and your 6 foot frame.
Hey Father Death I’m taking flight
I was drinking whiskey while you slipped into the night

I wear your clothes when they get tattered, hand me down words
34-32 wrapped in plastic
You loved walking but now that is not why we pace.
And if coming to terms sounds like an agreement, its illuminated
you were not bound to this place.
I can see it in your books
Snider, Bukowski, the zen reader
You the child friendly, draft dodging – aging hipster.

You gave me Howl as a Christmas present twice.

And left father death blues open in your study
For sons to find and sing

Genius Death your art is done
Lover Death your body’s gone
Father Death I’m coming home

But no one sings today, although we should, instead
talk turns to running
As it often does when facing each other becomes hard.
The father is also a son,
Life in circles, but
Gifts born to this community
Cannot be undone.
So we have come, to

Celebrate
Style, grace, genius
Celebrate
Father, friend, mentor
To Celebrate
Flying home

and

Teacher Death I do thank you
For inspiring me to sing this Blues

Allen Ginsberg singing Father Death Blues. From an interview on the BBC’s ‘Face to Face’ program.

From: alilameda

Tracklisting

Disc: 1

1. Going To San Diego
2. Vomit Express
3. Jimmy Berman (Gay Lib Rag)
4. NY Youth Call Annunciation
5. CIA Dope Calypso
6. Put Down Yr Cigarette Rag
7. Sickness Blues
8. Broken Bone Blues
9. Stay Away From White House
10. Hard-on Blues
11. Guru Blues

Disc: 2
1. Everybody Sing
2. Gospel Nobel Truths
3. Bus Ride Ballad To Suva
4. Prayer Blues
5. Love Forgiven
6. Father Death Blues
7. Dope Fiend Blues
8. Tyger
9. You Are My Dildo
10. Old Pond
11. No Reason
12. My Pretty Rose Tree
13. Capitol Air



Here she be:

Part 1: LINK

Part 2: LINK
Part 3: LINK



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Leonard Cohen – Death Of A Ladies’ Man [1977]

Leonard Cohen – Death Of A Ladies’ Man [1977]
Mp3@192kbps / 61Mb / RS
Released November 1977 (CD 1990)
Recorded June /July 1977
Genre Folk-Rock
Length 42:34
Label Columbia Records
Producer Phil Spector

The walls of this hotel are paper-thin
Last night I heard you making love to him
The struggle mouth to mouth and limb to limb
The grunt of unity when he came in

Another record that needs to be defended against the mauling dealt out by herds of rabid critic sheep!


A wrongly maligned Lenny album, Death Of A Ladies’ Man has, despite the odds, stood the test of time and is a marvelous piece of work!

This, despite the sometimes heavy handed production by Phil Spector and the fact that Spector took over the album completely in the latter stages of recording and excluded Cohen entirely from the process!

Whackjob Phil Spector was famous back in the day for his Wall of Sound recording technique. Now he is famous as an accused murderer!

No, Spector (or maybe, Spectre!) has not been accused in courts of murdering this LP … in fact, it was an unfortunate human lady!

At the time, this work was much abused by the critic sheep, but was, strangely, much lauded by many great bands from the punk world, some of whose work was influenced by it! Lenny spoke about this phenomenon, as well as speaking well of this album, in the “I’m your Man” tribute movie released a couple of years back.

Although appearing at first glance lighter than Cohen’s earlier works – Songs of Love and Hate, for example – here too is a world of characters, who are existentially and spiritually troubled, who are trying to find solace somewhere in a world of emptiness, betrayal and disappointment.

However, rather than using a dress rehearsal rag, here is a world where fucking and other bodily pleasures represent a source of release. Of course, ultimately, a futile one.

Yes, there is a real preoccupation across this album with the carnal! Even moreso than is normal in Cohen’s work!

Perhaps this reflects the unique place and time in which the work was created – Los Angeles in the mid to late seventies – where Cohen would have unavoidably found himself surrounded by a showbiz world full of sex, coke and alcohol excess. A world of emptiness. A world filled with vacuous souls trying to find solace in simple excess in a window of time when cash was flowing freely, when vestiges of hippy “free love” remained, before the consequences of substance abuse were fully clear, and before the advent of the spectre of AIDS.

Now the master of this landscape he was standing at the view
with a sparrow of St. Francis that he was preaching to
She beckoned to the sentry of his high religious mood
She said, “I’ll make a place between my legs,
I’ll show you solitude.”

Of course, poetic, witty wordsmithery is the order of the day with lots of wonderfully juxtaposed imagery in classic Lenny fashion, often meshing and counterpointing the sacred and the profane.


I pinned an Iron Cross to my lapel

I walked up to the tallest and the blondest girl
I said, Look, you don’t know me now but very soon you will
So won’t you let me see
I said “won’t you let me see”
I said “won’t you let me see
Your naked body?”

Death of a Ladies’ Man was Lenny’s fifth LP and it was a surprise to fans when it was announced that the minimalist Cohen would experiment with Spector’s famous Wall of Sound!

Lenny and Spector worked on the songwriting together. It seemed to have been a creative and fruitful period working together and some 15 songs were written over a course of three weeks.

However, the working relationship would soon take a twist into the surreal and bizarre!

Apparently, before Cohen had completed his vocals, Spector barred him from the studio – supposedly under armed guard – and mixed the final album by himself.

The finished album was then released by Warner Bros (it would later be picked up by Cohen’s label, Columbia Records.)

Spector described the final album as “some great fuckin’ music“!

Not everyone agreed with this assessment! Especially the herd of critic sheep! The standard argument was that the more varied jazz, rock and even funk style arrangements resulted in the album being inferior to Cohen’s earlier acoustic music.

But it is this very style that helps define this album and makes it stand out in many ways from Cohen’s other great works. The musical style seems to synch well with the underlying thematic obsessions of the album.

Indeed, it could be said that the album was in many senses ahead of its time. This is borne out in the fact that it still sounds fresh and different even today!

Across the album, there is also the sense of risks being taken, of experimentation, of excitement.

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And critically, beneath whatever musical style is cast upon Cohen’s lyrics, his words always stand out as nuggets of pure timeless poetry.

Leonard is without doubt the greatest lyrical writer in modern music, in terms of poetic perfection, and this is shown once again across this album.

We do love Lenny and we really love this album!

Some trivia;

  • Bob Dylan and muse Allen Ginsberg sang backup vocals on the chorus of “Don’t Go Home with Your Hard-on”!
  • Death of a Ladies’ Man was recorded in Los Angeles, California.
  • Cohen published the book “Death of a Lady’s Man” in 1978.



Tracklisting

1. True Love Leaves No Traces 4:22
2. Iodine 5:00
3. Paper Thin Hotel 5:38
4. Memories 5:54
5. I Left A Woman Waiting 3:24
6. Don’t Go Home With Your Hard-On 5:32
7. Fingerprints 2:54
8. Death of a Ladies’ Man 9:17


All songs were written by Leonard Cohen (words) and Phil Spector (music).

Here she be;

DeaathOffaLaadiessMann.rar

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