The Beat Generation [Rhino]

The Beat Generation [Rhino]


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A three-CD box set featuring recordings from titans including William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, and Kenneth Rexroth, The Beat Generation works in tandem with Rhino's earlier compilation The Jack Kerouac Collection to paint a definitive audio portrait of one of the seminal literary uprisings of the 20th century. Because the Beats were so heavily influenced by jazz, their work ranks among the most rhythmic and lyrical in all of literature and lends itself perfectly to spoken word recordings; Kerouac's insistence that "Beat" stood for "beatific" aside, the name's musical implications are undeniable, with the writers' free-flowing, improvisational wordplay -- what Ginsberg dubbed "spontaneous bop prosody" -- echoing the radical innovations of Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie. The set also charts the Beats' own influence on musicians spanning from Lambert, Hendricks & Ross to Perry Como to Tom Waits, at the same time embracing kindred spirits including Ken Nordine, Lord Buckley, and Lenny Bruce. The inclusion of some of the material is questionable at best -- the box would probably work as effectively at two discs instead of three -- but in recapturing the singular spirit of its time, The Beat Generation is an essential document of cool.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/17/1992
Label: Rhino
UPC: 0081227028121
catalogNumber: 70281


Disc 1

  1. San Francisco Scene (The Beat Generation)
  2. The Beat Generation
  3. Footloose in Greenwich Village
  4. Blues Montage
  5. Manhattan Fable
  6. Reaching into In
  7. Parker's Mood
  8. Route 66 Theme
  9. Diamonds on My Windshield
  10. Naked Lunch
  11. Bernie's Tune
  12. Like Rumpelstiltskin
  13. Oop-Pop-A-Da
  14. Basic Hip
  15. Christopher Columbus Digs the Jive
  16. The Clown
  17. The Murder of Two Men by a Young Kid Wearing Lemon Colored Gloves

Disc 2

  1. The Hip Gahn
  2. Twisted
  3. Yip Roc Heresy
  4. Ha!
  5. Pull My Daisy
  6. October in the Railroad Earth
  7. The Cool Rebellion
  8. Cosmic Rays
  9. Kookie's Mad Pad
  10. Bebopper
  11. Hunger Is From
  12. No Pictures Please
  13. Like Young
  14. Married Blues
  15. Psychopathia Sezualis

Disc 3

  1. Jack and Neal / California, Here I Come
  2. Readings from "On the Road" and "Visions of Cody"
  3. Interview With Jack Kerouac
  4. Kerouazy
  5. Cool
  6. But I Was Cool
  7. Uncool
  8. High School Drag
  9. Oop-Bop SH-Bam
  10. Professor Bop
  11. Beatnik's Wish
  12. Like Having Fun
  13. On Beatniks
  14. Swinghouse
  15. The Greenwich Village Poets
  16. America

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Steve Allen   Piano,Track Performer
Lenny Bruce   Track Performer
Carl Sandburg   Track Performer
Allen Ginsberg   Track Performer
Jack Kerouac   Track Performer
Paul Horn   Woodwind
Elmer Bernstein   Track Performer
Perry Como   Track Performer
Tom Waits   Vocals,Track Performer
Pepper Adams   Baritone Saxophone
Henry "Red" Allen   Trumpet
David Amram   Flute,Guitar,Piano,French Horn,Kazoo,Track Performer,Bazouki,Pakistani Flute
Chet Baker   Trumpet
Phil Bodner   Reeds
Buckley   Track Performer
Conte Candoli   Trumpet
Kenny Dorham   Trumpet
Harry Edison   Trumpet
Leonard Feather   Track Performer
Dizzy Gillespie   Trumpet,Vocals,Track Performer
Babs Gonzales   Vocals,Track Performer
Langston Hughes   Track Performer
Milt Jackson   Vibes
Hank Jones   Piano,Track Performer
Jimmy Knepper   Trombone
Lee Konitz   Alto Saxophone,Track Performer
John Lewis   Piano
Shelly Manne   Drums
Charles Mingus   Bass,Track Performer
James Moody   Tenor Saxophone
Gerry Mulligan   Baritone Saxophone,Track Performer
Fats Navarro   Trumpet
Ken Nordine   Track Performer
Kenneth Patchen   Track Performer
Cecil Payne   Baritone Saxophone
King Pleasure   Vocals,Track Performer
Bud Powell   Piano
Jerome Richardson   Reeds
Dannie Richmond   Drums
Max Roach   Drums
Sonny Rollins   Tenor Saxophone
Annie Ross   Track Performer
Ed Shaughnessy   Drums
Sonny Stitt   Alto Saxophone,Vocals
Charlie Ventura   Saxophone,Track Performer
Julius Watkins   French Horn
Dave Burns   Trumpet
Linton Garner   Piano
Boots Mussulli   Saxophone
Ike Isaacs   Bass
Howard Johnson   Alto Saxophone
Wade Legge   Piano
Howard Smith   Track Performer
Chamber Jazz Sextet   Track Performer
Allyn Ferguson   Percussion,Piano,French Horn,Electric Piano
Don Lamond   Drums
Kenneth Rexroth   Track Performer
Slim Gaillard   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Sam "The Man" Taylor   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Oscar Brown   Track Performer
Rod McKuen   Track Performer
Jean Shepherd   Narrator,Track Performer,Improvisation
John Barrymore   Track Performer
Charles Kuralt   Track Performer
Jim Gordon   Drums
Harewood   Drums
Teddy Kotick   Bass
Shafi Hadi   Alto Saxophone
Percy Heath   Bass
Lambert, Hendricks & Ross   Track Performer
George   Vocals
Ray Abrams   Tenor Saxophone
Lyle Atkinson   Bass
Mitchell Ayres   Track Performer
Walter Bolden   Drums
Modesto Briseno   Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Ray Brown   Bass
Larry Bunker   Drums
William S. Burroughs   Track Performer
Herb Bushler   Bass
Edd "Kookie" Byrnes   Track Performer
Kenny Clarke   Drums,Track Performer
John Collins   Guitar
Vic Dickenson   Trombone
Fred Dutton   Bass,Bassoon
Arthur Edgehill   Percussion
Barry Galbraith   Guitar
Joe Gayles   Tenor Saxophone
George Gordon   Vocals
Honey Gordon   Vocals
Richard Gordon   Vocals
Paul Gray   Bass,String Bass
Bennie Green   Trombone
Ali Candido Hafid   Dumbek,Vocals
Kenny "Pancho" Hagood   Vocals
Hall   Bass
Joe Harris   Drums
Jon Hendricks   Track Performer
Milt Hinton   Bass
Jim Hughart   Bass,Upright Bass
J.J. Johnson   Trombone
Osie Johnson   Drums
Phil Kramer   Voices
Frank Leal   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Clyde Lombardi   Bass
Gildo Mahones   Piano
Danny McKenna   Piano
Nelson Riddle   Track Performer
Charlie Parker   Alto Saxophone,Track Performer
Jack Parker   Drums
Arthur Phipps   Bass,Vocals
John Pisano   Guitar
Chris Porter   Tenor Saxophone
Curtis Porter   Tenor Saxophone
Ross   Track Performer
Midhat Serbagi   Viola
Doc Severinsen   Trumpet
Lynn Sheffield   Vocals,Track Performer
Carson Smith   Bass
Charlie Smith   Drums
Todd Sommer   Percussion
Frank Vicari   Tenor Saxophone
Chauncey Welsch   Trombone
Williams   Piano
Maceo Williams   Piano
Robert Wilson   Clarinet,Percussion
Elmon Wright   Trumpet
Jimmy Bond   Bass
Honey   Vocals
Bob McFadden   Track Performer
Bob Frazier   Drums
Emmett Frazier   Bass
Forest Horn   Bass,Drums
Gerry Mulligan Quartet   Track Performer
Tom Reynolds   Drums,Timpani
Raymond Orr   Trumpet
John Brent   Track Performer
Del Close   Track Performer
Phillipa Fallon   Track Performer
Don Morrow   Narrator,Track Performer
Howard Heitmeyer   Guitar
Ken Soderbloom   Woodwind
Jack Zimmermann   Bass
Matthew McKay   Trumpet
Howard E. Johnson   Alto Saxophone
Lou Garisto   Piano
Robert Wilson   Percussion,Trumpet
John Brown   Alto Saxophone
John Brown   Alto Saxophone
Jordan Fordin   Alto Saxophone
Charles Mingus Jazz Workshop   Tenor Saxophone
Patsy Raye & The Beatniks   Track Performer
Kenny Clarke & His 52nd Street Boys   Track Performer
Three Bips & a Bop   Track Performer
Keith Mitchell   Bass
Ann Thomas   Voices
Richard Campbell   Piano,Vibes
Gordons   Vocals,Track Performer
Claydes Smith   Drums

Technical Credits

Bob Dylan   Liner Notes
Gil Fuller   Arranger
Dizzy Gillespie   Composer
Babs Gonzales   Composer
Gerry Mulligan   Composer
James Austin   Producer,Liner Notes
Ted Myers   Project Assembly
Geoff Gans   Art Direction
J.D. King   Animation
Jerry Stoll   Cover Photo
Michael J. Weldon   Liner Notes
Daniel Clowes   Logo

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