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The Best Of William Burroughs: From Giorno Poetry Systems
William Burroughs
The Best Of William Burroughs: From Giorno Poetry Systems
Genres: Jazz, Special Interest, Pop
 
  •  Track Listings (17) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (12) - Disc #2
  •  Track Listings (21) - Disc #3
  •  Track Listings (18) - Disc #4

It's easy to forget that William S. Burroughs was once young and incredibly gifted, among the finest satirists that the English language has ever produced. Perhaps Burroughs the old raspy-monotoned man, the provocateur, hu...  more »

      
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All Artists: William Burroughs
Title: The Best Of William Burroughs: From Giorno Poetry Systems
Members Wishing: 5
Total Copies: 0
Label: Mouth Almighty / Pgd
Original Release Date: 3/17/1998
Release Date: 3/17/1998
Album Type: Box set
Genres: Jazz, Special Interest, Pop
Styles: Avant Garde & Free Jazz, Poetry, Spoken Word & Interviews
Number of Discs: 4
SwapaCD Credits: 4
UPC: 731453670020

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It's easy to forget that William S. Burroughs was once young and incredibly gifted, among the finest satirists that the English language has ever produced. Perhaps Burroughs the old raspy-monotoned man, the provocateur, huckster, junkie, experimentalist, or murderer spring to mind first. But this lovingly assembled Giorno Poetry Systems product reveals a Burroughs in love with words, performance, theater, and people. The expressive, distinct, often hilarious way in which this curious creature reads his powerful, transporting work has to be heard. "'Perhaps the appendix is already out, doctor,' the nurse said, peering dubiously over [Dr. Benway's] shoulder. 'I saw a little scar... Perhaps the appendix is on the left side, doctor. That happens sometimes, you know!'" Culled from a variety of rare, unreleased, and out-of-print sources, these recordings are a treat for the fan and the just curious alike. They show the prophet of our violent, drugged-up, blurry future at the height of his considerable powers. --Mike McGonigal
 

CD Reviews

Entertaining & informative as to the mind and method of WSB
Mr. Egregious | 06/15/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Spanning the whole of his career, this 4-disc box set is well worth the price. Not only does Bill's intonation assist the reader into how to go about reading the author's works, Burroughs's satire and wit is a mile a minute on every disc except Disc Four. The final disc is a collection of his cut-up experiments that he conducted in the early 1960's. These spliced fragments of passing cars, television commercials, and poetry readings foreshadow '90's alternative. The package includes an extensive collection of photos spanning over the whole of the author's life. From pre-Naked Lunch to this final work, The Cat Inside, this is a great audio collection for anyone wanting to appreciate the Godfather of the Beats."
No such a thing as to much of a good thing
Mojo Brown | 12/27/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"To sum this collection up in a word....Brillant. Hat's off to the folks responsible for this essential compilation of some of the finest spoken performances I have ever heard. This monster 4cd set, is packed to the gills with classic pieces from Bill's entire writing life time. The box contains a large booklet with rare photo's and additional info, as well as an unpublished piece. Each cd box, contain small booklets with even more rare photo's of Burroughs through out his life. This is a genius time machine. No distracting music. The audiences in the live segments,are mixed down to a dull roar. It may not have everything.... but it certainly satisfies, none the less. A must have for any true Burroughs fans."
Excellent reference for WSB fans and all humans!!!
Mojo Brown | 11/06/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Having anxiously awaited this Giorno Poetry Systems release, I am pleased to report that I was not disappointed in any regard. Technically the recordings are as well finished as any WSB release other than Dead City Radio, which is no insubstantial feat given that the age of some of these recordings approaches thirty years. Well divided among the four discs are excerpts of political rantings, historical observation and cut-up works along with full recitations of several well known WSB characters, creations and creatures. Despite the fact that the set contains no truly previously un-released material, one look at the discography gives good cause to consider that as a requirement for a tasty well rounded boxed set. A few of the works are certainly not for the timid or frail of thought and some of the experimental recordings may hold sustained interest only for the WSB technophiles. If you own no recorded William S. Burroughs (yet) and seek a disc set representative of his work throughout his prolific and often hilarious renderings of his own writings, you have found that (set of) disc(s). Rates a "put down what your doing and find one" on the When to get it? scale and 10 out of 10 on the Photo and print inserts match the audio? scale."