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Holy Soul Jelly Roll: Poems And Songs 1949-1993




Vol. 1: Moloch!

  1. Walking At Night In Key West 0:46
    Words By, Vocals, Adapted By, Arranged By [Traditional Music Adapted And Arranged By] – Allen Ginsberg
    Written in Key West, Dec. 1953. Recorded at Neal Cassady's home, San Jose, summer 1954. Previously unreleased.


  2. A Mad Gleam 0:34
    Words By, Voice – Allen Ginsberg
    Written in New York City, Jan. 1949. Recorded at John Clellon Holmes's apartment, New York City, 1949. Previously unreleased.


  3. The Green Automobile 10:50
    Words By, Voice – Allen Ginsberg
    Written in New York City, May 22-25, 1953. Recorded at Neal Cassady's home, San Jose, summer 1954. Previously unreleased.


  4. A Supermarket In California 2:40
    Voice [Introduction] – Kenneth Rexroth
    Words By, Voice – Allen Ginsberg
    Written in Berkeley, 1955. Recorded at Pacifica Studios, Berkley, Oct. 25, 1956. Previously unreleased.


  5. Howl (For Carl Solomon) 30:14
    Words By, Voice – Allen Ginsberg
    Written in San Francisco, 1955-1956. Recorded at Town Hall Theater, Berkeley, Mar. 18, 1956.


  6. Footnote To Howl 3:34
    Words By, Voice – Allen Ginsberg.
    Written in Berkeley, 1956. Recorded at Lawrence Lipton's home, Los Angeles, Nov., 1956. Previously unreleased.


  7. America 3:34
    Words By, Voice – Allen Ginsberg.
    Written in Berkeley, Jan. 17, 1956. Recorded at Town Hall Theatre, Berkeley, Mar. 18, 1956. Previously unreleased.


  8. Sunflower Sutra 6:14
    Words By, Voice – Allen Ginsberg.
    Written in Berkeley, 1955. Recorded at Town Hall Theatre, Berkeley, Mar. 18, 1956. Previously unreleased.


  9. Green Valentine Blues 3:14
    Words By, Voice – Allen Ginsberg.
    Written in Chiapas, Mexico, 1954. Recorded at Neal Cassady's home, San Jose, summer 1954. Previously unreleased.


  10. Death To Van Gogh's Ear 10:10
    Voice [Additional Commentary] – Gregory Corso, Peter Orlovsky
    Words By, Voice – Allen Ginsberg.
    Written in Paris, Dec. 1957. Recorded at The Library of Congress Recording Laboratory, Washington DC, Feb. 27, 1959. Previously available only from The Library of Congress, archive #LWO 2799.



Vol. 2: Caw! Caw!

  1. Kaddish (For Naomi Ginsberg 1894-1956) 63:24
    Words By, Voice – Allen Ginsberg.
    Written in Paris, Dec. 1957 & New York City, 1959. Recorded at Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, Nov. 24, 1964. From the album Allen Ginsberg Reads Kaddish, Atlantic #4001, 1966.


  2. To Aunt Rose 3:31
    Bass – Steve Swallow
    Cello – Garo Yellin
    Clarinet – Ralph Carney
    Executive Producer – Michael Minzer
    Guitar, Music By, Arranged By – Marc Ribot
    Producer – Hal Willner
    Words By, Voice – Allen Ginsberg
    Written in Paris, June 1958. Recorded at A&R Studios, New York City; & Bearsville Studios, Bearsville, NY, 1986. From the album The Lion For Real, Island/Great Jones #6004, 1989.


  3. Kral Majales (King Of May) 4:53
    Words By, Voice – Allen Ginsberg.
    Written May 7, 1965. Recorded at Better Books Book Shop, London, 1965. From the album Cold Turkey Press/Klatco Present A Cold Turkey Press Special, Cold Turkey Klacto Presents #6802 944 [Holland], June 20, 1972.


  4. Guru 3:30
    Acoustic Guitar – Marc Ribot
    Clarinet – Ralph Carney
    Electric Guitar – Bill Frisell
    Executive Producer – Michael Minzer
    Guitar – Mark Bingham
    Music By, Arranged By – Steve Swallow
    Producer – Hal Willner
    Words By, Voice – Allen Ginsberg
    Written at Primrose Hill, London, May 1965. Recorded at A&R Studios, New York City; & Bearsville Studios, Bearsville, NY, 1986. From the album The Lion For Real, Island/Great Jones #6004, 1989.

Vol. 3: Ah!

  1. Wales Visitation 6:48
    Mixed By – Bob Fisher, Hal Willner
    Producer – Robert R. Marino
    Words By, Voice, Backing Vocals, Harmonium – Allen Ginsberg
    Written in London, July 29, 1967 (LSD) - August 3, 1967. Words recorded on The Richard Freeman Midnight Show, radio station KPFA, Berkley, July 2, 1971. Background track ("Some Breath [Ahhhhh]") from The Pequod Selected Readings, included in Panjandrum Press (magazine), San Francisco, Issue No. 1, 1972. Mixed at Digital Domain, Los Angeles, 1992. Previously unreleased version.


  2. The End 2:04
    Cymbal [Cymbals] – Michael Blair
    Electric Guitar – Bill Frisell
    Executive Producer – Michael Minzer
    Music By, Acoustic Guitar – Marc Ribot
    Producer – Hal Willner
    Words By, Voice – Allen Ginsberg
    Written in New York City, 1960. Recorded at A&R Studios, New York City; & Bearsville Studios, Bearsville, NY, 1986. From the album The Lion For Real, Island/Great Jones #6004, 1989.


  3. I Am A Victim Of Telephone 1:30
    Words By, Voice – Allen Ginsberg.
    Written in New York City June 20, 1964. Recorded at SUNY, Buffalo, New York, Dec. 1968. From the album The Dial-A-Poem Poets: Disconnected, Giorno Poetry Systems #003, 1974.


  4. The Echoing Green 1:22
    Bass – Herman Wright
    Lyrics By – William Blake
    Music By, Vocals, Finger Cymbals – Allen Ginsberg
    Piano – Bob Dorough
    Producer – Barry Miles
    Tuned by Allen Ginsberg in Cherry Valley, NY, 1968. Recorded at Apostolic Studios, New York City, June-July 1969. From the album Allen Ginsberg/William Blake: Songs Of Innocence And Experience, Verve/Forecast #3083, 1970.


  5. The Lamb 1:10
    Flute – Janet Zeitz
    Guitar – Cyril Caster
    Lyrics By – William Blake
    Music By, Vocals – Allen Ginsberg
    Organ – Bob Dorough
    Producer – Barry Miles
    Vocals – Peter Orlovsky
    Tuned by Allen Ginsberg in Cherry Valley, NY, 1968. Recorded at Apostolic Studios, New York City, June-July 1969. From the album Allen Ginsberg/William Blake: Songs Of Innocence And Experience, Verve/Forecast #3083, 1970.


  6. (A) Little Boy Lost, (B) Little Boy Found 1:06
    Bass – Herman Wright
    Flute [On "Little Boy Found"] – Janet Zeitz
    Lyrics By – William Blake
    Music By, Vocals, Piano [2Nd Piano On "Little Boy Lost"] – Allen Ginsberg
    Piano – Bob Dorough
    Producer – Barry Miles
    Tuned by Allen Ginsberg in Cherry Valley, NY, 1968. Recorded at Apostolic Studios, New York City, June-July 1969. From the album Allen Ginsberg/William Blake: Songs Of Innocence And Experience, Verve/Forecast #3083, 1970.


  7. Laughing Song 1:24
    Bells [Sleigh Bells], Percussion [Beaded Gourd], Trumpet [Pocket Trumpet], Chorus – Don Cherry
    Chorus – Matt Hoffman (3), Michael Aldrich
    Flute [Amp Flute], Chorus – Janet Zeitz
    Harpsichord, Chorus – Bob Dorough
    Lyrics By – William Blake
    Music By, Vocals, Chorus – Allen Ginsberg
    Producer – Barry Miles
    Trumpet, French Horn, Chorus – Cyril Caster
    Tuned by Allen Ginsberg in Cherry Valley, NY, 1968. Recorded at Apostolic Studios, New York City, June-July 1969. From the album Allen Ginsberg/William Blake: Songs Of Innocence And Experience, Verve/Forecast #3083, 1970.


  8. The Sick Rose 1:35
    Guitar – Jon Sholle
    Lyrics By – William Blake
    Music By, Vocals – Allen Ginsberg
    Organ – Bob Dorough
    Producer – Barry Miles
    Tuned by Allen Ginsberg in Cherry Valley, NY, 1968. Recorded at Apostolic Studios, New York City, June-July 1969. From the album Allen Ginsberg/William Blake: Songs Of Innocence And Experience, Verve/Forecast #3083, 1970.


  9. Nurse's Song (Experience) 2:07
    Bass – Herman Wright
    Guitar – Jon Sholle
    Lyrics By – William Blake
    Music By, Vocals – Allen Ginsberg
    Producer – Barry Miles
    Vocals – Peter Orlovsky
    Tuned by Allen Ginsberg in Cherry Valley, NY, 1968. Recorded at Apostolic Studios, New York City, June-July 1969. From the album Allen Ginsberg/William Blake: Songs Of Innocence And Experience, Verve/Forecast #3083, 1970.


  10. City Midnight Junk Strains (For Frank O'Hara) 4:42
    Words By, Voice – Allen Ginsberg.
    Written July 29, 1966. Recorded in Buffalo, Feb. 5, 1968. From the album Mother Number 9, Mother #4 1968, 1968.


  11. A Cradle Song 4:56
    Cello – Arthur Russell
    Flute – Jon Meyer (2)
    Lyrics By – William Blake
    Music By, Vocals, Finger Cymbals, Harmonium – Allen Ginsberg
    Producer – Barry Miles
    Violin – Peter Hornbeck
    Tuned by Allen Ginsberg in Cherry Valley, NY, 1968. Recorded at Pacific High Studios, San Francisco, July-Aug. 1971. Previously unreleased.


  12. Infant Joy 2:16
    Cello – Arthur Russell
    Guitar – Jon Sholle
    Lyrics By – William Blake
    Music By, Vocals, Finger Cymbals – Allen Ginsberg
    Producer – Barry Miles
    Viola – Peter Hornbeck
    Tuned by Allen Ginsberg in Cherry Valley, NY, 1968. Recorded at Pacific High Studios, San Francisco, July-Aug. 1971. Previously unreleased.


  13. The Fly 0:48
    Cello – Arthur Russell
    Flute – Jon Meyer (2)
    Guitar – Jon Sholle
    Lyrics By – William Blake
    Music By, Vocals, Finger Cymbals, Harmonium – Allen Ginsberg
    Producer – Barry Miles
    Violin – Peter Hornbeck
    Tuned by Allen Ginsberg in Cherry Valley, NY, 1968. Recorded at Pacific High Studios, San Francisco, July-Aug. 1971. Previously unreleased.


  14. Voice Of The Bard 1:10
    Cello – Arthur Russell
    Lyrics By – William Blake
    Music By, Vocals, Harmonium – Allen Ginsberg
    Producer – Barry Miles
    Tuned by Allen Ginsberg in Cherry Valley, NY, 1968. Recorded at Pacific High Studios, San Francisco, July-Aug. 1971. Previously unreleased.


  15. School Boy 3:44
    Cello – Arthur Russell
    Flute – Jon Meyer (2)
    Lyrics By – William Blake
    Mandolin – Alan Senauke
    Music By, Vocals, Finger Cymbals, Harmonium, Performer [Tibetan Thighbone Trumpet] – Allen Ginsberg
    Producer – Barry Miles
    Tuned by Allen Ginsberg in Cherry Valley, NY, 1968. Recorded at Pacific High Studios, San Francisco, July-Aug. 1971. Previously unreleased.


  16. A Dream 5:06
    Cello – Arthur Russell
    Clarinet – Perry Robinson
    Drum, Bells, Toy – Maruga*
    French Horn, Recorder, Piano – David Amram
    Guitar – Happy Traum, Jon Sholle
    Guitar, Vocals – Bob Dylan
    Lyrics By – William Blake
    Music By, Vocals, Finger Cymbals, Harmonium – Allen Ginsberg
    Producer, Engineer – Jack Douglas
    Remix [Remixed By] – Hal Willner, John Strother
    Vocals – Anne Waldman, Peter Orlovsky
    Tuned by Allen Ginsberg in Cherry Valley, NY, 1968. Recorded at The Record Plant, New York City, 1971. Remixed at Penguin Recording, Pasadena, 1992. Previously unreleased.


  17. Who Be Kind To 7:10
    Words By, Voice – Allen Ginsberg.
    Written in London, June 8, 1965. Recorded at The Festival Of Two Words, Spoleto, Italy, July 8, 1967. From the album The World's Great Poets Reading At The Festival Of Two Worlds, Spoleto, Italy - American Poets: Ginsberg, Berryman, Corso, Applause Productions #412, 1968.


  18. First Party At Ken Kesey's With Hell's Angels 2:15
    Words By, Voice – Allen Ginsberg.
    Written in California, Dec. 1965. Recorded at The Festival Of Two Words, Spoleto, Italy, July 8, 1967. From the album The World's Great Poets Reading At The Festival Of Two Worlds, Spoleto, Italy - American Poets: Ginsberg, Berryman, Corso, Applause Productions #412, 1968.


  19. Pacific High Studio Mantras (Om Ah Hum Vajra Guru Padma Siddhi Hum) Old Tibetan Mantra Of Padmasambhava 5:22
    Cello – Arthur Russell
    Chorus – Reverend Adjari & Buddhist Chorus
    Flute – Jon Meyer
    Guitar – Jon Sholle
    Mandolin – Alan Senauke
    Producer – Barry Miles
    Violin – Peter Hornbeck
    Vocals, Harmonium – Allen Ginsberg
    Tuned by Allen Ginsberg. Recorded at Pacific High Studios, San Francisco, July. Previously unreleased.


  20. Wichita Vortex Sutra Part 3 7:32
    Music By, Producer – Philip Glass
    Piano – Alan Johnson
    Producer – Kurt Munkacsi
    Words By, Voice – Allen Ginsberg
    Written while driving south across Kansas, Feb. 4, 1966. Recorded in New York City, 1992. Previously unreleased


  21. Nurse's Song (Innocence) 7:12
    Guitar, Vocals – Steven Taylor (2)
    Lyrics By – William Blake
    Music By, Vocals, Harmonium – Allen Ginsberg
    Producer – J.N. Fleeman
    Vocals – Gregory Corso, Peter Orlovsky
    Tuned by Allen Ginsberg in Cherry Valley, NY, 1968. Recorded at De Kosmos, Amsterdam, Nov. 28, 1979. From the EP Blake's Greatest Hits, Blue Moon #40187, 1982.


  22. Pull My Daisy 1:38
    Words By – Jack Kerouac, Neal Cassady
    Words By, Voice – Allen Ginsberg
    Written in New York City, spring/fall 1949. Recorded at the 92nd Street YM & YWHA, New York City, Dec. 3, 1970. Previously unreleased.



Vol. 4: Ashes & Blues

  1. Capitol Air 5:40
    Bass – Paul Simonon
    Drums – Topper Headon
    Featuring – Clash, The
    Guitar – Joe Strummer, Mick Jones
    Lyrics By, Music By, Vocals – Allen Ginsberg


  2. Written In My Dreams By W.C. Williams 2:14
    Banjo – Marc Ribot
    Bass – Steve Swallow
    Clarinet – Ralph Carney
    Composed By, Arranged By, Guitar – Bill Frisell
    Executive Producer – Michael Minzer
    Producer – Hal Willner
    Words By, Voice – Allen Ginsberg


  3. Cia Dope Calypso 3:30
    Cello, Tambourine, Chorus – Arthur Russell
    Guitar, Bass, Banjo, Ukulele, Maracas, Drums, Arranged By, Chorus – Jon Sholle
    Lyrics By, Music By, Vocals, Harmonium, Finger Cymbals, Performer [Song Sticks], Chorus – Allen Ginsberg
    Mandolin, Bass Guitar, Steel Guitar [Pedal Steel Guitar], Violin, Chorus – David Mansfield
    Producer – John Hammond
    Recorder, Congas, Chorus – Stephen Taylor (2)


  4. Vomit Express 6:32
    Banjo – Happy Traum
    Clarinet – Perry Robinson
    Drums – Maruga*
    French Horn, Recorder, Piano – David Amram
    Guitar – Jon Sholle
    Guitar, Vocals – Bob Dylan
    Lyrics By, Music By, Vocals, Finger Cymbals, Producer – Allen Ginsberg
    Remix [Remixed By] – Hal Willner, John Strother
    Vocals – Anne Waldman, Peter Orlovsky
    Zither – Surya (4)


  5. Please Master 4:44
    Words By, Voice – Allen Ginsberg.


  6. The Little Fish Devours The Big Fish 5:46
    Drums, Arranged By – Elvin Jones
    Guitar – Rudolph Grey
    Lyrics By, Music By, Vocals, Harmonium – Allen Ginsberg
    Remix [Remixed By] – Hal Willner, John Strother


  7. Prayer Blues 5:56
    Words By, Voice – Allen Ginsberg.
    Producer, Engineer – Harry Smith

  8. Birdbrain 6:40
    Chorus – Lannie Garrett
    Featuring – Gluons, The
    Guitar [Additional Guitars], Chorus, Producer – Kenny Vaughn
    Performer [Instruments], Music By, Chorus – Mark Frye, Ted Wahl
    Performer [Instruments], Music By, Producer – Mike Chapelle
    Producer – Bruce Odlin
    Words By, Voice – Allen Ginsberg


  9. Gospel Noble Truths 5:28
    Cello, Tambourine, Chorus – Arthur Russell
    Guitar, Bass, Banjo, Ukulele, Maracas, Drums, Arranged By, Chorus, Arranged By, Chorus – Jon Sholle
    Lyrics By, Music By, Vocals, Harmonium, Finger Cymbals, Performer [Song Sticks], Chorus – Allen Ginsberg
    Mandolin, Bass Guitar, Steel Guitar [Pedal Steel Guitar], Violin, Chorus – David Mansfield
    Producer – John Hammond
    Recorder, Congas, Chorus – Steven Taylor (2)


  10. Hum Bom 3:20
    Words By, Voice – Allen Ginsberg.


  11. Airplane Blues 4:26
    Bass – Bob Dylan
    Drums – Arthur Rosato
    Guitar – Steven Taylor (2)
    Lyrics By, Music By, Vocals – Allen Ginsberg
    Piano, Organ, Guitar [Dobro] – David Mansfield
    Remix [Remixed By] – Hal Willner, John Strother


  12. On Neal's Ashes 0:44
    Words By, Voice – Allen Ginsberg.
    Supervised By – Barry Miles

  13. September On Jessore Road 10:34
    Double Bass [1971 Session] – Jon Sholle
    French Horn [1971 Session] – David Amram
    Guitar, Arranged By [1983 Session (Opening & Closing)] – Steven Taylor (2)
    Lyrics By, Music By, Vocals, Harmonium, Producer [1971 Session, 1983 Session (Opening & Closing)] – Allen Ginsberg
    Piano, Organ, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar [1971 Session] – Bob Dylan
    Producer [1983 Session (Opening & Closing)] – Benn W. Posset*
    Remix [Remixed By] – Eric Liljestrand, Hal Willner
    Strings [1983 Session (Opening & Closing)] – Mondrian String Quartet


  14. Father Death Blues 3:42
    Bass, Mandolin, Banjo, Electric Guitar, Performer [Harmonizer] – Jon Sholle
    Cello – Arthur Russell
    French Horn, Flute, Recorder, Piano, Hihat – David Amram
    Lyrics By, Music By, Vocals – Allen Ginsberg
    Voice, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar – Steven Taylor (2)


  15. Do The Meditation Rock 4:02
    Guitar, Vocals – Steven Taylor (2)
    Lyrics By, Music By, Vocals – Allen Ginsberg
    Producer – James Grauerholz, Krush (15)


  16. After Lalon 3:20
    Words By, Voice – Allen Ginsberg.