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Tuesday, May 04, 2010
SELECTIONS FROM CROW AND WODWO
read by the poet Ted Hughes
CAEDMON RECORDS TC 1628 1979 STEREO
Crow and Mama 1:09 A Childish Prank 1:03 Crow's First Lesson 1:15 Crow Hears Fate Knock on the Door 1:28 Crow's Fall 0:55 The Contender 2:01 A Horrible Religious Error 1:02 Crow's Elephant Totem Song 2:44 Song for a Phallus 2:59 Apple Tragedy 1:11 Crow Paints Himself into a Chinese Manual 1:55 Notes for a Little Play 1:26 Lovesong 2:07 The Lovepet 2:32 How Water Began to Play 1:20
Thistles 0:46 Her Husband 1:07 Second Glance at a Jaguar 1:50 The Green Wolf 1:24 Theology 0:35 Gog 1:23 Kreutzer Sonata 1:36 Out (I, II and III) 3:28 Heptonstall 0:45 Pibroch 1:26 The Howling of Wolves 1:25 Gnat-Psalm 2:45 Full Moon and Little Frieda 0:58
Editor's note: for a man so reknowned for his sexual prowess I expected a bellowing ape to shiver out some shrieks and sobs and then dismantle the universe here on this record. Instead, an English dandy with a few terse lines. A lot of this sounds like post-Jeffers half-washed apocalyptic refuse but as far as poetry goes (or went) in the modern era this is good material. Not good enough to keep Sylvia Plath's or Assia Wevill's heads from the oven but good enough for the unscrubbed masses such as us I suppose.
I came across this record on a few blogs and managed to track down some audio from WFMU's site. I would love to hear more from this honky-tonkin' caterwaulin' queen. Listen to the tracks below and I think you will too!