Spoken Word

Instructional Recordings, Poetry, Speeches, Lectures, Sermons, etc, etc, etc…

L Cpl Charles E Scott (USMC) – From Vietnam With Love

Still a mystery to me, found a stack of these in Richmond VA (the label’s hometown) almost a decade ago, many years of questions and research has yielded nada. The label is known for some hard 60’s garage rockers, this spoken recitation with folky guitar strumming & humming of the Stone’s “As Tears Go By” […]

Les Bardanes – Vers l’homme, Gospel Night N.4

Right people, like with my last post, if you want the sound clip you have to patiently plug into my webpage and hear mix 1 at http://dr.lloyd.free.fr/ I have this propensity I can’t shake for sonic and sensual overload and I totally recognise that one of my biggest faults is overuse of the tape echo function on […]

C – Dream One / In 1 Ear

For 7 or 8 years in the 90s I was selling records with my brother. I’m not going to pretend to you I was knowing my sh1t inside and out, my tiny mind was baffled from raves and with 2 hemispheres like Swiss cheese now it is just impossible for me to retain all the […]

Gertrude Behanna – God Isn’t Dead!

Here is the “highly personal story” of Mrs. Gertrude Behanna, a story of alcohol, drug addiction, three broken marriages and attempted suicide. Just look at Gertrude, doesn’t she exude the aura of misbehavior and a youth gone wild?! But who am I to know. Maybe God healed her visage of all that was ugly and […]

Signals From Outer Space

This came as a present from a friend and the physicist in me went ape-sh*t. This is a 45 themed around recordings from Sputnik, the first satelite to make it into space (launched from the former U.S.S.R. in 1957). Side one is a recording of the data being sent from Sputnik while in space. Lots […]

Kit Ream – All That I Am

I’m finishing this up at about 3:30 AM Pacific standard time, a perfect middle-of-the-night moment to finalize my thoughts on the infamous Kit Ream – All That I Am LP on Creative Records from 1978. Catalog number MW001. A “Waxidermist’s” wet dream. What started for me a few years ago as yet another late afternoon […]

The Slits / American Radio Interview

The Slits’ brief catalog is full of oddities bookmarked by two full-length LPs, their acknowledged dub/punk classic Cut and the misunderstood and very underrated Return of the Giant Slits. (If you have not yet done so, get these albums now.) This 1981 7″ came packaged with the (Europe only?) Return LP, and it’s a perverse […]

Victor Uman – The Celestial Visitor From Planet Wisdom

This comes to us from ‘The Scientific Peace Builders Foundation’ out of Santa Monica, CA. On side one, narrator Charles Evans explains to us how the world is and always has been: war, power struggles and greed pitting human against human, racism, disease, etc. Side two has the nasally voiced alien-human Mr. Uman explaining how […]

Various – Pornophone / Sanghingsten

Oh Oh, this cover is quite explicit, when i bought this 45 i thought it was punk underground stuff, it was written in swedish, the only thing i understood was “pornophone” and “Made in Sweden”, the rest is swedish, anyway i bought it. Back home, i listened to it and i was disapointed: only spoken. […]

David Wilkerson: The Coming Persecution

Definitely one of the best Christian covers I’ve ever seen. I was hoping the sermon would be a bit more crazed based on the liner notes, but, while Mr. Wilkerson’s prophecies seem pretty radical in print, the way he explains them leaves one wondering just how much divine help was actually needed to come to […]

Jackson White, MD: Deep Relaxation

I’ve had like a million of these mind control/relaxation/meditation records, but for some reason I like this one better than most. Maybe it’s the guitar accompaniment. It’s also kind of unintentionally funny because he must say “deeply relaxed” about 300 times over the course of the 2 sides. [Audio clip: view full post to listen]

Ford Lile: Track of the Scarab

Totally bugged out (no pun intended) album that Douglas McGowan recommended to me recently. Ford Lile manages to sound, mystical, erotic, and really creepy all at the same time. Imagine if Barry White had taken a Paul Horn style career turn and ended up dabbling in new-age and Egyptology. One you’ll have to hear to […]

Frank Rocco – Audio Therapy

Spoken word LP for those looking to shed a few pounds through the use of “progressive relaxation.” It is pretty self-explanitory and I probably shouldn’t waste any time discussing it. Basically the dialogue is this: “You will relax.” “You will relax more.” “You will relax more and more.” (etc) I am willing to bet that […]

Instructions To Train Personnel When Speaking To Passengers

Canada is a bilingual country and owing to the distances trains traveled, it was necessary to understand both English and French. This is an instructional record to help CN Rail staff understand the most basic, common-sense French and English phrases. I had hoped to hear something funny or awkward, but it really is just basic […]

The New World Money System by Willard Cantelon

Being an avid conspiracy theorist, my mouth started drooling when I came across this piece at a long forgotten (translation: I don’t remember where I got this) LA spot. Behold A Pale Horse? The Illuminati? The Da Vinci Code? Eff all those – this guy will scare the crap out of you. The record starts […]

Richard R. Stuart PH.D: Surgical Anatomy Vol.3

Though this record is spoken in my native English (I think), I really can’t understand a damn thing he says on here. I guess these were to be used as teaching aides for Doctor’s who were learning how to cut up bodies and stuff. I really hope no one had to resort to dropping the […]

Dr. Jacques Hondorus – Within: A Cosmic Odyssey

Fairly cool mystical spoken word record from the “You Institute, Inc.” in Los Angeles, Ca. I’ve had this a few times, but it honestly doesn’t ever get much play. The cover alone makes it pretty worthwhile though… Here are the doctor’s instructions for preparing to “experience” this album… 1. Allow yourself total privacy (disconnect telephone, […]

The Hellers / Creative Freakout

The best thing about this record is the packaging. I don’t just mean its physical packaging, a 10″ record in a paper sleeve that fits into a larger cardboard folder, but its trappings as a collectable record. Promotional only industrial item? Command Records “psych” connection? Wiggy weird 60s spoken word pop culture kitsch? Strangely good […]

Marr’Del – The Mystery of Love

Beautifully sparse and poetic album by this mysterious Ohio native, Marr’Del. The songs blend between spoken word poetry and singing with only the company of her guitar, harp, and sometimes the rain. Amazingly Marr’Del had no formal musical training, which really enhances the personal element of the album. There is so much more I want […]

Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. reads Cat’s Cradle

Being a DJ that comes from a ‘turntablist’ (god I hate that word) background, spoken word records were the mother lode for me and my friends. Although I’m not as scratchcratchratchatch as I used to be, I still relish the oddball talkie record. I found this bad boy and scooped it up immediately because my […]

Karen Ervin: Percussionist

Pretty amazing lp on a tiny label called “Wim” outta Los Angeles. Robert Kraft conducts, but the album is credited to Ervin as she is the featured soloist on all tracks. The whole lp is quite good as an Avant Garde Percussion record, but the tracks that really set this apart are two spoken word […]

LSD on Capitol

The menace of LSD on wax! One side is called “the Trip” and it consists of people talking about their personal experiences on acid. The best being a guy who they actually tape recorded having a bad trip. There is about 5 minutes or so of this dude just freaking out, all by himself, in […]