Spoken Word

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

Max S. Sadove, M.D. – Management of the Insomniac

Released in 1960, this is the first CIBA clinical record issued by CIBA Pharmaceutical Products in N.J. and is meant to be “an audio-visual journal devoted to postgraduate reviews of diagnosis and therapeutics.” In his day (and at the time of this recording) Max S. Sadove was rocking out as an anesthesiologist at the University […]

Morgan Fisher – Miniatures

In 1980, Mott The Hoople Keyboardist and Londoner Morgan Fisher solicited musical contributions from 50 musicians that he admired…

Sounds Of Self-Hypnosis Through Relaxation

There’s a lot of words I would use to describe the folkways catalog. But sexy is not one of them. Despite being a rather handsome man himself, Mo Asch resisted the allure of the sexy. And this is probably a good approach for recording the music of indigenous peoples. The Murat musicians of North Borneo […]

Kenneth Patchen – Reads Jazz In Canada

I am a sucker for both word jazz and Folkways so I figured I’d give it a try. Glad I did! Crazy beatnik vibe the likes of which so many records with wild covers promise but rarely deliver. The Alan Neil Quartet is backing him on this, and are super tight, but in no way […]

Visitors From Outer Space – What Saith The Lord?

On October 9, 1973 the entirely heterosexual fishing expedition of Charles Hickson & Calvin Parker was unexpectedly interrupted by a flying egg shaped craft. Three used condom looking creatures forced hickson on to their ship, examined his body, and then returned him to the wharf, unharmed. “If this is true we should throw away the […]