Yeah bummer that Dance. It was a unique album in 1978 and should have been recognised but they probably gave it to an album of Toni Basil reading Marcel Prousts 'Remembrance of Things Past'....those awards things are all bullshit....some idiot has just nominated Bob Geldof for his 'outstanding' contribution to music?? Thats a fucking laff....he may well have helped with the worthy Live Aid but musically he was crap......
Yeah, they give the awards to people no one has ever heard of. Or some crappy group that you wonder how the hell they even got into the music business. ;D
If they actually gave the awards to someone worthy of it like The Doors, then it would actually mean something. I, personally hate awards shows. I will do anything to keep from watching them.
My favourite Morrison poetry is the stuff where he evokes his mythical Far Arden - you get some of that in Celebration of the Lizard too.
That mythical paradisical landscape, peopled with beautiful innocents, wild animals and ... "reptiles, abounding".
Of his other stuff, I really like 'Lament for the Death of My Cock'. They actually do a good job of that on the American Prayer album, although I agree with some others here that the musical backings are not quite right there.
I have the "Rock Is Dead" bootleg, and most of the material sounds better on that without some of the rather too 'funky' beats they put on AP.
I would say that Jim favoured darker sounds - atonal sounds, musique concrete etc., [as on Horse Latitudes] for his poetry, rather than boppy, funky beats.
I would venture to say that Jim would have been interested in 'Amercian Prayer' but its not what he envisaged when he set out to make an album of his poetry...
Yeah its much better.
And as far as the doors taking some things out of context.. does it really matter as far as the listening experience goes? His poetry is usually pretty random and you could easily interchange lines from different ones and it wouldnt matter.
I think Jim and any of his hardcore poetry fans aught to be damn greatful the rest of the doors made it into something palettable.
I like the readings but if there wasnt any music I wouldnt have listened to it more then once I'm sure.
well i dont think that much has been edited regarding his poetry. lines havnt been mixed and matched too much. the AP poetry is very similar to the original stuff they got it from i.e. the lost paris tapes. which i love listening to without all the jazzed up music etc. i think its just superb to listen to jim speaking his poetry. i dont even find much of it random. in ap as it is in the lost paris tapes his poems tell stories. they have direct meaning and most of them you dont even have to think "i wonder what he meant there?".