William S. BurroughsThe Best Of William Burroughs From Giorno Poetry Systems

Label:Mouth Almighty Records – 314 536 700-2, Mercury – 314 536 700-2
4 x CD, Compilation, Orange
Genre:Electronic, Non-Music
Style:Audiobook, Spoken Word, Experimental


1-1Twilight's Last Gleamings2:48
1-2103rd Street Boys7:32
Naked Lunch
1-4I Can Feel The Heat Closing In6:53
1-5Meeting Of International Conference Of Technological Psychiatry4:52
1-6In Mexico The Gimmick Is To Find A Local Junkie With A Government Script2:21
1-7The Laboratory Has Been Locked For Three Hours Solid2:06
1-8Dr. Benway Is Operating In An Auditorium Filled With Students1:56
1-9Fats Terminal Has Organized A Purple Ass Stick For Motorcyclists2:03
1-10Hassan Is A Notorious Liquifactionist5:33
The Soft Machine
1-11Where You Belong3:09
1-12What Washington? What Orders?
EngineerPeter Barry Chowka
1-13From Here To Eternity3:45
1-14The Evening News3:04
Nova Express
1-15I Was Travelling With The Intolerable Kid On The Nova Lark8:32
1-16The Unworthy Vessel2:44
1-17The Do-Rights3:32
Ah Pook Is Here
2-1Ah Pook Is The Mayan God Of Death12:27
2-2Introducing John Stanley Hart. He Entered The Bar With The Best Intentions2:12
2-3When Did I Stop Wanting To Be President7:03
2-4What The Nova Convention Is All About1:56
2-5Keynote Commentary, Roosevelt After The Inauguration5:48
The Wild Boys
2-6The Chief Smiles6:44
2-7The Green Nun3:27
2-8Tio Mate Smiles10:24
2-9Tio Pepe4:28
2-10As Esperanza Turns To Go Inside; Tia Maria, Tio Gordo6:44
2-11A Top Level Conference Is In Progress6:02
Port Of Saints
2-12Firecracker (Excerpt)3:50
Cities Of The Red Night
3-1Virus B-231:18
3-2Doctor Pierson8:41
3-3The Name Is Clem Snide. Mr. Hart Couldn't Hear The Word Death5:00
Place Of Dead Roads
3-4This Is Kim Carson2:00
3-5Just Like The Collapse Of Any Currency1:54
3-6The Purple Better One4:11
EngineerKelley Mascher
3-8The Whole Tamale
EngineerKelley Mascher
3-9My Protagonist Kim Carson4:54
3-10Salt Chunk Mary1:15
3-11Like Mr. Hart, Kim Has A Dark Side To His Character2:48
3-12Progressive Education7:10
3-13The Wild Fruits2:24
3-14Old Man Bickford2:08
The Western Lands
3-15The Mummy Piece4:05
3-16The President1:55
3-17Colonel Bradfield2:32
3-18Every Man A God1:14
3-19Kim Like The Great Gatsby1:24
3-20Just Say No To Drug Hysteria (Excerpt)4:05
3-21Words Of Advice3:28
Recorded ByResearch Video
4-2Sexual Conditioning8:31
4-3Dead Souls4:06
The Cat Inside
Nothing Here Now But The Recordings
4-5Captain Clark Welcomes You Aboard0:23
4-6The Saints Go Marching Through All The Popular Tunes4:11
4-7Summer Will1:58
4-8Outside The Pier Prowled Like Electric Turtles1:13
4-9The Total Taste Is Here, News Cut-Ups0:36
4-10We See The Future Through The Binoculars Of The People11:25
4-11Just Checking Your Summer Recordings1:40
4-12Creepy Letter, Cut-Up At The Beat Hotel In Paris1:56
4-13Inching, Is This Machine Recording?0:59
4-14Handkerchief Masks, News Cut-Up3:22
4-15Word Falling, Photo Falling1:24
4-16Throat Microphone Experiment1:00
4-17It's About Time To Identify Oven Area1:07
4-18Last Words Of Hassan Sabbah12:10
4-19I Was Fooling Around With These Tapes In Hotels3:18

Companies, etc.


Packaging consists of 4 jewel cases in a 12x12" cloth box (similar to boxed sets from the 1950s) with a large book of writings and photos.

1-1, 1-16, 1-17, 2-2, and 3-3 previously appeared on "You're The Guy I Want To Share My Money With", Giorno Poetry Systems, 1981.
1-2, 1-6, 1-8, 1-10, 1-13, 2-1, 2-6, 2-7, 3-1, 3-2, and 3-9 to 3-13 previously appeared on "William S. Burroughs / John Giorno", Giorno Poetry Systems, 1975.
1-3, 2-5, 3-4, and 3-5 previously appeared on "The Nova Convention", Giorno Poetry Systems, 1979.
1-7 previously appeared on "Big Ego", Giorno Poetry Systems, 1977.
1-15 previously appeared on "Sugar, Alcohol & Meat", Giorno Poetry Systems, 1980.
2-3 previously appeared on "Totally Corrupt", Giorno Poetry Systems, 1976.
2-10 previously appeared on "The Dial-A-Poem Poets", Giorno Poetry Systems, 1972.
2-11 previously appeared on "Biting Off The Tongue Of A Corpse", Giorno Poetry Systems, 1975.
3-14 previously appeared on "You're A Hook", Giorno Poetry Systems, 1983.
3-15 previously appeared on "Life Is A Killer", Giorno Poetry Systems, 1982.
3-16 to 3-18 previously appeared on "A Diamond Hidden In The Mouth Of A Corpse, Giorno Poetry Systems, 1985.
3-19 and 3-21 previously appeared on "Smack My Crack", Giorno Poetry Systems, 1987.
3-20 and 4-3 previously appeared on "Like A Girl, I Want You To Keep Coming", Giorno Poetry Systems, 1989.
4-1 previously appeared on "Better An Old Demon Than A New God", Giorno Poetry Systems, 1984.
4-5 to 4-19 previously appeared on "Nothing Here Now But The Recordings", Industrial Records, 1981.

All other tracks previously unreleased.

℗© 1998 Giorno Poetry Systems Institute, Inc.
Manufactured and marketed by Mercury Records, a Polygram company. Distributed by I.L.S.
Printed in U.S.A.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Disc 1): 314 536 701-2 03! B
  • Matrix / Runout (Disc 2): 314 536 702-2 02@ D
  • Matrix / Runout (Disc 3): 314 536 703-2 01@ C
  • Matrix / Runout (Disc 4): 314 536 704-2 02@ B
  • Mastering SID Code (Disc 1): IFPI L005
  • Mastering SID Code (Discs 2, 3, & 4): IFPI L006
  • Mould SID Code (Disc 1): IFPI 0314
  • Mould SID Code (Disc 2): IFPI 0313
  • Mould SID Code (Discs 3 & 4): IFPI 0384
  • Other (All Discs, Stamped): MADE IN USA BY PMDC
  • Other (Disc 1 Catalog Number): 314 536 701-2
  • Other (Disc 2 Catalog Number): 314 536 702-2
  • Other (Disc 3 Catalog Number): 314 536 703-2
  • Other (Disc 4 Catalog Number): 314 536 704-2
  • Barcode (on sticker): 7 31453 67002 0

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  • ferrarabrainpan's avatar
    This release is a meticulously curated and crafted labor of love in memory of the great writer and cultural theorist by his dear friend John Giorno. The production of the box, packaging of individual discs, heavy stock LP-sized booklet with intimate photos from Burroughs' early years to his final days, alone and amongst his noteworthy friends and admirers, and the selection of recordings... everything is so tnoughtfully assembled and printed. One of my prized box sets and well worth the price it's going for, considering its high quality and relative rarity.


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