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- Released: January 29, 2008
- Originally Released: 2008
- Label: Noble Rot
Description by OLDIES.com:
Those only familiar with "People Who Died" may not realize that Jim Carroll, like Patti Smith and Tom Verlaine, first started performing as a poet in the Lower East Side scene. And this 1991 album takes you to the heart of that scene, St. Mark's Church on the Bowery, for a series of poems and monologues taken from Carroll's collections "Living at the Movies" (1973), "The Book of Nods" (1986) and "Forced Entries" (1987), as well as a 14-minute improvised rant entitled "The Loss of American Innocence". Something of a greatest-hits poetry collection, this digipak reissue is essential for Jim Carroll fans!
- 1.Fragment: Little NY Ode
- 2.A Day At The Races
- 3.Time Square's Cage
- 4.A Child Growing Up With The Sun
- 5.Tiny Tortures
- 6.To The National Endowment Of The Arts
- 7.Terrorist Trousers
- 8.Monologue: The Loss of American Innocence
- 9.For Elizabeth
- 10.Sampling Nietzsche
- 11.Just Visiting
- 12.Praying Mantis
Recorded live at St. Mark's Church in New York City.
Personnel: Jim Carroll (vocals).
Liner Note Author: Kim Cooper .
Recording information: St. Mark's (In-The-Bowery) Church, New York, NY (1991); Your Place Or Mine Recording Studio, Glendale, CA (1991).
Not a rock & roll album like his three early-'80s releases with the Jim Carroll Band, 1991's Praying Mantis is a spoken word disc recorded live at St. Marks Church in the Bowery. Taking poems and monologues from his collections Living at the Movies (1973), The Book of Nods (1986), and Forced Entries (1987), as well as some new material and a 14-minute improvised monologue/prose poem/rant called "The Loss of American Innocence," Praying Mantis is like a greatest poetry hits collection. Those who aren't fans of Carroll's Rimbaud/Verlaine-derived poetry will not have their minds changed (indeed, his harsh Noo Yawk accent sometimes obscures the language's power), but it's pretty essential for fans. ~ Stewart Mason
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