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Steven Jesse Bernstein - Prison (1992)
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This powerful album by the late Seattle writer Steven Jesse Bernstein (wikipedia) is one of the most effective and uncompromising spoken word records in the field. Bernstein took his own life in 1991, and this disc acts as both his swan song and a tribute by his collaborators to his poetic talent. These readings were recorded in 1990-91 (many of the pieces appear in his book, "More Noise Please") and were posthumously set to music by producer/composer Steve Fisk. Just prior to Bernstein's death, only one track had been fully finished, but he liked what he heard and agreed for Fisk and Sub Pop to proceed with the project. The result would have made him proud.

His confrontational, scathing voice marches through the door and slaps your face, backed up by dense, lazy, looping beats and samples that rearrange your furniture and hide the TV remote. These tracks demand and deserve your attention. Although he's an underground hero in the Northwest and has been championed by those in the know (William S. Burroughs endorsed him, and "No No Man" was used in the opening montage of Oliver Stone's Natural Born Killers), his body of work remains largely unread and unheard by the masses. For more Bernstein audio, an unaccompanied reading of "Come Out Tonight" can be found among the grunge tracks on the Sub-Pop-200 compilation. (RYM, monocle)
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1 illuminaut  
Download Link: http://rapidshare.com/files/136798723/Steven_Jesse_Bernstein_-_Prison__1992_.zip

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2 Harold Holt  
Amazing - but hard to sit through the entire album. Check out the Face track!

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