Ray Manzarek & Michael McClure – The Piano Poems

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Michael McClure is a Beat Generation poet, playwright and songwriter. Ray Manzarek is a founding member of The Doors, songwriter and music producer. Together with flautist Larry Kassin, they take their loyal fans on a musical mind expanding journey with their creations. Their collaboration was documented in the Oglio Home Video release “The Third Mind” and brought to life in this all new album of thought provoking poetry.

The Doors were influenced by the 1960s beatniks and that spirit continues with this collaboration. When asked “What’s the difference between Jim Morrison’s rock lyrics and a poem?” Ray responded that “There really is no difference between Jim’s poetry writings and his music lyrics.” Jim Morrison introduced Michael McClure to Ray during the recording sessions for “Waiting For The Sun.” That fateful meeting is still bearing fruit today with “The Piano Poems: Live From San Francisco.”

Tracks:
1. Pico Boulevard
2. Eagle in the Whirlpool
3. River of Night / Black Wine
4. Me Raw
5. Antechamber of the Night
6. That Government is Best
7. Big Lips
8. Mule Kick Blues
9. Let the Laws Go
10. Deconstruction Man
11. The Cups We Drink From
12. Jean Harlow and the Kid
13. Smash the State
14. Painted Dust

Oglio Records has released a soundtrack album (“Love Her Madly”) and a DVD (“The Third Mind”) with the legendary Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek. This latest release, a collaboration with Ray and poet Michael McClure entitled “The Piano Poems: Live From San Francisco”, takes Ray’s music and Michael's poetry to another dimension.

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