In such a supremely unorthodox lifetime, it’s difficult to pick which of Allen Ginsberg’s artistic efforts was the most curious. I nominate “The Ballad Of The Skeletons” EP, if only because it was one of his latterday productions, but also because Paul McCartney and Phillip Glass are there too.
The Ballad Of The Skeletons was released in 1996. The EP features the full-length title track in which Ginsberg remains to the end ever the social agitant and every bit the sublime, if strangle-voiced, poet he ever was. Also included are “clean” and edited versions (what, for radio broadcast?) and a well-intentioned if unlistenable take on “Amazing Grace”.
Ginsberg passed away in 1997.