Aleister Crowley (1875-1947)

Wax Cylinder Recordings (1910-1914)
  1. Introduction
  2. The Call Of The First Æthyr (Enochian)
  3. The Call Of The First Æthyr (English)
  4. The Call Of The Second Æthyr (Enochian)
  5. The Call Of The Second Æthyr (English)
  6. La Gitana
  7. The Pentagram
  8. One Sovereign For Woman
  9. The Poet
  10. At Sea
  11. Fingernails
  12. The Titanic
  13. Hymn To The American People
  14. Collects From The Gnostic Mass
  15. Vive La France

The contents are a collection of spoken recordings made by Aleister Crowley, done on wax cylinders between 1910 and 1914.

There is no label information on the record, only the number OZ 77. Track titles on label. No etchings except "MPO" and "OZ 77".

A text on the back cover reads: "... Consideration of others - compassion - is the most important quality we can possess. May confusion be dispersed. May all sentient beings achieve happiness and liberation."

Scratchy and of course quite variable from an acoustic standpoint, these arcane artifacts only take a little over 20 minutes to experience. Crowley speaks, intones, chants, sings and adumbrates, delivering the Call of the First and Second Aethyr in both English and Enochian; he recites or improvises poetic verses that are at once intriguing and mysterious beyond immediate comprehension. There is a "Hymn to the American People on the Anniversary of Their Independence," together with "Excerpts from the Gnostic Mass" a ritualistic essay on a Pentagram, and "Vive la French Republic" which is loudly sung (apparently by someone other than Crowley) with plodding piano accompaniment. In recent years, some of the Crowley cylinder recordings have been incorporated into contemporary electronic dirge mixes. Hearing them in their original state is actually a pleasant experience. He sounds like a very intelligent man who was enormously creative and must have been quite interesting in person. As for his many bad moves, it has been noted that the worst aspects of Crowley's psyche were the racism, sexism, and narcissism he inherited through his 19th century English caste system upbringing. Let's give credit where credit is due. ~ arwulf arwulf

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