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"The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe (read by Tom O'Bedlam)

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Uploaded on Mar 25, 2010

The Raven was first published in 1845. I did a version earlier with a desktop microphone and lower sampling rate Having listened to it again lately I thought it so poor that I decided to do it again. Here's more information of the poem:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Raven

Most presentations of The Raven are theatrical with added spooky sound effects, echo, reverberation and compression. This isn't a big budget studio production - it's a plain recording with nothing changed: there's no echo, no reverb, no compression and no sound effects - about an hour's work.

The best reading in my opinion is Garrison Keillor:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWm7Jf...

For something more theatrical, here's Vincent Price (looking disconcertingly like Bruce Forsythe):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zuGZ_w...

James Earl Jones' reading gets the most hits
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXU3Rf...

And here's Christopher Walken:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wj1DR...

The first illustration is by Gustav Dore.

The second is by John Tenniel - who also illustrated the original Alice in Wonderland.

Here's a link to a parody, which isn't much more over-the-top than the original:
http://www.enformy.com/dma-raven.htm

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