Each of the first 500 copies will me signed and numbered. This is the first time LISTEN TO THE WARM with all 32 tracks has been made available on a single CD, outside of the RCA 7 CD Boxed set. This double-platinum album contains a musical score by Rod for both the songs and spoken word tracks.
Listen to the Warm is an album of Rod McKuen's poems and songs released in tandem with a book of the same name. McKuen recites the poem "A Cat Named Sloopy" over an orchestral bed that quotes bits of the melody from "A Man Alone," and "Round, Round, Round" is a hushed mixture of spoken word and song set to a soft waltz that summons childhood memories of merrygorounds and calliopes. "Listen to the Warm" is the most famous song in the bunch, having been recorded by Glenn Yarbrough. McKuen later incorporated the title of the poem "The Ducks on the Millpond" into the song "Kaleidoscope," and that isn't the only example of lines and ideas from poems on Listen to the Warm that later cropped up in his songs. The spoken word content shares much in common with the reflective, melancholy recitations from pop music (Jimmy Dean's "To a Sleeping Beauty, for example), and McKuen's conversational style is easily accessible (as his tremendous success as a poet proves).
Full Track listing:
PROLOGUE: A CAT NAMED SLOOPY / TO SHARE THE SUMMER SUN / ROUND, ROUND, ROUND (VOCAL) / I'LL NEVER BE ALONE (VOCAL) / THE DUCKS ON THE MILLPOND / MIDNIGHT WALK / LISTEN TO THE WARM (VOCAL) / IT'S RAINING (VOCAL) / WEEKEND / BROWN OCTOBER / WHERE ARE WE NOW? (VOCAL) / THE SINGING OF THE WIND /
DANDELION DAYS (VOCAL) / I LIVE ALONE / EPILOGUE: ONE DAY I'LL FOLLOW THE BIRDS / LISTEN TO THE WARM ENTRE ACT: / LISTEN TO THE WARM (VOCAL) / I HAVE LOVED YOU IN SO MANY WAYS / WE TOUCH SHOULDER TO SHOULDER / SUNDAY IN NOVEMBER / BEYOND THE WALL (THE PHOENIX) / THE WARM AND GENTLE GIRLS (VOCAL) / BE GENTLE, PLEASE / HURRY / ROUND, ROUND, ROUND (REPRISE) CONVERSATION AFTER 1:00 AM / I HAVE LOVED YOU IN SO MANY WAYS (THEME) / ME AND THE CAT (VOCAL) / AFTER THE TOLL BEACH / LISTEN TO THE WARM (ALTERNATE VOCAL) / TWENTY-NINE / MIDSUMMER