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Blackbird

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  • "Could have been perfect"

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    In my opinion there has never been a voice more suited to the recitation of poetry than the rich melodious voice of Richard Burton. The first half of this collection is his and Robert Hardy's recording of the Rime of the Ancient Mariner, a stunning masterpiece that sweeps you away in its sails.



    My two critical caveats, firstly the recording is veiled, particularly in the standard format, the enhanced version does help. I find it improbable that it is beyond the wit of modern audio engineers to rectify this.



    Secondly, not an issue for the poet officianardo, but the remaining of the audio doesn't give any indication as to what poem Burton is reciting, neither is it in the chapter headings, a real shame.



    Burton's recitation - 5 stars

    Audio presentation - 2-3 stars



    Overall - 4, just for Burton's delivery and emotion.

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    The Richard Burton Poetry Collection

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    • By Samuel Coleridge, Thomas Hardy, John Donne
    • Narrated By Richard Burton
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    Richard Burton reads from Hardy and Donne, and performs a wonderful unabridged version of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" (along with Robert Hardy and John Neville).

    Blackbird says: "Could have been perfect"
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