At the request of Han Cholo, I have re-uploaded this post. It is now in lossless audio, so the file is a bit larger. It is stored on MEGA so the decryption code is in the comments. NØ
I thought it would be fitting to follow up Psyche Zenobia's post on Anton LaVey with one featuring Aleister Crowley. Like LaVey, whom Crowley indirectly influenced a great deal, Crowley thoroughly explored many aspects of spirituality, the occult, and the physical world during his lifetime. He gained a notorious reputation for his occult writings, drug use, and hedonism. However, unbeknownst to many people, he was also an accomplished mountaineer, poet, yogi, chess player, painter, and astrologer. Due to his notoriety the title of "The Wickedest Man in the World" was bestowed upon him by British tabloids, and even his own mother proclaimed him to be "The Beast", a nickname that he would eventually readily adopt.
"The Great Beast Speaks" collects early 20th century recordings of Aleister Crowley. The claim that this collection features every Crowley recording in existence is false. Though they are very few in number, there are Crowley recordings which aren't featured on this album. Opinions vary on the year that this was recorded, but most experts agree that it was recorded circa 1920, which would have made Crowley close to 45 years old at the time. These were originally recorded on wax cylinders, and later digitally transferred. The quality is still very poor despite the digital transfer, but if you want to hear Crowley this is the only option that you have.
Tracks two through thirteen are a mixture of Crowley reading incantations and poetry, while The last track is Crowley singing unintelligibly in French. You will notice that there are both English and "Enochian" versions of tracks two through five. The back cover states that the tracks marked 'Enochian Version' Are recited in the magical language discovered and used by 'John Dee', magician to The Court of queen Elizabeth. Enochian is not mere Gibberish; it is a real language with a grammar and syntax of its own. Perhaps it is, as more than one occultist has claimed, a degenerate form of drowned Atlantis. Someone was nice enough to create a page which gives a small explanation of each track, which can be found here here.
2. The Call of the First Aethy (Enochian Version)
3. The Call of the First Aethy (English Version)
4. The Call of the Second Aethy (Enochian Version)
5. The Call of the Second Aethy (English Version)
6. La Gitana
7. The Pentagram
8. One Sovereign for the Woman
9. The Poet
10. At Sea
11. The Fingernails
12. The Titanic
13. Hymn to the American People
14. Excerts from the Gnostic Mass
15. Vive La French Republic
Download: Aleister Crowley - The Great Beast Speaks
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