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From the Cold Jaws of Prison

Various Artists
From the Cold Jaws of Prison

"What you will hear on this recording is a cry of a people for justice and human dignity. You don’t know what freedom is unless you’ve experienced the chains from which to break free." The poems and music presented on this album were written and compiled by African-American inmates and ex-inmates of three prisons in the New York system—Attica, Rikers Island, and the Tombs. Their work speaks not only of the conditions faced in prison but to the broader African American experience outside prison walls where "Down went the junkie with the monkey on his back, the white world laughed because the junkie was Black."

Track Listing

101
Cathedral n/a 3:09
102
The Junkie n/a 2:45
103
A Word to the Hip n/a 3:37
104
Daddy, Daddy Come Dig Me n/a 6:51
105
Lord I Want to Be a Christian n/a 3:22
201
An Open Letter n/a 8:04
202
I'm a Dreamer n/a 4:10
203
Screaming n/a 4:37
204
He Arose n/a 3:47

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