Genre: Spoken Word
Size: 12"
Format: 33RPM,


William S. Burroughs Ali's Smile Numbered Limited Edition Import LP

William S. Burroughs

Availability: In Stock
In Stock An In Stock item is available to ship normally within 24 business hours.
Preorder A Preorder is an item that has not yet been released. Typically the label will set a projected release date (that is subject to change). If a projected release date is known, we will include this in the description in red. Other Preorders are set to release 'TBA.' This means that release date is yet 'To Be Announced'. The Preorder can be released anywhere between weeks, months or years from its initial announcement.
Backordered An Out Of Stock item is an item that we normally have available to ship but we are temporarily out of. We do not have a specific date when it will be coming.
Awaiting Repress Awaiting repress titles are in the process of being repressed by the label. No ETA is available at this time.
Expected On When an item is Out Of Stock and we have an estimated date when our stock should arrive, we list that date on our website in the part's description. It is not guaranteed.
Special Order A Special Order item is an item that we do not stock but can order from the manufacturer. Typical order times are located within the product description.
Adding to cart… The item has been added

1st Official Reissue Of The Lost Recording On Vinyl LP!
Numbered, Limited Edition Of 1000!

This record is divided into two sections. The first part is the title track and takes up most of side one. Ali's Smile was first published in 1971 and was privately released as a one-sided LP, in an edition of 99 copies. It came in a plain sleeve with a hardback copy of the spoken text, and was sold exclusively through Unicorn Bookshop in Brighton, UK. Bill Butler, the bookshop owner, was still paying off a viciously punitive fine and associated court costs imposed in 1968 after a guilty verdict in an obscenity trial. Burroughs, a "fellow American," was only too happy to help out by letting him have the rights to the recording.

Rumors abound as to how many copies of the LP actually sold and how many were damaged after having been left on a heater, but, whatever the facts, this magnanimous gesture would still have been very handy. This is the first official reissue of this lost audio recording. A tale of revenge, heartless cruelty and amulet power, muddied with frequent recourse to Scientological references. The rest of the LP is taken up with 33 minutes of audio tape supplied by Burroughs in answer to various questions mailed to him by a freelance journalist. It also includes several readings from material he was working on at the time.

The recordings date from 1963, which places them as some of, if not the, earliest in-depth recordings of his readings and thoughts. As this material dates from just before the publication of Nova Express, much of it serves as a useful companion and commentary on his Nova mythology. In the end only about ten minutes of this material ever got broadcast, and was used as part of an illustrated talk on the BBC's Third Programme. Sleeve notes on a numbered insert; edition of 1000.


  • Numbered, Limited Edition - 1000 Copies
  • Vinyl LP
  • 1st Official Reissue Of The Lost Audio Recording
  • Numbered Insert
  • Sleeve Notes
  • Made in the EU


Side 1:

  1. Ali's Smile
  2. Nova Dispatches: Pry Yourself Loose...

Side 2:

  1. Nova Dispatches: ...and Listen
  2. Nova Dispatches: What Are Words?
  3. Nova Dispatches: Nova Mythology
  4. Reading From The Ticket That Exploded
  5. Nova Dispatches: Cut-Up And Fold-In Techniques
  6. Nova Dispatches: Virus
  7. Nova Dispatches: Association Blocks

Customers Also Like