Editors’ Notes This 36-track edition of The Raven was initially released as a limited-edition CD, with a condensed 21-track version being the common issue. However, as with all things Reed, it's best doing things in excess. Reed has a natural affinity toward Edgar Allan Poe’s dark and forbidden world, and it makes an odd sense that his own dark-horse tunes—"The Bed," "Perfect Day"— would slot so easily alongside these timeless Poe writings. Avant-garde theater director Robert Wilson commissioned Reed to assemble this project for a production called POE-Try. Dramatic readings by Willem Dafoe, Steve Buscemi, Amanda Plummer, and Elizabeth Ashley accentuate the high weirdness, while producer Hal Willner provides a great amount of room for the sounds to coalesce. The music’s an eclectic mix of acoustic and electric arrangements, with the advantage of having Laurie Anderson, Antony Hegarty, David Bowie, Kate and Anna McGarrigle, The Blind Boys of Alabama, and Ornette Coleman add their finishing touches. Jane Scarpantoni's cello is a major player, and her string arrangements give Reed further depth. 

SONG
The Conqueror Worm
1
2:16
 
Overture
2
1:05
 
Old Poe
3
0:40
 
Prologue
4
4:49
 
Edgar Allan Poe
5
3:20
 
The Valley of Unrest
6
2:26
 
Call On Me (feat. Laurie Anderson)
7
2:07
 
The City In the Sea / Shadow
8
4:14
 
A Thousand Departed Friends
9
4:58
 
Change
10
2:18
 
The Fall of the House of Usher
11
8:43
 
The Bed
12
3:32
 
Perfect Day (feat. Antony)
13
3:27
 
The Raven
14
6:30
 
Balloon
15
1:01
 
Broadway Song
16
3:12
 
The Tell Tale Heart, Pt. 1
17
2:24
 
Blind Rage
18
3:25
 
Tell Tale Heart, Pt. 2
19
1:43
 
Burning Embers
20
3:22
 
Imp of the Perverse
21
3:12
 
Vanishing Act
22
5:23
 
The Cask
23
6:41
 
Guilty (feat. Ornette Coleman)
24
2:45
 
Guilty (feat. Ornette Coleman)
25
4:54
 
A Wild Being from Birth
26
5:34
 
I Wanna Know (The Pit and the Pendulum)
27
6:58
 
Science of the Mind (feat. Blind Boys of Alabama)
28
1:35
 
Annabel Lee / The Bells
29
1:41
 
Hop Frog (feat. David Bowie)
30
1:46
 
Every Frog Has His Day
31
1:06
 
Tripitena's Speech
32
2:19
 
Who Am I? (Tripitena's Song)
33
4:30
 
The Courtly Orangutans
34
1:41
 
Fire Music
35
2:44
 
Guardian Angel
36
6:51