The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

Stacks o' Wax #3


Harpo at Work (1958)

I initially meant this series to represent what ever outre piece of vinyl I happened to pick up over the past week, but I couldn't resist posting this particular cover, a rare colour photo of everyone's favourite mute clown, the highlight of what is otherwise a fairly innoccuous collection of harp instrumentals.
Besides, this week's find, a collection of fascist Italian songs called "Il Duce!" released in the early '70s via "Oakleaf Ventures" seems a dubious prospect for online veneration (unless someone really wants to see it).

I'm still on the lookout for this disc's predecessor, Harpo in Hi-Fi. One of these days...

3 comments :

sleepybomb said...

wow, i have both harpo lp's, got 'em from my friends father who was disposing of his collection of about 250 lps. these were in the batch, somewhat worn out, (it seems he liked 'em alot), along with 'an evening w/ groucho' and a few of the flywheel radio shows that were made into lps for armed forces radio. looks like your cover is in much better shape than mine. i ended up getting the two disc cd set so i wouldn't play the lps. he really was rather good on the harp.
btw, you need to read 'harpo speaks' if you haven't done so already. he was an amazing character.

Tom Sutpen said...

Stephen wrote:

Besides, this week's find, a collection of fascist Italian songs called "Il Duce!" released in the early '70s via "Oakleaf Ventures" seems a dubious prospect for online veneration (unless someone really wants to see it).

*****
Um.

I'm intrigued enough to say I wanna see it.

Richard Gibson said...

I've only ever seen one of Harpo's LP's for sale. This was 10+ years ago and at that time Music and Video Exchange in Notting Hill wanted GBP100 for it. These are real rarities, especially in UK.

Excellent cover, I like it.