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 #11

Calypso Is Like So-Robert Mitchum (1957)


Brent McKee said...

A defining image for Mitchum - a cigarette smoked almost to his knuckles, a little something tasty from the Caribbean ... and some booze. Although what is up with that glass he has the rum in?

Richard Gibson said...

Is this record actually any good does anybody know?
Rev-Ola re-issued it in UK a few years back.

Tom Sutpen said...

Personally, I love all of Mitchum's recordings, this one especially. He had an interesting Crosby-esque quality to his voice probably from all the weed he smoked), but laid back as he was, he seemed engaged with the material. And that's not something that can be said of many of these moonlighting movie stars who went into the recording studio.

I officially recommend this album.

swac said...

It's a fun record for sure. I got the Bear Family CD reissue that also includes his '60s country album that came out on Monument (I have a nice vinyl copy of that as well) plus his theme for Thunder Road. It's pretty much all the singin' Bob you need.

Sam said...

Wait...He did more?

Somebody lost a bet somewhere.