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

The Art of Pop #12

On The Way Up
(RCA; 1962)


VP81955 said...

Since the label in the upper right-hand corner reads "RCA Records" rather than the more familiar "RCA Victor," is this a cover printed outside the U.S.? Just wondering, as I've never come across this before.

The young Ann-Margret was a pretty decent (pun intended!) pop singer; the closest she came to a big hit was with "I Just Don't Understand," a good fact, the Beatles did a version of it on one of their early BBC appearances, with John singing lead. (It's available on the "Beatles at the Beeb" 2-CD set, which also includes Paul's nice turn on "I'll Be On My Way," a song Lennon/McCartney wrote for Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas, and a brilliant cover (Lennon on lead) of Arthur Alexander's "Soldier Of Love," which even eclipses the fine version Marshall Crenshaw did on his debut album.

Richard Gibson said...


Cinebeats said...

According to Ann-Margret's official website the record (only her second) was released in the US in 1962. An interesting side note - it was produced by Chet Atkins with Dick Pierce!

swac said...

I just picked up a UK pressing of Hank Snow's When Tragedy Struck (great album), and it has the same label, so this is likely also a UK edition, or possibly German.