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 #44

Swingin' Down Yonder
(Dean Martin)
(Capitol Records; 1955)


estiv said...

What a bizarre artifact. Of course like everyone else, I always associate sanitized fantasy musical versions of the South with Mr. Dino Crocetti. It's nice to speculate that the reason they used an illustration instead of a photo is because he refused to pose for it. The album is forty minutes long and probably took forty-five minutes to record. He -- okay, I'll stop.

Tempest said...

I wish I was at the marketing meeting when they were kicking ideas around for this album cover.

Stories yet untold and lost in the mist of time.

Christopher said...

thats the album I open up and de-seed my Ganja on.. ;o)

Timmy said...

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Yet even further more proff that Dean Martin was one of the greatest vocalists God ever drew breath into.

michaelE said...

I have a sneaky feeling somebody seriously considered doing him in black-face!

Maria Jensen said...

Dino Crocetti :D
That album cover is so cool ;)