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 Cool Hall of Fame #176


Alan Price

10 comments :

esceezeroten said...

Under-exalted genius of the first magnitude!
-Steve Carosello

Holly A Hughes said...

I love that album cover photo. What better statement is there of music's power to wipe away the day's hassles? Alan Price is definitely a cool cat -- so glad you've included him on the list.

Fernando said...

I really dig his cover of Randy Newman's "Simon Smith and the Amazing Dancing Bear," and the stuff he did for "O, Lucky Man!"

Fred said...

O, Lucky Man is awesome. First heard it in camp as a kid and couldn't wait to see the film that went with the soundtrack.

estiv said...

What a wonderful photo. If you lived a certain kind of life in the sixties/seventies, every single detail in this picture rings true, down to the tea kettle on the stove. Thanks.

Robert Fiore said...

"My name is little Alan Price
and I tried to be nice all of my life
but I'm afraid that up do date
it hasn't worked . . ."

jonking said...

I don't want to overanalyze this image, but doesn't it seem as though the disc on the turntable has played through, the tonearm is onto the label, and Alan is zoned out?

BTW, I speak as a confirmed fan, of more years than I care to admit.

STARTOONZ said...

His "O'Lucky Man" soundtrack music was (& is) stellar. Plus that wicked right hand on his organ solo on The Animals "House Of The Rising Sun".
Totally under appreciated musical genius!

Wellwynder said...

Classic English bedsit of the late 1960s!

Kreisler said...

You're right - the room layout is as if recreated by the V&A. The matador print is a good touch.