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

Art of Pop #58

Sleeping Beauty Ballet
(National Philharmonic Orchestra)
(Hollywood Records; 1962)


Robert Fiore said...

This could be the start of a whole series: Classical music marketed as a makeout record. Assuming this is not the only one.

Christopher said...

theres tons of 'em...Classical music iN Hi fI

samslam said...

I believe this is Julie Newmar. There is a Rock and Roll collection on Hollywood with a photo from the same session.

justjack said...

Sure looks like Julie, all right.

Oh wait, I geddit. She's sleeping, and she's a beauty. It's so obvious! Heh.

I dig how Tchaikovsky's name is the very smallest type on the entire cover.

Christopher said...

by gosh..I think you're right!!