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

Radio Free Gunslinger #5:
Victor Jara Was a Communist!

Your host for this edition of Radio Free Gunslinger, entitled 'Victor Jara Was a Communist!,' is Phil Ochs.

The Content

First Sequence:
Kid Smith and Family - Mama, You're a Mess
Walter Morris - Betsey Brown
Fiddlin' John Carson, w. Moonshine Kate - Swanee River
The Grant Brothers & Their Music - Tell It to Me
Ben Curry (Blind Bogus Ben Covington) - Adam and Eve in the Garden

Second Sequence:
Françoise Hardy - La fille avec toi
Chantal Goya - Comment le revoir
Sheila - Le rêve
Sylvie Vartan - M'amuser
France Gall - Nounours

Third Sequence:
Cole Porter - Two Little Babes in the Woods
Carole King - Just Once in My Life
Kurt Weill - Speak Low
David Bowie - Lady Stardust
Harold Arlen - A Sleepin' Bee

Fourth Sequence:
Johnny Jano - Havin' a Whole Lot of Fun
Warren Storm - Mama, Mama, Mama (Look What Your Little Boy's Done)
Tommy Angel - Black Night
Jackson Toombs - Kiss-a Me Quick
The Surf Riders - I'm Out

Bill Cosby - Martin's Funeral


Robert Fiore said...

The link seems to lead to #4, not #5.

Tom Sutpen said...

I know . . . and it was sixteen and a half hours before anyone spotted it.

I guess that's better than sixteen days, huh.

Mark J said...

What a beautiful guitar, a Swedish Hagstrom, same model Elvis borrowed for his comeback special. Such a shame that Phil had, um, less success when he "went electric" than did The Magus...

Is there a link to the song list? Love this series!

-Mark J.

Jerome Raim said...

Thanks for compiling this playlist. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I'm looking forward to finding out the names of artists and songs soon!

swac said...

Makes me wonder if I should post an episode based on my mix CD of songs inspired by Hitchcock movies, or my ongoing series of mix tapes/CDs of songs about coffee.

Vanwall said...

Sounds like a plan, Stephen.

JoHnny ~ said...

the next gr8 american hero will be a communist ~