Rod McKuen / Anita Kerr / The San Sebastian Strings, The Soft Sea (1970)
I’m a sucker. I go into opp shops and salvation army stores and dig through the weary old cardboard box of the same old classical-lite shite. And I sometimes think I’ve found a gem. And sometimes I have. I don’t revisit – but if it’s a store I haven’t been into I feel like I should have a wee dig, just in case. You see those stores of people finding gems – and you don’t want to be the one that misses out. I knew on this occasion I wasn’t getting a gem – but I wanted it anyway. Rod McKuen was fascinating to me – and formative, an important influence as much for his prolific abilities as his actual talent. I read him at an early age, too early to really know what he was saying but compelled to check his books out from the library. Then I moved on. When he died – about five years ago – I got the urge to revisit some of his poetry and some of his songs and recordings (both spoken word and otherwise). And I was always kinda interested in the work he did with Anita Kerr – without owning any of it as such. So when I saw this I was in. Except I bought an album called The Sea (or thought I had) and arrived home with The Soft Sea – wrong album/wrong cover. I’m a sucker. As often as I’ve bought from opp shops and I’ve been burned a few times too, I never remember to check to see if the record matches the cover. So often they don’t. The store just lining up what’s left and thinking it’ll do – close enough; or the person that donates the item never knowing it was wrong in the first place. Anyway, I won’t be adding this to my collection for good – but for now it’s giving me the weird little McKuen hit I wanted I guess. Lol.
Sample Track: Overture To The Soft Sea
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