On The Streets Of New York
Mississippi expose us to some never before heard material. It's killer grade, recorded by yet another genius, Tony Schwartz, the pioneering Folkways field recordist, the first man to record Louis Hardin, aka Moondog, who in the 1950s also recorded a day in the life of a dog canine variety and a New York cab driver, among many others. Side one kicks off with an unreleased version of Moondogs classic composition Why Spend The Dark Night With You? followed by the first ever complete recording of his Nocturne Suite, a beautiful piece of classical music performed with members of the Royal Philharmonic. The side ends with the complete On The Streets Of New York 7 EP, which was released on Mars records in 1955 and subsequently re-released by Honest Jons Records in 2004 on their excellent Moondog anthology. Side B features sketches of Moondog compositions never released, many with the man himself howling and chanting over his homemade percussion set.
Moondogs music is as universal as it gets - part classical music, part Native American, part European folk, and part something completely unique. Moondog is one of the towering figures of 20th century music. This record comes with liner notes featuring never before released interviews with Moodog by Tony Schwartz and is housed in an old school tip on cover. All tracks fully licensed from the Library of Congress.