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Long Playing

My Perfect Non-Reader is listening to a Long Playing record, which plays for more or less twenty minutes before YHB has to go and flip the disc. I don't remember eight-tracks very well, but of course cassettes played for 45 minutes on a side, doubling the time between having to flip. Then CDs made it an hour or even an hour and a quarter before changing discs, and now digital music players can play for—what—four or five hours? And when I'm home in front of the computer, I can put on a playlist and have it play for twelve hours, or for twelve weeks without human intervention.

But that's not what I was going to talk about. I was going to talk about the actual album to which my Perfect Non-Reader is listening. Any guesses? It's the 1983 reissue, although we also have in the stack the original 1972 release, complete with lyrics booklet. And what I was going to say is that I had totally forgotten it, but it turns out that this is the album (and it was totally, completely, utterly influential on my character, for good or ill) that impressed on my the voice of Edward Everett Horton. Well, and I suspect it was at more or less the same time that I heard Mr. Everett Horton as the voice of Fractured Fairy Tales. I wonder when I first got a look at him. Anyway, as a grown-up I associate him with, you know, the sexually ambiguous best friend of the protagonist. OK, not very ambiguous. But the point is, I don't think of him as the older voice, a bit forbidding but gentle, with a hint of malice, and some unidentifiable but very clear sense of wit and intelligence that was really strong in my formative years. chazak, chazak, v’nitchazek,


Huh...is it the soundtrack to The Gay Divorcee (unissued until 1972 for some reason, perhaps)?

Nope. Try something more obviously suited to one of tender years.


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