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"CAPTAIN BILLY’S MAGIC 8 BALL" - " MY POLITICAL EDUCATION" - FEATURING THE ALBUM "O LUCKY MAN" By ALAN PRICE IN HIGH DEFINITION WITH NARRATIVE - EPISODE # 44 - THE CAPTAIN DELIGHTS WITH INSIGHTS OF HIS 8 TRACK TREASURES!

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“CAPTAIN BILLY’S MAGIC 8 BALL” – ” MY POLITICAL EDUCATION” – FEATURING THE ALBUM “O LUCKY MAN” By ALAN PRICE IN HIGH DEFINITION WITH NARRATIVEEPISODE # 44 – THE CAPTAIN DELIGHTS WITH INSIGHTS OF HIS 8 TRACK TREASURES!

“MY POLITICAL EDUCATION

O LUCKY MAN! by Alan Price (WB, 1973)

I never read Karl Marx, but I learned all about the Capitalist system through Alan Price’s album O Lucky Man! When this cocky working class busker sang “Poor people stay poor people… someone’s got to win in the human race,” or “We all want justice, but ya gotta have the money to buy it…” I understood the world I was about to encounter.

This recording was the soundtrack to a muddled, 3 hour cinematic parody, originally conceived by its star, Malcolm McDowell, based on his experiences as a coffee salesman. Director Lindsay Anderson starred Malcolm in all three of a trilogy of films which began with a memoir about Anderson’s schooldays, “IF”, and those three films, combined with Malcolm’s charismatic, explosive performance in Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange, made him the poster boy for adorable malevolence. It’s been nice to see him continue to ply his trade through the decades, transforming from youthful beauty into crusty pervert, and always with the same masterful, suave assurance.

O Lucky Man, the film, may have retreated into the shadows of obscurity, but the soundtrack continues to resonate. Director Anderson originally approached Price to do a documentary about his touring band, but when licensing issues necessitated a change, the ex-keyboardist of The Animals, (another iconic working class outfit), took the new assignment and made history with it. This album is a simple, direct, and humorous take on the moral compromises of existence, and it educated me without me even knowing it. He wasn’t the only English rocker to address the class system, Ray Davies more consistently ranted on the topic, but this document stands unilaterally as a cheeky “up yours” to the societal plague of Capitalism. Someone once told me, “Bill, money is simply a medium of exchange.” “Well, yes,” I replied, “but, what do you have to give up for what you’re getting?”

Track Listing: “O Lucky Man!” “Poor People” “Sell Sell” “Pastoral” “Arrival” “Look Over Your Shoulder” “Justice” “My Home Town” “Changes” “O Lucky Man!”


By Rich Buckland 01/23/2022 03:27 PM

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