|Studio album by Roy Harper|
|Genre||Folk, progressive folk, folk baroque|
|Label||Strike JHL 105,
Science Friction HUCD007
|Roy Harper chronology|
The Return of The Sophisticated Beggar
|Rolling Stone |
When initially released the album was poorly distributed; only a few thousand were ever made, so in order to promote the album, Harper designed flyers and personally handed them out to shoppers in Oxford Street, London. The albums liner notes imply that both John Renbourn and Ritchie Blackmore contributed.
On the original vinyl release, after the record needle pans across the run-out groove to the lock groove, there is a recording of Harper saying "Hup hup" over and over again. Some subsequent CD releases have included this recording as a separate track, "Hup Hup Spiral".
The album has subsequently been re-released on a number of different labels, given numerous titles, and had the original track listing altered. Though still available today, Harper only receives royalties for the official Science Friction release.
The album cover was drawn by Lon Goddard who, at the time, was the barman at Les Cousins. Goddard also lived with Harper and his family in Kilburn, London, played 2nd guitar on "October Twelfth" and "Goldfish" and later designed the gatefold cover for Harper's 1970 Harvest release, Flat Baroque and Berserk.
All tracks credited to Roy Harper
- "China Girl" – 3:36
- "Goldfish" – 2:47
- "Sophisticated Beggar" – 5:07
- "My Friend" – 4:06
- "Big Fat Silver Aeroplane" – 3:39
- "Blackpool" – 5:08
- "Legend" – 3:43
- "Girlie" – 3:02
- "October the Twelfth" – 5:54
- "Black Clouds" – 4:31
- "Mr. Station Master" – 3:04
- "Forever" – 3:27
- "Committed" – 3:14
|United Kingdom||1966||Strike||Vinyl||JHL 105||Sophisticated Beggar|
|United Kingdom||1970||Youngblood||Vinyl||SSYB 7||The Return Of The Sophisticated Beggar|
|United Kingdom||1972||Birth||Vinyl||RAB 3||The Return Of The Sophisticated Beggar|
|United Kingdom||1977||Big Ben||Vinyl||BBX 502||The Sophisticated Beggar|
|United Kingdom||1985||Avon Music||Cassette||ASK 791||Sophisticated Beggar|
|United Kingdom||1989||Sundown||Vinyl||SDLP051/CDSM 051||Sophisticated Beggar|
|Germany||1989||Magnum||Vinyl||CDSM 051||Sophisticated Beggar|
|United Kingdom||1992||Tring||CD||JHD 064||Legend|
|United Kingdom||1994||Science Friction||CD||HUCD007||Sophisticated Beggar|
|United Kingdom||1997||Mooncrest||CD||CRESTCD 027||Return Of The Sophisticated Beggar|
|United Kingdom||2007||Beat Goes On||CD||BGO 771.2||The Return Of The Sophisticated Beggar|
|Belgium||2007||One Media||CD||250183||Sophisticated Beggar|
|United Kingdom||2009||Vanilla OMP||CD||China Girl|
- [dead link]
- "1994 Roy Harper Interview". Terrascope.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-01-07.
- Sophisticated Beggar album review. Folkblues.co.uk (2011). Retrieved on 18 December 2011
- Sophisticated Beggar album review. Tripod.com (2011). Retrieved on 18 December 2011
- Songs of Love and Loss album review. Blogspot.com (2011). Retrieved on 18 December 2011
- "Articles, interviews and reviews from Lon Goddard: Rock's Backpages". Rocksbackpages.com. Retrieved 2014-04-26.
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