We use cookies on our website to provide you with the best experience. Most of these are essential and already present.
We do require your explicit consent to save your cart and browsing history between visits. Read about cookies we use here.
Your cart and preferences will not be saved if you leave the site.



Roy Harper

Sophisticated Beggar

Label: Science Friction

Format: CD

Genre: Folk

In stock


This is where it all began, with a slim volume of poems and psychedelic ditties set to music, backed by a simple Revox machine, and transformed by instrumental turns that display British cult hero Roy Harper's deft guitar work. "Girlie," "Big Fat Aeroplane," and "Legend," while steeped in traditional folk idioms, show hints of Harper's unique songwriting style. His caustic wit and passion are already evident in the wordplay of this 1966 debut. "Forever" is as pretty a love song as you are likely to hear, while the mostly instrumental "Blackpool" rivals the works of acoustic guitar virtuosos Leo Kottke and John Fahey. On the electrified "Committed," Harper takes a darkly humorous look at a 15-week spell in an institution undergoing electro-convulsive treatment, which he received after faking mental illness to get out of the service. Very much a first album with rough edges and a no-frills production, Sophisticated Beggar nonetheless provides strong indications of a significant artist's burgeoning talent.

Cat. number: HUCD007
Year: 1994

More by Roy Harper

Folkjokeopus (LP)
LP | €38.00
Flat Baroque And Berserk (LP)
LP | €29.90 €38.00
Stormcock (LP)
LP | €33.00 €38.00
Lifemask (LP)
LP | €32.00 €48.00
CD | €13.00
Flat Baroque And Berserk
CD | €13.00
CD | €15.00
CD | €13.00
CD | €13.00