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Album Review

Released in 1997, Return of the Sophisticated Beggar augments Roy Harper's 1966 debut album, Sophisticated Beggar, with one previously unreleased track.

Customer Reviews

"The Doctor Says I'm Getting Better!"

.."My Friend!".. Just: Fantastic finger-picking; Sophisticated strumming; Literate Lyrics=It's hard to pin down Mr. Roy Harper to any one fixed style!-Upon first listening; You can hear his obvious influence on his fellow Britons: Nick Drake; Donovan Leitch & Richard Thompson-Repeated exposure reveals Roy Harper's influence on the Folk/Country/Rock of: Rod Stewart & The Faces; Jethro Tull & Led Zeppelin!-(Additional experience of Roy Harper's Playing & Singing will leave you Scratching your head & Wondering why he didn't make it Big as a Major "Rock Star!")-Be that as it may; I add my name to the list of fans who now say: "Hats Off To Roy Harper!" Grimmbo.

if not a master then a craftsman...

i'm not sure what the supposed four bonus tracks are here. this is merely a combination of the british and u.s. releases of this record with the original british track sequence and the inclusion of a song omitted from the american version plus the inclusion of one extra track; the last. i could however be wrong since neither of the vinyl versions i own is the original pressing. yes i'm that much of a nerd that i own two copies ( the u.s. version left out the song "committted") and yes this record is that good. all of the early roy harper records (pre- stormcock) hold up well today and this one is consistently good. some tracks might seem dated but some seem surprisingly contemporary. it's good to see itunes finally get a whole record rather than just the couple of songs on compilations and one "greatest hits" record. fans of 'freakfolk' would do well to at least listen to this and maybe 'flat baroque and berserk'. here harper is freaky and folky while also being pretty serious as well. he's like some kind of pot smokers' poet laureate squeezing too many words per line and breaking rhyme mid-lyric.

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Born: June 12, 1941 in Rusholme, Manchester, England

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

An idiosyncratic British singer/songwriter acclaimed for his deeply personal, poetic lyrics and unique guitar work, Roy Harper was born June 12, 1941, in Manchester, England. As a teen he tenured with De Boys, his brothers' skiffle band, before leaving home at the age of 15 to enter the Royal Air Force; he subsequently secured a discharge by faking insanity, resulting in a short stay in a mental institution (where he was the subject of an ECT treatment). His rebellious attitude eventually led to...
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