Artist Roy Harper
Label Science Friction
Producer Peter Richards
Release date 1967
(1966) Come Out Fighting Ghengis Smith
Genres Folk music, Folk rock, Progressive folk, Folk baroque
Similar Folkjokeopus, Flat Baroque and Bers, Come Out Fighting Ghengis, The Unknown Soldier, Bullinamingvase
Sophisticated Beggar is English folk / rock singer-songwriter and guitarist Roy Harper's debut album. It was released in 1966.
Roy harper china girl 1967
The album consists of Harper's poetry backed by acoustic guitar and recorded with a Revox tape machine by Pierre Tubbs.
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 album's 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