B Side Track #2
An Evening With Chopin
Plantation Records PLP-502
1976 Meadow Properties
Sometimes an LP blindsides you and you just don't what to say.
First, I try to research a album on the internet. I do my searches by title, artist and record company.
I could find nary a mention.
Next I look at the cover. I bought this LP because of the horrible artwork. At least the art is worth $6 don't you think? I mean... Chopin snuggled up to a bar maid with some guys sitting in chairs (who in the hell are those guys?) and some super hero barging through the door? That's worth $6! Now wait! There is a note on the cover that explains that the guys sitting in the chairs are historical figures: George Sand, Chopin, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Heinrich Hiene, Lord Byron, Novalis and Captain America. What?!! And wait... CAPTAIN AMERICA? That is NOT Captain America and I hope Marvel Comics didn't see that mention! I have no idea what the cover means. It must mean something... I just can't decipher the meaning as I write this.
Not be outdone by the cover, the music is a incredibly strange mix of orchestrated "Chopin" pieces mingled with "psych" tunes. Found on the B side, track 2, is sort of a mini rock opera that includes Prelude In A Minor – OP. 28#2, Waltz – OP. 64 #2 Part 1 and Waltz – OP. 64 #2 Part 3.
This track is actually groovy and maybe Benninghoff was on to something and rock operas where starting to "happen" in the 70s. Did the Captain America cover foiled his chances of being "discovered"? We may never know!