The Little Prince + Richard Burton + Moog

Published October 2, 2009 by Graham


The case in support of Richard Burton’s 1975 audio recording of The Little Prince being ridiculously rad.

Exhibit A: The Little Prince is one of the world’s greatest children’s books. Correction: The Little Prince is one of the world’s greatest books, period. Based on the wild, desert-stranded hallucinations of a rapidly dehydrating adventurer by the name of Antoine de Saint-Expuery, The Little Prince uses seductively surreal imagery as the foundation for a philosophical exploration of existence itself. It’s funny and provocative and weird and it might leave you a sobbing mess if you approach it right.

Exhibit B: The dulcet tones of Richard Burton’s magnificent voice. It’s a train passing in the night, a sturdy oak tree, and a hazelnut spread on your favorite bread all at once. Anyone who’s ever heard the Burton-narrated disco rock opera War of the Worlds knows what I’m talking about. If you don’t believe me, just ask whoever voted for the Grammys in 1975. They gave him one for his reading of The Little Prince.

Exhibit C: The otherworldy Moog sounds that float like apparitions in the ethereal soundscape of The Little Prince, produced by early electronic pioneer Mort Garson. This is the man responsible for creation of insane albums like Plantasia, The Zodiac: Cosmic Sounds, and a bizarre psychedelic Oz parody entitled The Wozard of Iz. “Mad genius” is a mere callow approximation of Garson’s creative dexterity.

Exhibit D: This 30-second sample of the record.

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We rest our case.


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3 comments so far

  1. Patrick says:

    Hey, I have this! But I left all my 45’s back in California… Was thinking about this recently. Thanks for posting it, G.

  2. Rossangeles says:

    I sampled this back in 99. Here is the video animated by Dave England.

  3. Kim says:

    Great selection, although I’m kind of partial to the Richard Gere / Haley Joel Osment audio version from 2000. It’s a rare recording that most don’t even know exists, but you just might want to give that one a chance if you can find it.