moondog's second prestige album solidified his standing as a rare breed: a musician whose work was both highly experimental and approachable by listeners without a taste for the avant-garde. that's what enabled him to make a living as a street musician in manhattan, after all. on this album he produced a variety of wonderful shaking percussion sounds and rhythms with an oo (a triangular stringed instrument struck with a clave) and even 'ostrich feathers played on drum' (as the title on one track reads). the percussion is sometimes backed by sparse, asian-sounding melodies, and there are also unpredictable interludes of solo piano, street sounds, and an eight-minute 'moondog monologue.' one of the round-like vocal numbers, the minute-long and inexpressibly sad 'all is loneliness,' found an unexpected second life in the 1960s when it was covered by big brother and the holding company.