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Tea and Symphony – An Asylum For The Musically Insane, 1969


Tea and Symphony – An Asylum For The Musically Insane, 1969 

01. Armchair Theatre –00:00
02. Feel How So Cool The Wind –03:57
03. Sometime –07:20
04. Maybe My Mind (With Egg) (Jeff Daw) –11:36
05. The Come On –15:24
06. Terror In My Soul (Jeff Daw, Nigel Phillips) –19:59
07. Travelling Shoes (Fred Neil) –26:11
08. Winter (James Langston) –30:42
09. Nothing Will Come To Nothing (Nigel Phillips) –34:02

Personnel:
– Jeff Daw – lead guitar, flute, triangle, vocals
– James Langston – lead vocals, rhythm guitar, kazoo, bells, cymbal
– Nigel Phillips – drums, recorder, mandolin, organ, piano, vocals
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– Mick Hincks – bass (05)
– Bob Lamb – drums (05)
– Clem Clempson – lead guitar (05)
– Ron Chesterman – bass (07)
– Gus Dudgeon – percussion, producer

Malcolm D B Munro
Monday 22 May, 2017

Filed under: Arts, Media, poetry, songs, stories

Lowercase Noises – Migratory Patterns


Lowercase Noises – Migratory Patterns

I seldom comment on the music I put up but I would like to with this particular set of pieces. Music speaks for itself and doesn’t extraneous verbal detritus.

So much of the music of these bands and individuals sounds very little different one from another in this particular field of music. Many are good, some excellent, which why they go up here should I know or learn of them. Many are not distintive enough to merit going up. I will listen to them but I would prefer to grace, if that is the right word, my site with music that stands out and you will enjoy.

I write because one particular track stands out; that is Farewell. One of those tunes  that sticks in the mind, a catchy tune. It is also warming to know that some of the artists of these largely monotonal works can actually play instruments and not simply play with knobs.

1. Song For No One 0:00
2. Persistence 5:01
3. Depths 13:32
4. Migratory Patterns 18:25
5. Farewell 26:19

Since I am writing let me add that I draw the greatest satisfaction from seeing visitors to the site and followers of it choosing to listen to the music I put up. I am moved to a substantial degree that there is an audience for it. The popular I can understand but the more obscure, that is most gratifying. I don’t mind if only a single person listens to a piece or set of pieces; one more person than me has listened.

I never get tired of saying thank you to all of  you.

Malcolm D B Munro
Monday 22 May, 2017

Filed under: Arts, Media, poetry, songs, stories

The lower reaches of You Tube (with a plum, Handel: Lascia ch’io pianga (Rinaldo); Voices of Music with Kirsten Blaise, soprano, added)


In a search for music neglected but deserving of a wider listenership I have plumbed the areas of You Tube where few have gone, for example, pieces have gone up which have previously only had 57 views.

But this morning I reached bottom. No views. Now to be fair the videos have just gone up. But the stuff, hardly to be called music, is unredeemingly awful. We shall not be visiting this particular corner of the digital universe again.

But, here is the plum, a link which deserves far more visits:

Handel: Lascia ch’io pianga (Rinaldo); Voices of Music with Kirsten Blaise, soprano

Malcolm D B Munro
Saturday 20 May, 2017

Filed under: Arts, Media, poetry, songs, stories

George Frederik Handel – Ritorna Oh Caro from Rodelinda; Voices of Music, Tess Mattingly, soprano


George Frederik Handel – Ritorna Oh Caro from Rodelinda; Voices of Music, Tess Mattingly, soprano 

Malcolm D B Munro
Friday 19 May, 2017

Filed under: Arts, Media, poetry, songs, stories

George Frederik Handel – Lascia ch’io pianga, from Rinaldo; Voices of Music with Kirsten Blaise, soprano


George Frederik Handel – Lascia ch’io pianga, from Rinaldo; Voices of Music with Kirsten Blaise, soprano

Malcolm D B Munro
Friday 19 May, 2017

Filed under: Arts, Media, poetry, songs, stories

Lucette Bourdin – A Warm And Glittering Look


Lucette Bourdin – A Warm And Glittering Look

Malcolm D B Munro
Friday 19 May, 2017

Filed under: Arts, Media, poetry, songs, stories

Lucette Bourdin – Golden Sun


Lucette Bourdin – Golden Sun

1. Great Is The Sun 0:00
2. Through Empty Heaven 8:38
3. Blue And Glowing Days 21:10
4. More Thick Than Rain 32:08
5. The Shady Parlour 41:52
6. He Will Find 52:02
7. Golden Fingers 1:03:16

1. The Dusty Attic 1:13:18
2. Through The Keyhole 1:22:17
3. His Golden Face 1:34:22
4. A Warm And Glittering Look 1:43:51
5. Above The Hills 1:53:13
6. To Paint The Rose 2:06:13
7. The Gardener Of The World 2:17:23

Malcolm D B Munro
Friday 19 May, 2017

Filed under: Arts, Media, poetry, songs, stories

Sea of Evenings – Other People’s Music


Sea of Evenings – Other People’s Music

01 – [0:00] – Wet the Day by The Album Leaf (Sea of Evenings Remix)
02 – [10:25] – God’s Teeth by This Will Destroy You (Sea of Evenings Remix)
03 – [20:10] – Coastal Break by Tycho (Sea of Evenings Remix)
04 – [27:49] – Last Rites by Caspian (Sea of Evenings Remix)
05 – [41:13] – Shines by Jakob (Sea of Evenings Remix)
06 – [51:25] – Palestrine by Balmorhea (Sea of Evenings Remix)

Malcolm D B Munro
Friday 19 May, 2017

Filed under: Arts, Media, poetry, songs, stories

Fairport Convention – Who knows where the time goes


Fairport Convention – Who knows where the time goes

Malcolm D B Munro
Friday 19 May, 2017

Filed under: Arts, Media, poetry, songs, stories

Sandy Denny – The Ballad Of The Easy Rider


Sandy Denny – The Ballad Of The Easy Rider

Malcolm D B Munro
Friday 19 May, 2017

Filed under: Arts, Media, poetry, songs, stories

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