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russell joyce & syd mills & barrett james’ golden hair

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Russell Mills recorded this James Joyce poem (from 1907’s Chamber Music”, untitled poem V) with top lass Clodagh Simonds of Mellow Candle and of Fovea Hex, for his album “Undark Two: Pearl + Umbra” (1999). Syd Barrett had already recorded it somewhere in 1968-1969, for his brilliantly titled debut “The Madcap Laughs” (Harvest 1970), an lp which saw members of Soft Machine, Humble Pie and Jokers Wild contribute. More on Russell Mills here + in a future post …

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spirogyra’s electric eden

While Jeanette Leech was writing her fab folk book … Rob Young was working on another excellent volume – not just about folk: Electric Eden – unearthing Britain’s visionary music(Faber && Faber 2010-08-05, ISBN 9780571237524). I haven’t finished reading it yet but it’s a real treasure trove of information, making it an impossible task to list the acts he brings into view. (Kevin Ayers, David Bowie, Joe Boyd, Anne Briggs, Vashti Bunyan, Shirley Collins, Donovan, Nick Drake, Fairport Convention, Bill Fay, Forest, Fotheringay, Roy Harper, (Mike) Heron, the Incredible String Band, Bert Jansch, Kaleidoscope [UK], John Martyn, Mellow Candle, Mighty Baby, Mr Fox, Parchment, Pentangle, Pink Floyd, John Renbourn, Soft Machine, Steeleye Span, Traffic, Trees  ànd Talk Talk have been dealt with, of course. Surprisingly, Michael Chapman, Fresh Maggots, Mushroom and Tractor hardly get a mention.) On pages 512 & 513, for instance, Mr. Young describes the (three album) legacy of UK folk act Spirogyra (mainly Martin Cockerham & Barbara Gaskin) … Don’t confuse them with the US fusion jazzers Spyro Gyra who debuted in 1978!
http://www.electriceden.net/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob_Young
http://www.psychedelicfolk.com/Spirogyra.html
http://www.thewire.co.uk/details/contributors/?contributor=10
http://www.faber.co.uk/work/electric-eden/9780571237524/
http://www.readysteadybook.com/Article.aspx?page=robyoung
http://www.tinymixtapes.com/features/book-review-electric-eden
http://sidsmith.blogspot.com/2010/07/podcasts-from-yellow-room-xxix.html
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2010/aug/07/electric-eden-folk-rob-young
http://growlikeweeds.com/2011/05/10/rob-young-reading-from-electric-eden/
http://www.newstatesman.com/books/2010/07/electric-eden-music-young-folk
http://articles.latimes.com/2011/jun/07/entertainment/la-et-robyoung-20110607
http://fionnchu.blogspot.com/2011/04/rob-youngs-electric-eden-book-review.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/13/books/electric-eden-by-rob-young-book-review.html
http://www.newyorker.com/arts/reviews/brieflynoted/2011/07/11/110711crbn_brieflynoted4
http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/reviews/electric-eden-by-rob-young-2331733.html
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/wildhunt/2011/10/interview-with-rob-young-author-of-electric-eden-unearthing-britains-visionary-music.html
http://www.artrick-playground.com/article/Interview-with-Rob-Young-author-of-aElectric-Eden-Unearthing-Britainas-Visionary-Musica/619/510396

Update: Rob Young has compiled an “Electric Eden – Unearthing Britain’s Visionary Music” v/a 2cd (midprice via UMC)!

 

soft space machine

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Late Soft Machine sounding like Giorgio Moroder has reworked Can‘s I want more“. Produced by … Mike Thorne, actually! Off the expanded 2cd remastered edition of Alive & Well – Recorded In Paris(rec. 1977-07, rel. 1978-04 on Harvest, reissued 2010-11 on Esoteric with bonus tracks, cat. no. ECLEC 22234). Can’t wait for a Soft space12″ with all versions and more!
http://www.45cat.com/record/psr419
http://www.45cat.com/record/har5155
http://www.stereosociety.com/aliveandwell.shtml
http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/jul00/articles/mikethorne.htm
http://www.wireviews.com/articles/i_mike_thorne_wmo_96.html

soft machine hard workshop


Out on Cuneiform: a cd + dvd package featuring Soft Machine playing live on German NDR tv’sJazz Workshop show, 1973-05-17 … This performance was one of the earliest shows by the quartet of Roy Babbington (electric bass), Karl Jenkins (oboe, baritone sax, soprano sax, electric piano), John Marshall (drums) and Mike Ratledge (electric piano, organ). Hugh Hopper had just left the group, but he makes a guest appearance (unfortunately audio only) performing “1983”. Full info via: http://www.cuneiformrecords.com/bandshtml/softmachine.html and see also http://rac.neptunepinkfloyd.co.uk/tourdate/SMdates.htm#1973 … Studio version & Ravel references story behind Chloé and the pirates via http://uzine.posterous.com/lever-du-jour-0 + bonus: 1 2 3 4 5

lever du jour

(Expanding onNeutralin the previous post. That Softs sleeve must be one of the ugliest ever – pardon my French.)