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(Message started by: Jan on Today at 15:09)

Title: MusicMatch
Post by Jan on Today at 15:09
Its never a good idea to be working just after Christmas.
No canteen.
No chocolate machine.
Not much heating.
No company.
Lots of boring proof reading
Just the right time to do a bit of surfing.
I don't think anyone's mentioned:
http://www.mmguide.musicmatch.com/artist/artist.cgi?ARTISTID=863024&TMPL=LONG#bio
Sounds as though most of it is written by a Midnight Voice - perhaps the same Christopher Evans who wrote the article for Record Collector?
Lengthy Atkin biography and some interesting reviews.
Jan

Title: Re: MusicMatch
Post by Ian Chippett on Today at 15:45
Under roots and influences it says Tim Buckley and Bob Dylan. Did Pete ever say this? Wouldn't think so for the former.

Ian C

Title: Re: MusicMatch
Post by Ian Chippett on Today at 15:49
Oh and on the review of BoTBS, it mentions among the musicians featured a certain Albert Hall on horn: was there a horn somewhere on this album?

Ian C

Title: Re: MusicMatch
Post by Ian Chippett on Today at 20:18
<<Unfortunately the album sags in the middle thanks to some of Atkin's less inspired melodies -- including the ill-advised blues "Our Lady Lowness" and the lifeless "My Egoist," while "The Shadow and the Widower" emphasizes again that his normally measured voice is not the ideal instrument for rock & roll melodrama.>>

I think to some extent Pete wasn't helped by the lyrics of TSATW and OLL which while being fine poetry (inasmuch as Clive suggests on the Live in Perth CD that poetry already has the music) are not really the stuff of rock (or pop) songs. However, anyone who says that "My Egoist" is lifeless had better not find himself down an ill-lit or even well-lit alley with the present writer: it's not that I'd attack him physically, it's just that I'd bore him to death for hours explaining how brilliant the song is both lyrically and musically...)

Ian C

Looking for a fight in Pantin (93) France

Title: Re: MusicMatch
Post by Jan on Today at 20:35
Well I always assumed from the name that Albert Hall was a joke, (perhaps from the originator of the fabulous Patrick E Reinhardt saxophone) but you can see the source from the last paragraph on this page found on a highly esteemed website :
http://www.peteatkin.com/sessionb.htm
Personally my vinyl is the Fontana version with the velvet jacket - no horns, flugel or otherwise, just the tuba.
I hadn't realised that "A man who's been around" had been recorded in the BOTBS sessions - we had to wait  long time for that one to make a reappearance!
Jan

Title: Re: MusicMatch
Post by Ian Chippett on Today at 20:55
Jan wrote:

<<Well I always assumed from the name that Albert Hall was a joke, (perhaps from the originator of the fabulous Patrick E Reinhardt saxophone) but you can see the source from the last paragraph on this page found on a highly esteemed website :
http://www.peteatkin.com/sessionb.htm >>

Ah yes! The version I have of BoTBS is the one with "Touch has a Memory" hence my surprise at seeing the name of a horn player on the credits. But was it an authentic Albert Hall or was this a pseudonym?

Ian C

Title: Re: MusicMatch
Post by Ian Chippett on Today at 21:05
Googling for more Albert Hall mentions I found this which is admittedly a bit late but I don't seem to remember having seen before and is welcome evidence that Clive is actively promoting his work. How about this for distiguished company? (on ABC Classic FM.)

Music Details for Monday 16 February 2004

10.05am
Margaret introduces her special guest
Clive James (repeat)
Verdi Celeste Aida - Carlo Bergonzi,
"Famous Tenor Arias" IMP IMPX 9010 5'
Puccini La bohème, Act I: conclusion - Victoria de los Angeles, s; Jussi Björling, t; RCA Victor Orchestra / Sir Thomas Beecham
EMI CDS7 47235 8 4'
Tchaikovsky Eugene Onegin: Ya lyublyu - Stuart Burrows, t; Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden / Sir Georg Solti
Decca 417 413-2 3'
Fogerty Bad Moon Rising - Creedence Clearwater Revival
"20 Golden Greats" Festival CD 53162 2'
Atkin Prayers against the Hitman - Pete Atkin
"Winterspring" Hillside CDHILL 04 5'
Hear today's and recent interviews at abc.net.au/classic/throsby


Ian C



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