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Title: Tracks of my Years
Post by Cary on Today at 21:29
ENTERTAINMENT: Ken Bruce
On: BBC Radio Two (0102)    
Date: Monday 23rd February 2009
Time: 09:30 to 12:00 (2 hours and 30 minutes long)     VideoPlus: 165675

Clive James and Pete Atkin, whose song writing partnership dates back to the Cambridge Footlights reviews of the 1960s, share their Tracks Of My Years.
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Title: Re: Tracks of my Years
Post by Seán Kelly on Today at 21:58
Ooh thanks Cary!

Title: Re: Tracks of my Years
Post by Pete Atkin on 07.02.09 at 00:00
Aha, Cary!  I was literally just about to post the news of this.   Clive and I recorded our bits last week but I only just now found out when they're broadcasting them.   The deal is that every day from Mon-Fri we each choose a track and talk about it with the admirable Ken and each other.  The spot goes out each day at around 1130GMT.  I think it was pretty good fun.  It was enjoyable in any case to talk about other people's stuff (well, mostly).  I won't spoil it by giving away our choices.  I have no idea if Ken will play any of our stuff at any point, but we did get in some mentions of the business at hand.

Title: Re: Tracks of my Years
Post by Ian Ashleigh on 07.02.09 at 09:27
sneakily ... methinks that Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick gets more than a mention from Clive!!

Title: Re: Tracks of my Years
Post by Pete Atkin on 07.02.09 at 09:46
Hmm, do I catch the faint whiff of a potential competition here?  Clive and Pete, five Radio 2-friendly choices each...?  Far be it from me, etc., etc.

Title: Re: Tracks of my Years
Post by S J Birkill on 23.02.09 at 11:53
Was that Orbison's 1987 re-recording of "In Dreams"? Ouch! -- surely Clive was (like the rest of us?) expecting the 1963 version...

Title: Re: Tracks of my Years
Post by Jan on 23.02.09 at 12:14
If you want to know what Pete and Clive selected the list for the whole week is available at:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio2/shows/bruce/tomy/tomy_thisweek.shtml

plus the section where they talk about today's choices (Monday)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio2/shows/bruce/tomy/ram/clivepete_kentomy1.ram

Jan

Title: Re: Tracks of my Years
Post by Pete Atkin on 23.02.09 at 14:38
There goes the competition!   Unless you want to guess the five tracks each we chose but which the producer rejected...   (We gave them a list of ten each and they picked the five each they wanted to use.)

Title: Re: Tracks of my Years
Post by Jan on 23.02.09 at 21:21
Well we can only go on past stated preferences but I would have expected something by Ella Fitzgerald/Ellington/Rodgers and Hart and perhaps, as mentioned, Buddy Holly.

Other than that? For a Radio 2 audience in the middle of the morning?
Mamas and the Papas?
Loving Spoonful?
Robert Johnson?
Could be anything really! Anyone else care to hazard a guess?
Jan

Title: Re: Tracks of my Years
Post by S J Birkill on 23.02.09 at 21:34
Beatles?
Beach Boys?
Barenaked Ladies?

Title: Re: Tracks of my Years
Post by Pete Atkin on 24.02.09 at 09:05
Only one of those six artists is on the list of ten...

Title: Re: Tracks of my Years
Post by Simon Reap on 24.02.09 at 10:52
If the one is Pete's, my money is on BNL, if Clive's then Beach Boys.  No idea about the remaining 9 though!

Title: Re: Tracks of my Years
Post by Pete Atkin on 24.02.09 at 11:00
Sorry, Simon, both wrong!

Title: Re: Tracks of my Years
Post by Carole on 24.02.09 at 13:36
Robert Johnson on Pete's list?

Title: Re: Tracks of my Years
Post by S J Birkill on 24.02.09 at 13:37
Dylan?
Newman?

Title: Re: Tracks of my Years
Post by Pete Atkin on 24.02.09 at 15:47
No, none of those either!  (I don't think Robert Johnson would come under the 'Radio 2-friendly' banner anyway!)

Title: Re: Tracks of my Years
Post by Ian Chippett on 24.02.09 at 17:12
Adam Faith?

Ian C

Title: Re: Tracks of my Years
Post by Pete Atkin on 27.02.09 at 12:19
OK, these are the tracks that were on our lists for the ken Bruce show but which weren't chosen by the producer.  Do bear in mind that these are not meant to be Desert Island Discs-type all-time-favourite choices, just stuff we like which might be Radio-2-friendly and which we'd happily natter about.

CLIVE
Mamas and Papas: Creeque Alley
Eagles: New Kid in Town
Kate Bush: Wuthering Heights
Jefferson Airplane: Somebody to Love
The Band: Whispering Pines

PETE
The Roches: Mr Sellack
Richard & Linda Thompson: I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight
Trisha Yearwood: A Lover Is For Ever
Chip Taylor: (I Want) The Real Thing
Elvis Presley: Trying To Get To You

Title: Re: Tracks of my Years
Post by Leslie Moss on 27.02.09 at 13:13
Interesting selection! I'd go along with every one of Clive's choices.

I'm intrigued by Pete's choice of I want to see the Bright Lights tonight from the eponymous album. Personally I think there are better - as in more evocative - tracks on that album, especially Does He have a Friend for Me. or, if you prefer something more upbeat but subversive, The Little Beggar Girl. But then I preferred Linda's voice to Richard's, although his song-writing and skills and musicianship are awesome.

Leslie

Title: Re: Tracks of my Years
Post by Jon Philpot on 28.02.09 at 11:45
There's a thread on the Radio 2 'Folk & Acoustic' message board linked to Clive & Pete's 'Tracks of my Years' slot
http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/mbradio2/F2142825?thread=6357176

Only 2 responses so far!
Jon

Title: Re: Tracks of my Years
Post by Jan on 28.02.09 at 12:15
As far as I can see, on the "Music played" lists, Ken Bruce didn't play any tracks from the new CD's and the only Atkin/James was the Julie Covington track  :'(
Jan

Title: Re: Tracks of my Years
Post by Kevin Cryan on 28.02.09 at 15:51

on 02/27/09 at 12:19:58, Pete Atkin wrote :
OK, these are the tracks that were on our lists for the ken Bruce show but which weren't chosen by the producer.  Do bear in mind that these are not meant to be Desert Island Discs-type all-time-favourite choices, just stuff we like which might be Radio-2-friendly and which we'd happily natter about.

CLIVE
Mamas and Papas: Creeque Alley
Eagles: New Kid in Town
Kate Bush: Wuthering Heights
Jefferson Airplane: Somebody to Love
The Band: Whispering Pines

PETE
The Roches: Mr Sellack
Richard & Linda Thompson: I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight
Trisha Yearwood: A Lover Is For Ever
Chip Taylor: (I Want) The Real Thing
Elvis Presley: Trying To Get To You


I have tried to imagine what the alternative programmes might have sounded like by collecting most of the tracks here (http://kcryan.wordpress.com/2009/02/28/clive-james-pete-atkin-tracks-of-my-years/)

Kevin Cryan

Title: Re: Tracks of my Years
Post by Ian Chippett on 07.03.09 at 13:54


I know Clive's a fan but I can't believe this could have inspired one of our favourites.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qZ8zrfZtHU4&feature=related

Ian C



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