Wednesday 6 September 2017

Episode 50

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1. Owen Hewson — "Facelift" theme

2. Robert Wyatt — "Red Flag" (from Nothing Can Stop Us, 1982)

3. Duke Ellington — "Caravan" (from The Best Of Duke Ellington And His Famous Orchestra, 1961)

4. Grateful Dead — "Death Don't Have No Mercy" (from Live/Dead, 1969)

5. Allen Ginsberg — "Father Death Blues" (from BBC Face to Face interview, 1995)

6. Bearded Sphynx — "My Name Is Death" (live in a secret woodland location near Canterbury, 2016-08-29)

7. Grateful Dead — "Black Peter" (live at The Lyceum, London, 1972-05-24)

8. George Harrison — "The Art of Dying" (from All Things Must Pass, 1970)

9. Gong — "You Can't Kill Me" (live at the Gong Family Unconvention, The Melkweg, Amsterdam, 2006-11-05)

10. Monty Python — "The Royal Society for Putting Things on Top of Other Things" (from Monty Python's Flying Circus, BBC TV, 1970-09-10)

11. Spike Jones and His City Slickers — "Yes! We Have No Bananas" (7" single, 1951)

12. Kevin Ayers — "Love's Gonna Turn You Round" (from Yes We Have No Mañanas, So Get Your Mañanas Today, 1976)

13. Rubén González — "Almendra" (from Introducing..., 1997)

14. Jack Gibbons — "Cuban Overture" (from The Authentic George Gershwin, Vol. 3, 1992)

15. Caravan — "Summertime" (live at The Foundry, Jewry Lane, Canterbury, 1970)

16. Robert Wyatt — "Caimanera" (from Nothing Can Stop Us, 1982)

17. Brian Eno — "Always Returning" (from Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks, 1983)

18. César Franck — "Symphony in D Minor, 2nd Movement" (performed by the Orchestre National de France, conducted by Leonard Bernstein, Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Paris, 1981)

19. Dorothy Ashby — "Myself When Young", "For Some We Loved", "Wax And Wane", "Drink", "Wine" (side one of The Rubaiyat of Dorothy Ashby, 1970)

20. Jorge Luis Borges — "Chess" (poem read by William Rowlandson)

21. Gryphon — "Checkmate" (from Red Queen to Gryphon Three, 1974)

22. A.E. Houseman — "On Wenlock Edge" (poem read by an unknown YouTuber)

23. John Greaves, Peter Blegvad and Lisa Herman — "Kew.Rhone." (from Kew.Rhone., 1977)

24. Benny Goodman — "Sing, Sing, Sing" (live at Carnegie Hall, NYC, 1938-01-16)

25. Count Basie — "Out the Window", "Jive At Five" (from The Original American Decca Recordings, 1992, recorded 1937—1939)

26. Max Martin — "The Oyster and the Flying Fish" (2017 Soundcloud recording)

27. Daevid Allen — excerpt from The Prophet by Khalil Gibran (live at Pizza Paradiso, Byron Bay, Australia, 2015-02-27)

Errata and clarifications: All Things Must Pass was indeed recorded at Abbey Road Studios, between late May and late October, 1970. I've just learned that I was living just a couple of hundred metres away (in Grove End Road) at the time, as a newborn baby! My parents moved out to Lincolnshire in February 1971 (not 1970). The Incredible String Band's The 5000 Spirits or the Layers of the Onion (I got that title slightly wrong) was indeed released in the summer (July) of 1967, the month my parents married. "Yes! We Have No Bananas" was written in 1922 and became the theme of the outdoor relief protests in Belfast in 1932. I failed to explain that when my friend Megan woke up at 3:30a.m. thinking about me and Eno's "Always Returning" was playing, I was thousands of miles away composing a long email to her (moments before I sent it, I received an email from her). I said that the Buena Vista Social Club album came off the back of the film, but in fact it was the other way round — William Rowlandson (who read the Borges poem) explains: "Ry brought out the album first. He was planning to record musicians from Mali and Cuba in the US, but the project fell thru. He went to Havana and got together with Juan de Marcos González and they got the band together. They brought out the album which won loads of Grammys. Ry then called his old friend Wim Wenders to come and shoot the film in Havana and on the band's concert in Carnegie Hall.". William has also pointed out that Benny Goodman was English poet Philip Larkin's favourite jazzman. And I forgot to mention that The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam is referenced in that Borges chess poem:

The player also is a prisoner
(The saying is Omar's) of another board
Of black nights and of white days.

The quatrain in question (from the Fitzgerald version) is:

'Tis all a Chequer-board of Nights and Days
Where Destiny with Men for Pieces plays:
Hither and thither moves, and mates, and slays,
And one by one back in the Closet lays.


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