Tag Archives: Spoken word

Robert Redford – The Language & Music of the Wolves


LP, Tonsil/Natural History Magazine, 1971

In a fit of extreme cute, T’s young daughter once described her dad’s music collection as being made up purely of “wild wolf sounds”. So next time, he played her side 2 of this soundtrack to an early 1970s US documentary about wolves and their cries.

The Wolf You Never Knew (14:22)

Sounds of the Wolf (19:40)
[ Opening Howl/First Growls of Wolf Pups Inside the Den/Pup Howls – Spring & Fall – Contrasted With Adult/Barking/Series of 3 Adjacent Single Howls/Comparative Difference in Howls/Single Howls Joined to Give Illusion of Pack Howl/Combined Sounds of the Wolf/Distant & Close-Up Howling Ending in Group Howl/Series of Group Howls/Joint Group Howl ]

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Brian Patten & Friends – Vanishing Trick


LP, Tangent, 1976

Ostensibly a limited-appeal record, of the Liverpool poet reading his often wry and poignant verse over an occasional musical backing… turns out to be a veritable who’s who of the great and good of the 1970s UK folk scene. Check out those accomplices: Richard & Linda Thompson, Norma Winston, Mike Westbrooke, Neil Innes, and many more.

And it’s all on Tangent, one of our favourite collectible labels of the time. Very tasty. Now, if anyone also has Patten’s 1969 record on Caedmon, Brian Patten Reading his Poetry, lying around…

01. Sometimes it Happens
02. Embroidered Butterflies
03. A Creature to Tell the Time By
04. The Wrong Poem
05. After Frost
06. You Missed the Sunflowers at Their Height
07. Seascape
08. Somewhere Between Heaven & Woolworth’s

01. Selections from Vanishing Trick
(Love Poem; On Time for Once; You Have Gone to Sleep; Vanishing Trick; Dressed; A Blade of Grass; One Reason for Sympathy; Song About Home; Assassination of the Morning; Suitcase Full of Dust; Simple Lyric; No Taxis are Available; Reading Between the Graffiti; A Drop of Unclouded Blood; I Tried to Find my Voice; One Another’s Night)

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9″ flexidisc, National Geographic Society, 1980

More outer space stuff – a felicitous mix of narration, sound effects and sympathetic synth burbles that sounds like the audio-visual soundtrack for a bunch of museum exhibits. It’s the only record we’ve come across (so far) where the Astronomy Consultant gets a namecheck, but the narrator and musicians do not.

Sound quality is a bit suspect, but that’s double-sided 25cm flexidiscs for you. I know, it’s a constant bugbear. Meanwhile, check out that natty op-art Bridget Riley-esque sleeve – remind you of anything?

A1. From Sun Gods to Science
A2. The Planets are Born
B1. Energy From Space
B2. Exploring the Universe

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“J” – The Way to Become the Sensuous Woman

LP, Atlantic, 1971

“The first HOW-TO record for the female who yearns to be ALL woman.” Right on, sister!

More spoken word goodness (or perhaps we are meaning badness this time), this time some liberated erotic advice for sophisticated women from the early 1970s, from the days of Cosmopolitan magazine and Valley of the Dolls. Samplers at the ready, hnh?

A. Part I (20:02)
B. Part II (20:25)

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T Lobsang Rampa – Meditation

LP, A. Touchstones Ltd, 1969

Something a little different… Tuesday Lobsang Rampa was the bestselling author of 1950s sensation The Third Eye – The Autobiography of a Tibetan Lama, an insight into Tibetan Buddhist thought, apparently learned while being trained as a lama from the age of seven, before the author’s personality was somehow transported into the body of a British man. Meanwhile, Cyril Hoskin was a British West Country plumber, who, although never having visited Tibet and who spoke no Tibetan, managed to write not only The Third Eye, but eighteen other titles, all of them equally as fatuous as his first. Check out, especially, Living with the Lama, allegedly dictated by his cat, Mrs Fifi Greywhiskers.

He also recorded at least two records of spoken word instructions, with his rich Zomerset burr somewhat at odds with the mystical instruction being proffered therein.

A. Dr T Lobsang Rampa Instructs the Listener in the Art of Meditation (19:34)
B. Meditation (17:35)

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Sir Bernard Lovell FRS – Our Present Knowledge of the Universe

LP, BBC Records, 1967

Here’s the release on disc of a lecture given at the University of North Wales, that was transmitted as a radio talk, first broadcast on the BBC’s Third Programme (what’s now called BBC Radio 3) on March 9th 1967. Not sure if this was widely distributed or just a transcription disc made in limited numbers for other radio stations and libraries – we suspect that it was properly released in some form. Sir Bernard Lovell, FRS (that is, Fellow of the Royal Society – gotta love those Brit qualifications), was a noted astronomer much involved with the facility at Jodrell Bank in the UK.

NB: Mono recording.

A. Side One
B. Side Two

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