Sound of Poetry

Sound of Poetry

by John Betjeman
     
 
A two-CD release for a pair of albums that British DJ/songwriter Mike Read put together around his love of the poems of Sir John Betjeman, Sound of Poetry features the Knight's words, Read's music, and a host of guest vocalists that ranges from Marc Almond and Cliff

Overview

A two-CD release for a pair of albums that British DJ/songwriter Mike Read put together around his love of the poems of Sir John Betjeman, Sound of Poetry features the Knight's words, Read's music, and a host of guest vocalists that ranges from Marc Almond and Cliff Richard to Jon Anderson, Don McLean, and even Captain Sensible. Add Steve Harley, Gene Pitney, Leo Sayer, Colin Blunstone, Donovan, and Alvin Stardust to the brew, a hit single by David Essex, and even some George Martin orchestration, and you are looking at an incredibly ambitious and beautifully realized collection, not to mention one of those extraordinarily rare moments when pop sensibility and poetic beauty truly come together. Yes there are some moments that border on the saccharine, but there are also some incredibly stirring pieces too, highlighted by Almond's so-emotive rendering of "Narcissus" and Blunstone's characteristically lovelorn "In Memory." Thirty songs do make for a somewhat overstuffed feast, which is presumably why the two albums were originally released separately. It must also be said that disc two is considerably weaker than its twin, both in terms of performers and poems. But the overall package is an unexpected joy regardless.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/14/2008
Label:
Angel Air
UPC:
5055011702882
catalogNumber:
288
Rank:
126941

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Betjeman   Primary Artist
Herbie Flowers   Bass
Peter Boita   Percussion,Drums
Hugh Burns   Guitar
Mark David   Trumpet
Cliff Hall   Piano
Judd Lander   Bagpipes
Tony Rivers   Background Vocals
Ben Robbins   Keyboards
Patmore Lewis   Violin
Ralph Allwood   Conductor
Simon Spiro   Background Vocals
Sarah Ewins   Violin
Gary Forse   Piano,Keyboards
Edmund Butt   Violin
Robert Max   Cello
Susan Knight   Viola
Mike Read   Background Vocals
Cantabile   Background Vocals
Anthony Thompson   Background Vocals
Mike Senior   Violin
Torn Tourney   Guitar
Tony Rivers Group   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

George Martin   Orchestration
John Betjeman   Composer,Poetry
Rod Edwards   Producer
Mike Nocito   Engineer
Jon Sweet   Producer
Mike Read   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Gerry Kitchingharn   Engineer

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