1970-1971 _ London, England _ BBC Studios _ various programmes _ (M3-FM *remastered*)
_*_*_*_*_*_*_ "One Of Your Eyes Is Melting" radio collection _*_*_*_*_*_*_
~*~ Mk2 version, carefully remastered fixing various issues, with EQ (no NR except 1 song) ~*~
01-[A]. Radio Lady (#1)
02-[A]. I've Seen The Movie (#1 ~ including Brian Patten poem)
03-[A]. Somewhere Between Heaven & Woolworth's
05-[B]. Just For The Record
06-[C]. Dream Tree Sequence (abridged)
07-[D]. Poison Apple Lady ***OMITTED-OFFICIALLY RELEASED***
09-[D]. I Work For Jesus
10-[D]. Elaine ***OMITTED-OFFICIALLY RELEASED***
11-[E]. Radio Lady (#2)
12-[E]. Welcome Home ***OMITTED-VOCAL TRACK OFFICIALLY RELEASED***
13-[E]. Keep My Children Warm
14-[E]. I've Seen The Movie (#2)
Total Time ::: 36:07 ((47:39 with omitted tracks))
::: EXC- quality after remastering with a few slight distractions. Check samples for ear infection inflections or aural insemination.
::: Warts: Not many! Repaired dullspots & dropouts but surely missed a few. Bit o' hiss. Some songs start a second late or end abruptly due to DJ talk edits prior to my copy. 2 or 3 split second warbles and/or microglitches in 3? spots, occasional brief sibilence.
::: CONTRAST CLAUSE: This is the superior Mk2 remaster with EQ. The overly bright Mk1 version without EQ may be found elsewhere.
::: In my opinion, for listening purposes, the Mk2 version with EQ is a MUCH better listen than the Mk1.
::: On this Mk3 version, each track has its own differential EQ settings applied.
::: Crucial missing link for some dedicated folkfreaks & others will be fascinated. Almost an album in its own way.
::: While "Radio Lady" & "I've Seen The Movie" each have 2 versions, they are quite diverse.
::: The omitted versions of "Poison Apple Lady" & "Elaine" are on the excellent 2CD set, "Just For The Record".
::: "Somewhere Between Heaven&Woolworth's" is a 60s poem by Brian Patten, later set to music by Neil Innes. Andy plays here w/Brian reading.
::: I hope to upgrade GRIMMS '73 BBC In Concert so those trax aren't included. I remastered Roberts' trax from the circulating version but decided they didn't quite fit in with the feel of this collection.
::: Another version of "Somewhere Between Heaven&Woolworth's" appeared w/musical backing & Brian reading on his 1976 "Vanishing Trick: Poems & Songs" LP. Neil Innes arranged the LP & played on it along w/Andy, Dave Richards & Gerry Conway. Andy played on 2 other songs, including 1 he wrote, with Linda Thompson on lead vox. Linda sings 4 altogether, Richard Thompson plays on 2. An interesting, scarce LP! 3 trax, including "Somewhere Between Heaven&Woolworth's" & the Andy-penned "You Missed The Sunflowers At Their Height", are streamable at www.brianpatten.co.uk/media-page.html
::: The MISSING tracks from 1970-03-10 plus additional Andy Roberts BBC sessions are surely out there & very likely in some DIMERs' collections. Even if you aren't inclined to upload them, it would be VERY cool if you could pass them along to me. I really dig this guy. I make these pleas constantly, and to date have gotten very few replies. Please get in touch if you have any of these sets or entire programmes: Top Gear broadcasts 1970-03-28 & 1970-06-13, John Peel show broadcasts 1973-06-21 & 1974-03-28 (live set?), Bob Harris shows broadcast 1973-06-14 & 1973-07-16, The Sequence/Sounds Of The Seventies 1973-09-07. For that matter, it would be wonderful to hear The Liverpool Scene shows as well: Top Gear broadcasts 1969-01-19 (mine is incomplete), 1969-07-20 & 1970-01-03 (live @ Playhouse Theatre), any & all of the 4 weekly BBC specials broadcast from 1970-02-01. Adrian Henri solo performances of any sort would also be appreciated. Thanks!
Programmes & line-up details :::
[A] 1971-xx-xx London(?), UK _ BBC Studios _ unknown programme (slight chance #1 a different session than #2&3). Andy Roberts - acoustic guitar, vocals // Brian Patten reading (#2 & #3).
[B] 1970-03-10 London, UK _ BBC Maida Vale Studios _ Top Gear (with John Peel) (1st broadcast 1970-03-28. Seemingly 2 different source tapes). Andy Roberts - acoustic guitar, vocals. (Creeping John/John The Revelator/You're A Machine were also recorded & broadcast, tho' the last was an added track on the 1970-06-13 re-broadcast).
[C] 1971-xx-xx London(?), UK _ BBC Studios _ unknown programme (TV source rather than radio?). Andy Roberts - acoustic guitar, vocals.
[D] 1971-11-15 London, UK _ BBC Studio T1 _ Sounds Of The Seventies (with Bob Harris. Monday 10pm) (1st broadcast 1971-12-06 �complete session� but #07&10 now officially released as "demos" on "Just For The Record" CD). Andy Roberts - acoustic guitar, vocals // Bob Ronga - electric bass, backing vocals // Roger Powell - drums // Ian Whiteman - piano #8 // ? electric guitar (Andy Roberts overdubs or uncredited 2nd guitarist).
[E] 1971-03-09 London, UK _ BBC Maida Vale Studios _ Sounds Of The Seventies (with Bob Harris. Monday 6pm) (1st broadcast 1971-03-22 - �complete session�)
___ #11: Andy Roberts - acoustic guitar, vocals.
___ #12: Welcome Home (Same vocal take as "Nina & The Dream Tree". Early mix/alternate version album demo as noted below or pre-rerecorded vocal track with instrumentation added at the BBC. Line-up as on #13 below).
___ #13: Keep My Children Warm (Completely different than "Nina & The Dream Tree" & better IMO. No horn). BBC notes band "formerly known as Everyone": Andy Roberts - acoustic guitar, vocals // Bob Sargeant - piano // John Porter - guitar, backing vocals(?) // John Pearson - drums // Dave Richards - electric bass, backing vocals(?) // Kathy Kissoon(?) & ? - female backing vocals.
___ #14: I've Seen The Movie (Completely different than "Nina & The Dream Tree", no strings & lots more guitar). Andy Roberts - acoustic guitar, vocals // Bob Sargeant - piano.
___ NOTE on 1971-03-09: "Just For The Record" CD notes says "Nina & The Dream Tree" 3 trax here are "early mixes of the album... debuted on the Harris Show well before album release". After hours of comparisons, it'd be more correct to say the songs were debuted with early versions & alternate takes. ONLY the vocal track in #12 was actually used on the album (omitted here for that reason).
Musicians overview :::
Andy Roberts has played with legions of musicians, see the notes below.
Brian Patten is the renowned British poet and writer.
Bob Sargeant played with Mick Abrahams/Junco Partners/Patrick Campbell-Lyons/Curved Air a.o.
Robert R. "Bob" Ronga was a member of Plainsong & played on LPs by Marc Ellington, Ian Matthews, Allan Taylor a.o.
Roger Powell has played with Mighty Baby, The Action, The Boys (pre-Action), The Habibiyya a.o.
Ian Whiteman played with Mighty Baby, The Action, The Bunch, The Habibiyya a.o.
John Porter, musician & engineer, worked w/Bryan Ferry, Smiths, Roxy Music, Santana, BB King, JL Hooker, Mayall & many others.
John Pearson played w/Rory Gallagher, Davy Graham, Jo Ann Kelly, Alexis Korner & many others.
Dave Richards has played with Grimms, Plainsong, P.C. Kent & many others.
Recording Information ::: radio broadcasts -> mono receiver -> unknown tape recorder(s) -> off-air master tapes -> 1st generation tapes -> 2nd generation cassette, Dolby off -> 3rd generation Maxell XLII-S 90 cassette, Dolby B on.
Playback 2014-01-05 ::: 3rd generation Maxell XLII-S 90 cassette on Nakamichi 680ZX cassette deck, Dolby B on, azimuth adjusted, heads cleaned & demagnetized -> Sony Linear PCM Recorder PCM-M10 (LPCM 44.10kHz/16bit wav files) -> computer -> Audacity (normalisation to remove DC offset, fades, manual one-at-a-time glitch / dropout / bump / pop / click / dullspot repairs, volume adjustments, pitch (speed) fixes as necessary with single pass per segment after frequency analysis & with pitchpipe verification, individualized differential equalisation applied to each song, no noise reduction except a bit applied to #06 & bad 50Hz hum notched out in some trax). After offset correction, patching & remastering, left channel was deleted due to hum & noise -> CD Wave (track splits) -> flacs (Trader's Little Helper) -> yr ears. First uploaded 2018-06-xx.
Nothing here ever commercially released to my knowledge. If I'm wrong, please advise & I'll take the offending trax offline.
DimeTravel 003 ::: Thanks to the original taper & traders! In memory of Graham, a gentle, very well-informed music lover who took over the Background/Elegy labels from Hugo & treasured this folk psych material with genuine intensity. ::: Corrections welcome ::: I embarked on this transfer & remastering almost 5 years ago & revisited it several times for days on end. Probably worth the wait for those who are still with us as my remastering skills improved immensely & the sound here really shows it - light-years better than my original cassette transfer. The EQ version rocks. It never did cease to amaze me how ahead of the rest of the world the Japanese music collectors were. They were all over "Nina & The Dream Tree" by Andy Roberts LONG before most anybody else realised what kind of MEGA LP it really was. Andy Roberts has created some of the finest British folk/folkrock/acid folk/folkpsych music on the planet. Along with his extensive body of solo work, he played with The Liverpool Scene, Plainsong, The Scaffold, McGough & McGear, Roy Harper, Chris Spedding, The Albion Band, Hank Wangford, Kevin Ayers, Vivian Stanshall, Grimms & 3Boxes & others. He's also done many sessions & tours, playing with Richard Thompson, Pink Floyd ("Surrogate Band" 1981 The Wall tour), Paul Korda, Maddy Prior, Iain Matthews a.o. Additionally, he's a poet, done TV & radio music & worked in the theatre & much more... If you don't know his solo material, for starters, seek out the 2CD "Just For The Record, Solo Anthology 1969-76". A real shame the early mix of "Welcome Home" here had to be omitted, as it's an eye opener. "I've Seen The Movie" without strings is stupendous. Fantastic, ethereal sounds. Dig it! Enjoy, share, give, spread peace. Yrs truly, Knees
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