Fripp & Eno

Fripp & Eno – pushing the limits – expanding horizons – annoying people in droves.

Fripp & Eno – in session for John Peel – December 18, 1973 – BBC Radio 1 –

One of the things that has made me a longtime fan of John Peel was the unflinching sense of adventure he embued with his program and his musical choices. I believe his approach has become the model for many of the “eclectic shows” we hear now. Not strange or far-reaching for the sake it could be done, but turning an audience on to something that was important, and often times mind-changing. And that’s not to say everything John Peel did was met with open arms and instant acceptance.

Case in point – this session featuring the collaboration between Robert Fripp and Brian Eno – two musicians whose work has been at the vanguard of progressive musical movements, but a collaboration which didn’t send everyone into fits of ecstasy – far from it. The controversy sparked by this appearance was apparently heated (or at least boisterous), causing Peel to remark at the end of Swastika Girls that opinions varied on the musical merit of this collaboration, but that Peel felt strongly they should be listened to, and by all means, get the album and sit with it. He happened to like it.

So, in essence, if you find listening to these two tracks by Fripp & Eno, recorded on December 18, 1973 for John Peel, boring, tedious, pointless noodling – you are not alone, as many felt that same way in 1973. However – if you listen to this in the spirit with which it’s presented – as an experimental piece with far reaching implications and a musical trip to a mysterious and compelling landscape – you’re in good company too. The opinions were evenly divided (and probably still are).

But, to site the Mind-and-Parachute-analogy – it works best when it’s open.

Play loud – play soft – play with headphones. You might find 36 minutes going by rather quickly.

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Common Market - 1962

Common Market – 1962. There were demonstrations on both sides of the issue.

Common Market – Interviews and reports – BBC World Service – 1962 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection –

Before we had the European Union, we had The Common Market. Formed in 1957 and initially consisting of six European countries; France, West Germany, Luxembourg, Italy, The Netherlands and Belgium. The purpose of the Common Market was to create economic integrations between the member states, the result of the Treaty of Rome in 1957. What came out of that was a series of common institutions, including the European Coal and Steel Community and The European Atomic Energy Community. The idea was to create an international community designed to help the economy of Europe, but also to prevent future war by integrating its members.

During the 1960s there was a movement afoot to enlarge the Common Market to include other countries – Denmark, Ireland, Norway and the UK had applied to join the organization in 1961.

Bearing in mind the current move to leave the EU, Britain had, in 1962 brought up the issue to the voting public, and debate over whether or not to join the Common Market began in earnest.

Here are a series of reports, via the BBC from 1962 featuring various opinions on Britain’s membership in the Common Market, including an interview with then-Member of Parliament Edward Heath regarding his recent talks in Washington over the American position on the Common Market question.

Interesting that the dissenting vote for the additional members came from France and Charles DeGaulle, who felt Britain’s entry into the Common Market was something of a Trojan Horse for U.S. influence over the organization. After all the debate, DeGaulle vetoed the membership requests of all four requesting countries and the expansion plan was shelved until 1967 when the ban was finally lifted.

Here are some interviews and opinions on the Common Market membership question as it was in January of 1962.

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President Reagan

Pres. Reagan Addresses Congress – soaring popularity – skeptical Economic policy.

President Reagan – Address to joint Session of Congress – April 28, 1981 – National Public Radio – Gordon Skene Sound Collection –

President Reagan, in his first appearance since the assassination attempt on March 30, stood before a joint session of Congress, basking in what was the highest popularity rating of his Presidency.

In what was billed as an Economic Policy Address, the President, still not 100% recovered from his wounds, gave an outline of his plan – a plan which had been on the books for some time and a plan which was already drawing fire from opposite sides of the aisle:

President Reagan: “For example, in the next 3 years, the committee measure projects spending $141 billion more than does the bipartisan substitute. It regrettably cuts over $14 billion in essential defense spending, funding required to restore America’s national security. It adheres to the failed policy of trying to balance the budget on the taxpayer’s back. It would increase tax payments by over a third, adding up to a staggering quarter of a trillion dollars. Federal taxes would increase 12 percent each year. Taxpayers would be paying a larger share of their income to government in 1984 than they do at present.

In short, that measure reflects an echo of the past rather than a benchmark for the future. High taxes and excess spending growth created our present economic mess; more of the same will not cure the hardship, anxiety, and discouragement it has imposed on the American people.

Let us cut through the fog for a moment. The answer to a government that’s too big is to stop feeding its growth. Government spending has been growing faster than the economy itself. The massive national debt which we accumulated is the result of the government’s high spending diet. Well, it’s time to change the diet and to change it in the right way.

I know the tax portion of our package is of concern to some of you. Let me make a few points that I feel have been overlooked. First of all, it should be looked at as an integral part of the entire package, not something separate and apart from the budget reductions, the regulatory relief, and the monetary restraints. Probably the most common misconception is that we are proposing to reduce Government revenues to less than what the Government has been receiving. This is not true. Actually, the discussion has to do with how much of a tax increase should be imposed on the taxpayer in 1982.

Now, I know that over the recess in some informal polling some of your constituents have been asked which they’d rather have, a balanced budget or a tax cut, and with the common sense that characterizes the people of this country, the answer, of course, has been a balanced budget. But may I suggest, with no inference that there was wrong intent on the part of those who asked the question, the question was inappropriate to the situation.

Our choice is not between a balanced budget and a tax cut. Properly asked, the question is, “Do you want a great big raise in your taxes this coming year or, at the worst, a very little increase with the prospect of tax reduction and a balanced budget down the road a ways?” With the common sense that the people have already shown, I’m sure we all know what the answer to that question would be.

A gigantic tax increase has been built into the system. We propose nothing more than a reduction of that increase. The people have a right to know that even with our plan they will be paying more in taxes, but not as much more as they will without it.

The option, I believe, offered by the House Budget Committee, will leave spending too high and tax rates too high. At the same time, I think it cuts the defense budget too much, and by attempting to reduce the deficit through higher taxes, it will not create the kind of strong economic growth and the new jobs that we must have.

Let us not overlook the fact that the small, independent business man or woman creates more than 80 percent of all the new jobs and employs more than half of our total work force. Our across-the-board cut in tax rates for a 3-year period will give them much of the incentive and promise of stability they need to go forward with expansion plans calling for additional employees.

Tonight, I renew my call for us to work as a team, to join in cooperation so that we find answers which will begin to solve all our economic problems and not just some of them. The economic recovery package that I’ve outlined to you over the past weeks is, I deeply believe, the only answer that we have left.

Reducing the growth of spending, cutting marginal tax rates, providing relief from overregulation, and following a noninflationary and predictable monetary policy are interwoven measures which will ensure that we have addressed each of the severe dislocations which threaten our economic future. These policies will make our economy stronger, and the stronger economy will balance the budget which we’re committed to do by 1984.

When I took the oath of office, I pledged loyalty to only one special interest group—“We the people.” Those people—neighbors and friends, shopkeepers and laborers, farmers and craftsmen—do not have infinite patience. As a matter fact, some 80 years ago, Teddy Roosevelt wrote these instructive words in his first message to the Congress: “The American people are slow to wrath, but when their wrath is once kindled, it burns like a consuming flame.” Well, perhaps that kind of wrath will be deserved if our answer to these serious problems is to repeat the mistakes of the past.

The old and comfortable way is to shave a little here and add a little there. Well, that’s not acceptable anymore. I think this great and historic Congress knows that way is no longer acceptable.”

Here is the complete address from President Reagan of April 28, 1981.

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President Reagan

President Reagan – returning to the Oval Office with plans and raised eyebrows.

April 28, 1981 – CBS World News Roundup – Gordon Skene Sound Collection –

News for this April 28th in 1981 had much to do with the return of President Reagan to the Oval Office and preparations for his address, later on that evening to a joint session of Congress.

It would be the first time the President went before Congress and the American people since the assassination attempt on March 30, and there was much speculation over the contents of the Economic address he was slated to deliver. It was sure to be an emotional event, economy or not.

Meanwhile, pressure from the U.S. on El Salvador to increase investigations into the murders of 4 American Church Women was continuing. Adding one more to the list of missing was another American; a priest, Father Roy Bourgeois was working in El Salvador as an interpreter for a U.S. news team from WBBM-TV in Chicago. He was last seen a few days earlier when he left his hotel, explaining that he wanted to go off on his own for a half-hour. He never returned. Both Bourgeois and two of the murdered Church Women were part of the same Church group known for their activism and support of leftist causes. Eyes were on the El Salvador National Guard as links to their deaths. However, President Duarte told reporters he didn’t feel the military or Right Wing extremist groups had anything to do with the murders or of Bourgeois’ disappearance.

The string of murders of young Blacks in Atlanta took another grim turn, as another name was added to the list this day. The body of 21 year-old Jimmy Payne was found in the Chattahoochee River about 10 miles west of Atlanta. Six of the past victims had been found in a river. And his body, like most of the recent ones recovered, was clad only in undershorts. An autopsy was expected to conducted later on in the day to determine cause of death, but there were no apparent marks on the body. This was the 6th body to be discovered in the past month; the highest number of victims found in any 30 day period since the baffling string of murders began in July of 1979.

And that’s just a slice of what went on, this April 28, 1981 – as reported by The CBS World News Roundup.

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Procol Harum

Procol Harum – the comings and goings of band members.

Procol Harum in Concert – John Peel presents – June 21, 1970 – BBC Radio 1 –

Procol Harum, in concert for John Peel and recorded on June 21, 1970. Around this time, the band released their fourth album, Home a few days earlier and were undergoing some personnel changes in the process. Keyboard player Matthew Fisher left the band along with bassist David Knights. Former Paramounts bassist/keyboard player Chris Copping joined and the band took a decided turn in the direction of a more blues-based sound, which was the sound of The Paramounts, the band which eventually became Procol Harum – and now with the addition of Copping – it was, ostensibly The Paramounts.

Direction change or not, Procol Harum were still an extremely popular band, probably more so in the U.S. than in the UK – but not as popular as they were in the rest of Europe, where Home was in the top 10 in Denmark. The more bluesy-approach was relatively short-lived as they returned to the more Art-Rock based approach with Broken Barricades the following year.

Still, a band which proved influential to a number of musicians and became one of the catalysts in the Prog-Rock movement in the early 1970s.

If you’re not familiar with the music of Procol Harum, this is from their mid-point – and you might want to investigate their earlier material to get a better idea of why they were so influential. But this is still an enjoyable concert from a band whose work has always been interesting and engaging.

Play loud . . .but the original sound is bit funky towards the end and you might not want to test your speakers with this.

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5 Royales

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Mikolaj Konopelski

Mikolaj Konopelski – Frequent prize winner and founder of the Moeran String Quartet.

Bach Suites 1,2,3 – Mikolaj Konopelski, cello – XXVI Festival Arte Sacro, Madrid – March 15, 2016 – RNE Radio Clasica –

Bach Suites 4,5,6 – Iagoba Fanlo, cello – XXVI Festival Arte Sacro, Madrid – March 22, 2016 – RNE Radio Clasica –

A feast of Bach this week. From the Arte Sacro Festival in Madrid this past month, two programs a week apart from each other, featuring the Cello Suites – the first set played by Polish cellist Mikolaj Konpelski, and the second set played by Spanish cellist Iagoba Fanla. Both were recorded at the Iglesia de San Antonion de los Alemanes de Madrid by the venerable Radio Nacional España on March 15 and 22 of this year. Both concerts are on separate players and run an hour each.

Here’s what’s on the players –

Concierto celebrado en la Iglesia de San Antonio de los Alemanes de Madrid el 15 de marzo de 2016
Part 1:
BACH: Suite nº 1 en Sol mayor, BWV 1007.
Suite nº 2 en Re menor, BWV 1008.
Suite nº 3 en Do mayor, BWV 1009. M. Konopelski (vc.).

Concierto celebrado en la Iglesia de San Antonio de los Alemanes de Madrid el 22 de marzo de 2016.
Part 2:
BACH: Suites para violonchelo solo
Suite en Mi bemol mayor, BWV 1010
Suite Do menor, BWV 1011;
Suite en Re mayor, BWV 1012. I. Fanlo (vc.).

Like I said, a feast of Bach for cello featuring two players with distinctly different points of view – and the sound is spectacular. Further evidence there’s a lot going on all over the world and its imperative you check it out.

Iagoba Fanlo

Iagoa Fanlo – Presents frequent Master Classes in London and Professor at the Madrid Conservatory – as well as frequent concertizing – full plate.

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