Saturday, April 30, 2016

Adrian Mitchell & Leon Rosselson: A Laugh, A Song & A Hand-Grenade

Two progressive poets on one damned disc! Adrian Mitchell was a poet and playwright, a socialist and a pacifist. He wrote lyrics for the songs in the Royal Shakespeare Company's original English-language production of Marat / Sade, as well as the film’s screenplay. Leon Rosselson is a children’s book author and singer/songwriter whose extensive catalogue is full of folk, satire, and protest. In 1968 the two went on tour together performing poems and tunes, and this LP released the same year on Transatlantic Records is taken from live recordings at the Universities of Bradford and Lancaster. Funny and dangerous and poignant and crackling with the spirit of ’68.

Leon Rosselson: Flower Power=Bread
Adrian Mitchell: Take Stalk Between Teeth / Pull Stalk From Blossom / Throw Blossom Over Arm Towards Enemy / Lie Flat And Await Explosion
Leon Rosselson: She Was Crazy, He Was Mad
Adrian Mitchell: A Party Political Broadcast on Behalf of the Burial Party
Leon Rosselson: Judgements
Adrian Mitchell: An Oxford Hysteria of English Poetry
Adrian Mitchell: To Whom It May Concern
Leon Rosselson: Jumbo the Elephant
Adrian Mitchell: Ode on the Assassination of President Johnson
Leon Rosselson: History Lesson
Adrian Mitchell: Vroomph
Leon Rosselson: Palaces of Gold
Adrian Mitchell: To You
Leon Rosselson: The Rules of the Game

DISCLAIMER: To the best of my knowledge, this work is out of print and not available for purchase in any format. If you are the artist and are planning a reissue, please let me know and I’ll remove it from the blog. Also please get in touch if you’ve lost your art &/or sound masters and would like to talk with me about my restoration work.

1 comment:

  1. I wonder if Transatlantic Records was the Euro licensee of Tower Records here in the US? Similar logo, etc.
    Thanks again, Taylor!


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