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Late Flowering Love

Sir John Betjeman Audio CD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (29 Aug 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000007XHI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 102,861 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2. The Olympic Girl
3. Invasion Exercise On The Poultry Farm
4. The Licorice Fields At Pontefract
5. A Russell Flint
6. Station Syren
7. Myfanwy And Myfanwy At Oxford
8. In The Public Gardens
9. Eunice
10. Senex
11. Late-Flowering Lust
12. Sun And Fun

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars very entertaining selection of poetry reading 25 Feb 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
As with 'Banana Blush' , this CD is the result of the collaboration with Jim Parker who provided musical accompaniment to Betjeman's poetry reading.
It is such a pleasure to hear Betjeman's voice on these tracks and you do get the Laureate's mischievous sense of humour , especially on 'Invasion Exercise on the Poultry Farm' where the reading is more 'dramatised'.
Usually Parker's treatment is very sure, but I'm afraid he misses with a couple of these tracks where the accompaniment gets a bit 'funky' - he is at his best when the arrangement is brass, string and woodwind.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Setting out to right a wrong 1 Jan 2006
Format:Audio CD
I've only written this review as a counter-balance to the above negative review. This album isn't the best of the three that Sir John recorded with Jim Parker, but then it's also certainly not of one-star quality! Betjeman reads his poetry as well as any actor ever could and anyone who's heard Dylan Thomas's recordings for Caedmon will know that this is a more difficult task than one might suppose. Parker's music is occasionally a little uninspired, but it's not obtrusive, while it often manages to illuminate Betjeman's verse really quite splendidly.
Perhaps it's not quite a four-star album, but it's much more a triumph than a travesty. This ambitious, three-album project should be celebrated, not criticised.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars How well I remember those legs! 2 Aug 2006
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
More of an acquired taste than 'Banana Blush' but still excellent. I can't agree with Mr Cartledge's assessment, nor can I imagine a reader who does not add his,or her, own soundtrack as they read. I suppose a musical equivalent to Mr Cartledge's criticism would be reading a score and never listening to a performance as the third trombone might be blowing too hard, however, it's purely a matter of taste.

To return to the legs (Those on our Station Syren)Sir John allowed me to see the fire light glistening on those silken-clad

limbs and I'm forever grateful to him for that. Ah! The joys of middle-age.

Reverie over; I enjoyed the album, music and all,now I'm off to the Licorice Fields, more legs I'm afraid!

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A box of treasure 3 April 2010
By Angel House VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
I bought this CD for Myfanwy which is absolutely magical and I listen to it over and over again. I am just starting to spend time on the other tracks - all of which are also gems. This is a great CD for anyone who loves poetry and especially for anyone studying poetry who wants to become better acquainted with the musicality of Sir John Betjamin's work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars How Poetry Should Be 15 Oct 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Simple but brilliant observational poetry by a master of words complimented by lovely music to create a vision of times past
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