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  • Audio CD (20 Mar. 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: BGO Records
  • ASIN: B0000011PL
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,316 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Mythical Kings And Iguanas
2. Yada Yada La Scala
3. Lady With The Braid
4. Her Mothers Daughter
5. Angels And Devils The Following Day
6. Mary C. Brown And The Hollywood Sign
7. Lemon Haired Ladies
8. Stone For Bessie Smith
9. The Game
10. Going Home (Mythical Kings And Iguanas)
11. Doppelganger
12. The New Enzyme Detergent Demise Of Ali McGraw
13. The Talkative Woman And The Two Star General
14. The Altruist And The Needy Case
15. Play It Again Sam - Taps Tremors And Time Steps (One Last Dance For...
16. The Earthquake In Los Angeles (February, 1971)
17. The Final Flight Of The Hindenburg (May 1937)
18. I Dance And Dance And Smile And Smile ('After An Initial Deep Split The Tremors Can Go On...
19. The Air Crash In New Jersey
20. Aftershock

Product Description

Both albums originally released in the early 1970s. Full sleevenotes by Roger Dopson.

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133 of 135 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 Sept. 2000
Format: Audio CD
Two 1971 albums for the price of one; the first is a truly great record; the second not so great but still worthy of attention. Mythical Kings & Iguanas deserves to be ranked alongside other highly rated singer-songwriter albums of the same period but, sadly, seems largely forgotten. The title track which tops and tails the album (the reprise incorporating the chorus from Lady With The Braid) is more abstract and nebulous than the eight other songs which are vignettes of life as presumably seen by the writer. Lady With The Braid is a tale of loneliness, a woman imploring a man to stay the night not, one surmises, because she likes him all that much but because she does not want to contemplate another night alone. Angels & Devils The Following Day is about sexual hang ups and is one of the few songs which can legitimately claim to use the "f" word in a completely non gratuitous manner (although it still seemed a mite shocking back in 1971). Her Mother's Daughter is a bleak account of how a clinging mother blights her child's adult life and A Stone For Bessie Smith is about the demise of the recently departed Janis Joplin. Not a lot of laughs to be had, you might think, but Mary C. Brown & The Hollywood Sign (a pithy song covering the same ground lyrically as Bacharach & David's Do You Know The Way To San Jose?) is infused with black humour and the writer's biting wit is also in evidence elsewhere. All of the songs hit the spot and, whilst some (for example, Lemon Haired Ladies) may well be intensely personal, self pity and self indulgence are kept at bay by the objectivity of the writing.
Unfortunately, the same cannot really be said of the second album.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Feb. 2006
Format: Audio CD
The first of these two albums is a great lost gem. I remember hearing it on a BBC2 special as a young teenager and being immediately arrested by the bittersweet lyrics and beguilingly easy rag-and-folk ambience of the music.
On songs like Lady with the braid and Angels and devils, Dory Previn plays out miniature psychodramas, working through her own self-deceptions and contradictory stances to love, life and growing older with a dark wit and surgical precision. On the surface, these are little seventies cameos [all paisley wallpaper and honey in the coffee] but there's a hidden razor-edge in there which takes you deeper with each listening, and cuts to the bone.
You don't hear much about Dory Previn these days: surely, it's time for a public redisvovery?
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Greywolf TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 3 Feb. 2011
Format: Audio CD
Dory Previn is one of the greatest singer-songwriters of all time, in spite of which her work remains little known and strangely neglected. This cd double combines two of her finest albums, both released in 1971. Both showcase her sharply perceptive, deeply felt, confessional song-writing at its best. These are songs from the heart, detailing, often in stark clarity, the harsh and hurtful realities of life. This is never more true than in the harrowing 13-minute suite, 'Taps, Tremors and Timesteps; One Last Dance For My Father,' (tracks 16-20 here) in which she clinically dissects her relationship with the father who, for many years, kept her locked in a room in the family home. Written in the aftermath of her father's death, their warped relationship is laid bare with heart-rending honesty and set against the background of two air disasters and an earthquake, each witnessed by herself, her father, or, in the case of the Hindeburg airship disaster, by the two of them together. I rate this as among the darkest 13 minutes of music ever put on record and yet it is compelling listening from its deceptively breezy beginning to its stunning conclusion.
Dory Previn not only pioneered the confessional school of song-writing, she remains one of its greatest exponents. The track, 'Lemon-Haired Ladies,' describes the breakdown of her marriage to Andre Previn due to his infidelities with young Hollywood starlets. 'Mary C. Brown and the Hollywood Sign' is a satirical expose of the dark underbelly of Tinsel Town and the American Dream it represents. Many other songs speak with remarkable insight of the singer's own failings.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Feb. 2006
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I agree with the previous reviewer Dory needs to be re discovered. This album is a gem i was introduced to her by a friend in the 80's and for many years before you could track her down on the internet carried and old c90 around with me to listen to her. Just buy it and spread the word!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Tanee58 on 1 Mar. 2007
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I too discovered Dory Previn through the BBC 2 special in the early 70s. It was called 'Mindscape' - and I loved it so much that when it was repeated, I sat in front of the tv with a microphone to record it (no videos in those days!) Until now, this tape was all I had, and the memories of the haunting visual images that accompanied the songs - many of which I assumed were autobiographical. (it would be wonderful if the BBC found this recording and repeated it...) As a teenager, the lyrics resonated with all the insecurities of youth, and as an adult in middle age, they still resonate - perhaps even more so, with 30 years of life experience between. I recommend this most highly - we need more Dory!
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