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Sir John Betjeman's Banana Blush

Sir John Betjeman's Banana Blush

5 Dec 2005

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  • Original Release Date: 5 Dec 2005
  • Release Date: 5 Dec 2005
  • Label: Virgin Catalogue
  • Copyright: (C) 1995 Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 1995 Virgin Records Ltd
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  • Total Length: 39:25
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  • ASIN: B001J8H5KU
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,746 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ed Kingsley on 22 Dec 2012
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This classic recording is one I discovered in the 80s. I am so delighted to renew its acquaintance. Here are risque and tragic musings of a bygone age, wrapped in the flamboyant musical velvet of Jim Parker whose work on TV is well known through Mapp & Lucia, House of Cards and many others. The characters are immediately likeable and familiar in a timeless way. The words are a simple magic spell. A delight from end to end.
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By Robert Archer VINE VOICE on 29 July 2014
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Memories came flooding back the moment the music started. Then John Betjeman`s whimsical voice-I could see again his bemused smile and twinkling eye. This was a magical union of two `eccentrics`, the poet laureate`s verse and Jim Parker`s music. A wonderful collection spanning the poet`s work from the light-hearted to the sadly touching `A Child Ill`. Timeless yet of its age. All thanks to an enlightened music producer.
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By Valerio on 15 May 2012
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Sir John Betjeman and Jim Parker obviously had a lot of fun making this record and it shows. I've loved the album ever since it was first released. Betjeman declaims his poetry over a kind of tea dance music by Parker, that's not to deride the music, I think it's the best think that Parker ever did, it's just knowing how to describe it. Imagine the band playing music for a dance in the 1920s or 30s, as the dances pause an avuncular figure walks onto the stage and begins to read his poems in a good natured, plummy voice. The band realises that just as with silent films, they can add to the atmosphere by interpreting his words with their music.

A strange thing is that I hard the record on a rock show. Following its release he was interviewed by the NME, if I'm not mistaken it was at afternoon tea.

What I'm trying to say is that the words and music don't just appeal to one audience, all kinds of people love it. Listen to some of the snippets and see what you think.

Try "Indoor Games Near Newbury," "A Shropshire Lad" and "A Child Ill." I don't think you will be disappointed.
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Never a Poet Lauriat like him, either before or after. This collection of his poetry, set to some most nostalgic music shows his humour, his self-effacing honesty and his mastery of meter.
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