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5.0 out of 5 stars BBC Radiophonic Music
I have had this album on vinyl for many years and was delighted to discover it in CD format. Almost unique and real breakthrough music at the time, these recordings dating back to the early 60's in many cases,have stood the test of time. However, for anyone considering buying this album, don't expect lengthy tunes. Instead it is made up of 33 short snippets of electronic...
Published on 25 Sep 2012 by W. Baker

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2.0 out of 5 stars BBC Radiophonic Music
Not very interested in BBC Radiophonic Music. Purchased the item to add to my soundtrack collection and when I played it was disappointed starting off with BBC Radio Derby. It sounded totally boring used in the studio and not very pleasant to listen to.
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5.0 out of 5 stars BBC Radiophonic Music, 25 Sep 2012
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W. Baker (England) - See all my reviews
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I have had this album on vinyl for many years and was delighted to discover it in CD format. Almost unique and real breakthrough music at the time, these recordings dating back to the early 60's in many cases,have stood the test of time. However, for anyone considering buying this album, don't expect lengthy tunes. Instead it is made up of 33 short snippets of electronic music, in some cases only a few seconds long. The sound quality is superb, as is to be expected with BBC recordings, and for listeners of a certain age (like this reviewer)it is amazing how many of the tunes sound familiar. This is an album to delve into rather than sit down and listen to in its entirety but well worth having.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Audio Stuff, 8 Dec 2009
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This is an excellent CD of some of the output from the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. My vinyl LP of this album is well & truly worn out, so finding this CD with extra tracks on it is kind of magical. These BBC radiophonic johnnies did some superb stuff over the years.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Radiophonic Album, 4 Sep 2010
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First compiled in 1968 as an in-house BBC Library LP, this was given a full commercial release in 1970 and was the first sampling of the Radiophonic Workshop's output. I must admit (being something of an anorak) it's a bit frustrating not to know exactly when the tracks were recorded - are they 1965-68 or '67-68? At least the "21" LP of 1979 put everything in date order. Either way this CD is a great snapshot of the RW's output from their three principle composers of the period. John Baker's compositions are by and large the most 'hummable' but Delia Derbyshire's 'Pot au Feu' is remarkable - almost her CV in musical form. The original compilers should be congratulated for making it a Dr Who theme-free release.

Another inconsequential gripe is that the Workshop's output from the period just after this (say 1968-70) has never been properly sampled. This would be particularly interesting as it would represent the last of the 'Baker Technique' recordings before the dreaded (and dreadful) synths came along to spoil the party.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A mythical album, 22 April 2014
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This is a trip down memory lane for me as well as getting the amazing compositions of a talented bunch of people the far best of which was Delia Derbyshire. A mythical album that has its' place in any ones collection of electronic music although much of it is tape manipulated so should strictly be called musique concrète.
The beeb were raving mad the day they shut down the Radiophonic Workshop! And never appreciated the talent they had under their wings. This music was so painstaking to make and was just thrown in like any old music. A great pity but at least a few rare albums like this survive.
I can't wait until Delia Derbyshires work is properly released on CD! She was an amazing person.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Alchemists indeed!, 3 July 2013
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Can you imagine people making wonderful music with a few mono tape recorders and a pair of siccors? In the BBC's Radiophonic workshop they could. In our technology plastered times this might seem an archetypal approach but why then does so much of this stuff still sound wonderfull after all these years?
In a documentary about the Radiophonic Workshop called "The Alchemists Of Sound" (highly recomended!) one of the interviewed remarks that a golden age maybe ends when the tools start to outperform the users. That's spot on. It explains why this basic stuff already was so good while music in general is so lame and uninspired nowadays.
So fire up the Tardis and listen to what the future sounded like all those years ago.

Marc Brassé
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2.0 out of 5 stars BBC Radiophonic Music, 25 Feb 2014
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Not very interested in BBC Radiophonic Music. Purchased the item to add to my soundtrack collection and when I played it was disappointed starting off with BBC Radio Derby. It sounded totally boring used in the studio and not very pleasant to listen to.
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