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Good tales... spoiled by audience guffaws
on 16 August 2010
I love Ivor Cutler, and his Scotch Sitting Room series is perhaps my favourite. Hence I bought this CD.
Being a live performance, there is of course an audience present, and unfortunately, they're the album's downfall.
At his best, Cutler is both profound and hilarious, but for me here, the quiet, deliberate poignancy of his tales is ruined by the raucous guffawing of the gathered audience.
And it's not just that I don't like people laughing. In fact, one of the most charming elements of this recording is hearing Cutler himself cracking up as he tries to recite his own stories.
But the audience... they laugh too much, too loudly, and at the wrong parts! Whooping outrageously at an amusing, but fairly commonplace smutty reference, they then remain shufflingly quiet at the moments of true genius.
How I wish he'd recorded these softly, alone, accompanied only by his haunting harmonium!