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4.7 out of 5 stars

on 23 August 2014
I owned this as an Extened Player fourty five revs per minute when it first was put out {at least the part that has Christopher Logue reading his poems with the great combo from Tony Kinsey}. I had seen Annie Ross with Lambert, Herdricks & Ross with Count Basie at Manchester Free Trade Hall just before the group disbabded. I saw her later in Swiss Cottage in a theatre club performing with Jon Hendricks acompaied with Alexis Korner; all great gigs & not forgotten by me.
But I realy bought this for the Jazz & Poetry one haunt me even as a youge man was the evoking of mouse sheltering from the wind on a cold dark night in the sleve of a scarcrow.
Good stuff from the days that jazz was hip in the days before Beats grew long hair & became hippies in the days that Angel faced histers froze in cold water pads waiting to grow older.
I have fond memories of this period of my growth & Jungian individuation.
Good stuf & tank you kindly.
Dave Benn
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on 20 August 2014
This was an album that was categorized for so long in the "hen's teeth" degree of rarity, that it would be an understatement to say that this re-issue on CD is welcome. Logue's lyrics are anything but bland; some timid souls might even find them mildly offensive, but they never fail to stimulate. The musical setting lives up to this level of sophistication, and has a fluency and suppleness that never descends into the well-worn or obvious. Plus all this, Annie Ross gives it all she's got.
As one of several bonuses (which the CD description could have made clearer) is the EP (another "hen's teeth item) which Logue made reading his poetry in conjunction with the jazz of Tony Kinsey's quintet. I remember him once saying on radio that this was quite testing for him, as he had no academic musical training, and had to ask the musicians for visual cues on when to start etc.
In addition the CD includes some Annie Ross tracks from the early 50s, some made in the U.S. with players like Milt Jackson and Art Blakey, some in Britain with Tony Crombie and co.
By the way the booklet states that the original "Twisted" is used for the opening music of Woody Allen's film "Deconstructing Annie". This is not actually the case, as the original "Twisted" was an instrumental recorded by Wardell Gray in 1949. Annie Ross put words to it a few years later, and this is the version heard on the soundtrack.
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on 11 June 2016
I bought this for the poetry and jazz tracks where Christopher Logue delivers some of his poetry to the accompaniment of the Tony Kinsey Quintet, originally issued in the early 60s on an EP called Red Bird, which I have. It's pretty unique stuff, so difficult to describe - you really have to HEAR it (like most poetry!). Logue has a fascinating voice and (as you would expect) creates some fascinating word-pictures. I love it still after all these years!
Annie Ross sings on all the other tracks, 12 of which are topical songs with lyrics by Logue and accompanied by Kinsey. Very 1960s sophisticated night club stuff - originally performed at The Establishment night club I assume. Very interesting, nostalgic and of its time. The remaining tracks are songbook classics sung by Annie Ross. She's a fine singer. Excellent CD.
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on 29 August 2017
Bought the original vinyl, but no longer have a deck. Good to listen to again with much social comment.
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on 28 April 2017
great to hear these songs again, was a Logue fan a lifetime ago
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on 4 December 2015
A lovely old recording from Annie Ross and Christopher Logue, recommended
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