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on 7 April 2006
This music is Stan Tracey's definitive work. The original 1965 edition is inspired, Most of the reviews here actually apply to that 1965 recording and I would recommend that you do buy that album; none of the praise is overstated. This recording, however, is the more recent live recording with Philip Madoc reading the words of Dylan Thomas, as the album description above clarifies. This lifts the music to another level and the delight with which Madoc reads the words brings them to life in a way that few marriages of music and spoken word can.
This is not, however, the first recording of the music and words together. In 1976 there was a recording from Wigmore Hall with: Stan Tracey (p), Art Themen (ts), Dave Green (b), Bryan Spring (d), Donald Houston (narrator, Derek Jewell of the Sunday Times gave this a rave review although I have never heard it. Bobby Wellins is back with Stan for this recording. It was Bobby's sax improvisation that brought the original definitive work to life and both he and Stan bring an added depth to their playing here. It is also great to hear Clark Tracey in such excellent form. In his early day in the band there were some who doubted his right to be playing along side his old man but this proves them all wrong.

This is not a substitute for the original album, the music alone is still a must have but you should also try to get this wonderful live version if and when you find it available. I have to ask why this has become so difficult to get after such a short time.
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