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Thread #4024   Message #98417
Posted By: GeorgeH
23-Jul-99 - 07:54 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Babylon is Fallen (to Rise no More)
Subject: RE: REQ: Babylon is Fallen (to Rise no More)
Some way back someone asked about recordings of this song . . Home Service (the pinacle of Folk/Rock plus brass section) have recorded it on their "Alright Jack" album (available on CD from Fledg'ling records, FLED 3015, see: http://www.thebeesknees.com

This is an outstanding recording, which includes a rare and wonderful recording of Grainger's "A Lincolnshire Posey" - created from what is believed to be the only existing score of Grainger's original version of this work (for military band!), with the original words restored to two of the songs.

I thought Home Service had also recorded this on "The Mysteries", the CD version of which is available from the same place (FLED 3014) - but it doesn't appear in the track listing (guess I'll have to play the recording through when I get home!). However it's well worth a plug and should be of interest to the person looking for powerful religious music which doesn't attack anyone else! "The Mysteries" is an extract from the music used for the re-working by Tony Harrison of the medieaval mystery plays, for London's National Theatre. This was presented as a set of three plays totalling round about 6 hours (and occasionally all performed in one day), played in promenade, and possibly the greatest achievement of the National Theatre to date (it was also filmed for TV broadcast). The music was central to the production, and is a mixture of traditional, modern and specially-composed material. Those who have not seen the production say that the recording stands up well by itself . . I just find it brings back increadibly poingnant memories! Richard Thompson fans may wish to note it includes at least one Thompson song, and performances by Linda Thompson (AND she acts and dances on the video . . ).

G.