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Review: David Attenborough field recordings

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Hagman 22 Nov 18 - 08:07 PM
GUEST,Mike Yates 25 Nov 18 - 07:02 AM
GUEST,Nick Dow 25 Nov 18 - 07:22 AM
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Subject: David Attenborough field recordings
From: Hagman
Date: 22 Nov 18 - 08:07 PM

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From the blurb:

This 2CD set is a compilation of original field recordings made by David Attenborough between 1954 and 1963. He travelled to remote parts of the world to find and film exotic animals for the BBC television series Zoo Quest. But he was just as interested in the people he met and their music. Whenever he came across musicians, out came his early portable tape machine. “While I was theoretically looking for pythons, in the evenings I would record different types of music… ” The recordings have been in the BBC’s Sound Archive ever since and this is the first time they’ve been made available on CD. This collection features more than 50 recordings of traditional music from Sierra Leone, Paraguay, Madagascar, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Pacific Islands and northern Australia. The accompanying 52-page booklet draws on David Attenborough’s experiences with stunning original photographs of the musicians and recordings. Presented by Songlines magazines and compiled & edited by Julian May.


Disc: 1
1. David Attenborough's introduction
2. Three Balanges
3. Solo Balange and drum
4. Za - Za Solo
5. Za - Za and Triangle
6. Bundu Society Dance
7. Dance of Welcome of the Bullon Tribe
8. Snatch of song
9. Bone Flute 1
10. Bone Flute 2
11. Hallelujah Chant
12. Gamelan Orchestra
13. Kris Dance
14. The Djoged
15. Gender Wayang
16. Kebiar
17. Tjapung Gangtuk
18. Genggong Music 1
19. Genggong Music 2
20. Flute Solo
21. Suling Suralaya (Celestial Flutes)
22. Dyak Marriage Celebration
23. Gambus Solo
24. Gambus Duet
25. Dyak Marriage Celebrations
26. Dyak Funeral Gongs
27. Porters Singing
28. David Attenborough's conclusion

Disc: 2
1. David Attenborough's introduction
2. Guira Campana (The Bell Bird)
3. Malvita
4. Iguazu
5. La Llegada (The Arrival)
6. La Viega Casa (The Old House)
7. Ndeve - Guarnte
8. Lucerito Alba (Little White Star)
9. Ne Rendápe Aju (I Come to You)
10. Campo Cerbo Leone
11. Galopera
12. Panambi Vera
13. The Lament of my Guitar
14. Tres de Mayo (Third of May)
15. Meke (Dance)
16. Tau Lunga
17. Nose Flute Trio
18. Sitting Dance
19. Meke
20. Taralala (Colonel Bogey)
21. Calling the Turtle
22. Land - Diving Songs 1
23. Land - Diving Songs 2
24. Two Valihas
25. Three Valihas
26. Merina Tribe
27. Walbiri Tribe Blooding Ceremony
28. Bull - Roarer
29. Bull - Roarer and Chant
30. Gunavidi Tribe
31. Burada Tribe - Yurlunggur Song
32. David Attenborough's conclusion

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Subject: RE: Review: David Attenborough field recordings
From: GUEST,Mike Yates
Date: 25 Nov 18 - 07:02 AM

I am surprised that nobody has commented on this. David Attenborough was once responsible for getting Harry Cox into a television studio. Don't know if this recording was preserved, though. Anyway, thank you for the info. I have ordered a set.

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Subject: RE: Review: David Attenborough field recordings
From: GUEST,Nick Dow
Date: 25 Nov 18 - 07:22 AM

I must admit that I am shamefully ignorant about Folk Music outside these Islands of ours. Bert Lloyds writing and documentaries helped. Ewan McColl's comparisons on the first programme of the Song Carriers fired my interest, I did buy (and lend out God forgive me) Bert's Topic recordings made in Yugoslavia (that gets confusing nowadays. I assume Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, that's what you get for lending them!)
The truth of the matter is it is easier to stay in the British comfort zone than join the world connection that becomes more and more apparent everyday I look at folk Song tunes in say 'Hammond' and find Irish, Scottish then Eastern European tune families. I think you need to have a mind with a world view that is more than a little wider than mine to absorb all that info. It does not mean I'm not interested but if somebody (Mike??) were to post an informed review of Attenborough's recordings here on Mudcat, it would be much appreciated.

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Subject: RE: Review: David Attenborough field recordings
From: FreddyHeadey
Date: 09 Feb 19 - 07:27 PM

"Julian May, producer of 'David Attenborough – My Field Recordings from Across the Planet', explains how this extraordinary album came about, with photos courtesy of David Attenborough"

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Subject: RE: Review: David Attenborough field recordings
Date: 09 Feb 19 - 07:50 PM

I love his wild life films.

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