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Various - The John Baker Tapes Volume One & Two - Compiled by Alan Gubby (Jung Collective/Nanny Tango)

The John Baker Tapes Volume 1
Various - The John Baker Tapes Volume One
Compiled by Alan Gubby (Jung Collective/Nanny Tango)
(CD) Trunk Records JBH028, 2008-07-28

The John Baker Tapes Volume 2
Various - The John Baker Tapes Volume Two
Compiled by Alan Gubby (Jung Collective/Nanny Tango)
(CD) Trunk Records JBH029, 2008-08-25

Over the next few months Trunk will be issuing two CDs and a vinyl LP of very rare and mostly unreleased John Baker recordings. This includes rare radiophonics, unheard home recording, electro adverts. soundtracks, some jazz and library. Wow. Yeah, wow. (from Trunk Records website)

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Press Release :
Both albums will be released on CD. There will also be a special combined single vinyl release for collectors. These are not re-issues as about 90% of these releases have never been heard or released until now…..

OVERVIEW: It is 50 years since the legendary BBC Radiophonic Worksop was started. John Baker was one third of the holy trinity of composers (the other two being Delia Derbyshire and David Cain) working at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop throughout the golden 1960s and early 1970s. The 49 cues on Volume One of this set represent the major body of important work he produced there, and most tracks until now has remained unissued. Volume Two brings together the most complete overview of his work outside of the BBC, his library music, advertising commissions, soundtracks, and private home recordings, nearly all of which have also remained unissued. The 89 track across the two volumes represent the most complete picture of one of our greatest, experimental and inuential composers, and both CDs come with extensive liner notes, fascinating and touching life stories, rare photos and more.

VOLUME ONE: The 49 tracks here (mostly unreleased) give an incredible, diverse and magical insight into the man and his methods of working. Rare archive recordings here reveal his production techniques and highlight his innovative trademark sounds and humour. We have jingles, themes, stings, soundtracks and soundscapes from a wide variety of BBC TV, radio and public information broadcasts as well as exceptionally rare cues from Radiophonic non-broadcast commissions. Highlights for us include the proto techno opening for Dial M For Murder, the electro jazz intensities of Vendetta and the revealing Woman's Hour Reading Your Letters archive interview. All classic stuff. As mentioned before most of these recordings have remained either lost or unissued until now. This really is a rare treat and a significant release for followers and fans of vintage British electronics, electro acoustic work and for buffs of the Delaware Road output. As already mentioned, many of these tracks have never been released, many even thought lost until they were recently discovered in (his brother) Richard Baker's archive.

VOLUME TWO: Here we present a very different but none-the-less-fascinating side to John Baker's work. The 40 tracks here bring together experimental electro advertising jingles, freaky library music, rare home recordings and jazz produced through the his busy musical life. Also included is the first ever release of his important soundtrack to Ridley Scott's first feature, "Boy on A Bicycle". The album also includes his test tones, feedback loops and the first ever recording made by John Baker (pressed originally on a 78 RPM record) from 1954. We also include the original obituary broadcast on BBC Radio 5 back in 1997. None of these recordings have been released until now. This is another essential release for followers of British electronic music and followers of the Workshop output. Both releases come with comprehensive liner notes, rare archive photos and a whole lot more. True collectors pieces.

FURTHER PRESS INFORMATION: We believe Richard Baker – John Baker surviving brother may well be up for interviews. And of course we can supply copious notes and archive photos.

SUMMARY: It is 50 years since the Radiophonic Workshop began. This double release represents the first major retrospective of a significant composer based at Delaware Road and brings together a touching, fascinating, innovative and massively inuential body of work like no other. Listeners will be amazed, charmed and even moved by these two stunning releases.


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