Various ‘Golden Apples’


01 Malcolm Bothwell Lux Fulgebit Hodie Super Nos (2:28)
02 Kabloona Glorious It Is To See (2:23)
03 The London Gagaku Orchestra Tortoises In Heaven (7:02)
04 Inok Paek Sanjo (3:58)
05 Clive Bell Tiger In The Garden (2:59)
06 Anonymous String Quartet String Quartet Op.5 1st Mvt – Webern (2:20)
07 No Strings Attached Agenbite Of Inwit (1:58)
08 Adrian Spring Bacrao Ricercata No.4 – Bassano (3:11)
09 Alain Auban In Darknesse Let Me Dwell (5:00)
10 Molasses Leaning And Depending On The Lord (2:00)
11 Veronikas Brass Band Untitled (1:10)
12 Tinku Chacaltaya (4:59)
13 Was It A Car Or A Cat I Saw Lunar L3 First Soft Landing (3:36)
14 Big Baffle Bikini Atoll (5:32)
15 Edward Barton Two Cows (2:09)
16 The Kufstein Family Watschentanz (1:53)
17 British Summertime Ends Picham Close Your Eyes (3:48)
18 Lapis String Quartet Anablepsis 3 Anablepsis (1:15)
19 Accordions Go Crazy Dance The Zydeco (3:09)

Total time 60:00
LP released by Bonjour Records, UK, 1988

Sylvia Hallett and Clive Bell were instrumental in bringing Eastern music and instruments to London in the late seventies thanks to material collected during their extensive travels in the Far East. Both were members of British Summertime Ends trio along Stuart Jones. During the 1980s, Clive Bell was also playing with groups Kahondo Style and Accordions Go Crazy, the latter also including Sylvia Hallett. The ‘Golden Apples’ LP documents the proceedings of a festival held in St Giles Cripplegate Church, London, on July 2nd, 1988. The Bonjour Records label was presumably launched on this occasion by Philippe Archinbaud, though no other record on that label is known to me.  ‘Golden Apples’ is thus a totally independent and highly original project where dedicated musicians put out the music they really love and where imagination is the rule of thumb. The album is extremely varied, from medieval plainsong to Bolivian charango, from Webern to zydeco, from free jazz to baroque music as well many Far Eastern music, with exceptional musicianship from all contributors. Highlights for me include Sylvia Hallett‘s thai singing (tr.#17) with British Summertime Ends ; the amazing London Gagaku Orchestra taking japanese court music very seriously with impressive bass drums throughout ; or Edward Barton‘s art brut song ‘Two Cows’, sounding like a crude and slightly deranged Eugene Chadbourne – lovely. A truly unique disc.

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7 Responses to “Various ‘Golden Apples’”

  1. 1 chris February 7, 2009 at 5:58 pm

    Thanks for this – and all the other great music you’ve given me. I appreciate it.

  2. 2 continuo February 7, 2009 at 11:26 pm

    Thanks for the feel-good-comment, Chris.

  3. 3 Scott February 8, 2009 at 10:20 pm

    Looks like yet another awesome post. The lack of recognizable artists is what really peaks my interest in all of these. It’s funny how Mtv has gone down the drain over the years and by shere fortune the internet and a few brave radio djs have saved people who are so sick of how brain dead pop music has become. Its all relative I guess since I’m getting older and prejudiced towards most new stuff out there. Some current bands do bring a breath of fresh air and originality. Thanks again.

  4. 4 continuo February 8, 2009 at 11:22 pm

    I’m sure ‘Golden Apples’ can reconcile you with life, Scott. Don’t give up! More funny music next week, I swear!

  5. 5 Spring Day February 28, 2009 at 11:36 pm

    Wonderful. This reveals all the sources, pop/rock, world music, and classical, that the British Summertime Ends core unit and associated bands like Accordions Go Crazy draw from. Thanks a lot for this post!

  6. 6 continuo March 1, 2009 at 12:11 am

    That’s right, plus there’s some kind of communal spirit in the music played here, which is a also typical. Thanks for your comment.

  7. 7 dean brodrick January 9, 2015 at 4:33 am

    hi all, i made this record with adrian freedman.
    bonjour records was my and Philippe Auclaire’s record label at the time, we made about 10 albums on that label. the vinyl GOLDEN APPLES was the longest 33rpm LP ever pressed at Porkie’s Prime Cuts. Its a double album really. It has been sampled a lot so I heard.

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