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Richard Jobson \ 10.30 On A Summer Night / An Afternoon In Company [LTMCD 2444]

A collection combining two spoken word albums by singer, poet, writer and director Richard Jobson, both originally released by Les Disques du Crépuscule.

From 1983, 10.30 On A Summer Night is Richard's own adaption of texts from the classic novel by French author Marguerite Duras, and includes the long and haunting tone poem The Kiss, the Dance and the Death. On this recording he is accompanied by young Belgian pianist Cecile Bruynoghe. Recorded in 1982, An Afternoon In Company (1982) collects together 20 original poems, with musical backing by luminaries such as Vini Reilly (The Durutti Column), Steven Brown and Blaine L. Reininger (Tuxedomoon), Wim Mertens and Virginia Astley.

Tracklist

1. The Hotel
2. The End of the Storm
3. The Meeting
4. The Road to Madrid
5. The Kiss, the Dance and the Death
6. Autumn
7. The Return to England
8. Auden
9. The Pyrenees
10. Verbier
11. The Rhur Valley
12. Savannah
13. Jericho
14. Meditation
15. Oran
16. Aragon
17. Jericho (Reprise)
18. Dignity
19. Mount Fuji
20. Days in the Trees
21. The End of an Era
22. Under the Rain Clouds
23. Day Breaks
24. Avalanche
25. The Happiness of Lonely

Digitally remastered CD and download. Booklet features the texts of the poems, photos and a biographical note.

10.30 On A Summer Night [LTMCD 2444]

Reviews:

"Jobson's poetry is decidedly formulist and Eurocentric, and his speaking voice is gloriously clear, erudite and elegant. Should impress fans of spoken word and those whose taste in poetry and prose runs to the romantic" (All Music Guide, 06/2005)

"Relax - this is just Richard Jobson telling us a story" (Melody Maker, 03/1983)

"An Afternoon… is Jobson's most assured attempt yet at drawing the desired effect from the uneasy relationship between his stupendously threatening Scots brogue and the finer nuances of the good Queen's English. While his poetry is perhaps too private and fanciful to communicate on paper, when he is roaring and hissing over calm piano pieces from Satie beautifully played by Cecile Bruynoghe, Jobson assumes a certain atmosphere of strength and striving which at its peak can be positively uplifting. Godlike" (Melody Maker, 10/1984)

"A dramatic, daring work and his finest yet" (NME, 02/1985)