Jake Thackray and Songs (LP)

Jake Thackray and Songs
Catalogue No. DINGLES DIN 314

Released: 1983

Words & Music : Jake Thackray except *(Brassens/Thackray)

Recorded at the Stables Theatre, Wavendon, Milton Keynes in 1980

Side One:
One of Them
Brother Gorilla (Le Gorille) *
The Little Black Foal
The Blacksmith and the Toffee Maker
Country Bus
The Bull

Side Two:
Sister Josephine
To Do With You
The Last Will and Testament of Jake Thackray
The Poor Sod
On Again! On Again!
The Remembrance

String Bass: Alan Williams
Guitar: John Etheridge

Cover photography: Willy Russell
Graphics: Denis Davidson

Released by arrangement with the BBC.

Sleeve Notes by Jake Thackray:
This is a recording of the second half of a show I did in late 1980 at the Stables Theatre, Wavendon, Milton Keynes, some of which was televised by BBC2, Bristol, early the next year.

Telly is no place for a singer. A singer's place is on his feet on public floorboards, taking risks in front of paying punters and not ducking and weaving and smirking on the flickering rectangle. Besides, viewers rarely listen; viewers view - they view your suit, your shirt, your fillings and ear hair, your pockmarks and your haircut ("'Course it's a wig! They all wear wigs!"). And telly people do not listen at all; they stride around in cheesecloth and earphones and frig everybody about - "QUIET EVERYBODY! Right Jakey love, start. No, stop, start again. Now, everybody, CLAP! CLAP! STOP CLAPPING! QUIET! Now my love three . . . two . . . and . . . go . . . "; prats!

I am very very grateful to the telly people from Bristol for the quality and care in everything they did, and for their complete lack of self-importance, cheesecloth and frig.

They listened all the time.

Thank you very much Colin Godman.

Thank you Theophila Vertis and Kathryn Wolfe and Geoff Sugget and Peter Rose.

Thank you Mr and Mrs Dankworth and the staff of the Wavendon Allmusic Plan (WAP).

All of these people did something simple enough, but which rarely happens: they allowed the singer and the musicians and the audience to get together and get on with it.

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'Magnificent' (The Independent)

'Jake Thackray and Songs', broadcast in 1981, captures him at the height of his powers; it paints an intimate portrait of Jake as a live artist, playing to audiences in the small venues where he felt most comfortable.

This BBC-licensed DVD, professionally produced from the original BBC masters, features all of Jake's performances from the series: thirty of his greatest songs, along with his inimitable between-songs chat and storytelling.

Also included are previously unreleased performances by three outstanding guest artists: Ralph McTell, Alex Glasgow and Pete Scott.