The Music from Bagpuss


Earth Recordings 11/16/2018 Vinyl (0809236173362)
 

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# Track   Duration
1.Opening 
2.We Will Wash It 
3.I Saw A Ship 
4.We Will Rub It 
5.The Bony King of Nowhere 
6.Cat and Bird Tone Phone 
7.The Princess Suite 
8.The Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe 
9.Row Your Boat 
10.We Will Lace It 
11.Ballerina Music Box 
12.Porcupine Song 
13.Hereís a Pin 
14.We Will Fix It 
15.Turtle Calypso 
16.The Elephantís Fable 
17.The Millerís Song 
18.We Will Find It 
19.The Town Band 
20.The Song of the Flea 
21.We Will Do It 
22.The Weaving Song 
23.Charliemouse Weaving 
24.Bucketís Burning 
25.Brian OíLynn 
26.Lullaby For Cabbages 
27.We Will Do It (Go Through It) 
28.The Old Woman Tossed Up in a Basket 
29.Mouse Ragtime 
30.We Will Fold It 
31.Uncle Feedle 
32.Closing 
33.Opening Words (Outtake) 
34.Introducing The Characters (Outtake) 
35.Characters Waking Up (Outtake) 
36.Bagpuss Soundcheck 
37.I Saw A Ship A-Sailing 
38.Mermaid Song 
39.Captain Bagpuss Poem 
40.Owls of Athens Story 
41.Birdsong 
42.Princess Suite (Outtake) 
43.The Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe (Outtake) 
44.Porcupine Song (Outtake) 
45.Bagpipes 
46.Brian OíLynn (Outtake) 
47.Agricultural Jig 
48.Percy Pratt Poem 
49.End Music (Outtake) 
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The Music from Bagpuss

2th of February, 1974, and for an audience of small children at 1:45pm, a life irrevocably coloured by the wayward wanderings of one saggy cloth cat. Some 44 years later and Earth Recordings opens the door to Bagpuss & Co. Once again, revealing for the first time the original music in all it's newly-mastered splendor. The 32 tracks that make up the main body of the compositions are - like all good folk music - a patchwork of traditional pieces, half- remembered tunes and pure improvisation. It's testament to Sandra Kerr and John Faulkner's musicianship that the recordings work so well, not only within the context of the television episodes, but as an album in it's own right. Of the recording, Oliver Postgate (in his exquisite autobiography 'Seeing Things') says: 'Between them Sandra and John could play every sort of instrument from a mountain dulcimer to an Irish fiddle. They knew and could sing every tune in the world and didn't bother with written music, except as a last resort. They were exactly suited to Gabriel the Toad and Madeleine the Rag Doll and in those roles were happy to play whatever music and sing whatever songs would be needed.' Those songs manifested themselves as reworkings of familiar tunes ('I Saw A Ship'; 'Row Your Boat'; 'Bucket's Burning'), takes on traditional ballads ('Brian O'Lynn'; 'The Frog Princess'; 'Weaving Song'; 'The Old Woman Tossed Up in a Basket') and delicious flights of fancy ('The Bony King of Nowhere'; 'Turtle Calypso'; 'Uncle Feedle'). The counterpart to Madeleine and Gabriel's more polished ditties are the interludes from the mice; a raggle-taggle chorus that accompanies the creatures' efforts of help (with the mice once famously going on strike when they were not permitted sang as they worked). Again, Postgate muses: 'Once I had worked out a few episodes I would make a very rough list of the bits where I though music would be appropriate. I would send it to [Sandra and John] to think about. Then we would borrow a fairly silent room in a remote house and, taking the various articles that we intended to celebrate with us, would spend a happy day with a tape recorder, thinking up and recording whatever songs and tunes came to mind.'



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