Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Voices Record 2

On a recent trip into Lynton/Lynmouth I found this rather wonderful album from 1968. This album is only part 2 of a 6 album anthology of music sound song and speech in association with Penguin publishing. Side one of this album features a version of John Cage's Amores, and Ewen MacColl sings Minorie. The Folkcatalogue blog has full track listings for all six albums. The Schools and children taking part in this project were Children of Archbishop Holgate’s Grammar School, York Children of Heslington Primary School, York Choir of Trinity School, Croydon.
“Briefly, Argo and Penguin Education have collaborated to produce a set of records to complement the latter’s threebook anthology of poetry and pictures entitled Voices. The anthology is edited by Geoffrey Summerfield, of the York University English and Education departments, costs 25s. 6d. for the three books and has been very well received. The books give the visual and literary side; each record deals with a special topic (heroes, winter, jealousy inter alia) and adds further dimensions through natural, musical and ‘prepared’ sounds. Bands of a disc enclose elements of the topic, so the inbuilt variety might give you some Kodaly, a Rumanian wedding dance, Hardy’s poem on a country fair, a folksong and a movement from Handel’s Royal Fireworks Music. On another side, a Balinese choir, sniffing hedgehogs, a John Clare poem and an Enigma variation will find common ground. The Gramophone Jan 1968.


  1. *GASP!*

    Massive envy. I have one of the Voices books, had no idea there were records too!

  2. You have a book......I have a record...........but who has the set????????? A very very lucky person is what I say.

  3. I have two of the records and one of the books.. I'm not sure how many there were in total

  4. There were 6 records and 3 books. Between us we have 3 records and 2 books. Nearly there.

  5. Love the cover of the album.

    I have neither books nor records.

  6. I stumbled across all six records in a charity shop about 6 years ago. John cage, Shirley Collins, field recordings of hedgehogs sniffing and George Duncan reading some very bleak poetry. Amazing stuff!