Thursday, 30 June 2016


Michael Livesley and Brainwashing House - Sir Henry at Rawlinson End (CD, Gonzo Multimedia, Soundtrack)

You have to hand it to Michael Livesley and his friends for tackling this one. A truly obscure release from the 1970s, Vivian Stanshall's original album (created for John Peel's radio show) has always been controversial. Some people think it's genius while others consider it an odd point in Stanshall's recording career. Whether you like it or hate it, it seems clear that the album was ahead of its time in many ways. Several years back, Livesley decided it was time to recreate the music for an entirely new audience (and those still alive to remember it). Thus, he and his associates took it upon themselves to begin performing the album live. Now, six years later, the show is still going strong and has earned the seal of approval from the Stanshall family. This recording features the talents of Rick Wakeman, Neil Innes, and Susie Honeyman. Fifty-one minutes plus of pure British creativity now available for all to hear, thanks to the tasteful folks at Gonzo Multimedia.

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