Tuesday, July 15, 2008

kit lambert's hall of the mountain king

the who on target.

From "The Who Sell Out" sessions, which featured collaboration with John 'Speedy' Keene - of Thunderclap Newman - on the track "Armenia City in the Sky".

This manic jam on "Hall of the Mountain King" from Edvard Greig's "Peer Guint Suite", first performed in 1876, was produced by
Kit Lambert at London's Kingsway Studios sometime between may and december, 1967, but didn't make it onto the album. Ultimately, it just didn't conform to the LP's conceptual remit but it was finally reinstated as a bonus track on the remastered CD reissue in 1995.

The faux 'Radio London' jingles which sequence those tracks on the original release were actually produced by PAMS Productions in Dallas, Texas, and prompted a series of law-suits at the time since PAMS - responsible for literally thousands of radio station stings throughout the 60's and 70's - alleged the commercials were reproduced without consent.

THE WHO: HALL OF THE MOUNTAIN KING from "The Who Sell Out (Sessions)" CD Reissue (MCA/Polydor) 1995 (UK)



Nostalgia Kinky said...

Very cool blog. Thanks for the link to mine and I have added yours...keep up the great work.

Your driver said...

I hated some of those bonus tracks. I kind of like the 12 song lp format of our youth. I hated all of the bonus tracks on the Byrds "Sweetheart of the Rodeo", and that's one of my fave records. Who needs to have it ruined by the addition of a ten minute long blues jam? As bonus tracks go, this is a good'un.

ib said...

Thanks for the props, jeremy, and linking back too. Moon in the Gutter is a great site, with an astronomical amount of detail. Keep On...

ib said...

Hey, Jon, how are you ? And how's the bus ?

I know what you're saying about bonus tracks, but ever since the changeover from vinyl to CD it's never been the same.

Joe Stumble from Last Days of Man on Earth summed it up really well: he made the point that CDs allowed him to fully embrace MP3s since he'd already grieved over the loss of vinyl with its two sides and tactile involvement.

I like the bonuses to be found on remasters and reissues these days. Providing the issuer doesn't fuck about with the original running order but sinply tacks them on at the end of the original release. I hate it when they deviate from that golden rule.

Most of the alternative versions or mixes are seldom more than eyebrow raising, I'll grant you, but sometimes you hit the jackpot with previously unreleased songs which make you question why they never made the final cut in the first instance (see the kinks 1965 reissue above). Or otherwise rare jewels which until now could only be procured from a specialist vendor from the proceeds of robbing a post office or a good day at the track, if you're a betting man.

Looking forward to your next post on Poetry is for Assholes.