There aren’t enough words to fill the page to describe just how exhilarating, revolutionary (there’s that thought again), amid the sheer utter brilliance of artists from all disciplines and certainly in some cases undisciplined, step forward The Goons – I’m Walking Backwards for Christmas, which are yours to experience here. From moments capturing the clear moonlight, haunting beauty of Richard Burton’s telling of To Begin at the Beginning, from Under Milk Wood – A Play for Voices to John Cage’s twisted treatments to Sun Ra’s Advice To Medics there might indeed be something for everyone.
It’s that canny collaboration of spoken words i.e. poetry plus the mind-expanding Classics of Debussy, Delia Derbyshire along with Pierre Schaeffer and Dave Brubeck’s Take Five, Purcell, Strauss and Elgar that truly capture the exceptional nature of this series. Genre free because this is all about music in and of itself reading the nature of things while spinning it back to you in ever evolving ways. Suitably said to be: Classical and Avant-Garde Music that inspired the Sixties Counter Culture this is quintessentially nostalgic yet at the same time sounding timeless like way beyond the future. The flight continues on from Jack Kerouac to Oscar Peterson Trio’s autumnal version of Jet Song to Gustav Mahler’s heady rush of orchestration – Symphony No.9 in D major: First Movement producing the effect that what is discovered within these four CD’s tests the boundaries of all Art with a capitol A. It’s that simple.
Release: October 22