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The John Baker Tapes Volume 1 by John Baker
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9/10 Phil 23 July 2008
I've just bought some brand new Alessandro headphones and I'm road testing 'em on this new CD on Trunk called 'The John Baker Tapes Volume One'. In case you didn't know John Baker was one third of the Radiophonic Workshop who are about the most revered electronic pioneers these days bar modern munters like Aphex Twin and Autechre. Certainly for the time Delia and co cut the electronic mustard with the futuristic sword of knob twiddling. Have you heard that experimental Delia Derbyshire dance track they've just discovered? Nuts.... Enough of that. Here's 49 tracks of BBC Themes, idents, and incidental recordings that have never been issued before (and some of them were thought to be lost!). Anyone at all into electronic music is gonna want this. You'll recognise some of these tunes (if you're old enough) as they'll have seeped into your consciousness so when you hear this for the 1st time you'll feel like you've already heard it. There's some weird dark paranoia on this.... some light bubbly 'Ghost box' style hauntology which bleeps and bloops along all nostalgically, some cheese, TV themes. pioneering electronics (think of when they were created....) and it all wraps up together to become a rather essential package. Big informative booklet inside as well so you can max geek out. Volume 2 is due in a month and there is going to be a vinyl release compiling some of tracks from each volume. The first time I heard this I fell in love with it and I reckon yous lot will as well. Brilliant!!


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