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John Baker eh? He sounds like he should be a friendly Uncle cum Gardener or newsreader in the wee hours on Radio Hartlepool. Instead, he was Delia Derbyshire's best electro-bud (or should that be bod?) and is credited with being one of the pioneering forefathers of electronic widdly business. The 2nd volume has landed (why on earth they didn't come out as one set i'll never know? The power of ...

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The John Baker Tapes Volume 2 by John Baker
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8/10 Brian Staff review, 21 August 2008
John Baker eh? He sounds like he should be a friendly Uncle cum Gardener or newsreader in the wee hours on Radio Hartlepool. Instead, he was Delia Derbyshire's best electro-bud (or should that be bod?) and is credited with being one of the pioneering forefathers of electronic widdly business. The 2nd volume has landed (why on earth they didn't come out as one set i'll never know? The power of the tease maybe?) I feel this second disc is very different from the first, delving more into sprightly cocktail jazz, tribal surf oscillations, haunting minimal piano experiments, cheesy listening muzak, interplanetary ray-gun blooping....and a fantastic Omo power foam advert that is off it's trolley! It's the "electro" advert jingles that entertain the most, they're essential but not merely for the nostalgia element but more the startling alien, whirring, space invader sounds underpinning a cherry info-accent explaining how the fuck to use yr giro. Cool. Ladies & gentlemen, we are floating down the bookies....Yes, apart from the execrable poncey piano version of 'I Wanna hold your Hand', this is a very entertaining 39 snippets of retro futurist madness & aural ephemera that'll make you smile, wince & frown in frustration trying to recall where you've heard that addictive little tune before. If you dug vol.1 then you need his little sister, she's sick mama.


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