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Sydney Carter by 'Reflection'

Reflection


The Present Tense: Songs Of Sydney Carter
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  • The Present Tense: Songs Of Sydney Carter
    • 1968 – Reflection RL 301(S) LP

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  • Side One
    1. The Present Tense
    2. Standing in the Rain
    3. George Fox
    4. When They Shouted Hosanna
    5. Lord of the Dance
    6. Crow on the Cradle
    7. Every Star Shall Sing a Carol
    8. I Want to Have a Little Bomb Like You
  • Side Two
    1. Bird of Heaven
    2. Travel On
    3. Judas and Mary
    4. Friday Morning
    5. Bitter Was the Night
    6. The Vicar is a Beatnik
    7. The Mask I Wore

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  • Musicians
    • Solo Vocals: Sue McHaffie, Mo Brown, Richard Spence, Jonathan Jones, Michael Campbell, Stuart Yeates
    • Guitar: James Etheridge, Michael Campbell
    • Organ & Piano: Colin Wright, Michael Campbell, James Etheridge
    • Bass guitar: Lionel Browne, James Etheridge
    • Drums & Percussion: Nik Knight, Lionel Browne
    • Celeste: Sue McHaffie
    • Vibes: James Etheridge
    • Cello: Stuart Yeates
    • Oboe: Lesley Bateson
    • Flute: Marion Banks
  • Credits
    • All songs written by Sydney Carter
    • Produced by Michael Lehr at the Jackson Recording Studios
    • Sound Engineer: Malcolm Jackson
    • Sleeve Design: John F. Bond
    • Reflection Records, 31, Bedford Place, London, W.C.I

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"Travel on, travel on to the flower that is growing — the flower will be with you all the way."

TO many people the songs of Sydney Carter are an enigma. They try to fit them neatly into one of the accepted categories — perhaps folk, religious, or protest — but one always feels that the analysis is superficial, that nothing worthwhile has been said. Certainly Carter's songs owe a debt to the heritage of folk music, a debt evident throughout in the integrity of the words and often in the melodic structure as well, but this is only a starting point. And to term them "religious" is even more dangerous, for we would then be using a traditional word to describe something quite new …

Classification of Sydney Carter's songs is self-defeating. It is only when we forget our preconceived ideas about what these songs should say that we can fully experience their depth — when we allow their poetry to dig beneath our surface reactions and touch that part of us that we so often fight to hide. And it is the genius of Sydney Carter that his songs have this ability to make us face and question our innermost thoughts and conflicts.

We used the word "poetry" deliberately, for many of these songs started life as poems, and even now the powerful melodic lines that bear them along never take over from the words. THE PRESENT TENSE was just such a poem and here it sets the scene for the stark contrasts in powerful emotions that follow. Not without reason was the mushroom cloud chosen to symbolise this collection, for the irony and symbolic threat so vividly portrayed in

THE CROW ON THE CRADLE are never far below the surface, even in moments of immense tenderness (JUDAS AND MARY), firm faith (EVERY STAR SHALL SING A CAROL) or ultimate triumph (LORD OF THE DANCE).

Sydney Carter provides no easy answers to the vital questions posed in his songs; and the rejection of the man STANDING IN THE RAIN or the bitterness of failure in BITTER WAS THE NIGHT can only be softened by the listener's own reactions — and action.

Sydney Carter can carry a living past right into the present (WHEN THEY SHOUTED HOSANNA). With FRIDAY MORNING he reaches the realms of genius when he introduces a novel human reaction into the most sombre moment in history. Even the comedy of GEORGE FOX and THE VICAR IS A BEATNIK is deceptive — the derisive fingers are pointing both ways.

Reflection have lived with these songs for a long time, and on this record have tried to preserve the flavour of a man's music as they have experienced it. The front of this sleeve reminds us of the most recent past tense, and our future now rests on the way that we react to the present tense. All we can ask of any man is his help on our way to the future. As Sydney Carter has written elsewhere:

"To keep running with the truth — that is our destiny."

Reflection 1968

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Beaumont Meets Reflection
Father Gerard Beaumont & Reflection
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  • Beaumont Meets Reflection
    • 1970 – Reflection RL 302(S) LP

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  • Side One
    1. When I look around me
    2. Thou art the way
    3. Song of love
    4. Shout, shout
    5. Blest are the poor
    6. Cana Town's in Galilee
    7. There is God
    8. The King of Love
  • Side Two
    1. Gracious Spirit
    2. Blest are the poor
    3. Jesus, humble was your birth
    4. Now thank we all our God
    5. Lord, Thy word abideth
    6. Shout, shout
    7. Hurray, hurray
    8. Sing, my tongue/Faithful cross

  • Musicians
    • Solo Vocal and Piano: Father Gerard Beaumont [Tracks: 2, 4, 6, 10, 12, 15]
    • Solo Vocals: Mo Brown, Michael Campbell Pam MacLellan, Eileen Miller, Richard Spence, Stuart Yeates
    • With: Lionel Browne, Brian Clark, David Farmer, Jeanette Gresty, Patricia Gresty, Sue McHaffie, Gordon Miller, Simon Stephenson, Christine Tennant, Jill Wooderson
    • Guitars: Michael Campbell, Gordon Miller, Andrew Hooker, Richard Spence
    • Organ: James Etheridge, David Farmer
    • Bass: Lionel Browne, Les Hurdle
    • Drums: Gordon Miller, Glyn Thomas
    • Percussion : Margaret Haylett
  • Credits
    • Produced by Michael Lehr at the Jackson Recording Studios
    • Sound Engineer: Malcolm Jackson
    • Sleeve Drawing: Janet Mayo
    • Sleeve Design: John Bond

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  • Geoffrey Beaumont/Father Gerard Beaumont, C.R. (1904-1971)
    • Beaumont was ordained as an Anglo-Catholic priest in 1932, and served as chaplain during World War II, and then later at Cambridge University.
    • He co-founded the "Twentieth Century Church Light Music Group", to "promote the use of worship music written in a style based on popular light music of the mid-twentieth century".

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Reflection On Hymns Of Our Time
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  • Reflection On Hymns Of Our Time
    • 1968 – Reflection RL 303(S) LP

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  • Side One
    1. They'll Know We Are Christians
    2. Living Lord
    3. Feed Us Now
    4. Be At Every Family Table
    5. God Of Concrete
    6. When The Mood Of The Music Changes
    7. Caribbean Lord's Prayer
  • Side Two
    1. The Carpenter
    2. Let The Cosmos Ring
    3. Lord Make Me Love
    4. Everywhere I Go
    5. I Don't Know Where I'm Going
    6. Bread In The Wilderness
    7. Hanging On A Tree
    8. Shalom

  • Musicians
    • Solo Vocals: Mo Brown, Lionel Browne, Michael Campbell, Pam Maclellan, Sue McHattie, Stuart Yeates
    • with — Peter Casey, Ian Hoare, Michael Jakins, Christine Lehr, Eileen Miller, Gordon Miller, Clifford Nicholson, Celia Berton, Jill Woodcrson, Margaret Yates
    • Guitars: Michael Campbell, Gordon Miller, Andrew Hooker, Richard Spence
    • Organ: James Etheridge, David Farmer
    • Bass: Lionel Browne, Michael Campbell, Gordon Miller
    • Drums: Nik Knight, Gordon Miller
    • Percussion: Nik Knight, Margaret Yeates
    • Oboe: Lesley Bateson
    • Flute: Marion Brooks
  • Credits
    • Sound Engineer: Malcolm Jackson
    • Sleeve Design: John Bond
    • Produced by Michael Lehr and Richard Spence at the Jackson Recording Studio

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Nativity
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  • Nativity
    • 1971 – Reflection RL 304(S) LP

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  • Side One
    1. If Christ Were Born In Burnley
    2. Come Love Carolling
    3. 'Twas In The Toon O' Nazareth
    4. No Room For Heaven
    5. Mary's View
    6. Child For The World
    7. Incarnation
    8. Shadow Of Calvary
  • Side Two
    1. Rise Up, Shepherds
    2. To Jesus On His Birthday
    3. Child Of Our Time
    4. Where Is He?
    5. Sing High With The Holly
    6. Away. Away
    7. Two Thousand Years Away
    8. The Truth From Above

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Hosanna! A Portrait Of Jesus
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  • Hosanna! A Portrait Of Jesus
    • 1973 – Reflection RL 307 LP

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  • Track List:
    1. Hosanna Theme
    2. The Long And Lonely Days
    3. The Samaritan
    4. Sing Life, Sing Love, Sing Jesus
    5. So Hard To Stay Close
    6. O For A Closer Walk
    7. See Him Kneel/Meditation
    8. Behold, We Go Up To Jerusalem
    9. Thirty Three
    10. Benediction
    11. Hosanna Theme (Reprise)

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Sounds of Salvation
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  • Sounds of Salvation
    • 1973 – Reflection RL 310(S) LP

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  • Side One
    1. Sound Montage (Colley)
    2. Because My Mouth (Pro Veritate)
    3. Jesus is the Rock (Trad.)
    4. The Overseers (Casey/ Browne)
    5. Psalm 94 (Living Bible)
    6. Who am I (McDonald)
    7. Many Regrets (Bass)
    8. For an Instant (Retamar/Boyer)
    9. In the Dark (Casey/Cox)
    10. What's That I Hear' (Ochs)
  • Side Two
    1. People I Live With (Aldington)
    2. Love III (Herbert/Knight)
    3. Kumbaya (Colley, Cox/Trad.)
    4. What's It Like Lord (Casey/Cox, Lehr)
    5. For a Little Freedom (Aldington)
    6. The Way Of Freedom (Price)
    7. Salvation Song (Pratt Greenr/Trad.)
    8. Because My Mouth (Pro Veritate)

  • Musicians
    • Gill Adams: Vocals
    • John Aldington: Acoustic Guitar, Flute, Vocals, Electric Lead
    • Rita Aldington: Percussion
    • Lionel Browne: Bass Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Blues Harp, Vocals
    • Robert Cox: Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
    • Carol Gledhill: Vocals, Recorder
    • Steve Horne: Bass Guitar, Spanish Guitar
    • Andy Knight: Harpsichord
    • Martin Pinner: Spanish Guitar, Bottleneck Guitar
    • Francis Price: Reading
    • Terry Reeves: Drums
    • Stuart Yeates: Vocals, Eclectic Piano
  • Credits
    • Produced by Martin Colley and Robert Cox
    • Recording Engineer: Martin Colley
    • Photo Credit: Camera Press
    • Sleeve Design: Gerry Copas
    • Project sponsored by Home Mission and Overseas (M.M.S.) Divisions of the Methodist Church, 25 Marykbone Road, London, NWI SJR
    • Published by Reflection, 26 Eastbourne Avenue, Acton, London. W3
    • Copyright © 1974 by Reflection

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Travelling Salvation Road Show
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  • Travelling Salvation Road Show
    • 197(?) – Reflection TCRW1 LP

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  • Track List:
    1. Overture
    2. Stars Still Shine
    3. Open Your Eyes
    4. I Don't Know Where I Am Going
    5. What Is It Like, Lord?
    6. Go Where The Music Calls You
    7. Hold Tight
    8. False Prophets
    9. Many Kinds Of Darkness
    10. Face It All
    11. Which Side Of The Cross?

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Question Of Caring
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  • Question Of Caring
    • 1980 – Reflection TCRW2 LP

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  • Track List:
    1. Overture
    2. A Question Of Caring
    3. I Dreamed
    4. Half The World Is Hungry
    5. Join The Movement
    6. Grave New World
    7. Hypocrite
    8. Spin The Wheel
    9. Moths Into A Flame
    10. Go Where The Music Calls You
    11. Don't Break Me Open
    12. Together
    13. I And I Alone
    14. Let Me Believe
    15. Question Of Caring (reprise)
    16. Break Not The Circle

  • Notes:
    • "A Question Of Caring" was Reflection's last commercial recording

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