RonCycle1 (CD)

[Tonefloat TF106(CD)]     £11.50 (incl. delivery worldwide)

 

Yes, he went and did it! After 24 years of spasmodic wrestling, this was finally mixed at Mark Ayres' Studio in the Summer of 2010 and is out on Tonefloat in CD and LP (+CD) forms. It is indeed the journey of a melody: it gets born and sets off to confront its present and future in 16 continuous sections – it's probably best if you read the Full Notes.

 

  1. Tuning Crystals    02’58”
  2. Under The Heat    02’02”
  3. Agreeable Disagreement    01’15”
  4. a) Low Flight;
    b) Over The Edge    03’53"
  5. Foggy Forest    05’35”
  6. Chatter Line    06’20”

  7. Whether The Weather    05’18”
  8. Wispy Mist    04’19”
  9. Cellar Fall    01’56”
  10. Radio Fume    01’45”
  11. 
Presenters’ Song    02’30”
  12. 
Disagreeable Intrusion    02’22”
  13. 
A Musing    01’09”

  14. Gathering Strands    01’45”

  15. Home, Jimmy    06’12”

  16. Caught    01’22”

The whole composed, played and recorded by Ron Geesin.

[Hux Records HUX098(2CD)] £9.75 (incl. delivery worldwide)

 

Ron Geesin's first BBC Radio broadcasts:

with John Peel, Bob Harris, Wally Whyton and others.

CD1

COUNTRY MEETS FOLK 1968/02/10, Playhouse Theatre, Northumberland Ave., Charing Cross, London.
1. Blues Turned A Bit Green
(voice; 6-string banjo; red petrol can) 5'34"

NIGHT RIDE (John Peel) 1968/07/03 BBC Broadcasting House.
(rec. 1968/06/20, BBC Studio S2, Maida Vale, London.)
2. Pretty Little Faces
(voice; plucked, beaten and played grand piano) 3'52"
3. Off The Left Cuff
(voice; 6-string banjo; red petrol can) 2'09"
4. Yesterday's Sheep
(kazoo; upright piano; voice; percussion; grand piano) 2'34"
5. Very Nostalgic Piece
(voice; 4-string banjo) 2'04"
6. Devised Now
(voice; grand piano) 3'06"
7. A Piece For Harmonium
(voice; grand piano) (unb'cast) 2'15"

NIGHT RIDE (John Peel) 1968/08/14, BBC Broadcasting House.
8. John Peel's Introduction 1'18"
9. Wind Of Life 2'17"
10. Railway Sleepers (+ Peel comments) 2'56"
11. Whirls Of Brain 0'51"

COUNTRY MEETS FOLK 1968/08/31, Playhouse Theatre, Northumberland Ave., Charing Cross, London.

12. Rampage For Radio (incorporating "Red Omnibuses") (voice; grand piano; percussion) (introduced by Wally Whyton) 2'57"
13. A Piece Of Brown Paper
(voice; 4-string banjo; red petrol can) (introduced by Jim Lloyd) 2'51"

NIGHT RIDE (John Peel) 1969/04/09 BBC Broadcasting House
(rec. 1969/04/01, BBC Studo S2, Maida Vale, London.)

14. The First Piece (voice, percussion) 2'13"
15. 3/4" Plywood Cover For Voice
(voice) 3'25"
16. John's Title
(voice; grand piano; celeste) 4'27"
17. Out Of Your Tune + Virtuoso Piece For Banjo
(de-tuned banjo; voice; 4-string banjo; cymbals) 3'55"
18. Mr. Tape Machine, Speak With Your Heads
(mouth; tape delay system) (introduced by John Curle) 3'42"
19. I Wonder Why
(voice; grand piano) (fades in) 2'07"

CD2

COUNTRY MEETS FOLK 1969/04/12, Playhouse Theatre, Northumberland Ave., Charing Cross, London.

1. Ron's Notebook (voice) 3'02"
2. No. 8 Scalpel Incision Foxtrot
(voice; percussion, grand piano) 3'39"

JOHN PEEL PRESENTS TOP GEAR (BBC Records REC 52S)
(rec. 1969/07/19 BBC Studio S1, Maida Vale, London.)

3. Agitation In Anticipation Of Offspring, Part W (plucked, beaten and played grand piano; voice; tape inside London bus; tape delay system; harpsichord) 2'20"
4. Agitation In Anticipation Of Offspring, Part X
(grand piano; percussion) 3'27"
5. Agitation In Anticipation Of Offspring, Part Y
(voice; percussion; tape delay system) 4'14"

TOP GEAR (John Peel) 1971/06/19
6. Duet For One-String Banjo And Water Cistern  2'55"

SOUNDS OF THE SEVENTIES (Bob Harris) 1971/11/15
7. A Cymbal And Much Electronics (rec. at Ron Geesin Studio, 1971) 2'57"
8. Got Ma Black Vest On
(rec. 1971/10/26, BBC Kensington House, Richmond Way, Shepherd's Bush, London.) (camera noise; voice; multi-tracked banjos)2'21"
9. Which Way Out? Thankyou.
(rec. at Ron Geesin Studio, 1971) (ring-modulated and multi-tracked percussion; VCS3 synthesiser)2'19"
10. Two Feet And A Mouth
(rec. 1971/10/26, BBC Kensington House, Richmond Way, Shepherd's Bush, London.)3'19"

IF IT'S WEDNESDAY (comedy magazine programme on BBC R4, 1972/3)
(all rec. at Ron Geesin Studio, 1972)
11. Aside From Lands Afar
(voice; 'eastern' banjo; tape delay system)2'33"
12. Story
(voice; banjo tape loop; grand piano)3'06"
13. Chrisfarce
(voice; grand piano; synthesiser bass) 3'13"
14. From Sevenoaks To Charing Cross
(voice; grand piano; tape loop of train on rails) 2'48"

TOP GEAR (John Peel) 1973/03/06
15. Geesin's 6/8ths
(voice; electric guitar; VCS3 synthesiser; mandoline; piano; drum)2'59"

206 SHOWCASE (Paul Owens) BBC RADIO LONDON 1975/07/03
16. Conversation and Improvisations 11'38"

[HEDCD 003]                         £9.75 (incl. delivery worldwide)Right Through - and Beyond (CD)

15 tracks - 61 minutes

 Here is the digital reissue of the vinyl Right Through (RON323) – all 9 tracks - remastered from the original tapes plus previously unissued alternative ending (track 10) and Sour New Year suite originally made for BBC radio (tracks 11-15). 12-page wrap-round booklet with photos and all the words.

 "Through doors of sound that glint and glide,
you lift off ground on rippled ride,
you even see what brews inside
your spinning head -
Right Through."

 

"the ultimate expression of illustrious insanity and aberrant brilliance"
- Sounds

"every little throb baffles, each syncopation mystifies, its existence seems only to serve as the missing piece in the jigsaw that is popular music"
- Sounds

"He is a wired Mike Oldfield"
- Creative Loafing (USA)

1. Door-o-plane gets its blades 9. Rhythiano plonks the plug out, and we follow
2. Blades spin notions 10. Rhythiano plonks the plug out, and we follow - alt. version
3. Motion above rhythidoor 11. New Year Entry
4. Four guitars did laugh, then thought again 12. New Year Adventure
5. Throb thencewards thrill 13. New Year Ear
6. Hiding haul of voices, hail! 14. Rattle That New Year
7. Shut out hailing calls through you 15. Big Ben's Resolution
8. Gong of going goes right through  

 

[HEDCD 002]                           £9.75 (incl. delivery worldwide)

15 tracks - 60 minutes

Recorded between 1989 and 1992, Ron's 360° blues scan. Fat and meaty electronic and acoustic combinations, including revival of Ron's virtuoso blues mouthorgan. Really one huge blues looked at from the inside in 12 different directions and 12 different keys, with prologues and conclusion. Bluefuse blows the fuse on a few blues.

❊ "sinister - triumphal - melancholic - comical - subtle - maniacal" - "bound to unsettle your biorhythms" - Tower Records 'TOP'

 

1. Bar None (1990)
2. Bar Sinister (1989)
3. Handlebar (1989)
4. Cellbar (1989)
5. Whinebar (1989)
6. Healbar (September 1992)
7. Barfly (1990-91)
8. Bluebarb (14th October 1992)

9. Barmaid (July-August 1992)
10. Barline (December 1992)
11. Parallel Bar (October 1992)
12. Sandy Bar Baa (November
1992)
13. Colourbar (1989-91)
14. Crossbar (most of 1992)
15. Bartab (November 1992)

[HEDCD 001]                         £9.75 (incl. delivery worldwide)FUNNY FROWN (CD)

 

 17 tracks - 60 minutes

Ron Geesin's collected best works 1980-1990, all previously unissued. Various electronic and acoustic combinations. 6-page foldout booklet with photos and Ron's notes on each track.

 "an entertaining and witty collection"
-
The Wire

"What's more, it gets better with each listen."
- Jukebox

"provides an ideal introduction to the strange and unlikely world of Ron Geesin."
- Tower Records 'TOP'

"disturbingly reassuring" - "timelessly anachronistic"
-
Robert Wyatt
 

1. Bell Sigh 9. Go!
2. Driftbox 10. Throat Poise
3. Vivaldi's Largo In D 11. The Living City
4. Piano Prance 12. Floating Out
5. Slink 13. Ample Sample
6. Mad Kite 14. Ron's Tune
7. Hot Breath 15. Through Leaves
8. Lonely Park 16. Whistling Heart
  17. Fingal's Grave
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

All composed, recorded and played by Ron Geesin, except:
3. arranged, not composed;
7. Frank Skully (drums);
14. alto saxophone by John R. T. Davies.