“(Buying the albums sampled on “Picnic”.)
Just a quick break from the Yuletide chaos this time. Here are the closing words from the notes on the back cover of the LP:
“The essential thing about these benign and jocund sounds was that they were felt to be right for the songs. Viols and crumhorns, cornetts and rebecs have never settled down in the salon any more than traditional songs. Like the songs, the instruments have kept their innocence.
“This record would never have been possible without the encouragement of Frances Line, who produced “The Anthems” as a half-hour broadcast for Radio 1 in August 1968 (thus indirectly sponsoring that much-abused channel’s first major serious work) and John Peel who also gave his kind support.”
The LP notes down to here have been faithfully reproduced in the expanded CD version, labelled at the end “ORIGINAL SLEEVE NOTES FROM 1969”.
Reading them at the end of 2010 is something I find quite breathtaking, and extremely moving.