26 aprile 2016

Le storiche serie radiofoniche per John Peel su Radio 1 della BBC, un paio di album, qualche libro, poi televisione e cinema: a distanza di quarant'anni il capolavoro dell'inimitabile Vivian Stanshall Sir Henry at Rawlinson End vive e rivive intatto anche nella vibrante versione teatrale che dopo quasi sei anni di repliche - le più recenti poche settimane fa a Cardiff e a Bristol - ancora ne dà lo straordinario attore e cantante Michael Livesley. Per l'esordiente RRAW Records esce ora la serie completa delle musiche dello spettacolo, affidate allo stesso gruppo che le esegue dal vivo in scena, Brainwashing House, raggiunto qui da Neil Innes, Rick Wakeman e Susie Honeyman.

Vivian Stanshall, widely acknowledged as one of the most influential recording artists of the 20th Century, may sadly no longer be with us but the incredible words he created live on via the celebrated rave-reviewed recreation of his meisterwerk Sir Henry at Rawlinson End by actor, singer and comedian Michael Livesley accompanied by his trusted Brainwashing House band. Originally created for John Peel's Radio 1 show in the 1970s, Sir Henry at Rawlinson End - the meandering gin-soaked saga of a crumbling English stately home and the grotesques who inhabit it headed by the heroically drunk Sir Henry - perfectly distilled and encapsulated Viv's absurdly hilarious wordplay and songwriting which first hit the public consciousness during the 1960s via his work helming the cult Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band. The show, now in its 6th year and with the full blessing of the Stanshall family, has earned the praise of Viv's fans, friends and celebrity fans alike including keyboard wizard Rick Wakeman who, due to his admiration for this unique piece, has joined the show on piano as a guest many times. This has led to RRAW Records, the exciting new label from Rick and music industry veteran Robin Ayling, proudly presenting this brand new original cast recording of this critically acclaimed stage show as their debut release. The recording features Rick guesting on piano, and also Viv's Bonzo bandmate and sometime Rutle and Monty Python member Neil Innes plus Viv's favourite violinist Susie Honeyman of The Mekons.