...Once in a lifetime a voice emerges from the ranks of mere singers into the spotlight of greatness. Gigli, Frank Sinatra, Mavis Clapthorne and now ... Kenneth Williams. Moreover Ken (or Mr. Williams as he prefers to be called) is not just one voice but many. Inside him are a whole lot of other people fighting to get out. And no wonder. Ted Dicks and I have tried to provide music and words for some of these others, backed up by Barry Booth and his all male ensemble, and the results range from fantastically brilliant to absolute rubbish.
"... However varied and contrasting the songs and backings one factor stays constant and indisputable-the talent of LIBBY MORRIS the specialist in all she does. The arrangements are from the pen of young BARRY BOOTH and they range from the big-band-brass of "Everybody Says Don't" to the subtle elegance of "Raindrops"."
"The Johnstons are exceptional. They are Adrienne and Luci Johnston, vocals. Mick Maloney and Paul Brady. vocals and guitars. Their vocal blend is one of those unique things that comes once in a generation of vocal groups and their musical taste matches their ability."
"...Diversions! is one of the hidden treasures of late 60s British pop - a witty, gentle and quintessentially English collection of words and music cloaked in a series of ornate, baroque arrangements so beloved of the immediately post-psychedelic UK studio sound. Let's hope, then, that this first-ever reissue - assembled with the active co-operation of the artist, by the way - manages to redress the balance somewhat and introduce a few new converts to the album's considerable charms."
The Sadista Sisters were Teresa D'Abreu & Judith Alderson (who wrote the book and lyrics), Jacky Tayler (who wrote the music) and Linda Marlowe. Their provocative show was a hard-core feminist, black comedy rock music extravaganza which ran for several weeks at the Edinburgh Festival in 1975 and went on to play to packed houses in the main room of Ronnie Scott's London jazz club for six weeks.
"Making the series “Rolf On Saturday, O.K?’ was a most thrilling experience - especially doing the programmes in School Halls all round the country." This album is a small selection of items from the BBC series.
'Coojeebear and the Monster' is a 55-minute story for young people performed by a narrator and symphony orchestra. There are seven songs in the score (sung by the narrator as various characters), and during the performance the story is illustrated by a sequence of over 500 pictures which are projected onto a large screen suspended over the orchestra. It has been performed many times by major professional orchestras in various parts of the world, as well as by several different youth orchestras.
Barry wrote these dazzlingly original arrangements of classic Disney songs for this Rolf Harris album - Whistle While You Work, Little April Showers, I Wanna Be Like You, The Siamese Cat Song, and many more...
Fantastic Themes from Animation Musicals (1991)
Baz's arrangement of 'When you Wish Upon a Star' is featured on this Japanese album of 'animation musical' songs. The Royal Philharmonic Pops orchestra is conducted by Stanley Black.
'We Are Your Future" is the title of the compelling eleven minute cantata, composed by Barry Booth, who also conducted the orchestra and choir. The libretto, composed by Barry Fantoni, calls for a soprano and a rock singer as well as children's voices. As the title indicates, the song asks us all to consider the future of children everywhere in what seems to be an increasingly uncaring world, a point intentionally underlined by the choice of young musicians and singers who performed to perfection on the day.
Carol Jarvis is one of the most versatile musicians of her generation, whose work encompasses almost every musical genre from the Symphonic, through Jazz, Rock and Pop and just about everything in between. As a player, arranger, teacher, journalist and clinician, she is the sort of musician whose versatility defies all usual classifications and narrow pigeon holes, the sort of musician who makes the musical establishment feel just a little uncomfortable, the sort of musician who is well worth a listen.