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Re: [ARSCLIST] Methuen Talking Book - EFDSS/Peter Kennedy 7" LP issues
The back covers of the two titles you mention --
2/1501/26 Windy Old Weather; An L.P. Record of Sea Shanties and
Saltwater Ballads With Skipper Bob Roberts
2/1502/26 Kissin's Nae Sin; Love Songs and Bothy Ballads,
sung by Isabel Sutherland and Jimmie MacGregor, with
John Cole (Mouth-organ) and Steve Benbow (Guitar)
list a total of 14 Talking Book titles as "available now," but none
of the others in the list are in the 2/150X/26 Ballads of Britain
series, nor do they appear to be folk songs. The others are ballroom
dance instruction (1251/U through 1254/U); Children's singing games
and nursery rhymes sung by Marjorie Westbury (1001/U through 1004/U);
and some miscellaneous titles, including "Instruments of the
Orchestra," "The Story of Jesus," and "Bird Song."
Westbury was a well-known radio actress and a member of the BBC Drama
Repertory Company, who's best remembered today as Steve, the wife of
Paul Temple in the long-running series of BBC Radio detective serials.
Both of the "Ballads of Britain" packages carry a 1960 copyright date.
At 9/3/2008 01:09 PM, you wrote:
I've recently become aware of two recordings issued by Methuen's TALKING
BOOKS (UK) recorded edited and produced by Peter Kennedy in association with
One by BOB ROBERTS, the second by ISOBEL SUTHERLAND. They are 7-inch
33-1/3 rpm discs,
in a booklet with texts and illustrations.
Were there any others in the series? Anyone know how widely they
circulated, availability, target market, etc.?
Best wishes, Thomas.