Friday, 31 January 2014

George Garside - "The Jester" (unreleased cassette) 1985

The original 1985 artwork
Lying casually in a box in Garside sleeve designer Peter Jolly's attic space,was recently found George's abandoned follow up to "Oasis", provisionally entitled "The Jester". Having been asked by George to design a cover for it, he had sent PJ a copy of the work, who then promptly designed the insert above.
Then Garside decided he wasn't happy with the music,and proceeded to dump the project. Leaving this sole copy to gather dust in Peter J's attic.
Peter has kindly digitized it, and reworked/redesigned the artwork, to better represent the theme of the composition.
I'll let Peter explain:

"Inside the folder you'll find the original cover that I made, with a cartoon pinched from Hunt Emerson. All on green card, and a bit boring, but he liked it enough to ask me to design the covers for his subsequent tapes. Bear in mind this was before PCs, so all done on Letraset and photocopier!

When I ripped the tape I thought that I would try to find some titles for the tracks, so I've named them all after famous historical jesters. While I was researching I found a Joker playing card that I though would make a better cover, so I've upgraded.. All ripped in 320, volume corrected and tagged.

The music itself is your usual Garside minimal melodic synthesiser symphonies,with all those georgeous (sic) warm analogue electronics; like a bedroom Edgar Froese.
The best album Integrated Circuit Records NEVER released!

Track Listing:

 Side A:

1 Triboulet
2 Will Somers
3 Touchstone
4 Feste
5 William Kempe

Side B:

1 Puck
2 Thomas Skelton
3 Yorick
4 Herlequin
5 Rigoletto

DOWNLOAD these jokers HERE!


Anonymous said...

thank you for this!
any chance of the hafler trio?
(or can anyone point me to some please)

great blog here

Vote4cake said...

Oops, I forgot to say my thanks for this post last month. Didn't knew this tape even existed.
Thank you and here's a little something to give back. .. .. .. .