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Dawn To Dusk: Richard Dawson's Favourite Albums
Jennifer Lucy Allan , October 14th, 2019 08:45

Tales of the oddest record shop on Tyneside and much more as Richard Dawson guides Jennifer Lucy Allan through an unsurprisingly diverse selection of records in this week's Baker's Dozen

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Charles Mingus - Oh Yeah
The quintessential cover of this one is a CD release where he's sat looking grumpy as fuck at a piano. It's really good. 

This is one of the first things I bought when I started working at Windows. I came in after the weekend and chatted to this guy Robert about it, and I remember I said that it was funny, and a lot of fun, but that I also felt like it was really angry. And he said “yes, that's very perceptive”. I remember having this flush of pride because I'd been perceptive about an album. Of course Charles Mingus is angry, but back then I had no idea of the history of jazz or where it comes from. 

It's so relentless. I love this track 'Ecclusiastics' – it's like The Magic Roundabout, but it gets to this really free thing where he's just shouting all over the record... [does impression of Charles Mingus] and there's hardly really any melodies to it… [imitates horns]… like alarm sounds going off everywhere, it's really frantic. I understand now that it is a furious record. 


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