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Gareth Williams & Mary Currie: Flaming Tunes (LP, 1985/Re 2012, ltd 1000)

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First ever vinyl pressing of this classic album, limited to 1000 copies, includes a printed inner sleeve featuring a reproduction of Gareth Williams' original hand-written lyrics, plus facsimile insert. The cover has a very light bump to the lower left corner, almost not worth mentioning, but I do it anyway. The vinyl is unplayed and pristine.

Grading cover: NM-/NEW | Grading vinyl: NM/NEW

"Soon after Deceit was recorded, Williams left This Heat and South London for Kerala and Kathkali, the classical dance theatre he studied alongside religion, music and other aspects of Indian culture. Judging by Flaming Tunes, along the way he found a framework – musical certainly, philosophical probably – in which to focus the chaotic tendencies let loose in his old group. Sadly, this collection of home recordings, made with Mary Currie and a houseful of collaborators, and released on a limited run of cassettes in 1985, is all we'll hear from his time after This Heat (cancer claimed him in 2001, aged just 48). Happily, it's packed with precious examples of music as unassumingly joyous and syncretic as Don Cherry's finer moments, albeit arrived at through very different routes. A rare kind of compliment, but then it's a rare kind of record." (The Quietus)

"If you have stumbled upon different music genres, areas and influences, and arrived at this album by accident, you will be completely absorbed from the first second; or the first few ones. Anyhow, this precious music diamond was created in 1985, after Gareth Williams returned from a trip to Southern India, where he studied Kathakali dance drama, a stylized Indian dance-drama known for its attractive make-up of characters, elaborate costumes, body movements presented in tune with the anchor playback music and complementary percussion." (The Attic)

Gareth Williams & Mary Currie: Flaming Tunes

Gareth Williams & Mary Currie: Flaming Tunes

Gareth Williams & Mary Currie: Flaming Tunes