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Savoy Autotelic Records
B 33.3 rpm
Recorded in the UK at Suite 16, Rochdale, and The Pink Studio,
Heroes and both The Passenger available on the Savoy Sessions CD.
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Record sleeve texts:
FORWARD TO THE PAST!
"The motive force of the myth figure lies in its innate charisma, in its interpenetrating power to exact a magical, transcendental response. Its aura compels an orgiastic surge of inner life energy to relive in the life of the hero a personal drama, revealing powers that are demonic and wonderful. And in the end, a catharsis occurs, prophylactic and regenerative, restoring psychic balance and felicity, sunrise at the end of the dream."
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"As silent as a mirror is believed / Realities plunge in silence by..."
||From The Fall & Rise Of PJ Proby by Frank Owen (i-D, 1987):
'We intentionally cut the song like an overblown military requiem. We did it this waypompous, relentless and obtrusivebecause when we got Proby into the studio to sing it we discovered that his young wife Allison had that very day left him and he was telling us, very abjectly, that this recording would be his last. He was intending to shoot Alison (whose folks own a gun shop) and then 'join his father in the sky' ''.
||"On Heroes PJ Proby decided the song should be his funeral dirge. Savoy put a ponderous, pall-bearer beat to it and Proby sang the song with the dual death in mind. The end result is nothing short of chilling. Proby's Heroes is a collossal cut."
PAUL TEMPLE, Melody Maker
"A startling rendition of T S Eliot's The Waste Land over an Edgard Varèse electronic backing. With some extraordinary southern belle female impersonations thrown in by Proby for good measure."
FRANK OWEN, i-D
"The best of Savoy's fascinating PJ Proby records is the most bizarreon the B-side of Heroes PJ Proby not only reads out T S Eliot's The Waste Land, but recites Iggy Pop's Passenger, completely without backing. The result is bleak, sad and very frightening."
Girl About Town
"PJ Proby is too rock'n'roll for The Last Resort. We're trying to get Tom Jones, who's safer. The only way Proby will get on our show is when he's dead. Bring us his corpse, then we'll put him on."
JOHN FLEMMING, TV Producer, The Last Resort, 28th Sept 1987
"Ghostly keyboards dragging on the shores of nowhere. Flip over for a sincere reading of T S Eliot's The Waste Land in a staggering range of voices."
TREVOR FAULL, Outlet
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