Monday, June 04, 2007

something completely different

Goliard — Fortune My Foe

This is a privately released LP from 1978 by English duo Chris Brown & Andrew Geuter.
For fans of medieval/mittelalter/re-enactment music only — it is raw and un-produced medieval folk — no etherial darkwave moods here!
The archive includes a pdf of the accompanying 20 page A4 booklet, with detailed notes on medieval musical life and explanations & illustrations of medieval instruments.

From the booklet:
"The prime objective of GOLIARD's performances is to achieve as authentic a sound as possible, removing the instruments from the hallowed atmosphere of the museum showcase to present their strange voices to as wide an audience as possible. Because they themselves started from scratch in both the fields of music and instrument-making, a great sympathy has grown between GOLIARD and mediaeval music, for they are following exactly the same pattern set by 12th and 13th Century wandering musicians who had to construct their own instruments and develop their own styles of performance.
A lot of beautiful recordings of mediaeval music have been made in the last ten years by many skilled people, but GOLIARD hope to add some correct perspective to the mediaeval sound by giving to their performance a vitality and understanding which they feel cannot be created by classically trained musicians, nor approached by a large group of specialist musicians brought together on the concert platform."

01. 13C Dance, A L'Entrada del Tems Clar
02. Dulce Solum
03. Winder, wie ist Nu Din Kraft
04. El Mois de Mai, De Se Debent Bigami, Kyrie
05. Estampie Royale
06. Der Kuninc Rudolp
07. Chose Tassin, Chramer Gip Diu Varwe Mier
08. Vite Perdite
09. Rex Immense, Vinum Bonum Cum Sapore
10. Estampie
11. In Taberna Quando Sumus
12. Exul Ego Clericus
13. A Solis Ortu, Danse Royale

golly! [192kbps 1978]
extra cover files - for completists only


Anonymous Anonymous said...

very interesting!
Thanks a lot sir!!

Sun Aug 12, 02:00:00 AM GMT+10  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

lots of lovely. thank you

Sun Nov 04, 10:56:00 PM GMT+11  
Blogger Politics are a Pain: The New Goliards said...

We were wondering, may we borrow your image of the Golliard for our website? of "The Politician's New Bane".

Sun Jun 08, 10:01:00 AM GMT+10  
Blogger benito X said...

Sure, that's fine by me, was it the front cover image you wanted? There's a high resolution version in the separate covers file. Of course any copyright issues would be between you and the original artists...

Sun Jun 08, 10:57:00 AM GMT+10  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

good thing i can't download this.

Mon Jun 09, 12:30:00 PM GMT+10  
Blogger benito X said...

anon, what's the problem?
Links are working...

Mon Jun 09, 01:57:00 PM GMT+10  
Anonymous Politics are Boring said...

Thanks very much, we just wanted an icon to use for the site, so I'll see which one works best. And... if the LP was released in 1978... are they still around?

Fri Jun 13, 03:43:00 AM GMT+10  

I had this LP in the late 1970s, but severl international moves meant that I lost it. I loved it, and I have been looking for it for some time, now. It's absolutely brilliant! One of the best performances of early music I have ever heard, and I've heard a lot of 'em! I hope this download works.
:-)) I'm drooling already...

Fri Sep 12, 03:43:00 AM GMT+10  
Anonymous Cary B said...

Thanks so much to everyone for keeping the memory of a wonderful time in my husband's life alive. I'm Chris Brown's widow, he died in October 2008.

He lived mediaeval music and played until almost the end of his life on bagpipes and hurdy gurdy, but no longer professionally.
Due to intermittent ill health, he didn't make any more recordings. That is apart from one (an EP) produced for Warwick Castle in England in about 1979.

He and Andrew Geuter split up the duo in about 1980. I think that Andrew is now a non-conformist church minister in England.
Cary Brown

Tue Apr 07, 01:08:00 AM GMT+10  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is very good collection thanks a lot very much...

my blog

Tue Aug 04, 04:54:00 PM GMT+10  
Blogger Alchemical Music said...

Such great albums here!

By the way, here's my blog (still at the beginning):

Thu Nov 05, 06:26:00 AM GMT+11  

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