Music by John Cameron. Limited vinyl This is the first ever issue of this original music. It is short and beautiful. I’ll leave it to a pop star to explain:
“The sound of a long-lost childhood…The smell of a damp school cloakroom, from an age when comics were still printed on newsprint…But this is more than just another product of the nostalgia industry – put on this album & immediately you’ll be soaring through the air, free of your earthly shackles: for this is the sound of a human soul in flight. A beautiful daydream antidote to an all too real South Yorkshire nightmare. “Tha’ won’t get me down t’pit.” “Pig, Pig, Sow,Sow.” “Tha’ dun’t like being called a bastard does tha’?” This is the real thing. This is beauty so fragile it hurts. This is music with the Jesses well & truly off.” Jarvis Cocker
And here’s some more information that may help you make a decision:
ALL MUSIC ARRANGED, COMPOSED AND CONDUCTED BY JOHN CAMERON
PERSONNEL: HAROLD MCNAIR (FLUTE), RONNIE ROSS (BASS CLARINET), DANNY MOSS (CLARINET), TONY CARR (DRUMS), DAVID SNELL (HARP). ENGINEERED BY VIC SMITH.
RECORDED AT OLYMPIC STUDIOS 25th JANUARY 1969.
“Kes was my first film score as a composer and after thirty years of Symphony Orchestras and Rock’n’Roll bands, an Academy nomination, a Drama Desk award, Opening nights, Razzamataz, Les Miserables et al., there’s something that draws me inexorably back to Kes. perhaps it’s the plaintive simplicity of Harold McNair’s solo flute, perhaps it’s because the film itself is such a beautiful work, I know I get as much satisfaction from this score as from anything else I’ve ever written.” John Cameron
I will now apologise for such a short amount of notes here, but I have scanned the cover art, which is nice. I would have loved to use the original stills from the movie, but the rights are owned by Warner Brothers or some other movie behemoth and they don’t license anything to anyone, so we had to improvise. But what’s important is that the music here is awesome, fragile and beautiful.