Tuesday 20 July 2004 5.15pm
It is an extraordinarily moving bit of music.
According to the composer's own website
- the original 1971 documentary was about people living rough in the area around Elephant and Castle and Waterloo Station
IMHO the original 20 or so minute version from 1975, originally issued as the B side of The Sinking of the Titanic
(which I now discover was the first ever release on Brian Eno's legendary "Obscure" label) is even more affecting than the full 70 minutes of the album released a few years ago - complete with vocals by Tom Waits - but that could just be because I have never "got" Tom Waits.
I could not believe that the same composer managed to produce the absurdly overblown Dr Ox's Experiment for ENO a few years ago (oh gawd, it was 6 years ago!) - the most dispiriting first night I have ever attended.