The song lyrics of Clive James.

The  Smash Flops: The Pete Atkin Homepage  website is now showing where all those groundbreaking songs that the the songwriting team of Pete Atkin and Clive James composed in the late sixties and early 7os can once again be found.

 Demon Records is assembling a CD reissue of Pete’s entire 1970s back catalogue — no longer will you have to pay top dollar on eBay for those See For Miles CDs.

Demon’s Val Jennings has spared no effort in gathering a wealth of support material, including alternative and demo versions, full lyrics (with some handwritten originals), press archives and contemporary photographs to make this the definitive record of Pete and Clive’s glory days as pop’s most celebrated obscurities. Unlike the previous reissues, nothing will be omitted — the bonus tracks even include selections fromThe Party’s Moving On, one of two private demo LPs made by Pete in the late 1960s.

The albums will be released in two single-CD and two double-CD packages (6 discs in all) on The Edsel label, kicking off with Beware Of The Beautiful Stranger and Driving Through Mythical America on February 2nd. The others will follow on March 2nd.

Here are the sales promotion sheets for the first two albums (click for PDF versions) :

Beware of the Beautiful Btranger

BEWARE OF THE BEAUTIFUL STRANGER ..plus Pete Atkin

DRIVING THROUGH MYTHICAL AMERICA Pete Atkin

DRIVING THROUGH MYTHICAL AMERICA Pete Atkin

click on images for pdf files

Check on Amazon for:

Beware of the Beautifu Stranger plus -Pete Atkin  

and

Driving Through Mythical America –Pete Atkin,

 

or on the HMV site for:

Beware of the Beautiful Stranger (Songs of Pete Atkin & Clive James) – Pete Atkin 

and 

Driving Through Mythical America (Songs of Pete Atkin & Clive James) – Pete Atkin.

These two albums and three of the  four which will follow should be in every serious popular music collection. James as a lyricist showed how it might be possible to write songs in the popular idiom that could tackle serious grown-up ideas and themes.

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One Response to “The song lyrics of Clive James.”

  1. Clive James raps the rappers « Kevin Cryan online Says:

    […] Kevin Cryan In his interview with this month’s issue of The Observer Music Monthly, promoting the reissue  of the six Pete Atkin albums for which he wrote most of the lyrics, Clive James, while admitting […]

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