Remember this one? I was a Kevin Ayers fan back in the day, so I was warm to David Bedford’s work before his name became known for his orchestral adaptation of Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells in 1975. When The Rime Of The Ancient Mariner hit the stores, looking all creepy and conceptual, with Oldfield’s name on front and Virgin Records’ name on back, it was only a matter of time before it was homeward bound. And, like many a 70s concept LP, it pretty much sat on the shelf for the next decade, next to those Bo Hansson and Alan Parsons conceits. Give Bedford credit, his work is unique and this album’s avant leanings, spacial surrounds and sober narration is a stylish listen. It won’t shake your windows and rattle your walls, but… it’s a spooky experience. Hear an excerpt from the beginning of Pt. II. Thanks to gribovar for this one. Amazon‘s got it.
The Rime Of The Ancient Mariner, Part I (20:32)
The Rime Of The Ancient Mariner, Part II (20:38)