Born In Captivity
Hardup PUPLP5002 (1984)
Album available as:-
(Science Friction HUCD008)
in Captivity' and 'Work of Heart' used to be two separate albums.
I can remember having cause one time to ask my good minder, Darren
Crisp, which record of mine he would recommend to someone who had
never heard me at all. I was expecting to hear something like 'Stormcock'
or 'Valentine', or half a dozen others, but he came straight back
with 'Born in Captivity'. I was very surprised.
I had the chance of listening to the record again some time later.
I brought some new ears with me into the experience. What I heard
was what I'd last heard. An almost quaint little album made entirely
by Roy and entirely at home. No other musicians involved.
It brought back all the fonder memories of the period. A period when
my son Ben was a little boy playing in the farmyard. Getting snowed
in for the best part of a week one year. Green Woodpeckers in the
garden. If you are a musician you will know the story well: it was
the demo for 'Work of Heart' that eventually everyone liked just as
well if not more. It's gentler, less 'produced' and quite obviously
made at home.
So; I was still finding my feet after the EMI years when 'Work of
Heart' was made. Perhaps I don't have the right attitude to the album
because of the trauma of loosing the above house to Barclays Bank
at the time. But never mind, I can proudly say that I was one of the
first casualties of the eighties recession! It was a chaotic period
and one that I don't care to remember that often.
I have not until recently paid much attention to video, and I guess
had I done so then my career would have been more visible. In that
context it is worth remarking here that my performance at Glastonbury
was video taped in 1982.
Tony Franklin, who played bass with me at the time made a comment
to me recently to the effect that the only visual recording of the
most complex piece of music that I ever wrote was recorded by a sound
crew who obviously couldn't hear a thing! Mike Mansfield has shown
it on 'Q the Music' recently, (again). I think that I managed to find
myself a suitable place to hide and cringe that night. C'est la vie.
One day I'll re-dub it. There is no doubt in my own mind that the
early eighties were the nadir of my life in music.
2. Drawn to the Flames
3. Come to Bed Eyes
4. No Woman Is Safe
5. I Am a Child
6. Work of Heart: No One Ever Gets Out Alive...
7. Elizabeth (Harper)
8. Drawn to the Flames
9. Jack of Hearts
10. I Am a Child
12. I Still Care
13. Work of Heart: No One Ever Gets Out Alive...
Roy Harper - Guitar, Vocals