Garden Of Uranium
EMI EMC3524 (1988)
Album available as:-
(Science Friction HUCD014)
titled 'Descendants of Smith', this record was made at home in Lincolnshire.
Although I think that much of it is underrated, perhaps too much precedence
was given to technology at the time. Having said this it is difficult
for me not to credit myself for the departure that 'Still Life' represents.
It is a good bouquet for a nice little Winter poem.
There are many very good tracks on the album. I can skip the first
track, it doesn't really fit the rest, but I have no problems with
any of the others. My personal favourite is 'Pinches of Salt'. I think
that this is because of the poem and the atmosphere that I have given
to the meaning.
There are perhaps more obvious candidates for the prize of favourite,
and 'Desert Island', 'Garden of Uranium', 'Same Shoes' and 'Descendants
of Smith' are all thereabouts. The sign of a good album, I would think,
although the overall effect is not one of blazing tribal beat, but
of a certain pastoral timelessness.
There are excellent performances from Tony Franklin, Nik Green, Stuart
Eliot, Kevin McAlea, Nick Harper and Mark Ramsden.
At the time I thought that EMI messed us up quite a bit, with the
exception of Mike Andrews and Steve Davis, but on reflection the eighties
were a very difficult period for everyone.
- Roy Harper
2. Garden Of Uranium
3. Still Life
4. Pinches Of Salt
5. Desert Island
6. Government Surplus
7. Surplus Liquorice
8. Liquorice Alltime
9. Maile Lei
10. Same Shoes
11. Decedents Of Smith
12. Laughing Inside (Rough And Ready)
Roy Harper - Guitar & Vocals