The Dream Society
Science Friction HUCD030 (1998)
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Dream Society was written after a long self-imposed retreat from gigging,
writing and recording. I had suffered badly during a grieving process
between 1992 and c.1996. I could have turned up for work if I'd been
managing the all night cafe, but I knew that it was not going to be
the most positive time in my life to write songs. There was a danger
that the outcome would be far too dark.
I read a lot and gigged a little...... just to pay the electric. In
'95 I spent some time in India and I think that that had a great effect
on me. By '97 I was resurfacing and beginning to get the right kind
of inspirations again. The prospective title changed from 'The Seven
Ages Of Man' to 'Songs Of Love' and then to 'The Dream Society'. The
oldest work on the record is 'Songs Of Love' and in some ways that
shows. I sometimes think that it's the odd track on the record, particularly
the first part, but that's another story.
I realized before I started to write the record that it was likely
to become a big project. There are many facets to a life. The biographical
notes are interjections in the bigger but relative body of reflective
work, and they are not necessarily in chronological order. It looks
likely that the scope of the idea is probably going to run to 3 records
now; in which biographical stuff will now increasingly be more flashback.
The end will be an attempt to flash forward...
The record was made in Ireland where I now live. It was a good time
for me. A complete renewal of spirit. The memory is one of peaceful
hard work.... in a beautiful place.
- Roy Harper
Songs of Love (Harper) - 6:59
2. Songs of Love, Pt. 2 (Harper) - 4:50
3. Dancing All the Night (Harper) - 6:12
4. Psychopath (Harper) - 2:45
5. I Want to Be in Love (Harper) - 5:58
6. Drugs for Everybody (Harper) - 5:04
7. Come the Revolution (Harper) - 6:09
8. Angel of the Night (Harper) - 5:10
9. The Dream Society (Harper) - 8:35
10. Broken Wing (Harper) - 6:42
11. These Fifty Years (Harper) - 14:27
Roy Harper - Guitar, Vocals