John Cameron - Kes: The Original Soundtrack
Out of print since 2001, John Cameron's beautiful soundtrack to Kes gets a rare reissue on Trunk with new sleevenotes from Jarvis Cocker.
Kes by Ken Loach is one of the greatest British films of all time. It also has one of the finest soundtrack of the period. Put together by the incredibly talented John Cameron (the arranged for Donovan and great film score composer in his own right) this score sums up beautifully the freedom, innocence and tragedy put across in the film. With a crack British jazz line up including flute legend Harold McNair, Ronnie Ross (Bass Clarinet), Tony Carr (Drums), Danny Moss (Clarinet) and David Snell (Harp) this score not only appeals to the soundtrack collectors but also followers of the classic British jazz sound.
Notes from Trunk HQ: The source material was the original John Cameron master, which had been slightly damaged at the front end, so there is a slight change in volume at the beginning of the LP. Nobody moaned back in 2001. Things might be different now. The score is only 19 minutes long and therefore fits perfectly onto a one-sided LP.
"The sound of long-lost childhood…The smell of a damp school cloakroom, from an age when comics were still printed on newsprint…But this is more than just a product of the nostalgia industry –put on this album and immediately you’ll be soaring through the air, free of your earth shackles; for this is the sound of a human soul in flight. A beautiful daydream antidote to an all too real South Yorkshire nightmare. This is the real thing. This is beauty so fragile it hurts." - Jarvis Cocker.
1 Front Titles 2 Billy’s Paper Round 3 Dawn –Billy Sees The Tower 4 Stealing The Book 5 Midnight – Billy Climbs And Captures Kes 6 Training Kes 7 Kes First Flight 8 Jud Walks To The Mine 9 Kes Flies Free 10 Kes Flies Higher 11 Billy Alseep In The Boiler Room 12 Foreboding 13 Looking For Kes 14 Realisation 15 Burying Kes