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These Last Days
4:26 • Studio version
Cherishing the Lonesome
5:54 • Studio version
5:06 • Studio version
3:22 • Studio version
One Of Those Days In England Parts 2–10
19:27 • Studio version
Bullinamingvase is the ninth studio album by English folk / rock singer-songwriter and guitarist Roy Harper. It was first released in 1977 by Harvest Records. In the USA the album was released as One Of Those Days In England.
The album features a mix of musicians and instruments, including the Vauld Symphony Orchestra (named after the Marden, Herefordshire farm Harper owned and recorded in at the time). The CD release (Science Friction HUCD021) has been remastered with SNS 20-bit digital supermapping.
One of the album’s highlights is the epic, 19 minute, “One Of Those Days In England (Parts 2–10)” (originally side 2 of the album). Comprising several musical movements, the song is a collection of reminiscences from both a personal and cultural perspective. Harper sings of “Britannica and all those who sail in her, especially those with Albions cultural heritage claws…”, and refers to the Alfred Jewel.
“Naked Flame” is modelled on the traditional Lady Franklin’s Lament, in much the same way as Bob Dylan’s Dream (from The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan) used the same source.
Originally the album contained the song “Watford Gap” which contained somewhat disparaging lyrics concerning the Watford Gap service station, a motorway service area situated between junctions 16 and 17 of the M1 Motorway, near Watford Gap, in Northamptonshire, England.
Harper claimed the food was “junk, absolute junk. I tried to get the media food commentators of the day interested, but none of them would help me because they were all kind of bought off in some way, they were in the pockets of the corporations. I got a reply from Bernard Levin – he agreed with me but wouldn’t go public about it”. Subsequent pressings omitted the song at the behest of an EMI board member who was (also) a non-executive director of Blue Boar (the owners of the service station). Under duress, Harper replaced the controversial track with “Breakfast With You”, a song Harper himself allegedly described as “pap”. “Watford Gap” was finally restored to the 1996 re-issued CD with “Breakfast With You” closing the CD.
All tracks credited to Roy Harper
With the re-print of Bullinamingvase, Harvest Records included a promo “single”.
Two singles were also released from the album on the Harvest label.