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  • John Keating RIP

    Farewell to a Lord of Lounge - the two Space Experience LPs very much fall into the category of Vinyl Vulture Classics. Not to overlook his many other great recordings.

    Fairly inaccurate obituary (he didn't write the Z Cars or Onedin Line themes) here: http://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.co...dies-1-3788196

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    Fairly inaccurate?!?! Wildly inaccurate I'd say! Mr Keating deserved a lot better than the five minutes of Googling that obituary took to cobble together.
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    • #3
      Sad news, spent a lot of my youth on Blackpool Pleasure Beach and they still use his track 'Prelude to Earthrise' from 'Space Experience 1' on their River Caves ride. That part of the ride could be viewed from a café with that track looping 24/7 so that music got burnt into my brain from a young age although more so for that staff that worked there I guess, they probably hated it.
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      • #4
        Love his space experience LP, but have to confess I have not really explored much further. Any other recommendations?
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        • #5
          First of all, RIP.

          Originally posted by Lord Thames View Post
          Fairly inaccurate obituary (he didn't write the Z Cars or Onedin Line themes) here: http://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.co...dies-1-3788196
          Originally posted by Agnes_Guano View Post
          Fairly inaccurate?!?! Wildly inaccurate I'd say! Mr Keating deserved a lot better than the five minutes of Googling that obituary took to cobble together.
          Just an idea, LT/AG but if you have the knowledge, why not contact the Guardian, Times or Telegraph and offer an obit? Someone may have done so already, but it sounds much needed, and am sure family would collaborate.

          Originally posted by amidar View Post
          Sad news, spent a lot of my youth on Blackpool Pleasure Beach and they still use his track 'Prelude to Earthrise' from 'Space Experience 1' on their River Caves ride. That part of the ride could be viewed from a café with that track looping 24/7 so that music got burnt into my brain from a young age although more so for that staff that worked there I guess, they probably hated it.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by Moogaloo View Post
            Love his space experience LP, but have to confess I have not really explored much further. Any other recommendations?
            I personally like his Straight Ahead LP, great version of Bee-Bom on that album.And Also his 27 men LP is a good solid listen too.

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            • #7
              I love so much of his stuff, but my fave is the 1964 Johnny Keating And 27 Men album on Decca under the name The Keating Sound. Stunning cutting edge jazz from some serious players (Shake Keane, Basil Kirchen etc.) a solid listen from Listen and The Sacrifice through A Night In Ancient Babylon to Baghdad Blues. Great cover too ..see how many you can name !

              http://www.discogs.com/Johnny-Keatin.../master/411678

              Looks like the U.S. issue has a different (and better) cover, and a different tracklisting..

              And this has a lovely version of She Moved Thro The Fair....

              http://www.discogs.com/John-Keating-...elease/5876901


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                Just two of Johnny's productions that I have really enjoyed...

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                • #9
                  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obit...#disqus_thread

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                  • #10
                    Better! Don't know who wrote it, but whoever it was has done their homework.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Lord Thames View Post
                      Better! Don't know who wrote it, but whoever it was has done their homework.
                      I've always wondered why most obituaries in the papers are unsigned/uncredited - anyone know why?

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by SirSlim View Post
                        I've always wondered why most obituaries in the papers are unsigned/uncredited - anyone know why?
                        I'm not sure, but maybe because they're written and kept on files for years? By the time the subject dies they must have been through quite a few hands.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by ginghamkitchen View Post
                          I'm not sure, but maybe because they're written and kept on files for years? By the time the subject dies they must have been through quite a few hands.
                          Plausible I suppose. I used to read the Independent regularly in the 90s - they had some good obits in there and credited to individuals - it looked to me like they were commissioned to order, there was a good one on Serge Gainsbourg as I recall.

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                          • #14
                            It really does depend. I know that many newspapers accept obituaries. It's not uncommon to see obituaries coming out months after a death. When I worked in an art gallery they would get people to write obituaries when an artist dies. Bit of a financial incentive there too! Quite seriously if someone can deliver a Keating obit, then why not contact a newspaper, get paid.

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                            • #15
                              When I worked for The Times the obit writers were an extraordinary bunch. Extremely eminent former editors and journos, mostly elderly, each with specific areas of deep knowledge or interest. If they couldn't write it they usually knew exactly who to commission for the job but they also accepted submissions from outsiders. Obits were never signed - I guess it makes it easier to write difficult truths and also removes the opportunity to accuse a named writer of having an agenda. Plus it leaves the focus on the subject not the author. A good, rounded obit is a very difficult thing to get right.

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