Live Performance (LP)

Live Performance
(EMI/Columbia SCX 6453) Released 1971
(EMI NTS 105) Re-released October 1976


Words & Music : Jake Thackray

Recorded at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, in 1971

liveperformance-presentationSide One:

Family Tree
The Hole
Miss World
Pass Milord the Rooster Juice
Remember Bethlehem
Ladies Basic Freedoms Polka

Side Two:

The Cactus
Leopold Alcox
The Lodger
The Last Will and Testament of Jake Thackray

Production: Norman Newell

Recording Engineer: Peter Bown

Editing & Compilation: Gil King


Sleeve Notes

Who said teachers can't be amusing? Jake Thackray was once a teacher, and he is very amusing indeed.

But he's more than just a Funny Man. In the above songs - recorded before a very responsive audience at London's Queen Elizabeth Hall - there is wit, nay, downright sauce (Family Tree, The Lodger), but compassion too (Remember Bethlehem) and genuine unsticky tenderness - Lah-Di-Dah, perhaps his best known composition, is a love song straight from the heart.

As you will hear in his between-song chat, Jake was once in the position of having to provide topical songs for a weekly television programme (he sings some of them on the record). Such a task requires, besides speed of writing, a super-sharp eye for detail and acute powers of perception; these Jake certainly has, plus a vocabulary that raises his lyrics to a supremely entertaining level. He also has a strong sense of the absurd (The Hole, Leopold Alcox), and he does not flinch from dealing with such subjects as personal gaucheries (Isobel) or death - even his own (The Last Will and Testament of Jake Thackray).

You hold, in this record, a ticket to an enjoyable evening in the company of an exceptional entertainer. There goes the warning A sounding through the Hall foyer; shall we take our seats?

Hazel Morgan


Sleeve Note Quotes

"Jake takes Salisbury by storm" - Salisbury Journal

"Jake was the hit of the week of recitals at the Playhouse" - Oxford Mail

"Enthralling Thackray. Sheer personality and professionalism" - Birmingham Evening Mail

"Shouts of 'More, more' from a full house" - Cheshire Observer

"A special kind of poet - a unique sort of humour" - Yorkshire Evening Post

"The audience at Fairfield Hall revelled in his genius" - Croydon Advertiser

The bottom image (above right) is the cover of the presentation double album which was used as a promotional item before the release of the single album.

Buy the DVD

jake bbc dvd

The DVD of the BBC series 'Jake Thackray and Songs' is now available to buy online via Amazon.

'Magnificent' (The Independent)

'Jake Thackray and Songs', broadcast in 1981, captures him at the height of his powers; it paints an intimate portrait of Jake as a live artist, playing to audiences in the small venues where he felt most comfortable.

This BBC-licensed DVD, professionally produced from the original BBC masters, features all of Jake's performances from the series: thirty of his greatest songs, along with his inimitable between-songs chat and storytelling.

Also included are previously unreleased performances by three outstanding guest artists: Ralph McTell, Alex Glasgow and Pete Scott.