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Barry Booth * Diversions! by eroomnala on 13 December 2002 3:52am
Just bought a new CD reissue of an old 1968 LP by Barry Booth entitled Diversions! with lyrics by Michael Palin and Terry Jones.
Haven't had a chance to listen to it yet but Mike's liner notes read:
Barry said that Roy Orbison would be coming over and he might be interested in recording anything that we could write that was suitable. With that in mind I wrote The Last Time I saw You was Tomorrow which I thought had the kind of heartwrenching drama that he specialized in! I remember Barry taking it to Orbison's hotel room and playing the demo for him. I could scarcely believe it - he was playing my song to Roy Orbison who was up there with the Beatles as far as I was concerned. For a while after that I did allow myself to entertain delusions of a songwriting career!
It was an exciting time. Pop songs had become more than just romantic ditties for teenagers at parties. A character sketch like 'Vera Lamonte' obviously owed a debt to people like McCartney but there are lines in it that would have fitted nicely into the monologues that I used to perform at Oxford
Issued in 1968 this rare charming period piece boasted lyrics written by Future Monty Pythons stars Michael Palin and Terry Jones, sung by Booth, a top session pianist (Roy Orbison, Tim Hardin, Rolf Harris). The psych-lite, Kinks-eish whimsy of Diversions now makes its triumphant first appearance on CD with annotations by Palin, Jones and Booth.

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