Pre-order of The Music Of William Arkle and Other Recordings. You get 1 track now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released.
Contains 6 Page PDF Booklet with sleeve notes by Professor Bruce Charlton.
The first three tracks on this CD were originally released on cassette in November 1986 and given away free of charge to members of The Enid’s fan club known as ‘The Stand’. ‘Seascape,’ ‘Somerset Sketches’ and ‘Snowdonia were composed by the artist, philosopher and composer William Arkle nearly twenty years previously in 1968 but no-one not even the composer had heard it until it was realised and performed by Robert John Godfrey in 1986.
Enid aficionados will note that one of William Arkle’s paintings “The Father And The Mother” was also used on the cover of The Enid’s 1984 reissue of “In The Region Of The Summer Stars”.
Tracks 1 – 3 written by William Arkle; arranged and performed by Robert John Godfrey.
Tracks 4 – 5 written and performed by Robert John Godfrey.
Track 6 written by Robert John Godfrey and performed by The Enid.
Total running time = 73:14
releases November 17, 2017
Excerpt from sleeve notes by Professor Bruce Charlton:
William Arkle, who was called Bill by his friends, was born in 1924, and died in 2000. As well as composing music Arkle was a spiritual philosopher, painter, poet, teacher and visionary.
"Bill Arkle was a friend of the writer Colin Wilson and attracted a small group of dedicated students. During the nineteen seventies he published two books, was the subject of a local television documentary and collaborated with the progressive rock band
The Enid. However, despite this modest celebrity; Arkle was
never famous and he remains an obscure figure. (The figure whom Arkle most brings to my mind is that other visionary Englishman; William Blake who died in almost equal obscurity but is now recognised as one of the greatest lyrical poets and also an influential illustrator)."