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LOCKWOOD, RICHARD - In the Doorway of the Dawn: The Chronicle of a Song, Vol. 1&2, 1972-2012

Chapter Music

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Across two discs, In the Doorway of the Dawn presents almost 40 years of previously-unheard songwriting from Richard Lockwood, renowned as the driving force behind early 70s Sydney folk-psych icons Tully, and for his work with the similarly revered Extradition. In the process of working with Richard on the reissue of Tullys landmark recordings Chapter discovered that the very private songwriter had never stopped recording after the end of his much-loved band -- only that he had lost interest in making his beautiful, transcendental music available to others. It took some persuading for Richard to agree to a solo compilation, but In the Doorway of the Dawn justifies the effort beyond measure. Mostly recorded to cassette four-track, and played impeccably on every imaginable instrument by Richard himself, In the Doorway of the Dawn reveals a singular songwriter with an unswerving focus. Of the 33 songs presented here, virtually all are written in tribute to spiritual master Meher Baba, whom Richard discovered in the late 60s and whose influence wholly transfigured the remainder of his life. Suffused in equal parts with serenity and yearning, Richards songs have a grace that is almost unequalled. Of special note are the settings Richard recorded of works by Australian poet Francis Brabazon, named the poet of the age" by Meher Baba. Over the course of decades, Richard interpreted many Brabazon poems, of which five are presented here. The span of these recordings begins with live solo performances in 1972 (just after Tully had disbanded and Richard had joined fellow adventurers Tamam Shud) and continues right up until late last decade, with home recordings made by Richard in Melbourne. For 40 years, Richard wrote songs that could have been classics. But he was content merely to write them, sing them, sometimes record them, offer them to his Beloved Meher and then put them away in a box of cassettes in his cupboard. Complete with extensive liner notes, lyrics and photos, In the Doorway of the Dawn is a revelation, the lifes work of a rare talent, even rarer for his lack of concern with public recognition." - Chapter Music.\r\n

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