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Roy Harper

Lifemask

SFLP002
Release Notes
  • Limited Edition
  • Recorded at Abbey Road Studio
  • Originally released 1973
  • Features Jimmy Page on ‘The Lord’s Prayer’
  • Remastered in 2016 and reissued on 12” 180gm Vinyl
  • Packaged in deluxe, centre split, reversible, gatefold sleeve with original images and additional printed heavy inner sleeve including extra notes.
  • Artwork reproduced by Harry Pearce at Pentagram
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Lifemask was made at the height of the ‘flower power’ expression/boom. The songs catalog spontaneous interpretations of how we are interacting with the planet. It was never aimed at mass market and is just a poem for friends and kindred spirits. The poem was inspired by a collage of Geronimo in an eighteenth century English landscape drawing given to Harper by his friend and artist James Edgar whilst he was in the mind altering substances period of his life. Jimmy Page plays throughout.

The rest of the album is more conventional in structure, with two songs that are still regularly featured in Harper’s live set list. As a live song Highway Blues is a different song now than the song David Bowie once tried to record. And ‘South Africa’ is a dream come true. A love song to calm the fears and wash away the horror and stain of apartheid. Some of the songs comprised the soundtrack for the movie ‘Made’ which was on general release at the time in which Harper co-starred with Carol White.

This year marks two important milestones for Roy Harper – his 75th birthday and 50 years of recording music. To celebrate, Roy will be performing four special concerts in September and releasing the first vinyl reissues of his classic albums, none of which have been available on vinyl for well over 20 years.