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Can You Imagine An Imaginary Menagerie Manager Imagining Managing An Imaginary Menagerie? (1.46)
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Duet For Hulusi And Washing Machine (7.01)
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Bulldog Of Convention (5.56)
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Biographical notes
Album notes by Laurence Crane
Live Live

John Miller

  1. Fragment Of Pork
  2. Down With Nouns
  3. The Last Waltz
  4. Coalman/Baby's On Fire/Watermelon Man
  5. For Yoko
  6. New In Old
  7. You Don't Come From Cobham?
  8. Reincarnation
  9. Break On Through
  10. Donut House
  11. Mavis, I Implore You
  12. I Love Your Heart

John Miller - Voice and Keyboards
Patrick Wood - Guitar on 1, 6 and 10
Rick Bolton - Guitar on 7, 9 and 12
Deirdre Cartwright - Guitar on 11
Lol Coxhill - Sax on 1 and 6
Derek Pascoe - Sax on 1, 2, 3, 6, 8, 10, 11 and 12
Paul Nieman - Trombone on 1, 2, 6, 8 and 10
Simon Rackham - French Horn on 5
Charles Dickie - Cello on 2 and 8
Martin Brunsden - Bass on 1, 2, 6, 8 and 10
Richard Lee - Bass on 7, 9, 11 and 12
Paul Robinson - Drums on 1, 2, 5, 6, 8 and 10
Rick Finlay - Drums on 3
Marc Parnell - Drums on 4 and 11
Robert "Premium" Bond - Drums on 7, 9 and 12

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Raw Music Raw Music

John Miller

1. alas
2. astrology
3. bundle
4. cadmium
5. capicure 1
6. capicure 2
7. capicure 3
8. colonel
9. emerald 1
10. emerald 2
11. emerald 3
12. legstac
13. long hair
14. octaves
15. pimento 1
16. pimento 2
17. pimento 3
18. pimento 4
19. pimento 5
20. pimento 6
21. pimento 7
22. rhythm
23. vanilla
24. zalia 1
25. zalia 2
26. zalia 3

Music for the KRILA production "Raw Extended 2103"
Rijeka 2013

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I'm So Happy/Wait For The Sun I'm So Happy/Wait For The Sun

Ornamental Balustrade

I'm So Happy
Wait For The Sun

Music by John Miller
Words by Simon Rackham

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I Was Born A Baby/Sing It To Her I Was Born A Baby/Sing It To Her

Ornamental Balustrade

I Was Born A Baby (Miller)
Sing It To Her (Rackham)

Produced by John Miller

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Preference Preference

John Miller

1. Birds Are Meant To Fly
2. Full Of Care
3. Unloved Children
4. Toads Of The Short Forest
5. Turn To The Right
6. One Brown Mouse/Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)
7. Heartache People
8. Having It All
9. Father Confessor
10. Winter
11. Sergio Hopes His Moped Is Mended
12. Silence

All instruments by John Miller except:
Chapman Stick on 11 - Andrew Lucas
Bass Guitar on 11 - Patrick Wood
Drums on 11 - Andrew Huggett
Trumpet and Piano on 12 - Simon Rackham

Produced by John Miller
Mastered by Rex Brough
Cover by Jules Perry

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If I Had Wings, Then I Would Fly If I Had Wings, Then I Would Fly

Ornamental Balustrade

1. Mr. Normal
2. Youth
3. Lady Penelope
4. Emily Gardens
5. I'm Doing Nothing
6. Don't
7. Fax
8. Jade
9. Sing Something Simple
10. Times Have Changed
11. The Ballad Of Judy Blue
12. What Do You Think You Can Say To Me?
13. That's The Postman
14. I'm The Devil
15. Delilah Roamed
16. Uncle
17. Jesus Song
18. I've Never Found
19. The Happy Man Has Fallen
20. Maybe We'll See

Lyrics - Simon Rackham
Music - Simon Rackham and John Miller
Production - John Miller
Post-production - Rex Brough
Design - Jules Perry
Cover drawing - Andrea Fassina

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Good Luck and Goodbye Good Luck and Goodbye

John Miller

1. Good Luck And Goodbye
2. Home Thoughts 1 - 3
3. Torquay
4. Drifting
5. Glider
6. Happy Birthday
7. Dirge
8. Bluberry Hill 930
9. One Man Show
10. New In Old

Post-production: Rex Brough
Cover: Jules Perry

All compositions by John Miller except
"Home Thoughts" (Ward)
"Glider"(Van Vliet) and
"Dirge" (Dylan)

Produced by John Miller

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Approval 3 Approval 3

John Miller

1. Torquay
2. Webern Glock
3. From Woof conversation
4. Metal blisters on fingers
5. 5/4 sequence
6. Bluberry Hill 930
7. Goop twisted space
8. 1/4 tone sequence
9. Reggae
10. New in Old

Composed and produced by John Miller

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Approval 2 Approval 2

John Miller

1. One Man Show
2. Drumless Waltz
3. Keyboard & drums
4. Cathedral organ
5. Elec pno inst
6. Dillon
7. The cows came home
8. Acoustic gtr sequence (15 - 18 song 0)
9. Fragment 1
10. E-type Jag
11. Boring Instrumental
12. Fragment 2
13. Stony Stony Building
14. Oboe & sitar

Composed and produced by John Miller except 'Dillon' (Dillon/Miller)

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Approval 1 Approval 1

John Miller

1. Elec pno + harmonica
2. Good luck and goodbye
3. String sequence
4. Jazz Instrumental
5. Scottish Reel
6. r'n'r harpsichord
7. harpsichord sequence
8. Blues
9. Farm
10. IWBAB

Composed and produced by John Miller

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Everything Everything

John Miller

1. The Bluffffffffs
2. A Piano With Jewels
3. Green Arm
4. Atomic Boogie
5. I Threw It All Away
6. Parchman Farm/Donut House
7. Bethsheba
8. Everything

John Miller: keyboards, drums, voice
Harvey Brough: guitar on 1
Richard Lee: bass on 5 and 6
Robert "Premium" Bond: drums on 5 and 6
Rick Bolton: guitar on 5 and 6
George Telfer: voice on 8

Rex Brough: editing
Jules Perry: cover

Produced by John Miller

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Ornamental Balustrade Ornamental Balustrade

Ornamental Balustrade

1. Bicycle Song (1)
2. Cowboy Song
3. Guitar Song
4. Bicycle Song (2)
5. Next Of Kin
6. The Smell Of Success
7. Smoke And Strong Whiskey
8. Hold Your Hand In Mine

Lyrics - Simon Rackham
Music - Simon Rackham and John Miller except 'Smoke And Strong Whiskey' (Moore/Page/Boylan)

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Fragment of Pork Fragment of Pork

John Miller

1. Fragment Of Pork
2. Midnight
3. The Debt To Louis And Spud/Summertime
4. Yellow People
5. Ludwig And Ludwig
6. As

Jules Perry: voice and organ on 'Midnight'
Simon Rackham: voice and percussion on 'Yellow People'

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Bung Bung

John Miller

1. Life Is Short
2. I Love Your Heart
3. Footworld
4. Daughter Of The Moon
5. Prelude/Somewhere Over The Rainbow
6. Cold Turkey
7. Circus
8. Comfort
9. Phelps
10. Mavis, I Implore You

With
Richard Allen: bass on 6
Nick Barraclough: guitar on 6
Harvey Brough: percussion on 4, sax on 6
Rex Brough: guitar on
Simon Rackham: french horn on 9
Jeremy Taylor: trombone and voice on 6
Steve Taylor: drums on 6

Jules Perry: cover design

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The Painswick Tapes Volume 4 The Painswick Tapes Volume 4

John Miller

1. To Love Again
2. It's Better To Have (And Don't Need)
3. Made On The Eve Of The Royal Wedding
4. Soul Man
5. Mumbo
6. Interlude
7. Trade Union
8. Just A Little Bit More
9. Sweet Deceiver/Twenty-two Proverbs
10. That Was My Big Mistake/Living On The Rocks/Can't We Be Friends Now
11. Massachusetts
12. It Wouldn't Really Make Any Difference
13. Too Busy Thinkin' 'bout My Baby

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The Painswick Tapes Volume 3 The Painswick Tapes Volume 3

John Miller

1. Olly Butcher
2. On The Street Where You Live
3. Walking
4. Charlie 'n' Charlie
5. Familiar Reality
6. Star
7. Satisfaction
8. Seven Little Girls Sitting In The Back Seat
9. Yes I Do/Blue
10. Call Any Vegetable
11. We Shall Overcome
12. T'ain't Watcha Do (It's The Way That You Do It)
13. Satisfied/Tinseltown Rebellion

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The Painswick Tapes Volume 2 The Painswick Tapes Volume 2

John Miller

1. Words
2. The Gospel According To Tony Day
3. Sentences Pt.2
4. Positively Fourth Street
5. Virginia Plain
6. Boots And Shoes
7. Trumpets With Motherhood/Earth Mother/Your Mother Should Know
8. I Only Lied To Myself When I Had To
9. Light
10. Life
11. Willie The Pimp/I Wish/Peaches En Regalia
12. Shine On You Crazy Diamond
13. I'm Gonna Crawl

Special guest Robin Carter: Voice on 8 and 10

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The Painswick Tapes Volume 1 The Painswick Tapes Volume 1

John Miller

1. The Sinking Spell
2. Interview
3. Don't Sing No More Sad Songs
4. Gigolo Aunt
5. No Man's Land
6. Piano And Pianet Speeded Up
7. Strangers In The Night
8. Love Her Madly
9. 33 Years
10. Cars Hiss By My Window
11. That's The Way
12. And When I Die
13. Sleep Dirt
14. Happy Together

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Junk Food Junk Food

John Miller

1. Jumping Jack Flash
2. Young And Russian
3. I Saw The Light
4. On A Summer Night
5. Homage To Karl Popper
6. I've Been A Bad, Bad Boy
7. Africa Talks To You "The Asphalt Jungle"
8. Hooray For Ventilator Shafts
9. The Second Coming/It's About That Time
10. Lady Be Good
11. You're The One That I Want (1)
12. The Old Sedan Chair
13. Philosophy
14. Robinson College
15. Let Me Roll It
16. Girlfriend
17. You're The One That I Want (2)
18. Angels We Have Heard In Heaven
19. Mount Everest Sings The Blues
20. Bridge Over Troubled Water/King Kong

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A Philosopher Looks At Science A Philosopher Looks At Science

John Miller

1. Ain't Got No Heart
2. Boots & Shoes
3. Copyright Royalties
4. I Betcha Didn't Know That
5. You Don't Love Me When I Cry
6. Carla Bley
7. Torpedo Junction

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Love, And Other, Songs Love, And Other, Songs

John Miller

1. The 'In' Crowd
2. I Threw It All Away
3. Holiday
4. Noises For The Leg
5. Funny How Time Slips Away
6. Anyone For Tennis
7. Wined And Dined
8. Nathan Jones
9. Honky Tonk Women
10. Baby

Charles Miller: Voice and Drums on 8 and 9, Drums on 10

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Junk Food (first version) Junk Food (first version)

John Miller

1. Frankie And Johnny
2. You're The One That I Want
3. Two's Company
4. Up On The Roof
5. Tangerine
6. Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick
7. Waiting For The Man
8. Sentences/Lizard/Holiday
9. I'm Not Satisfied
10. Jumping Jack Flash

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Biographical Notes

Around the age of 2 in Cobham, Surrey, John Miller began listening to records and hitting things. The lack of a drumkit partially diverted his musical inclinations from furniture to the piano, which he started learning formally at the age of 6. Gradually teaching himself to play by ear, he began making his own jazz/blues/pop concoctions and playing for various shows, concerts and plays. He had also become interested in making tape recordings using keyboards, drums, voices and biscuit tins. In 1989 he wrote and produced the 'Shopping Trolley' album for Hannibal Records, and he has created many more albums for his own 'Polenta' label featuring new and archival material. His work based in London has been highly diverse, with solo and group appearances and gigs with Stackridge, Van Morrison, Jacqui Dankworth, Simon Rackham (as 'Ornamental Balustrade') and many others. He is currently collaborating with the drummer Ben Reed in the duo 'Cardboard'.

Album Notes

"I am unashamedly nostalgic" sings Melanie Pappenheim on the luxurious 'Bring back the Mary Hopkin days', one of 10 songs penned by John Miller on Shopping Trolley's eponymous debut album released on Hannibal Records in 1989 (Hannibal HNBC1349). Shopping Trolley was the band Miller led for several years in the 1980s and early 1990s. John Miller's work aches with a nostalgia for a golden age of English and American rock and pop music often of a somewhat off-centre variety. It is the world of the late Sixties/early Seventies and the annus mirabilis was 1971; reflected in the release by CBS of the double album compilation 'Rockbuster'; an event which Miller credits as a life-changing experience. John Miller's work over his entire career, starting with the superb Painswick Tapes in the late 70s/early 80s and continuing right through to the recent release of 'Preference', captures this era in style with a back catalogue of original songs and excellently judged cover versions.

Nostalgia is also very much present on the outstanding track on Miller's collaboration with Simon Rackham; Ornamental Balustrade's album 'If I Had Wings, Then I Would Fly' (Polenta LEN 17). The song 'Times have changed' is the classic on an album consisting of 20 wonderful songs. The song is a nostalgia fest of epic proportions, a litany of great pop artists in their prime and an account of how the writer experienced the music. The refrain "Times have changed as you can hear and not for the better" is arguably one of the most moving moments in 20th Century songwriting.

Miller's new solo album 'Preference' is a collecton of cover versions and original songs, some written in collaboration with lyricist Lizzie Adeane. The album was recorded and produced by Miller in his own studio in North London. This album gives the listener a good look at the different aspects of John Miller's musical personality. On the one hand there are the cover versions of songs by perennial Miller favourites such as George Harrison, Lucifer, Frank Zappa and Todd Rundgren (this writer's personal favourite from the 'Preference' album, a fine version of Rundgren's 'Unloved Children'). Then there are Miller's own songs which include the album's opener, the slightly spooky 'Birds are meant to fly'. Finally there are two tracks at the end of the CD which are extended instrumentals although one of them, 'Silence', 14 minutes long, starts off as a conventional song. The other, 'Sergio hopes his moped is mended', clocks in at a gigantic 19 minutes and 19 seconds. On these two pieces John Miller is joined by 4 guest musicians including the wonderful Simon Rackham. But the bulk of the playing and all the singing on the album is brilliantly handled by Miller himself with characteristic understated virtuosity. As ever his voice is extraordinary; a glorious mix of passion, absurdity and the downright sublime.

Laurence Crane

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