John Bottomley | Raggle Taggle

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Raggle Taggle

by John Bottomley

A psychedelic,modern blues,rock and roll record. The recording was mixed by John Bottomley and David Kershenbaum. It was mixed in 1996 in Solvang California. It was the first professional Pro Tools recording ever made.
Genre: Rock: Psychedelic
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1. Panic wreck
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2. friendship
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3. Oh My Love
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4. Lose Yourself
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5. Raggle Taggle
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6. Fury of the Funnel
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7. Witch of Atlas
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8. Lion is the Child
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9. Let love in
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10. The Mark
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11. Take you Higher
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Upon a Planet

In a bright palace sat the king and queen
in a shining emerald throne
the king was busy sending electric letters
throught the night when he asked the queen
to open the treasure chest
swiftly her long white fingers plucked a sapphire bowl
filled with mysterious liquid
now to those creatures they found most wonderful
they blew a peculiar dew
into their dreams
three jewels prepared for them by invisible hands.

Tobe tobe tobe woke Henry
as he hammered oranges for his fast break
here a little smoke for his pet lobster
waggle waggle
he was composing
'Cripple the Devils Soc-Hop'
as he abandoned his lemmings of hady
and put them in a barrel labelled-dim of melon

The balloon had come down to earth
and out hoped little kled
he a lantern be
'where hop do be my child?'asked Henry
'to the loop of all colours,'replied Kled
'no time clocks,no calendars,no borders and no fences
Ive been a crown,ive been a diamond ladder
Ive seen the bowrain of Alish
Ive had candy with the sould parrots'
he was jumping up and down
'theres a pimple puddle flooding this land
but i have a new song,the loop antenna is Take you Higher!'

From a pink trunk spang Lawnador
ravishingly beautiful
she turned toy soldiers into a chime parade
she plucked a rose from her heart
'you harp a name like a precious stone
my truly struddlebrow Mythlond pixie knee,'
replied Henry,
'I want to comb your yellow hair.'
Henry held out his thumb
so on they carried three feathers of ilk
in a hatful of swallow
Raggle Taggle............


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Solid Gold Mag/England


Musical-mystic and award winning singer songwriter John Bottomley
has served up a semi-phychedelic masterpiece in the form of
his current album Raggle Taggle.

Betsy Powell for The Toronto Star


Bottomley works through a collection of self-produced songs
ranging from gentle ballads to numbers that rock out.
There's not a dud track here.
The employment of several members of Sarah Mclachlans band
has brought some changes to the background embroidery-
mainly psychedelic guitar chords and textures.
Every track is a Raggle taggle winner.

James Muretich for The Calgary Herald


Canadian John Bottomley plugs in and rocks out on his fourth
solo cd.There are still large doses of his articulate folk-rock but Bottomley lets his electric guitar do the talking on noisy rockers like Raggle Taggle.As before when
Bottomley's good,he's real good.And even when he's not at his best,there's an electrified Nick Drake appeal.

Kim Hughes

Easily his most accesible record
Easily his most accesible record--but still just angular enough to bear his name--John Bottomley's Raggle Taggle shows that while the enigmatic poet can still soak us with a deluge of mystical lyrics and folksy rumifications that practically smell of pine and sandelwood, he can rock, too.
That he does, and with particular vigour on songs like the tiltle track and the brimstone and distorted vocal slasher
Witch of Atlas. Both suggest that Bottomley's come full circle, balancing the more melodic yin of his three previous solo disks with the experimental yang of his long-ago work with Queen street faves Tulpa.
But it's not all balck and white. The sweeping and unabashedly dewy Oh my Love should/could be a major crossover hit and again points to a compositional ease that's so assured you feel comfortable being sucked into its sentimental lull. It's not nearly as hokey as it sounds, either.