|Liverpool Oratorio - Front Cover||Liverpool Oratorio - Rear Cover|
|Liverpool Oratorio (Selections) - Front Cover||Liverpool Oratorio (Selections) - Rear of Booklet|
|Catalogue No.||CD PAUL 1 (International number - CDS 7 54371 2)|
|Release date||7th October 1991|
|Total time||CD1 - 43:15
CD2 - 54:13
|U.K. Album Chart Detail :||Did NOT Chart ... although, was recorded as No.1 in the Classical chart.|
|Detail :||Paul's twenty-second "solo" release, and his first full classical work.
Recorded live at Liverpool Cathedral 28th and 29th June 1991 in front of 2,500 people each night.
Introduction by Paul McCartney
The Making of the Liverpool Oratorio
Here in the U.K. on the 8th October 1991 (the day after it`s release on C.D.) the BBC broadcast a documentary of the making
of Liverpool Oratorio which is entitled, "Ghosts Of The Past".
The double C.D. comes in a thick 2 C.D. case with a very informative 40 page booklet. The booklet contains the information above, and the full track information below all in four languages. It also contains the words of the pieces and colour photographs of the soloists and the event.
Selections From Liverpool Oratorio
|Movements I - IV|
|1 - 5||War||1942. A world at war. Sirens sound as bombs fall over Liverpool and despairing couples
shelter underground. Amid the blaze and the chaos of an air raid, a child is born.
And there is hope.
|6 -13||School||1953. The war baby - Shanty - now 11 years old and at school, celebrates his Liverpool upbringing. With classmates, he skips lessons to "sag off" and sunbathe in the graveyard of Liverpool Cathedral. Sleeping on a gravestone, he dreams of ghosts of the past and the future. One of the ghosts, Mary Dee, is his bride-to-be. Waking and back at school, Shanty and his classmates are taught Spanish in the form of a folk song by their new mistress, Miss Inkley.||12:13|
|14-19||Crypt||1959. Shanty, now a confused teenager, goes to a Church dance in the crypt; he doubts his
and God's existence. Here, Mary Dee materialises - still dreamlike - to him again. Still he cannot see her. As he sings of
his vision of the future, Mary Dee breaks the news that his father has died.
Shanty is left sad and alone.
|20-24||Father||1959. As mourners arrive for the funeral, Shanty thinks on his confusion, fears and upset at the death of his father. He reflects and worries about the relationship they had, distressed at his father's mortality. Finally he realises fathers are only human and asks his forgiveness.||11:16|
|Movements V - V111|
|1 - 3||Wedding||A few years later. As Shanty muses on the top of a bus, Mary Dee is drawn to him. She soothes his self-doubts and calms his impatient ambitions and they pledge their love and marry.||8:36|
|4 -10||Work||Mary Dee's office. She runs a hectic business staffed entirely by women. Mary Dee busies among the computers and fax machines, issuing orders as her girls lapse their concentration to fantasize of love. Meanwhile at Shanty's office - where his rank does not match Mary Dee's success - he is cajoled by colleagues to work less and play more. As one colleague, Mr. Dingle, tempts Shanty to slip off to the pub, at home Mary Dee indicates that she is pregnant.||15:02|
|11-21||Crises||Mary Dee sings to the child inside of her, fretting for it's future, Shanty arrives home slightly drunk, short-tempered and demanding dinner. They row over money and Shanty's feelings of inadequacy. Shanty wounds her by doubting her love and Mary Dee storms out - telling him, as she goes, that she is pregnant. In her blind anger and her hurt, she runs in front of a car and is knocked down. In hospital, a nurse wills her to live as - in delirium - Mary Dee sees the ghosts again. She fights to cling on to the life of her baby as the ghosts try to steal it from her. At her bed, Shanty prays, promising to reform if only Mary Dee and the baby are saved.||21:08|
|22-26||Peace||Shanty sings to his new-born child, celebrating the wonder of being. In a sermon, the preacher sings of the frail magic of family life as Mary Dee and Shanty pledge a future with their child, together forever, celebrating a love that will now survive.||9:26|
|1 - 5||War||9:40|
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