"THEE ŒARLY DAYZE OF HYGHE KNYGHTES" *****WORK IN PROGRESS*****




Lord Madrigal: Songs that evoke Englishness, Tudor and Elizabethan Dandy's, Knights in armour, Castles with a drawbridge, military decoration, majestic tapestries, troubadour attire, Christian Crusades, swords, jousting, dulcimers and harpsichords, gregorian chants, madrigals, monks and horses, magic and fables.

"Thee Œarly Dayze Of Hyghe Knyghtes" from the minds of Lord Madrigal and Fayre Lady Kitty


Lady Kitty: There's plenty of room for pre-Christian Native European honour too! I'm a daughter of thee Shifty Witches who EVADED thee Spanish Inquisition. No luv for thee Woman Hating Middle Eastern War God here, no matter what title it goes by!

Lord Collier: And doing ya own shit!

Lord Madrigal: It's all about ancient and long lost Western European chivalry. Lady Kitty needed a soundtrack for her new favourite book.

Lady Kitty: 4. 7. 14. 16. Rare as hen's teeth in a Worlde of Ignobles.




Lord Madrigal: Konrad von Limpurg as a Knight being armed by his Lady in the Codex Manesse, early 14th Century...


Lady Kitty: ha, that's IN MY BOOK, and I had thought of that too!
But I'd like to have a crack at some Primitive European Art first(so don't rush!)...cos with my semi-autistic childhood spent RELENTLESSLY drawing horses(even unicorns!) and princesses and evil Spanish wimmin in giant fabulous black lace mantillas, this could well be what I was in fact born to do..! haha


Lord Madrigal: I'm sure it will be worthy of a Middle Ages Lady.

Lady Kitty It's gonna be like this one, but more... groovy! Better hair do's.

Squire Peter: Quite the unusually tiny horse, there.

Lady Kitty: Probably a practicality, they were supposed to defend their trusty steeds to thee death as well. So much to be responsible for, it's a wonder anyone survived!

     

Lord Collier: Is that a staff on left or a huge willy?

Lord Madrigal: Forever to remain a lowly vulgar peasant in an era of Hyghe Knyghts and thee Chivalric code.

Lord Collier: Thaa what’s hew?  

Lady Kitty Man, Medieval artwork is just a TRIP. Thee facial expressions.... so simple, yet so effective..! I've really got my work cut out fur me.

Lord Collier: King gadgee in right seems perturbed by the geezers Chain mail balaclavas.

Lady Kitty: That kid certainly has a questionable hair do and expression. Almost looks like a current day politician. If only we had some Knights...!

Lord Madrigal: Killing babies 👶 by sword.

Lord Collier: Peeled babies in buckets of salt, was an expression I heard once. Belter. 

Lord Madrigal: The baby 👶 on the floor being stood on by a Hyghe knyghte appears to have been beheaded.

Lord Collier: Best thing for it.  

Lord Disspain: Why are they killing the children?

Lady Kitty: Just bein' all Biblical I'd guess.   




Lord Madrigal: The Patron saint of England and our hero St George, pictured here slaying a dragon. George represents the Church and all the Hyghe Knyghtes who support it.

***this 1350 fresco is from Verona, Italy***
scanned from the book "Knights & The Golden Age Of Chivalry"
 


Lady Kitty: I was gonna ask where you got thee image from, that's a kwality dappled grey steed! Thoroughly unruffled by a dragon too. Impressive! 


Ladies and Gentlemen...raise your glasses of fine wine for it's time to admire Greek Hyghe Knyghte Hector of Troy and his magnificent hairdo.
From thee fresco 'Nine Worthies' c.1430


Lady KittyI think he missed thee point, he was supposed to suffer to win thee lady's affections, not make thee lady suffer to win them. Must've been all Greek to him. Solid points for effort though. Undoubtedly, a brave move to sport that do in a fresco for posterity.

Lord Collier Has he got a stottie cake on his napper? Bread wigs were popular until crows were invented.

Lord Madrigal: Didn't the Greeks run about in big nappies back in the day. Warm climate I suppose. Couldn't do that in North East England. Too cauld for that caper. 





THEE CHARTER OF EVENTS

23rd TURNOFF MICHAEL ANGELO
AGINCOURT - KIND SIR
AL STEWART – TURN INTO EARTH
ATTACK – LADY ORANGE PEEL
BEE GEES – EVERY CHRISTIAN LIONHEARTED MAN WILL SHOW YOU
BEE GEES – SIR GEOFFREY SAVED THE WORLD
CECIL McCARTNEY - INTERLUDE FOR FINGER STYLE
CHARLES RYDERS CORPORATION – SIX RAVENS MUST TO THE TOWER STAY
CHRISTOPHER COLT - VIRGIN SUNRISE
DONOVAN – GUINEVERE
DONOVAN – THERE WAS A TIME
ELMER GANTRY’S VELVET OPERA – SALISBURY PLAIN
ERIC BURDON and the ANIMALS – THE BLACK PLAGUE
FACTORY – CASTLE ON A HILL
FELIUS ANDROMEDA - MEDITATIONS
GLYN JOHNS – LADY JANE
HOLLIES – CRUSADER
JASON CREST – KING OF THE CASTLE
JASON CREST – BLACK MASS
JAWBONE - BRAVE WHITE KNIGHT
JEFF BECK – GREENSLEEVES
JOHN RENBOURN – THE EARLE OF SALISBURY
JOHN RENBOURN – LADY GOES TO CHURCH
KALEIDOSCOPE – BLESS THE EXECUTIONER
KINKS - FANCY
LE ORME – AD GORIAM
MAGICIANS – PAINTING ON WOOD
MARIANNE FAITHFULL – NORTH COUNTRY MAID
NICO – LE PETIT CHEVALIER
NICO – NIBELUNGEN
PAUL and BARRY RYAN – MADRIGAL
PAUL GIOVANNI – FIRE LEAP
POETS – IN YOUR TOWER
Q65 - SOUR WINE
Q65 - JUST WHO'S IN SIGHT
RAY DAVIES – BALLAD OF THE VIRGIN SOLDIERS
ROLLING STONES – LADY JANE
SIMON DUPREE and the BIG SOUND – CASTLE IN THE SKY
SKIP BIFFERTY – PRINCE GERMANY THE FIRST
TINTERN ABBEY – BEESIDE
YARDBIRDS – FOR YOUR LOVE
YARDBIRDS – STILL I’M SAD


TINTERN ABBEY – BEESIDE


Lord Madrigal: I only have a re-issue of "Beeside" by Tintern Abbey so I've decided to post this scan of a small advert from NME dated 2nd December, 1967....only the kool kats would have rushed out to buy this classic psychedelic jewel. This is one of Lady Kitty's choices.

Lady Kitty: This one is a Masterpiece, worthy of a place anywhere that allows it to shine, unsullied by thee riff-raff and ignobles.

Lord Madrigal: Indeed, pure sonic 'heaven' for a noble Knight.
 
"She was a virgin of humble origin
She knew of no sin.
Her eyes as bright as the stars without light."


Lord Pope: Even the name "Tintern Abbey" has chivalrous roots, yes?


Lady Ivy: And, not to brag, I have the original single and didn't have to get naked to get it!

Lord Charbonneau: I don't think I'd have a problem with getting naked for a copy of this 45. It would be quicker than actually working for a couple of weeks. 

 
AL STEWART – TURN INTO EARTH


Lord Madrigal: An addition with gregorian chants and an eerie doom laden nature. We already have a couple of Yardbirds numbers in our treasure box hidden in the ivory tower. So their version of "Turn Into Earth" will be dismissed in favour of Al Stewart's recording from '66.

Lady Kitty: I'd never heard it before but I actually prefer it over the Yardbirds version.. and that's fucking HYGHE PRAYSE from this Lady, cos I luv the Yardbirds.

Lord Madrigal It's slightly more folk than the Yardbirds. I love them both. Saintly relics.

Lady Kitty: It wins thee tournament.... Naturally, the Yardbirds are untouchable on thee battlefield though. 

Lord Pope: I love the way this one feels


 THE ATTACK – LADY ORANGE PEEL




Lord Madrigal: "Come into my garden and I'll peel a pear for you."

Lady Kitty: This one's a big fave and I considered it earlier too, but I dunno? I'm not convinced it fits thee... feel!? Thee title definitely works, fur sure!



 BEE GEES – EVERY CHRISTIAN LIONHEARTED MAN WILL SHOW YOU




Lord Madrigal"Don't walk so tall, before you crawl. For every child is thinking of something wild."

Lady Kitty: Crushed I didn't pick this one...! Haha 


 BEE GEES – SIR GEOFFREY SAVED THE WORLD




Lord Madrigal: Saving the World was thee requirement of every Medieval Knight of the Realm.

Lady Kitty: For a second there it occurred to me that the Bee Gees don't meet our strict Vol 1 Western European parametres... but then I remembered, they're really Englyshe...! Plus they're so good! And precisely, it's ALL about Saving Thee Worlde, for thee laydies to be free to go about their day unhindered. Noble. 

Lord Madrigal: Manchester boys and these recordings were all made in Merry Olde Englande.

Lady Kitty: Yeah it's even a stretch fur me to get too patriotic about thee Easybeats.... but I'm a Cat, and we enjoy a good stretch when we have to return to consciousness and deal with humanoids.  


CHARLES RYDERS CORPORATION – SIX RAVENS MUST TO THE TOWER STAY



 
Lord Carlsson: It seems like Scandinavian bands in the sixties were all about NOW. The Medieval stuff was more done in a traditional vein in the native language. It was rather the progressive era that utilized these themes over here. That said, a tune like "Six Ravens Must In The Tower Stay" by Charles Ryders Corporation is dark and cryptic.

Lord Madrigal: This is fabulous and is perfect for our soundtrack...may have a problem though cos I doubt I have it anywhere in my archives. Do you know if it was compiled?

Lord Carlsson: It's on a Particles CD called Cornflake Zoo Episode 7. 


DONOVAN – THERE WAS A TIME




Lord Madrigal: The harpsichord drenched Courtly sounding "There Was A Time" by Donovan is Lord Pope's suggestion and is perfect for the young Squire's transformation into a full Templar Knight.

Lord Pope: This song always takes me back (a few centuries, that is).

Lady Kitty: a TEMPLAR Knight! It's getting so NICHE!


DONOVAN GUINEVERE






Lord Madrigal: "Guinevere of the Royal Court of Arthur, draped in white velvet, silk and lace"
Astonishing song...one of the main reasons I'm doing this Knights soundtrack. There's even a Royal Knight in armour on the cover...

Lady Kitty Fabulous track... humour compels me to ruin thee fabulous chivalry of it all by repeating Nico's account of him... apparently Donovan liked blondes and had a penchant for *ahem* taking them under thee giant dinosaur in thee British Museum. (I guess he liked big bones along with thee flaxen tresses!?)

Lord Madrigal: Donovan 'took' his inspiration from everywhere.

Lord Disspain: Sounds like a fine hobby to me and he raised one of Brian Jones’ kids.   

Lord Collier: Peeyower choss hew! I loved Donovan’s singles as a bairn and still do. He’s a great songwriter all round. Tunes.

Lord Disspain: Gorgeous. It’s such a pity he’s had to suffer the Dylan comparisons as I think he’s often way ahead of him, particularly in his musicality.  

Lord Reali: And too many people that never really bothered listening simply repeated that "Dylan-copy" to this day!

 
ELMER GANTRY’S VELVET OPERA – SALISBURY PLAIN



Lord Madrigal: Salisbury Plain is a system of chalk downlands in the southern English County of Wiltshire. It's famous for it's pre-historic monument Stonehenge dating back to around 3,000BC.
Here Thee Englyshe Hyghe Knyghtes of the late Middle Ages would have bore witness to Pagan Druids freaking out with their 'Wicker Man' under the lyght of thee stars and the Moon. 


Lady Kitty: Yeah this is top shelf!!! Œrly Dayze, Native Godz, delightful tymes!

Lord Madrigal: "Oh, Salisbury Plain out in the wind and rain. If the Sun don't shine you'll never see the Druids again."

Lord Disspain: Medieval raves, yeah?  


ERIC BURDON and the ANIMALS – THE BLACK PLAGUE




Lord Madrigal: "Bring out your dead"
Eric Burdon & the Animals with their Middle Ages "Black Death" song. It took the life of many a dear Lady and Knight.


Lady Kitty: YEAH! Brilliant! Straight to thee point! Chivalry ain't for thee faint of heart! Top Shelf Choice!

Lady Kitty: In the Middle Ages, devil-fearing Christians killed cats, which carried the unintended consequence of increasing the rat population and the spread of the Black Death

Silly xtians, no wonder we've got even more rats running into our realms today...middle eastern religion.. kills you with war, kills you with idiocy...! Cats furrever!!


THE MAGICIANS – PAINTING ON WOOD



Lord Carlsson: Eric's "Black Death" inevitably brings this to mind.

Lord Madrigal: Thanks Lord Carlsson, good choice, fits the 'sound' we're trying to compile.

Lady Kitty: "Painting On Wood" is a great choice! So much catchier as a title than "Illuminating Sheep Gut Manuscripts" too!

Lord Madrigal: It's dead 💀 on Medieval. Don't have the 45 but have a compilation with that song intact.

 
THE FACTORY – CASTLE ON A HILL



Lord Madrigal: This one is Lady Kitty's find. "In the Castle on a hill a young man turns his wife in bed. Although she's very ill he says don't worry your sleepy head."

Sir Haydn Not seen this release before Lord Madrigal, whose on this one then?

Lord Madrigal: It's all obscure B-Sides and acetates. Came out on Tiny Alice in the early 1990s. The track I'm remastering is The Factory "Castle On A Hill" for an imaginary "Knights and Chivalry" soundtrack I'm working on.

Squire Peter: One of my favorites from that 5-CD Psychedelia box set. Could use a little audio tweaking though.

Lord Fiume: Those compilations had a dreadful sound. I almost missed my plane buying this shite way back.

Sir Christophe: I own this gem.

Lady Kitty: Oh only NINETY NINE ever pressed too?! I really picked out a little winner here!? Sometimes I feel like a fabulous Unconcious Medium of Grooviness. This one was new to me, so I've already reaped treasure from thee first crusade! Sadly though, I suspect it's as triumphant as I'll get.



FELIUS ANDROMEDA - MEDITATIONS







Lord Madrigal: Released this week back in 1967...the way-out disc by Felius Andromeda. More Gregorian chants and general psychedelic spooky/weirdness. Thee most elite Medieval Hyghe Knyghtes would have tripped out to this one the day before conquering the world.

Lady Kitty: This one's sublime! You can almost smell frankincense and myrrh, has that exact same "dense" heaviness. Nuthin' like getting back to Nature, in and outta ya best robes!

Lady Ivy: One of my all-time favorites!!

Lord Helsing: Love both sides of this but don't have the actual 45 more's the pity!

Lord Madrigal: I don't either Hyghe Knyghte Lord Helsing. 

Lord Tuttle: I do!... yes I'm showing off now

   




GLYN JOHNS – LADY JANE




Lord Madrigal: I posted a photo of the label yesterday, here's a scan of the picture sleeve. Spelling error of his forename. Spanish release only as far as I know. I have read that Brian Jones plays sitar on this recording. There is a rare TV appearance on YouTube.

"My sweet Lady Jane
When I see you again
Your servant am I
And will humbly remain."


Lady Kitty: Yeah this one was groovy!



THE HOLLIES – CRUSADER




Lord Madrigal: This number is Lord Reali's choice... The Hollies "Crusader"

"All is dark, the moat is dry
Shadows fall, the roof let's in the sky"


Lady Kitty: YES!!! Lord Reali's offering is a stroke of GENIUS! Hollies and Bee Gees, man! And Nico lurking in there amongst thee initial regiment...This is rad, weirdest and most wonder-filled comp ever!

Lord Madrigal: Nico will be in cos I listened to your selections today and they fit perfectly, obscure and

Lady Kitty Yeah Nico's gotta be in cos otherwise I'm straight out thee cat-door! She's a genuine High Flying Tripper of thee Double Headed Eagle Order!

Lord Madrigal: Cats can be fickle and indifferent but they always come back home when they hear cowbells and madrigals.

Lady KittyI can't top, nor deny, that. We usually demand a saucer of cream too though, cos we're exacting like that.

Lord Quercio: This track is not on the American 'Stop Stop Stop' album.

Lord Reali: Yes it is! In fact while for example in typical American fashion previous albums differ and even the next one, Evolution, this one is IDENTICAL as far as number of tracks and running order...diff. sleeve (a FAB one!) and title (as opposed to For Certain Because). The first 'proper' Hollies album, a great one and dare I say, very underrated.


JASON CREST – KING OF THE CASTLE



Lord Madrigal: "King Of The Castle" is Sir Haydn's choice. 

Sir Haydn: Wow - thanks Lord Madrigal! Love Jason Crest but they seem to be rarely mentioned so nice to get them in there. Cheers Lord.


Lord Madrigal: I reckon we could do with a good Witch song...burning at the stake job. We could also do with some Germanic freaks.

Squire Peter Kiriae Crucible's "Salem Witch Trial"?

Lord Madrigal: All British and Western European now!!  


Lady Kitty: Yeah I think it's a good move, doing strict Western European collection... then BAM! Out fur thee Expansion! I reckon we need a Danish... Teutonic heavies but always good with a pot of tea. Now we've got a challenge!

Lord Madrigal: That will be a challenge, I've only ever heard the Scandinavian groups record Beat music but I'm sure there will be an obscure stand out psych track somewhere.

Lady Kitty: Yeah I'm good at setting you lot off down rewarding but unmarked garden paths! It's like a Muzak Crusade!   



JASON CREST – BLACK MASS



Lord Madrigal: Those Jason Crest psych freaks with a most far-out and dark offering...Wild freaky lead vocals which are akin to listening to a witch burning at the stake.
Medieval eeriness drenched in effects, menacing Gregorian chants, a deeply depressing "Black Mass"
This is an occasion when those Catholic Monks back in the Middle Ages were tripping off their tits on magic mushrooms.


Lady Kitty Yeah this is a winner! All kindsa stuff counted as a Black Mass in those dayze!

 
JEFF BECK – GREENSLEEVES




Lord MadrigalI can picture many a fair Maiden and Knight of the Realm dancing to the traditional English folk tune "Greensleeves" - dates back to the Middle Ages.....and performed in 1968 by Jeff Beck.

Lady KittyPURRFECT! Not to mention it's my very favourite "Ice Cream Truck" song...! Never heard this version before, but 100% korrekt for thee komp!

Lord Madrigal I reckon we need to expand our Western European Dark Ages collection to 30 songs. I have at least five more I need to check out.

Lady Kitty: Man, that book has really changed my worlde, right down to new olde muzak fur my feline ears..! Serendipitous indeed!

Lord Madrigal:  Just like when we combined our creative talents and outta the box mynds to form Thee Cheezecake Factory we've done it again with a completely unique series of songs.
Like I mentioned last week, re-issue labels are falling over themselves to release our Knights and Chivalry effort but Lord Madrigal and Lady Kitty don't answer phones. We will only respond to letters written on the finest Italian parchment.


Lady Kitty: Indeed, I still utilize falconry for expedient correspondence via elaborate tapestries with noble sorts like yourself. I use thee odd pigeon delivery for the rest. Basic parchment and a wax seal for them.

Lord Bickerton: One of my favourites in this style is the first half of "Steve's Song" by the Blues Project, two and a half minutes of Tudor majesty before the song proper begins (and left off for the 45 version). For harpsichord led wonderment check out "Bach, Beethoven, Mozart And Me" by Phil Ochs or "That's What It's Like To Be Alone" by Chris Darrow, Dolly Collins & The Early Music Consort.

Lord Madrigal: Lord Bickerton, our first Dark Ages jaunt of Knights and Chivalry is British and Western European. We will then set sail to the Americas. Have you got any possibilities from Ye Olde England? 


JOHN RENBOURN – THE EARLE OF SALISBURY
JOHN RENBOURN – LADY GOES TO CHURCH



Lord MadrigalJohn Renbourn was a suggestion from Lord Hill and do you know that during "Thee Œarly Dayze of Hyghe Knyghtes" King Richard the Lion Heart played "The Earle Of Salisbury" on his guitar for the benefit of his Lady, Berengaria of Navarre sometime during May, 1191. The lass couldn't resist and married him weeks later..... Hurrah!!! an English King could once again sire Hyghe Knyghtes.

Lady Kitty:  Naturally, that's possibly thee most imperative of thee magic tricks any fella would keep in his bag to win thee affections of thee finest Lady.. risking thee blunt edge of reality by entering into marriage however, is most certainly a display of epic bravery on thee part of any already titled Knight, and a, hopefully not unhappy, denouement to thee life of Chivalry! 



KALEIDOSCOPE – BLESS THE EXECUTIONER




Lord Madrigal: Kaleidoscope are Lord Harrison's choice. 

"Bless the executioner for he knows not what he does,
Take the hangman into yourself for he is afraid of blood."


Sir Haydn: Do you have an original LP?

Lord Madrigal No, I used to have the 5 Hours Back re-issue I bought in the mid 80s but I sold it when I have a daft moment about 15 years ago. Then I bought another re-issue, this time on Sunbeam which has a wonderful gatefold sleeve and inner booklet full of information and rare photos..
The original pressing, well you're talking about £500 nowadays aren't we..


Lord Tuttle: Umm you mean this one?... the original has the same gatefold sleeve as the Sunbeam re. And yes I'm showing off  



Lord Madrigal: Lucky lad Lord Tuttle.

Lord Tuttle: When I bought it back in the 90's for $100 I thought ouch that hurts! But I had to have it and now I'd gladly pay a 100 bucks for copy's all day long

Sir Haydn: I would love to have a copy but I have to make do with reissues on Kaleidoscope & Fairfield Parlour. But I have just pre-ordered the limited edition of the 50th anniversary of Tangerine Dream in tangerine vinyl & signed by band members. Only 175 of the deluxe being issued out of the 1,000.

Lord Capri Thanks for the tip! ordered mine too


THE KINKS - FANCY






Lord Madrigal: The latest cut to be awarded thee Hyghe Knyghte status for our project. "Fancy" by The Kinks. Chosen by Lady Kitty 🐱 

Lady Kitty: It's such a purrfect oddity on that album, sandwiched between "Exclusive Residence" and "Little Miss!" It will undoubtedly find a more comfortable, but purrhaps less noticeable, place within thee ranks of thee Dayze of Knyghtes!

Lord Madrigal: Ray could have gone all psychedelic from this point but he more or less ignored the new progressive sounds of 1967.  

Lady Kitty: Lord Madrigal, it's another suitable offering for thee Knyghtes of Dayze, replete with dry distant drone, kaleidoscopic splendour and Inner Contemplative reserves of steely resolve and gems..plus it's the Kinks and my beloved Raymond Douglas Davies, and so... it's just... NECESSARY.

Lady Kitty: Pop, in those dayze, was a supreme and formidable Art... it still *could* be today, except thee masses are so very unrefined. Of course, I'm a Village Green Preservationist...

Lord Reali: Top Kink favourite! 

Lord Helsing: Kinky koolness!!!

Druid King Larsen: The Holy Three... "Face To Face", "Something Else", and "The Great Lost Kinks Album"

Lord Madrigal: We most definitely needed the Knyghtly Kinks on our soundtrack and even better I have a mono original of this album I can dutifully master "Fancy" from.

Lady Kitty: Just came to me today... and I gave myself a little fist bump, I knew it's a WINNER!  


LE ORME – AD GORIAM



Lord Madrigal: Our Broadswords have been cleaned and sharpened. Let the Battle commence.
"Ad Gloriam"


Lady Kitty Wow, that's "fresh" isn't it!? Like citrus on a battle wound! Fabulous!

Squire Luksich: Great album.

Lord Madrigal: "Ad Gloriam" translates to "To Glory" which indeed is thee perfect motto for a Hyghe Knyghte.

Prince Brendon: Love it,bought the CD back in the 90's,played it the other day


MARIANNE FAITHFULL – NORTH COUNTRY MAID





Lord Madrigal: Another cut and one from a pale skinned English Lady, perfect for "Thee Œarly Dayze of Hyghe Knyghtes" - the traditional folk song "North Country Maid" by Marianne Faithfull is a selection chosen by Lord Capri.

Lord Capri: Ole’!

Lady Kitty: Erm.... well, I like thee way Marianne photographs, that's got some real poppet charm!

Lord Madrigal: In time you will realize that this is an important part of the soundtrack.

Lady Kitty: Thee thing I do luv about mp3's and CDs is thee easy ability to jump tracks..!

Lord Madrigal: I think that will happen when "Nibelungen" comes on.

Lady KittyTrue, I will keep jumpin' back to "Nibelungen!"

Lord Madrigal: This is gonna be a "mix" where each track flows into the next. It will consist of 4 Parts representing birth, life, dreams and death. Taking in some of life's rich tapestry along the way.

Lady Kitty: But I'll be able to skip tracks won't I? Or I'll just have to lose myself in my book..? 

Lord Madrigal: I'll put a couple of sampler tracks on Mixcloud so you can hear what the mix will sound like...I'll send you a link when I'm done.

Lady Kitty: Groovy, I'm still reading my book so that would be kool!
I haven't done any proper sketches yet, still doodling and figuring out what needs to be "in thee scene".. of course, there has to be a tower and a horse as well as a Knyghte and Faire Lady... prolly a cat, maybe a snail..
 


Lord Madrigal: "Thee Œarly Dayze Of Hyghe Knyghtes" Given Medieval Hyghe Baroness status...Marianne Faithfull...It's safe to say that Lady Kitty has a feeling of distaste towards "North Country Maid" but Lord Capri and the rest of Thee Hyghe Knyghtes are too busy playing "Greensleeves" to Baroness Faithfull to notice Lady Kitty's growls and hisses.

Lord Capri: You bet



23rd TURNOFF MICHAEL ANGELO




Lord Madrigal: Renaissance Knights pay homage to Michaelangelo.

Sir Haydn: Was listening to this one this week - lovely!

Lady Kitty: Art is thee food of Knights!

Lord Capri: Recent purchase.


NICO – LE PETIT CHEVALIER
NICO – NIBELUNGEN




Lady Kitty: Minnesang! Some genuine Nibelungenlied...... Western European Culture, strong cheese to outsiders! But comfort food for Head Heritage Intelligentsia who've maintained both their Cool and a Superior Attention Span to that of farcebook *likes* and Tinder..

Lord Madrigal: Lady Nico is a teutonic ice queen, her stark beauty belies her deeply enunciated voice.  I don't think we'll have much trouble with those Middle Eastern Ignobles with this Germanic Black Widow by our side. She can be trusted to carry our richly decorated pennon during our victorious Crusade.

Lord Madrigal: There were several steps to a Medieval Knighthood. It was important to have the right background and upbringing. Once chosen, the boy would become a Page or thee 'Little Knyghte" before becoming a Squire and ultimately a Knyghte.
"Le Petit Chevalier" can be found on Nico's 1970 album "Desertshore"
Lady Kitty chose this short interlude. Roughly translated from French into English:

"I am the little knight
With the sky above my eyes
I cannot be frightened"

"I am the little knight
With the earth under my feet
I will come to visit you
I will come to visit you"


Lady Kitty I reckon it's quite a kicker to end Vol 1... considering in thee earliest form, simply a most skilled Warrior of honourable character became a Knight, but it soon became something that one often had to be born with the right lineage to have any potential knighthood bestowed upon him... and then of course, the mercantile Worlde wanted IN and money talks, so one could buy their way into a potential title.. but would still have to demonstrate thee SKILL... and of course, by this tyme, we were paying some visits... sailing off to the New Worldes..

Lord Madrigal: I was thinking about making our Knyghtes soundtrack a concept.
Taking in birth, childhood, young man/squire age, marriage, dreams, Battles, and ultimate death.
So "Le Petit Chevalier" would be perfect for an opening.


Lady KittyGotta keep in mynd though, marriage was almost NEVER for Love in a Knight's worlde. Considered unseemly. Marriage was for thee bizniz of reproduction. That'll be a tuff track to pick out.. a song about picking/having picked a good solid *ahem* vessel to bring forth your offspring. Rare were thee Happy Ever Afters even in those dayze!
Another Fun Fact from my book, Knights tended to foster their nephews from their sister's as future Knights, rather than their own sons... remnants of native matriarchal knowledge I'm inclined to suspect. Divide and conquer, as above, so below...!


I luv how ominous "Le Petit Chevalier"  is.... that little Knight is gonna do his work! 



PAUL and BARRY RYAN – MADRIGAL





Lord Madrigal: "Madrigal harmonise with your eyes, make me feel that I'm real
really real."


Lady Kitty It's even thee right colour!


PAUL GIOVANNI – FIRE LEAP




Lord Madrigal: Paganism was still very much in practice in Western Europe during the Dark Ages and in particular Britain....the Lady's and Knights of the Realm would never understand. Executions were many.

"There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch."

Lady Kitty: Indeed, thee Xtian Church's Military Orders were thirsty for more than just the blood of the Saracens... That Middle Eastern War God is a hungry hungry beast! And noble is thee innocent who chooses to die rather than convert and surrender their land's riches!


POETS – IN YOUR TOWER



Lord Madrigal: Another one of Lady Kitty's choices... only have a re-issue of "In Your Tower" so I've borrowed a photo from The Poets FB page...you all should be members of course.

"The prince he led his love to bed
In the merry month of May.
He let no one live to harm her
For you, no knight, in shining armour"

 
Lady Kitty: Knights and Chivalry is all about Towers. And Poets.

Lord Madrigal: Looks like Lady Kitty 🐱 came up with an idea to make our first "Knights" collection all Western European. Meaning we have a few more cuts to find. "Bless The Executioner" is now 'IN'

Lady Kitty Oh I'll have to track this Bless The Executioner down fur Feline Frequency Approval, though of course, I'm certain it's a winner... it's all Highest Kwality in this Realm of Unreality.


RAY DAVIES – BALLAD OF THE VIRGIN SOLDIERS




Lord Madrigal: Ray is in with his theme tune composed for a TV play in Britain, dates from 1970. Choice of Lady Kitty...

Lady Kitty I broke thee news of his inclusion to Ray over dinner last night... he was so thrilled he called everyone up for a get together replete with all sorts of pageantry today, instead of our usual Lazin' on a Sunny Afternoon. I rode side saddle.


Lord Madrigal: I have a copy of FABulous magazine with a similar photo of The Kinks in glorious Royal 👑 colour.

  
Lady Kitty: That's korrekt, we went with Red and White again fur todayze celebratory pageantry!



ROLLING STONES – LADY JANE





Lord Madrigal: on the Eve of the Crusade

"On bended knees my love
I pledge myself to Lady Jane."


Lord Collier I doth doff my cap Sire.

Lord Madrigal: We're all Knights in shining armour on this trip Lord Collier. More thrilling jousts to follow.

Lord Collier: Chain mail doth chaff

Lady Kitty: Thee Tournament is in fool swing! *waves dainty embroidered handkerchief from sidelines!* 

Bishop Murphy: Lovely.

Lord Madrigal: It's a lovely delicate piece of music and Brian Jones playing a dulcimer!!!

Bishop Murphy If it stops him chinning the lasses then the dulcimer is a good thing

Lord Madrigal: I think chinning lasses was the last thing on his mind. He'd recently broken his hand and was performing with it heavily strapped.

Bishop Murphy: Did he break it on Anita tho?

Lady Kitty Nah, Anita broke his little paw..!

Lord Pope: While it was typically UK bands that delved into the knightly vibrations of the distant past, I've always thought this rarity from The Monkees "(I Prithee) Do Not Ask For Love" had that courtly feel as well.

Lord Madrigal: It has the correct sound that's for sure. Lady Kitty and I will consider this number when we send our ships to the Americas during our next Crusade.  

Lady Kitty: Yes, thee local regions must be secured before we conquer foreign lands! 






SIMON DUPREE and the BIG SOUND – CASTLE IN THE SKY





Lord Madrigal***DREAM SEQUENCE***

A noble Squire bound by chivalrous and courtly conduct dreams of his Lady in waiting and a castle in the sky.


Lady Kitty: Now that's a SUPERB choice! Dreamy and idealistic, thee life blood of Knights of yore!

Lord Madrigal: you have the vision to think outside the box Lady Kitty. Knights in armour had dreams too.

Lady Kitty: Well that's one of thee first thing's that made thee book REALLY interesting after thee initial glance at the politics of land ownership and warriors... thee first songs and sagas for thee original Knights(mostly secular, xtian military came later) were all warrior epics from the Minstrels, for the Knights of course... but then the Troubadours arrived, knowing they could win over thee financial favours of thee Ladies of the Courts by writing Love songs... but of course, they had to keep thee Knights involved or they bloody well give up wouldn't they!?

So now we have Love songs, which of course... are songs all about the Men's feelings again..! Hahaha I love this worlde, an endless cycle of thee same olde shyte. :D But occasionally, only occasionally, geniuses add MELODY and BEAUTY.
 


Lord Madrigal: Splendid and our Knightly soundscape is quickly becoming a genius and historically important document. I have been wracking my mynde for a goodly steed song but nothing yet.  

Lady Kitty: YES! Cos a goode knyghte is bounde by honour to defend his steed to thee DEATH.

Lord Tuttle: What is it's origin? I can't find any Simon Dupree release with this on it. There is of course the Blonde On Blonde version that I have...

Lord Madrigal: It's on this 2CD set which contains their unreleased second album. "Castle In The Sky" was gonna be on it.

     
Lord TuttleThank You Lord Madrigal, I didn't look at the CD's... too bad it's not on vinyl

Lord Madrigal: I know... I only bought the CD for "Castle In The Sky" but the other unreleased recordings are also strong and full of mellotron. Worth getting if you can find a copy, it took me a while.

Lord Disspain: Nice shirt too. 


 SKIP BIFFERTY – PRINCE GERMANY THE FIRST



Lord Madrigal: Skip Bifferty have been bestowed Hyghe Knyghte status with their happening "Prince Germany the First" probably written about Heinrich Von Bulow, one of Germany's most famous Noble Baron's of the 14th Century.

Lady Kitty: Goovy, that's some inspirational artwork there too! Sunrays and towers and faire maidens with stars in their hair, I like that a LOT! 

Prince Brendon: Legendary.



YARDBIRDS – FOR YOUR LOVE
YARDBIRDS – STILL I’M SAD




Lord Madrigal: OK, after a short interlude of English tea and cinnamon bagels with Lady Francoise  it's on with my mission to complete my Knights and Chivalry soundtrack. Here's Lord Relf singing to the Countess of Carlisle who was Lady of the Bedchamber to Queen Henrietta Maria of France.

Lady Kitty: Be still my beating heart...! That clip is truly a Kitty Treat that never loses it's sweetness! Like thee track wasn't a masterpiece already...

Lord Blackburn: One of the "change me life" tunes man. Belter!!!

Lord Madrigal: "For Your Love" was the first 60s single I ever bought. Still at School and aged 15. Bought it from a record shop in Sunderland!!!

Sir Haydn: Saw Graham Gouldman sing this a few weeks ago! He was excellent.

Lord Segmenterer: Me too, showed the way!  

Lord CharbonneauGlad that you and Lady Francoise patched things up!





Lord Madrigal: Gregorian Chants over a rock backbeat. Lord Relf sings
 

"See the stars come falling down from the sky,
Gently passing, they kiss your tears when you cry."


Lady Kitty: This one's absolute purrfection! 










  

 JAWBONE - BRAVE WHITE KNIGHT 




Lord Madrigal: I believe "Brave White Knight" was recommended by Lord Deux. Glad he did because I'd never heard of the number or Jawbone. It's like an amalgam of Donovan, Simon & Garfunkel and Œarly Englyshe folk song "Greensleeves."

Lord Deux: The whole album has more of a post Bg Pink vibe, not sure it's right up your alley.

Lord Madrigal: I bought the Japanese re-issue CD on Carnaby. It's long out of print and finding a reasonable priced CD was difficult. Found a shop in Sweden 🇸🇪 selling a copy online for £25 which was the cheapest I could find. Played it last night and enjoyed the sounds. Very "White Album" Beatles sounding in places and even The Byrds on a few numbers. 

Squire Peter: "Bulldog Goes West" is an excellent track. Appeared on one of the Mixed Up Minds comps and as an impossibly scarce single. 

 AGINCOURT - KIND SIR


Lord Madrigal: Self produced, home made recordings from 1970 and issued in a tiny quantity of 99 copies but thankfully resurrected by Record Collector magazine a couple of years ago.


"Kind Sir, kind Sir
Won't you help a Lady."


 CECIL McCARTNEY - INTERLUDE FOR FINGER STYLE




Lord Madrigal: The very short burst of acoustic guitar "Interlude For Finger Style" evokes in my mynd a Knyghte in all of his opulent refinery playing to his flaxen haired Lady in the Twelfth Century.

CHRISTOPHER COLT - VIRGIN SUNRISE



Lord Madrigal: One of my Christmas traditions is to treat myself to an obscure, rare and expensive UK 🇬🇧 psychedelic jewel. This time around it's this beauty by Christopher Colt. "Virgin Sunrise" has made it onto my Hyghe Knyghts soundtrack.
 
"I feel the breath of the morning
Tops of the trees are warmed with the sun.
Everything 'round me is waking,
Chimneys feeling the day has begun.
"

Comments

  1. I think I know what has inspired your new direction and if I'm correct you're feeling the same as me.

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    1. A friend on Facebook was reading a book about Knights and Chivalry and inspired me to think of songs that would kind of 'fit' for a soundtrack to her book.

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  2. This is great! Where do I click to enjoy the playlist?

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    1. No where because I haven't compiled it yet!

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