Dory Previn: S/D?

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Where do I start?
I'm tempted by 'Mary C. and the Hollywood Sign', but myabe there's a better way to start?

Baaderoni (Fabfunk), Sunday, 17 October 2004 10:09 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Hmm, so I gather that no-one's really interested in Dory...

Baaderoni (Fabfunk), Wednesday, 20 October 2004 11:31 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I love Dory Previn. I'd recommend 'Mythical Kings And Iguanas' or perhaps 'Live at the Carnegie Hall', which contains an amazing reading of 'Moon Rocks'.

Momus (Momus), Wednesday, 20 October 2004 11:48 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I've just discovered a couple of tracks of hers (The Final Flight Of The Hindenburg, The Veterans Big Parade), via the magic of CDR swapsies with a friend in Seattle. Great stuff, which I can't believe has fallen under my radar all these years.

mike t-diva (mike t-diva), Wednesday, 20 October 2004 12:40 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I'm a fan of "Live at Carnegie Hall," which is the only recording of DP performing her own material I've heard. Used to be a good "clear the room" type of album for me -- even friends who were seriously into female singer-songwriters didn't feel it. Too showbizzy, which is exactly what's great about it. To me, DP is coming from the burnt-out end of musical extravaganza mythology, where the road leads back inward to Personal Artistic Statement. Randy Newman could have almost gone in this direction. Maybe Bjork still will.

briania (briania), Wednesday, 20 October 2004 14:33 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

one year passes...
i can't stop listening to "Lady With The Braid" since i discovered it on Jarvis Cocker and Steve Mackey's "the Trip" mix. jesus, i love this song.

jed_ (jed), Tuesday, 17 October 2006 22:55 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I only got 'Mary C. and the Hollywood Sign'after that initial investigation, but can't say I'm tempted to dig further...

Baaderonixx in the year of the locusts (baaderonixx), Wednesday, 18 October 2006 07:15 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I fell in love with 'Lady with the Braid' when Jarv played it when he stood in for John Peel's Radio 1 slot once years ago. There's a good compilation out, 'In Search of Mythical Kings', which gives a good insight into the different sides of her songwriting...

braveclub (braveclub), Wednesday, 18 October 2006 09:44 (eleven years ago) Permalink

"Beware of Young Girls" works extremely well, especially if you know the backstory. And "The Midgets Lament" earns its place next to "The Gnome," "The Elf," "The Laughing Gnome etc. etc.

zaxxon25 (zaxxon25), Wednesday, 18 October 2006 15:17 (eleven years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

The cosmic irony involved in "Beware of Young Girls" is astounding. The song is Dory Previn's take on twenty-four year old Mia Farrow's home-wrecking, and the fact that the act of husband-thievery came from a seemingly innocent family friend whom she would have never suspect. Well, Mia Farrow did steal Andre Previn away from Dory and the new couple soon adopted a young Korean girl who would go by the name Soon-Yi Previn - the same Soon-Yi who of course would later steal Woody Allen from adoptive mom Mia Farrow.

Cunga, Monday, 13 April 2009 21:16 (eight years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

Dory Previn RIP

Kevin John Bozelka, Tuesday, 14 February 2012 23:01 (five years ago) Permalink

Tracyanne Campbell will be bereft

le ralliement du doute et de l'erreur (Michael White), Tuesday, 14 February 2012 23:20 (five years ago) Permalink

RIP. Lady with the Braid is all-time.

Suede - the fabric, not the band (DL), Wednesday, 15 February 2012 06:31 (five years ago) Permalink

Eerie. I just posted a link to her song "Mary C. Brown and the Hollywood Sign" two days ago in the "women sing about death" thread.

Josefa, Wednesday, 15 February 2012 07:29 (five years ago) Permalink

Yeah emil.y played me Lady With the Braid in the room and I've been playing it regularly ever since.

The Invisible Superstars (dog latin), Wednesday, 15 February 2012 08:55 (five years ago) Permalink

RIP Dory.

emil.y, Wednesday, 15 February 2012 14:39 (five years ago) Permalink


Spencer Chow, Wednesday, 15 February 2012 23:38 (five years ago) Permalink

RIP. Lady with the Braid is all-time.

― Suede - the fabric, not the band (DL)


one of the greatest songs ever written imo.

RIP Lady.

jed_, Thursday, 16 February 2012 02:22 (five years ago) Permalink

it's just the night cuts through me like a knife (like a knife)
would you care to stay a while and save my life?
would you care to stay a while and save my life?

jed_, Thursday, 16 February 2012 02:41 (five years ago) Permalink

RIP. Love "Twenty-Mile Zone" too.

the box cutter killer from the calcutta gutter (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Thursday, 16 February 2012 04:15 (five years ago) Permalink

'Mr Whisper' as well. That outro cuts me to ribbons. RIP Dory.

Cragenham Craig (Craigo Boingo), Thursday, 16 February 2012 12:37 (five years ago) Permalink

Sad news

JacobSanders, Thursday, 16 February 2012 14:21 (five years ago) Permalink

What a great songwriter. RIP Dory Previn.

banjoboy, Friday, 17 February 2012 02:00 (five years ago) Permalink

three years pass...

there was a dory previn article in a recent pitchfork review (written by a friend of mine) -- i spent some time digging into her discography. pretty strange stuff! but kinda good. and as the article suggests, it's a little bit hard to imagine it becoming "cool" again.

tylerw, Monday, 18 January 2016 22:46 (one year ago) Permalink

Wow, had no idea she co-wrote "Come Saturday Morning."

clemenza, Tuesday, 19 January 2016 12:46 (one year ago) Permalink

two months pass...

I just came across this this morning
a 2cd compi that came out last year. It covers her first few lps including the late 50s one under the name Dory Langdon but not the last 2 - the s/t and the one with Harpo Marx in the title
hasa tracklisting of

CD1: 1. Mythical Kings and Iguanas
CD1: 2. Yada Yada la Scala
CD1: 3. Going Home (Mythical Kings And Iguanas)
CD1: 4. Beware Of Young Girls
CD1: 5. Forget Me
CD1: 6. Play It Again, Sam
CD1: 7. The Lady With The Braid
CD1: 8. Gooney Bird
CD1: 9. Lemon Haired Ladies
CD1: 10. Jesus Was A Androgyne
CD1: 11. The Midget's Lament
CD1: 12. Michael Michael
CD1: 13. Twenty-Mile Zone
CD1: 14. Mary C. Brown And The Hollywood Sign
CD1: 15. Doppelganger
CD1: 16. The Game
CD1: 17. With My Daddy In The Attic
CD1: 18. Scared To Be Alone
CD1: 19. He Lives Alone
CD1: 20. I Ain't His Child
CD2: 1. Can't We Be Enemies
CD2: 2. Let Me Show You Off
CD2: 3. Warm Winter Day
CD2: 4. Mr. Whisper
CD2: 5. Carefree Love
CD2: 6. Her Mothers Daugher
CD2: 7. The Altruist And The Needy Case
CD2: 8. King Kong
CD2: 9. Lonely Girl In London
CD2: 10. My Heart Is A Hunter
CD2: 11. Many Sides
CD2: 12. I Dance And Dance And Smile And Smile
CD2: 13. Leprochauns Are Upon Me
CD2: 14. No
CD2: 15. Sea Shells
CD2: 16. Just For Now
CD2: 17. Angels And Devils The Following Day
CD2: 18. Left Hand Lost
CD2: 19. Stone For Bessie Smith
CD2: 20. Esther's First Communion

so 20 tracks per cd. I'm not sure hwo comprehensive taht is or what the sound is like. But I think that's a lot of tracks.
I couldn't find a specific review of the set earlier so wonder, has anybody heard it?

Stevolende, Monday, 11 April 2016 17:24 (one year ago) Permalink

been listening to the 2nd disc and it has presumably most of the '58 Dory Langdon lp on. It's nice jazzy stuff but too different to the 70s stuff. Destroys the flow.
I may need to get the 2fers of the lps still.

Stevolende, Wednesday, 20 April 2016 00:02 (one year ago) Permalink

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