Stan Tracey Interview
AAJ: Anything else in the pipeline at the moment?
ST: No recording. Just a couple of gigs. Nothing else spectacular coming up. Under (Bloody) Milk Wood again!
AAJ: It sounds like that is a millstone around your neck ...
ST: It is a sort of millstone around my neck, but a happy millstone financially. It is the fortieth anniversary this April, since I wrote it and we are going to do a broadcast on Radio Two with three actors, Phillip Madoc, Ruth Madoc and Victor Spinetti. The players will be Bobby Wellins, Clark and Andy, the quartet.
AAJ: When is that coming out?
ST: I will be recorded in April and broadcast in May. It is being recorded at the Mermaid Theatre.
AAJ: It's for the radio; it's not going to be a CD recording.
ST: Oh no. We've already got one out with Philip Madoc, which was the third released version.
AAJ: How do you feel about doing it all over again? You sound a bit resigned to it.
ST: Well, resigned is the right word, yes.
AAJ: But you must be proud of it.
ST: I don't know. Actually, I don't do much in the proud area. I'm more mystified than proud. Mystified by the success it has had.
AAJ: When you were writing it, did you not feel it was something special?
ST: No, not particularly. It was something I had to do to make an album forty years ago. I can't remember too much about it. I suppose I was pleased with what I wrote otherwise I wouldn't have recorded it.
AAJ: But it does seem to have taken on a life of its own over the years.
ST: It surely has.
AAJ: Apart from that, what's coming up?
ST: It's very sparse so far this year, the odd date here and there. Nothing mega. I might be making an album with Guy Barker. I'm waiting to find out about that. We're in Rotterdam at the festival in September with the trio.
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