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Derek Bailey Lyrics

You know the feeling of something half remembered
Of something that never happened, yet you recall it well
You know the feeling of recognizing someone
That you've never met as far as you could tell, well

Laura is the face in the misty light
Footsteps that you hear down the hall
The laugh that floats on a summer night
That you can never quite recall
And you see Laura on the train that is passing through
Those eyes, how familiar they seem
She gave your very first kiss to you
That was Laura but she's only a dream

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Written by: David Raksin

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Dean G

You may want to be aware that Derek Bailey was a studio musician for some time in the 50's I believe. He played this style since the 60's and influenced countless free think guitarists and other musicians. I take exception to the label of "experimental" applied to everything outside the conventional tonal music spectrum. In D.B. 's case, after 60+ years of performance he is hardly experimenting, while listening to his music might be an experiment for you.

Philip Bellew

I love Dereck’s work, but I have to be in the mood for it. There’s an angular beauty in his playing. I would agree that his approach is more akin to that of an artist. He creates colours and shades with sound. Thanks for giving this peripheral artist an honest listen. Btw, Dereck recorded an album (Arc of Testimony) with Tony Williams and Bill Laswell. Interesting to hear what he does in a group format.

Gary Gomes

Derek is a totally unique player. I have been a fan of his since 1972, I reckon. He is always thinking, always changing, always icon of integrity and humor and a relief from the sustain and decibel kings of the 70s (although I like some of them, too.)


Very interesting playing. His picking makes me very anxious. Can't tell if he knows exactly what he's doing or if he has no idea what he's doing and I'm loving it. Glad to see that you give music like this a chance

Prog Dog

Haha, yes there is the anxious aspect to it. But I think art needs to make you uncomfortable sometimes


I love this sort of thing. Makes me think of some of Fripp's work on the King Crimson Improvisations, but this I think takes it even further. I'd also call it minimalistic since it's just a guitar by itself, but then he makes so much noise out of it without having to use heavy distortion or boosting.

Gary Gomes

Derek was playing like this before Fripp showed up, although I agree it fits some of what Fripp did. Sonny Sharrock was also a Fripp influence. Sonny was a little like Derek, but his energy was more aggressive.

BA Charles

Been a Derek Bailey fan for a long time. He definitely has habits and go-to chords/phrases. The last chord in particular is a favorite. He does a lot of octave transposition to inject angularity into his phrases (e.g. playing a chromatic phrase with each pitch in a different octave). What I find the most striking is his absurdly deep knowledge of the guitar as an instrument and his guitar in particular. He knows the pitches of all of the open harmonics and of the strings plucked behind the nut/bridge and works them into his melodies and chords effortlessly.



Prog Dog

Amazing, it wouldn't have occurred to me to know notes on strings behind the nut!

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