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Hyperion Records

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Photograph by Nigel Luckhurst.
Track(s) taken from CDH55422
Recording details: June 1988
Wigmore Hall, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: April 1989
Total duration: 2 minutes 37 seconds

'Brings the house down' (Gramophone)

'One of the happiest records you could wish to find, as well as one of the funniest' (The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs)

'I guarantee you will listen to this at one sitting because you just can't bear to turn it off' (Which CD)

Place Settings
First line:
Sheila's next to Andrew and Andrew's opposite Marge
composer
author of text

Introduction
Avoiding social disaster is clearly uppermost in the mind of Jeremy Nicholas’s dinner party hostess in Place Settings, a song that is also striking for the strain it imposes on the singer’s memory. It is among the hundred and fifty-odd songs Nicholas has written for the BBC’s Radio 4 programme ‘Stop the Week’, every one of them an astonishing example of speed-writing, written and composed from scratch between Thursday evening and Friday lunch-time.

from notes by Roger Vignoles 1988

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