PLP (mono) and ZPL (stereo) ‘spoken word’ series (1970-78)

Lots of mid-price (28s 6d) reissues from the fifties and sixties (original issue numbers given in brackets), including "The English Poets from Chaucer to Yeats" series. New (to Argo) releases too – Welsh poets, some old English and Chaucer, and the biographical series People Past and Present (re-releases from the Philips mid-price Fourfront label).

Not clear for lots of them what year they were re-issued (Argo often only put the original release date on the disc), but most of them were in 1970 and 1971.

Issue no Artist Title Year
       
PLP 1001
(RG 401)
Coghill, Davis, Burrow Chaucer – Canterbury Tales Prologue 1970
PLP 1002
(RG 466)
John Burrow, Nevill Coghill, Lena Davis, Norman Davis
Chaucer – Nun’s Priest’s Tale
1970
ZPL 1003
ZPL 1004
Watson, Scales, Marquand, Brewer, Orr. Dir. Rylands. British Council Chaucer – Troilus and Criseyde 1971
ZPL 1005-
ZPL 1006
Pasco, King, Bonnamy, Bowie, Morrish, Duncan, Orr, Rylands. Trans Coghill. Dir Rylands. British Council and OUP Langland – Visions from Piers Plowman 1971
PLP 1007
ZPL 1007
Freda Dowie, Duncan McIntyre The Scots Chaucerians – Poems – Robert Henryson and William Dunbar 1972
ZPL 1008 Bonnamy, King, McIntyre, Stride English Poets – John Skelton and Early Lyric 1971
PLP 1009
(RG 484)
Ashcroft, Holm, Johnson, Stride Elizabethan and Jacobean Lyrics 1970
PLP 1010
(RG 485)
Holm, Johnson, Rylands, Stride Elizabethan Sonneteers and Edmund Spenser 1970
PLP 1011
(RG 488)
Church, Scales, Scott, Squire, Watson Edmund Spenser – The Faerie Queen (excerpts) 1970
PLP 1012
(RG 403)
Johnson, Orr, Squire John Donne – Poems 1970
PLP 1013
(RG 486)
Ashcroft, Holm, Johnson, Orr, Stride 16th-17th Century Poets – Campion, Johnson and Herrick 1970
PLP 1014
(RG 404)
Stride, Watson, Bonnamy, Holmes, Orr, Church, Squire, Marquand The Metaphysical Poets – Religious 1970?
RG 1015
(RG 427)
Stride, Watson, Bonnamy, Holmes, Orr, Church, Squire, Marquand The Metaphysical Poets – Secular 1970?
PLP 1016
(RG 433)
Devlin, Squire, Watson John Milton – Poems 1970
PLP 1017
(RG 431)
Church, Redgrave, McCarthy John Milton – Paradise Lost Book 1 1970
PLP 1018
(RG 432)
Church, Redgrave, Devlin, Rylands, Wymark, McCarthy, Orr, Burrell John Milton – Paradise Lost – Book 2 1970
PLP 1019
(RG 463)
Church, Johnson, Scales, Duncan, Redgrave, dir Rylands John Milton – Paradise Lost Books 3 and 4 (abridged) 1970
PLP 1020
(RG 464)
Church, Redgrave, Watson, Johnson, Scales, Hordern, Marquand, Croucher John Milton – Paradise Lost Books 5-6 1970
PLP 1021
(RG 508)
Church, Redgrave, Johnson, Scales John Milton – Paradise Lost Books 7-8 1970
PLP 1022
(RG 509)
Church, Redgrave, Hordern, Marquand, Johnson, Scales, Squire John Milton – Paradise Lost Books 9-10, 12 1970
PLP 1023
(RG 510)
Holm, McCarthy, Neville. Dir Rylands. In assoc British Council John Milton – Paradise Regained (excerpts) 1970?
PLP 1024-
PLP 1025

(RG 544-
RG 545)

Jefford, Squire, Watson, Garland, Holm, Rawlings, Church, McCarthy John Milton – Comus (complete)
John Milton – Samson Agonistes (excerpts)
1970
ZLP 1027 Devlin, Pasco, King, Dowie. Dir Rylands John Dryden – Poems 1971
PLP 1028 Bebb, Squire, Stride English Poets – Restoration and Augustan Verse 1972
PLP 1029
(RG 343)
Adrian, Duncan, Michell, Rylands Alexander Pope – Poems 1970
PLP 1030
(RG 373)
Ashcroft, Rylands Alexander Pope – The Rape of the Lock 1970
PLP 1031 Neville, Rylands, Bebb, Squire English Poets – Gray and Collins 1972
PLP 1032 Neville, Rylands, Squire Poems by Johnson, Goldsmith and Cowper 1972
PLP 1033 Holm, Rose, Woolf George Crabbe – Poems 1972
PLP 1034 Glover, McIntyre, Isla Blair Robert Burns – Poems 1972
PLP 1035
(RG 428)
Bates, Bonnamy, Devlin, Johnson, Marquand, Orr William Blake – Poems 1970
PLP 1036
(RG 345)
Bates, Church, Godfrey, Hordern, Orr William Wordsworth – Poems 1970
PLP 1037
(RG 347)
Bates, Church, Godfrey, Hordern, Orr William Wordsworth – Poems vol 2 1970
PLP 1038
(RG 429)
Orr, Squire William Wordsworth – The Prelude (excerpts) 1970
PLP 1039
(RG 438)
Burton, Neville, Hardy, Bonnamy, Devlin Samuel Taylor Coleridge – The Rime of the Ancient Mariner 1970
PLP 1040
(RG 344)
Orr, Duncan, Johnson Lord Byron – Poems 1970
PLP 1041
(RG 374)
Ashcroft, Johnson Lord Byron – Don Juan 1970
PLP 1042
(RG 380)
Garland, Marquand, Watson Percy Bysshe Shelley – Poems 1970
PLP 1043
(RG 431)
Church, Godfrey, Johnson, Scott, Watson John Keats – Poems 1970
PLP 1044
(RG 580)
Balcon, Dowie, Holm, Watson Early Victorians – Clare, E. Bronte, C. Bronte, A. Bronte, E.B. Browning, Meredith 1970
PLP 1045
(RG 342)
Church, Duncan, McCarthy, Scott, Watson Alfred Tennyson – Poems 1970
PLP 1046 Duncan, Hordern, King Alfred Tennyson – Poems 2 1970
PLP 1047
(RG 346)
Bates, McCarthy, Adrian, Duncan Robert Browning – Poems 1970
PLP 1048 Bates, McCarthy, Adrian, Duncan Robert Browning – Poems 2 1970
PLP 1049
(RG 521)
Goring, Holm, Jacobi Arnold, Clough and Fitzgerald 1970
PLP 1050
(RG 534)
Orr, Robson, Watson The Pre-Raphaelites – D.G. Rosetti, Swinburne, C. Rosetti Morris 1970
PLP 1051
(RG 579)
Jefford, Pasco, Ryland, Redgrave Gerard Manley Hopkins 1970
PLP 1052
(RG 588)
Duncan, Holm, King Late Victorians – Wilde, Thomson, Dowson, Johnson, Stevenson, M. Coleridge, Bridges, F. Thompson, Housman 1970
PLP 1053
(RG 581)
Holm, Pasco, Jefford Thomas Hardy – Poems 1970
PLP 1054
(RG 582)
Holm, Pasco, Jefford, King Thomas Hardy – Poems 1970
PLP 1055 Johnson, Wymark, Bates. Dir Rylands. British Council and OUP Rudyard Kipling – Poems 1971
PLP 1056
(RG 449)
Curran, O’Sullivan, Norton, Manahan William Butler Yeats – Poems 1970
ZPL 1057 Trans Crossley-Holland, with Duncan, King, Orr, Rylands, Scales, Watson Beowulf – excerpts read in modern English 1970
ZPL 1058 Duncan, King, Rylands, Scales, Orr, Watson The Battle of Maldon and other Old English poems 1970
PLP 1059 Robert Donat Romantic and Twentieth Century Poems
PLP 1060
(RG 29)
Burton, Griffiths, Macniece, Williams Homage to Dylan Thomas ??
PLP 1061
(RG 88)
Stephen Spender Stephen Spender – reads a selection of his poems ??
PLP 1062
(RG 184)
W.H. Auden W.H. Auden – reads a selection of his poems ??
PLP 1063
(RG 191)
Robert Graves Robert Graves – reads selected poems ??
PLP 1064
(RG 192)
Robert Donat Favourite Poems read at home ??
PLP 1065
(RG 196)
Louis MacNiece Louis MacNiece reads selected poems ??
PLP 1066
(RG 224)
John Masefield A Fox’s Day ??
PLP 1067
(RG 225)
John Betjeman John Betjeman – reads a selection of his poems ??
PLP 1068
(RG 230)
John Masefield John Masefield – The Fortune of the Sea and The Wanderer’s Image ??
PLP 1069
(RG 273)
John Betjeman John Betjeman – a selection from Summoned by Bells ??
PLP 1070
(RG 319)
Hubert Gregg Jerome K. Jerome – Three Men in a Boat ??
PLP 1071
(RG 338)
Brock Peters, Gordon Heath, Vinette Carroll, Cleo Laine. Dir Harley J Usill Beyond the Blues – American Negro Poetry ??
PLP 1072
(RG 360)
The Barrow Poets The Barrow Poets – present an entertainment of poetry and music ??
PLP 1073
(RG 384)
Royal Shakespeare Company Now What is Love? – anthology of love poems ??
PLP 1074
(RG 385)
Balcon, Burden, Hordern, C. Day Lewis, Stride, Watson, Frederick Woods What Passing Bell – Poetry and prose of World War I ??
PLP 1075 Johnson, Harold Owen, Church, Duncan Wilfred Owen – Poems and Letters
Siegfried Sassoon
??
PLP 1077-
PLP 1080
(RG 414-
RG 417)
Various artists including Pat Shuldham Shaw, Esme Lewis, Choir of Hamsptead Garden Suburb School, Spike Milligan, Prunella Scales etc Rhyme and Rhythm – poems and songs for children (4 vols) 1972
PLP 1081
(RG 451)
Various poets read their own works The Poet Speaks Vol 1 – James Reeves, David Jones, William Plomer, C. Day Lewis ??
PLP 1082
(RG 452)
Various poets read their own works The Poet Speaks Vol 2 – Norman Nicholson, Stevie Smith, W.R. Rodgers, Vernon Watkins, Edward Lowbury ??
PLP 1083
(RG 453)
Various poets read their own works The Poet Speaks Vol 3 – John Heath-Stubbs, Thomas Blackburn, Laurnece Whistler, John Press, Julian Ennis ??
PLP 1084
(RG 454)
Various poets read their own works The Poet Speaks Vol 4 – Tony Connor, Thomas Kinsella, Elizabeth Jennings, Peter Redgrove ??
PLP 1085
(RG 455)
Various poets read their own works The Poet Speaks Vol 5 – Ted Hughes, Peter Porter, Thom Gunn, Sylvia Plath ??
PLP 1086
(RG 456)
Various poets read their own works The Poet Speaks Vol 6 – Nineteen Poets – John Ardin, Michael Baldwin, Taner Baybars, Patricia Beer, George Mackay Brown, John Fuller, Michael Harnett, Hamish Henderson, David Holbrook, James Liddy, George MacBeth, Christopher Middleton, Adrian Mitchell, Ruth Pitter, Herbert Read, Edward Thomas, Anthony Thwaite, Rosemary Tonks, David Wevill ??
PLP 1087
(RG 517)
Various poets read their own works The Poet Speaks Vol 7 – John Betjeman, Robert Graves, Stephen Spender, Kathleen Raine, W.H. Auden, Basil Bunting, William Empson, Patric Dickinson, R.S. Thomas, Hilary Corke ??
PLP 1088
(RG 518)
Various poets read their own works The Poet Speaks Vol 8 – Philip Larkin, Roy Fuller, Laurie Lee, Charles Causley, Ken Smith, Jon Stallworthy, Dom Moraes, Geoffrey Hill, Charles Tomlinson, Jon Silkin ??
PLP 1089
(RG 519)
Various poets read their own works The Poet Speaks Vol 9 – Hugh MacDiarmid, Sydney Goodsir Smith, Norman MacCaig, Ian Crichton Smith, Austin Clarke, Louis MacNeice, and Seamus Heaney ??
PLP 1090
(RG 583)
Various poets read their own works The Poet Speaks Vol 10 – Edmund Blunden, Andrew Young, Edwin Muir, Geoffrey Grigson, John Wain, Dannie Abse, George Barker, W.S. Graham, Christopher Logue, Edward Lucie-Smith, Edward Brathwaite, B.S. Johnson ??
PLP 1091
(RG 468)
Various Artists. Dir Barry Cassin and Noel MacMahon, music by Gerard Victory. W.B. Yeats – Noh Plays Vol 1 – At the Hawk’s Well,The Dreaming of the Bones
PLP 1092
(RG 469)
Various Artists. Dir Barry Cassin and Noel MacMahon, music by Gerard Victory. W.B. Yeats – Noh Plays Vol 2 -The Cat and the Moon, Resurrection
PLP 1093
(RG 520)
David Michael Jones David Michael Jones – The Anathemata, In Parenthesis, The Hunt  
ZPL 1094-
ZPL 1107
(ZDA 50-
ZDA 63)
Various Artists Poetry and Song Vols 1-14 ??
PLP 1108
(RG 10)
Robert Speaight T.S. Eliot – The Waste Land ??
PLP 1109
(RG 11)
Robert Speaight T.S. Eliot – Four Quartets ??
PLP 1110
PLP 1111
(DA 101
DA 102)
Edward Brathwaite Edward Brathwaite – Rights of Passage 1971
PLP 1112-
PLP 1117
Various Artists, assoc Penguin Education and Decca Educational service Voices (anthology of music, poetry, song and sounds) 1971?
       
PLP 1119
(DA 38)
Cdr A.B. Campbell, Cdr R.T. Gould, Philip Guedalla, Sir Julian Huxley, Lady Barbara Ward Jackson, Prof C.E.M. Joad, Donald McCullough, Sir Harold Nicolson, Sir Malcolm Sarget. Recorded with coop of BBC Radio Enterprises The Brains Trust 1971
PLP 1120
(DA 1)
Various Artists (excerpts from RG series) Scenes from Shakespeare – The Tragedies Vol 1  
PLP 1121
PLP 1122
(DA2)
Various Artists (excerpts from RG series) Scenes from Shakespeare – The Comedies Vol 1
PLP 1123
(DA 3)
Various Artists (excerpts from RG series) Scenes from Shakespeare – The Histories Vol 1  
PLP 1124
(DA 87)
Ruth and Clive Sansom Clive Sansom – The Witness  
       
       
PLP 1138
(RG 279)
Noel Coward, Peter Ustinov, Harold Pinter, Albert Finney etc Talking About Theatre 1971
       
PLP 1140
(RG 100)
Documentary of birth of Harley Usill’s son – Dr Grantly Dick Read Natural Childbirth 1971
PLP 1143
(DA 103)
Herbert Read, Yvonne Bonnamy, Peter Orr Herbert Read – Echoes of My Life 1971
PLP 1152
(RG 153)
E.M. Forster E.M. Forster – What I believe/The Road from Colonus 1971
PLP 1153
(RG 27)
Cecil Day Lewis Virgil – The Georgics 1971
ZPL 1154 Various Artists (Scofield, Neville, McCowen, Porter, Massey, Lister, Plummer, Tutin), with the St George’s Canzona. Prod and dir by George Murcell The Elizabethan Appeal 1971
PLP 1155-
PLP 1156
Various Artists. In assoc. with Welsh Arts Council Poets of Wales – Welsh Poets reading their own works (Dannie Abse, Leslie Norris, Raymond Garlick, John Ormond) 1971
ZPL 1157 Sybil Thorndike People Past and Present – Ellen Terry 1971
ZPL 1158 Robert Harris, Jeremy Clyde, Rachel Kempson People Past and Present – The Duke of Wellington 1971
ZPL 1159 Barbara Leigh-Hunt, Pasco People Past and Present – Queen Victoria 1971
       
ZPL 1161-
ZPL 1162
Merchant, Gregg, Westbrook People Past and Present – Mary Queen of Scots 1971?
ZPL 1163 Devised and presented by Charles Lewson People Past and Present – Edward Lear 1971?
ZPL 1164 Balcon, Cecil Day Lewis, Woolf. Rec. live at National Portrait Gallery People Past and Present – Thomas Hardy 1972
ZPL 1165 Carleton Hobbs, Robert Spencer People Past and Present – Samuel Pepys
ZPL 1166 Edward Woodward, devised and presented by Patrick Garland. Live recording at National Portrait Gallery People Past and Present – John Clare 1972
ZPL 1167 Carleton Hobbs, William Squire, Robert Spencer, devised by Douglas Clevedon People Past and Present – John Donne 1973
ZPL 1168 Dorothy Reynolds, Angus Mackay People Past and Present – Jane Austen 1972?
       
       
       
PLP 1180 David Jones Poets of Wales – David Jones, Poems ready by the author 1973
PLP 1181 Squire, Bebb, Bonnamy Poets of Wales – Idris Davies 1973
PLP 1182 John Arlott, Valentine Dyall, Robin Holmes, Russell Napier, Michael Parkinson Cricket – The Sovran King of Sports – Anthology of Poetry and Verse 1972
PLP 1183 Edward Brathwaite Edward Brathwaite – Masks 1973
PLP 1184
PLP 1185
Edward Brathwaite Edward Brathwaite – Islands (2 LPs) 1974
PLP 1186 Sybil Throndike, JohnCasson, Jane Casson, arranged John Carroll. Recorded live at Shaw Theatre, Camden April 72 An Evening with Sybil Thorndike – Poetry and prose reading 1973
PLP 1187
(partly
RG 452)
C. Day Lewis Cecil Day Lewis – Poems 1973
PLP 1188
(* partly
RG 452)
Adrian Mitchell, Stevie Smith Adrian Mitchell – Poems
Stevie Smith – Poems*
1974
PLP 1189 Bryn Griffiths, Bryan Walters The Stones Remember
Bryn Griffiths – Poems
Bryan Walters – Poems
1973?
ZLP 1190 Brian Patten & Roger McGough McGough – Poems
Patten – Poems
1975
PLP 1191
(* partly RG 454)
Tony Connor, Norman Nicholson Tony Connor – Poems*
Norman Nicholson – Poems
1974
ZPL 1192
(* partly
RG 456)
Pasco, Houston, Leigh-Hunt, Helen Thomas (Welsh Arts Council, British Council) Poets of Wales –
Edward Thomas – Poems
1974
PLP 1193
(part from
RG 185)
W.H. Auden W.H. Auden – Poems* 1974
PLP 1194 Adrien Henri, Hugo Williams British Poets of Our Time – Henri, Williams 1975
ZPL 1195 Johnson, Watson, Scales, Spencer, Angeloglou, dev Ian Scott Kilvert So Late Into the Night – a study of Lord Byron through his poetry and prose 1974
ZPL 1196-
ZPL 1199
Nicol Williamson, Bob Stewart (music) prod Harley Usill J.R.R. Tolkien – The Hobbit (abridged) 1975
PLP 1201 ?? Poets of Wales – Roland Mathias et al
PLP 1202 Philip Larkin (assoc Arts Council of GB) British Poets of our Time – Philip Larkin – High Windows 1975
PLP 1203 Thom Gunn British Poets of our Time –
Thom Gunn
1975
PLP 1204 Peter Redgrove, Peter Porter British Poets of our Time –
Peter Redgrove and Peter Porter 
1975
PLP 1205 Roy Fuller, Vernon Scannell British Poets of Our Time – Roy Fuller, Vernon Scannell 1975
PLP 1206 Alec Guinness British Poets of our Time –
T.S. Eliot
1975
       
ZPL 1208-
ZPL 1210
Bebb, Duncan, Orr, McCarthy, Scales, Spencer. Dir Brewer. Assoc British Council. Chaucer – The Knight’s Tale 1976
ZPL 1211 Duncan, Orr, McCarthy, Spencer, Scales, Bebb. Dir Derek Brewer. Assoc British Council Chaucer – The Pardoner’s Tale 1976
ZPL 1212-
ZPL 1213
Scales, Bebb Chaucer – The Wyves Tale of Bathe 1978

~ by folkcatalogue on May 3, 2010.

3 Responses to “PLP (mono) and ZPL (stereo) ‘spoken word’ series (1970-78)”

  1. I’m not sure where this fits:

    MORE GRIMM’S FAIRYTALES (1985) Argo 4147154
    2 audio cassettes British Library National Sound Archive
    Call #: 1CA0018092
    Grimm’s Fairytales read by several actors. Scofield reads The Little Farmer, Four Accomplished Brothers, and Queen Bee. Other readers are Joy Parker, Timothy West and Geraldine Newman.

  2. Can we only dream these will be released on CD? I did have numerous LPs in this series but they disappeared with the passage of Time.

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