|Studio album by Roy Harper|
|Genre||Progressive folk, folk baroque, folk rock|
|Label||Harvest SHVL 808
Chrysalis CHR 1162
Science Friction HUCD005
|Roy Harper chronology|
Lifemask was written by Harper during a period of illness when HHT, which leads to polycythemia, threatened his health and incapacitated him. With thoughts of life and death upon his mind, side two of the album features a lengthy 23 minute track entitled "The Lord's Prayer" which Harper described as "my last will and testament".
The gatefold album cover is a representation of Harper's 'death mask'. that opens centrally to reveal Harper, very much alive, "fixing the listener with one of his trademarked intense stares." As such it, in fact, shows Harper's 'life mask' as opposed to the death mask it could have been.
Some of the songs were included in the soundtrack for the John Mackenzie-directed film Made which was on general release at the time, the story of a relationship between a young single mother, played by Carol White, and an insecure rock star, 'Mike Preston' played by Harper.
Tracks on compilation albums
A retrospective compilation album, A Breath of Fresh Air – A Harvest Records Anthology 1969–1974, was released in 2007. This 3 disc compilation contained the album track "South Africa".
All tracks credited to Roy Harper
|4.||"Bank of the Dead"||3:13|
|6.||"The Lord's Prayer"
|1987 cassette bonus tracks|
|7.||"Ballad of Songwriter"||US release of Folkjokeopus|
|8.||"Zaney Janey"||US release of Folkjokeopus|
|9.||"Midspring Dithering"||Single released in 1967|
|10.||"Zengem"||B-side of "Midspring Dithering"|
- Side 1. "Bank Of The Dead"
- Side 2. "Little Lady"
- Roy Harper – guitar, synthesizer, bass, harmonica, bells, and vocals
- Jimmy Page – guitar on "Bank Of The Dead" and "The Lord's Prayer"
- Laurie Allan – drums on "Highway Blues"
- Steve Broughton – bongos on "The Lord's Prayer"
- Tony Carr – bongos on "The Lord's Prayer" and drums on "Bank Of The Dead"
- Brian Davison – drums on "The Lord's Prayer"
- Brian Odgers – bass on "Bank Of The Dead" and "The Lord's Prayer"
- Ray Warleigh – flute on "The Lord's Prayer"
- John Leckie – sound engineer
- Phil McDonald – sound engineer
- Nick Webb – sound engineer
- Peter Jenner – producer
- Roy Harper Official Site
- Excellent Roy Harper resource
- Internet Movie Database Entry for Made
- Album credits