The Further Somniloquies of Dion McGregor (More Outrageous Recordings of the World's Most Renowned Sleeptalker)

by Dion McGregor

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The Further Somniloquies of Dion McGregor is...
FASCINATING & BIZARRE The Wire • INCREDIBLE Exclaim! • AMAZINGLY ENTERTAINING Brainwashed • MIRACULOUS? DEFINITELY The Analog Playground • AN ASTOUNDING CURIOSITY Hybrid

Those familiar with the recorded dreams of Dion McGregor often refer to them as the most astonishing, surprising, peculiar and hilarious material ever captured on tape.

In the early 1960s, a New York composer named Michael Barr began collaborating with a lyricist named Dion McGregor. When the two became roommates, Barr was intrigued to discover that McGregor not only talked in his sleep but actually narrated elaborate scenarios from his unconscious mind. Barr, an amateur sound recordist, began to tape these strange nocturnal transmissions, a ritual that ended up being repeated several times a week for years. As a songwriting duo, Barr and McGregor’s moment of musical fame would come in 1965 when Barbra Streisand recorded their song “Where Is the Wonder”. But what would make them a legend in recording history, improbable as it sounds, would be the succession of spoken dreams recorded between 1961 and 1967. The first collection of Dion’s somniloquies was released by Decca in 1964 as a vinyl LP called The Dream World of Dion McGregor (He Talks In His Sleep). That same year, a book of dream transcriptions—illustrated by Edward Gorey— was published under the same title by Bernard Geis Associates. Interest in Dion’s dreams was revived in 1999 by Phil Milstein who compiled a popular sequel album called Dion McGregor Dreams Again (Tzadik Records). The Further Somniloquies is the first Dion McGregor compilation from Torpor Vigil Records. It draws on material from the entire archive of recordings, including some long-lost gems. [Note: Since this album's release in 2004, yet more lost tapes have been restored to the archive, benefiting the follow-up TVR release Dreaming Like Mad with Dion McGregor (2014).]

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released August 9, 2004

Somniloquies by Dion McGregor

Recorded by Michael Barr

Executive producer: Steve Venright
Emeritus: Phil Milstein

Cover art by Richard A. Kirk


The Further Somniloquies of Dion McGregor
was assembled from original tapes recorded in the 1960s
and released on compact disc in August 2004•

TVR releases are available from torporvigil.com
and from Tedium House (tediumhouse.com)
Distribution to your local record store by Revolver USA

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Dion McGregor

Dion McGregor is one of the most outlandish cult figures in history—and certainly among the most unique recordings artists the world has known. His legacy is an archive of recordings featuring some of the most hilarious and bizarre stories, musings, and rants ever heard. The fact that McGregor was fast asleep when the recordings were made (by his roommate) makes them all the more astounding! ... more

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