Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Forest ''Forest'' & ''Full Circle'' (UK Folk 1969-70)













Forest were a late 60’s minstrel/medieval type of folk-prog trio in the style of The Incredible String Band, Fairport Convention and Dr. Strangely Strange. They released a couple of albums with dark but subtle acid lyrics, incorporating pipes, harmonium, harpsichord, mandolin, 12-string guitar and percussion to their sound. Their music doesn’t have the electricity normally associated with rock, yet it can’t be described as straight folk either, the lyrics being rather strange and the band’s approach being far too eclectic – thus their inclusion here. Their eponymous album (1969) is practically a clone of The Incredible String Band whereas “Full Circle” (1970) shows more original songwriting and more diverse arrangements, with themes still dealing with nature, mystery and darkness. Both albums are altogether esoteric, pastoral, serious and communal as befit the times. Not essential but if you like the spirit of Comus, Gryphon or Mellow Candle. Check them out, for a bit of hippie nostalgia.

6 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love this band-- one of my faves. Excellent post.
You don't happen to have:
the moths: heron's daughter
Parameter
or
Perry Leopoid?

Been looking for those for awhile. Thanks!

28 June, 2006 00:54  
Anonymous Stella said...

Hello, sorry to bother you with re-upload requests.
Could re-post the second album Full Circle ?
I have been looking for it for some time now because it contains one of my favorite songs ever, 'Graveyard'.

Thank you for sharing all these albums. Without this blog I would never have found a number of great artists.

07 December, 2006 07:57  
Blogger emberglance said...

The first post for Forest: Forest doesn't seem to be there...?

p.s. one of the best sites on the whole internet! totally affecting my whole musical world... thanks.

15 January, 2007 10:07  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

0 in file as of this week

10 October, 2007 05:11  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

last anon. post incorrect, my 'bad'--it loads

15 October, 2007 06:10  
Blogger sorbus said...

Sorry Lizardson disagree totally I Have Both These Albums on Vinyl and CD so I don`t need the download this time.
Anyway to Return to Forest along with Bands Like Mr Fox I have always seen
as progenitors of what is now referred to as Wyrd Folk String Band whom I love went away from what I call the witchy more towards the Scientology type of Mysticism although Sweet Robin has as a Storyteller re-embraced the witchiness most of my Wiccan Friend see Forest as Wiccan influenced if not actually Wiccan themselves moreso on the Second Album

15 September, 2008 03:17  

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