Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Fotheringay ''Poems From Alexandra'' (Bootleg)

The sonic quality of this 15-song bootleg, comprised mostly of 1970 BBC sessions, is only fair. But as Fotheringay only released one album, it's a valuable supplement to their meager discography for fans, especially as it includes renditions of a few songs that were never officially released by the band. In addition to versions of most of the tunes from their LP, there are numbers sung by Trevor Lucas ("Broomfield Hall," "John Donohue"), an a cappella performance by Denny ("Lowlands of Holland"), a characteristically somber Denny vocal on "John the Gun," and an unexpected run-through of the warhorse "Silver Threads & Golden Needles." The performances and vocals are all fine; if the fidelity were better, this collection would be as worthy as the official album. The cover of Dylan's "Too Much of Nothing" comes from a 1970 Beat Club broadcast in Germany; the CD is filled out by three studio tracks ("Two Weeks Last Summer," "Gypsy Davey," and "Late November") that didn't appear on the original album, but have been released elsewhere, most notably on the Sandy Denny box set. Incidentally, this disc does not include every last BBC performance by the band; a version of "Wild Mountain Thyme" has circulated among collectors for years. ~ Richie Unterberger, All Music Guide

1. Broomfield Hall
2. Gypsy Davey
3. John Donohue
4. Lowlands Of Holland
5. Ballad Of Ned Kelly
6. Banks Of The Nile
7. Too Much Of Nothing
8. John The Gun
9. Silver Threads And Golden Needles
10. The Way I Feel
11. Nothing More
12. The Sea
13. Two Weeks Last Summer
14. Gypsy Davey
15. Late November

1-611: BBC Radio "Folk On One" November 12th, 1970
71111: Beat Club, Bremen, Germany, 1970
8-121: BBC Radio, 1970.
13-15: Studio Take

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Cover: Back
Cover: Inside

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5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great site loved it alot, will come back and visit again.
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20 July, 2006 09:17  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh my god it's deleted from the server:(

19 August, 2006 05:33  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's back up :)

TBH Wild Mountain Thyme is far better quality version of the same tracks (and more)

Thanks anyway

18 September, 2006 15:08  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amazing. The one SD boot I was missing and here it is, even though I wasn't looking for it here :)

Yes, the quality isn't that great, but it's Sandy Denny so you've got to have it, don't you? I do anyway...

22 November, 2007 09:32  
Blogger Martin said...

I'm told "Fotheringay 2" has been released this fall,at last.
There are a few Fotheringay live performances you can catch online on Youtube,including a few songs from French tv show "Pop 2".

12 December, 2008 00:35  

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