Friday, July 28, 2006

Water Into Wine Band

Hill Climbing For Beginners (UK Folk 1973)



















Probably the best album to appear on the leading Contemporary Christian Music label, Myrrh, which had been established by Billy Ray Hearn as a division of Word Records in 1972, was the debut recording by the British Water Into Wine Band, whose Hill Climbing For Beginners appeared on both sides of the Atlantic in the mid'70s. The UK version presented here has gone on to achieve the status of a progressive folk masterpiece. The album is beautifully recorded and the exotic array of instruments, including bongos, timpani, gongs and violins, combine wonderfully to produce a recording of musical and technical brilliance. An extremely good album. *This album is missing track 4 "Hill Climbing For Beginners", but including alternate version of "Hill Climbing For Beginners" instead of original.


Tony Crabtree (Untitled, c. 2003)

(by Jon Mook--) Next. This was given to me from someone who played with the legendary blind guitarist Tony Crabtree. This was recorded around 2003, it's a private pressing from the ex-Nirvana, ex-Tractor (ex-life, he sadly died in 2005) guitarist/keyboardist from Rochdale, north England, who was blind from birth. Mainly traditional Irish songs but the guitar work is incredible and there's real raw emotion in Crabtree's singing:

5 Comments:

Anonymous regolo said...

Very thanks for WIWB. It's a very good music but...track 4 is lost !
Please,could you repost this track?
Thank you again.

regolo (from Italy)

29 July, 2006 00:47  
Blogger TBA said...

Thanks, Jon. I don't know if you posted this in response to my begging for it, but even if you didn't, I really appreciate it. I'll let you know what I think after I listen to them

29 July, 2006 02:15  
Blogger UK folk junkie said...

IMHO "Hill Climbing" is one of the half dozen greatest folk rock albums of the 70's.

13 August, 2007 12:56  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

haven't downloaded it because i have it already.i wonder is this the uk version ( which is infinitely superior)or the us version.The reason i ask is that the artwork you have posted belongs to the us version.Again the uk cover knocks spots off the us cover.Great album never-the-less - if you can get through the xian messages
yours walter intertwined

17 February, 2009 17:24  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thank you for this musical jewel!!!

06 April, 2009 22:52  

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