Tuesday, August 15, 2006

C.O.B. (Clive's Own Band)
"Moyshe Mcstiff And The Tartan Lancers Of The Sacred Heart"
(UK Folk 1972)


C.O.B.'s second album was, like its first, a mighty rare and little-heard item, though its rep has risen slightly since then due to its reissue on CD (though that itself is hard to find). It's not much different than the debut, either, and can't fail to remind seasoned British folk-rock listeners of a more normal Incredible String Band, though the connection's legitimate since C.O.B.'s Clive Palmer was a founding member of the ISB. There's a plaintive, almost hymn-like feel to this muted British folk-rock, which is much folkier than rocky. There's also a tinge of acid-folk in the use of some relatively exotic instrumentation for a folk-rock record, including balalaika, dulcitar, tabla, banjo, and harmonium-like organ. "Eleven Willows" gets a little closer to Pentangle-Bert Jansch territory, and Genevieve Baker's nicely haunting background singing on that track makes one wish she'd been given a more prominent role in the band's vocals, which are merely adequate, on the whole. The 1999 CD reissue on Lotus adds two bonus tracks from a non-LP 1972 single, "Blue Morning" and "Bones," which are more rock-oriented than the songs on the album, particularly the reggae-fied "Blue Morning."

8 Comments:

Anonymous pat said...

great record! great post thanks!do you have saddhu brand?

15 August, 2006 05:44  
Blogger Lizardson said...

Thanks, but I don't have saddhu brand's album. The only track I know is "I Give You Johnee" from compilation album "Electric Psychedelic Sitar Headswirlers"

15 August, 2006 06:30  
Blogger ejg said...

lizardson, thanks so much for this post. man, i have been looking for this for years.

great job as always

grown so ugly

15 August, 2006 11:27  
Blogger Lizardson said...

You're welcome ejg.
I'm appreciate your works too.

15 August, 2006 19:45  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Greetings from Slovakia. Superb record. Thanx.

Mr. K.K.

16 August, 2006 17:50  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

First heard this a month ago. Listened to it 3 times in a row. Amazing amazing amazing record (ignoring the later single).

I saw it in a record shop in 1989. Wish I'd bought it :-|

18 August, 2006 09:33  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for posting this! I have been looking this for years. It was worth the wait!

Ashki

21 August, 2006 00:26  
Anonymous Support Small Labels! said...

Available as a legitimate reissue (with bonus tracks and full co-operation of the band) from http://www.sunbeamrecords.com/ - please support independent labels!

12 May, 2008 17:56  

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