Saturday, September 02, 2006

Duncan Browne

"Give Me Take You" 1968

Duncan Browne's melancholy first album, Give Me, Take You -- released on music impresario Andrew Loog Oldham's Immediate label in 1968 -- is one wonderfully tender album. Many who are discovering it more than 20 years after its original release are comparing its dulcet introspective tone to Nick Drake's albums. It does fall into a similar English folk vein, though Browne's arrangements are, on the whole, more Baroque, giving the album a semi-classical, regal feel. Browne charted his own classical arrangements and wrote out vocal charts for a choir, but turned to his art school friend David Bretton for song lyrics. It's Bretton's lovely Pre-Raphaelite style phrases, used here in the guise of lyrical content, that fans of this album often react strongly to, one way or another. True, there's a youthful innocence and melancholy that comes off as somewhat naïve sounding, mawkish, and awkward in our modern age -- "Better a tear of truth than smiling lies" is one example -- but this is a minor quibble. Immediate issued only one single from the album, "On the Bombsite," but it failed to connect with listeners. At the time of its release, Oldham's Immediate was reportedly falling apart. He was in financial ruin and reportedly cut the sessions short to save money. The album remained out of print until 2000, when it was issued for the first time on compact disc by the U.K.-based Castle imprint, this time with five bonus tracks dating from Browne's early-'70s sessions when he was recording for the Bell label. ~ Bryan Thomas, All Music Guide


01. Give Me, Take You
02. Ninepence Worth Of Walking
03. Dwarf In A Tree
04. The Ghost Walks
05. Walking You, Pt.1
06. Chloe In The Garden
07. Walking You, Pt.2
08. On The Bombsite
09. I Was, You Weren't
10. Gabilan
11. Alfred Bell
12. The Death Of Neil
13. On The Bombsite (Mono Single)*
14. Alfred Bell (Mono Single) *
15. On The Bombsite (Demo) *
16. Resurrection *
17. Final Asylum *

13 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks! I think this is the guy that later formed the group Metro. Sadly, he passed away...

02 September, 2006 23:58  
Blogger Donno said...

This is a fabulous album, every home should have one!! His other albums are also worth a listen especially his second self titled one that is closest in style to his debut.
Cheers
Donno

03 September, 2006 06:53  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes! Thanks for posting this... any chance you could post
the second album, a great songwriter Mr. Browne is...

John

06 September, 2006 08:50  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

excellent simply amazing
hope to see duncan browne's streets of fire and wild places.Also looking for Folk and Rackare

25 October, 2006 16:24  
Blogger S.ébastien said...

Thank you O-soooo-much "Time Has Told Me"! Been looking for this LP for years. Great selection mate! I visit every week and never been disapointed.

Regards,

26 November, 2006 00:03  
Anonymous arbor said...

Interested in hearing this, any chance for a repost?

15 December, 2006 01:22  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you very much for posting all this music !
I couldn't hear the songs 1-2-3-6-13, infortunately... they aren't working with my computer... is it possible to post these, please ?
I really like what I heard from this album, it sounds a lot like Paul McCartney...

Thank you again, and sorry for my english (I'm french)...

29 December, 2006 06:38  
Anonymous arbor said...

I'm enjoying this album alot but I also could not get several of the tracks to play =(

31 January, 2007 06:11  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any chance of a repost on this . Thank you

13 November, 2007 10:25  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please re-upload? Many thank you.

13 December, 2007 08:58  
Anonymous Glenn said...

thanks for the re-post! An obscurity from my past, I associate this with Jonathan Schwartz, the soft-spoken DJ on WNEW-FM in the 60s and 70s. He played it often.

14 December, 2007 00:35  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks again for a great album.Please any chance of "Streets of Fire"????Bin searchin for that one for a long long time
Thanx once again

Rgds
Old Monk

14 December, 2007 22:14  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Duncan Browne - Same (1973)http://www.shareonall.com/duncan_uwgz_rar.htm
Cristine

04 June, 2008 18:21  

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