Saturday, September 02, 2006

"Ernie Graham" (UK pub-rock, rootsy-rock, folk 1971)

This is one of the most hauntingly beautiful solo albums to come out of the whole English pub rock scene, and references to Bob Dylan and the Band are appropriate because the rootsy/folk-like intersections with their work are here. It's also a rival to the best work of Brinsley Schwarz, Ducks Deluxe, Eggs Over Easy, et al. (and no surprise -- the Brinsleys played on this album). Opening with the gorgeous, Dylanesque "Sebastian," built on a lyrical acoustic guitar part, Graham reveals himself a songwriter and player of extraordinary sensitivity -- he might easily have been another Alan Hull, or even bigger than that, had he been able to join a band with legs or hold his own career together. As it is, from that Dylan-like start, he and the Brinsleys deliver a brace of full electric numbers that rival the classic sound of the Band, starting with "So Lonely" -- the roots rock sound here is so authentically American that it will fool lots of listeners about its origins and source. For this album, "The Girl That Turned the Lever" and "For a Little While" are two of the finest working-class/folk-style compositions this side of "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down," and "Blues to Snowy" takes Graham into Lynyrd Skynyrd territory. "Belfast" finally takes listeners to Graham's real roots, in a bracing, fiddle-driven folk-based piece from that side of the Atlantic. ~ Bruce Eder, All Music Guide

01. Sebastion
02. So Lonely
03. Sea Fever
04. The Girl That Turned The Lever
05. For A Little While
06. Blues To Snowy
07. Don't Want Me Round You
08. Belfast
09. Romeo & The Lonely Girl (Bonus)
10. Only Time Will Tell (Bonus)

9 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brilliant; many thanks for this - never really expected to see it again- there really is some stunning stuff on this blog.
keith

02 September, 2006 21:54  
Blogger Donno said...

Thanks so much for this, like Keith I thought I'd never hear it again. It's even better than I recall.
Cheers
Donno

03 September, 2006 06:55  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You didn't mention that several of the members of Help Yourself play on this.

05 September, 2006 05:50  
Anonymous milesago said...

Hi there, great blog -- any chance you could upload this one again? It's expired.

21 November, 2006 00:19  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

any way anyone can repost this amazing album?

21 April, 2007 08:07  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes! I would also like a repost...

22 May, 2007 02:21  
Anonymous streaker said...

GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

WONDERFULL!!!!!!!!!

A MASTERPIECE!!!!!!!!

16 July, 2007 13:53  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for this. I'm just discovering his work with Eire Apparent.

25 September, 2007 04:34  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is the link dead?

15 September, 2009 22:52  

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