Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Meic Stevens "Disgwyl Rhywbeth Gwell I Ddod"
3CD anthology 1968-79

BBC Wales:
A massive restrospective of Welsh folk legend Meic Stevens' early songs.
The godfather of Welsh folk has long been held as an inspirational figure to many. But with an extensive back catalogue and a still prolific appetite for performing and releasing new material, the works of Meic Stevens have been daunting for those who don't know where to start looking.

This collection, songs recorded between 1968 and 1979 and released by Sain to commemorate Stevens' 60th birthday, is an ideal introduction. A 57 song, three CD anthology, Disgwyl Rhywbeth Gwell I Ddod (Waiting For Something Better To Come) may seem daunting to all but the most die-hard Meic Stevens followers, but the wealth of quality music here deserves to be heard.

This massive outpouring from Sain is not just a perfect introduction to one of Wales' most prolific musicians - it also contains a number of rarities and unreleased tracks.
The anthology begins with songs from Meic Stevens' first six EPs released on the Dryw label between 1968 and 1970, including 10 tracks by Y Bara Menyn, the band also featuring Geraint Jarman and Heather Jones.

The collection is perhaps most notable for Y Brawd Houdini, Stevens' debut from 1972. The song later became part of Super Furry Animals' live set, and was often namechecked in interviews with singer Gruff Rhys as a key influence on the band. The original version, however, has been hard to come by until this anthology.

Other old favourites include the drinking song Diolch Yn Fawr, the anthemic Rue St Michel and the jaunty folk of Menyw Yn Y Ffenestr.

Stevens' reputation as 'the Welsh Bob Dylan' isn't entirely unjustified. The pair were friends during the 1960s, and Dylan apparently was a fan. But it's clear that this is only part of the picture. Taking in white blues (the instrumental Jam Poeth), traditional songs (Santiana), social commentary (Tryweryn) and a host of other styles and subjects, there's diversity and experimentation in abundance. Disgwyl Rhywbeth Gwell I Ddod is a labyrinthine, intriguing and highly recommended journey through the best years of a unique and enduring talent.


Blogger Lizardson said...

1.Ble mae'r hâf
2.Gafael yn dy law
4.Yr Eryr a'r Golomen
5.Hwiangerdd Mihangel
6.Glaw yn y dail
7.Dewch ar y trên
8.Disgwyl am dy gariad
9.Caru Cymru
10.Rhywbeth gwell i ddod
11.Yr Wylan
12.Dy'nwch lan
14.Mynd i Laca Li
15.Myfi yw'r dechreuad
16.Rhedaf i'r mynydd
17.Dau rosyn coch
18.dau lygad du
19.Dos i Gysgu
21.Wedi ymadael
22.Byw yn y wlad
23.Y misoedd
24.O Rwy'n crwydro y byd
25.Sachliain a lludw

1.Y Brawd Houdini
2.Nd y fi Mistar M.P.
3.Rhyddid Ffug
4.Jam Poeth
5.Pe cawn dy gwmni di
7.Bryn Unigrwydd
8.Diolch yn fawr
9.Rue St. Michel
11.Cwm Llwm
12.Menyw yn y ffenestr
13.Y Crwydryn a mi
14.Dim ond cysgodion
15.Dai Dall
16.Cwm y Pren Helyg
18.Mae'r nos wedi dod i ben

1.Cân Walter
2.Dic Penderyn
3.Clown in the alley
4.Tân neu hâf
5.Takes a country boy to sing a country song
6.Noson Oer Nadolig
9.Yr Eryr a'r Golomen
10.Tyrd i lawr i'r ogof
11.Heddiw ddoe a fory
12.Lan a lawr
13.Nid y fi yw'r un i ofyn pam
14.Merch o'r ffatri wlân
15.Gwely gwag

13 September, 2006 09:50  
Blogger ejg said...

but how can we wait

thanks so much

13 September, 2006 11:58  
Blogger TBA said...

I don't know what to say...
Thanks. I'm a huge fan. This stuff never existed in the States, so I'm really looking forward to hearing it.

13 September, 2006 17:00  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


13 September, 2006 22:58  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks! More Meic Stevens here:

15 September, 2006 06:11  
Blogger Burning Blue Soul said...

Any chance you can report the Meic Stevens box?

03 January, 2007 06:48  
Blogger Burning Blue Soul said...

Any chance you can repost this box set?

03 January, 2007 06:52  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are indeed true to your word and re posted as promised. Eternal thanks to you.


09 January, 2007 00:55  
Anonymous zappahead said...

diowlch yn fawr pobol

03 July, 2008 02:44  
Blogger Sha said...

This is so beautiful. It reminds me of two most inspiring weeks I spent on a small farm in Pembrokeshire.

27 February, 2009 08:26  

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