Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Robin Scott "Woman From the Warm Grass"
(UK Acid-Folk 1969)

Robin Scott's 1969 album Woman from the Warm Grass was very much in the mold of many British folk-ground artists of the time who were gingerly making the transition to a folk-rock sound. In fact, in material and presentation, Scott was fairly similar in feel to a few other artists that producer Sandy Roberton worked with, including Al Jones, Keith Christmas, and Shelagh McDonald. Scott's vocals and songs were earnest and verbose, with the reflective fragile moodiness (and yearning, sometimes florid romanticism) found in many British folk/folk-rock singer/songwriters of the era, from Al Stewart and Donovan on down. As artists in this genre go, Scott's pleasant and reasonably interesting, though not distinguished. He and Roberton do vary the arrangements, sometimes opting for just solo acoustic guitar and voice, at others using full rock backing from the band Mighty Baby. Generally, the unplugged tracks work better; "The Sound of Rain," with subdued orchestration backing the acoustic guitar, has the sort of narrative-oriented mystical acid folk pioneered by Donovan, while "Song of the Sun" has the poetic wordy gray melancholy very particular to this period of British folk. So there's a lot here for listeners who dig this particular micro-style in general, with the notable exception of an overwhelmingly strong vocal or songwriting individuality, though Scott's likable enough. ~ Richie Unterberger, All Music Guide

4 Comments:

Blogger whiteray said...

Thanks so much for your work. I love the stuff you post here; I missed so much of it way back then!

19 September, 2006 12:26  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ありがとうございます
想像以上に良いですね!

20 September, 2006 02:06  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

robin scott is deleted from rapidshare.
could you?
would you?
thanks in advance

11 February, 2007 11:18  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

kinda all over the folk landscape b ut nontheless, an album that gets better w/ each listen. "i am your suitcase lover" is a hoot.

16 June, 2007 13:00  

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