Sunday, October 01, 2006

Hedgehog Pie "Just Act Normal" (UK Folk-Rock 1978)

Hedgehog Pie were at the fore-front of the electric folk movement, weaving jazz and rock grooves into their arrangements of traditional and self-composed songs and tunes. Their studio albums always topped the Folk Album charts of the day, and they toured with the likes of John Martyn, Richard Thompson and as headliners throughout the 70s.
From their first release in 1974 to their demise was a very short but intensely creative six years.
The first line-up, a full-blooded 6-piece band, features Martin Jenkins (later Whippersnapper, Bert Jansch Band) alongside the core members Mick Doonan, Jed Grimes and Stu and Margi Luckley. The band's embracing of Bulgarian cross-rhythms, jazz grooves and almost metal attack marked them out as unique.

"Just Act Normal" is final work by this outstanding folkrock band, with a more introspective, acoustic based sound, features Jed's electric guitar, Mick's uillean pipes and flutes with the vocal and guitar talents of the mighty Dave Burland. Their knack for blending electric guitar and pipes, and Jed's patent 'pipes guitar' sound, caused Karl Dallas among others to view them as the new direction for amplified folk.

*My friend said "Is this Michael Stipe(R.E.M.)?" when she listend 1st track. Funny episode, but I know how she felt.

This is one of my favorite album.

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4 Comments:

Blogger newelectricmuse said...

Thanks for this Lizardson!

It sounds like a different group from "The Green Lady" (kindly supplied by Fat Pam). Where that was definitely folk rock with some prog/psych touches, this album falls more into the category of "electrified folk" which is a different thing (e.g. I class Steeleye Span's "Please to see the King" as electrified folk rather than folk rock).

I think the only electric instruments here are electric guitar and bass, and with only three in the band the sound is generally sparser. Personally I think I prefer the earlier album, but there are some interesting and quite unusual arrangements on this one.

Richard Thompson's "The Angels have taken my racehorse away" also appears on Dave Burland's much more recent (and excellent) album of Richard Thompson interpretations where his voice had gained extra warmth.

They seem to have been written out of the history of folk - perhaps if some of their albums were reissued...

Newelectricmuse

01 October, 2006 22:40  
Blogger GeoX said...

Ouch--after hearing their first album, which you just posted, I wanted to check this other stuff out, only to find that Just Act Normal is gone and the Fat Pam site has vanished. I wouldn't care so much if these were commercially available, but of course they're not--might I humbly request a repost of one or, better, both?

02 August, 2007 03:15  
Anonymous streaker said...

This is so great, great, great, great, GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Oh my god I love this album!

Thanks so very much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

12 October, 2007 13:53  
Anonymous streaker said...

Listening again - still sounds superb!

26 October, 2007 14:50  

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