Monday, October 09, 2006

Mountain Ash Band "The Hermit" (UK Folk 1975)

Reviewed by pOoTer:
Its been a long time tracking this legendary recording down (thanks Pete!). Possibly one of the rarest UK folk gems from 1975, as rare as life itself?. Awesome electric violin and disturbingly haunting vocals tell the depressing story of a Yorkshire hermit named Job Senior. "Birth" sets the scene for what is a profoundly sad album that will leave you deep in thought every time you hear it. "Journeys" a fine piece of violin work runs into "Stone on Stone" which is almost Incredible String Band in vocal style. "A long Winter" tells of the latter stages of Job's life after his wife dies and he is living alone on the moors of Ilkley. "Who Knows" is a sorry lament as Job ends up living in the remains of his dead wifes house which has been pulled down by her family in an attempt to evict him. "The Outcast/Rebirth" ends the albums tragic story. Hear it and weep................

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

This album has been on my top 10 list to listen to for years! Thank you for tracking this one down for us!! Legendary is right! Awesome job, one of the many reasons your blog rocks! Can't wait to listen to it. Thanks again for all the great work and albums you are listing. Dr. Q

09 October, 2006 04:41  
Anonymous arbor said...

This is a very impressive album, and I can't believe that this group is not more well known. The combination of the music and storytelling make it a very unique recording, thanks!

11 October, 2006 14:36  
Anonymous bunnyriver said...

i love your blog.
do you think you could repost this one, it sounds really great.

12 February, 2007 15:04  
Anonymous Aggeliki said...

Greetings from Athens!

If it's possible please repost Mountain Ash Band -"The Hermit".

Thank you for the wonderful job you do here!

28 May, 2007 00:23  
Anonymous Muzikat said...

I am looking forward to hearing this album for the first time. Many thanks for introducing me to some of the best folk music I have ever heard. Please keep up the excellent work.

29 May, 2007 10:35  
Anonymous Aggeliki said...

Thank you for reposting this (and especially so quickly!).

I have said it before and you read it all the time but your blog is such a treat and you have such an eclectic taste in music.

29 May, 2007 15:42  
Blogger UK folk junkie said...

Definitely an eclectic adventure. This one gets high marks.

10 October, 2007 11:57  
Blogger zappahead said...

This is really a remarkable blog you have trawling through and finding gems like this one...thanks for sharing...all the very best to you.

16 April, 2009 01:18  
Blogger Simon said...

I downloaded this yesterday and can't stop listening to it. It really is great and totally unique.

I wondered if all the tracks would be as strong as Who Knows which I heard on Lammas Night Laments, but they really are.

18 August, 2009 19:38  
Blogger David said...

It's an honour to be related to one of these. This is beautiful. Thanks for posting, else i might never have heard it!

06 September, 2011 08:45  
Anonymous Artivist said...

This is the Sistine Chapel of blogs, so very glad I found it. Would you bless me with a resposting of this album, the few songs I've heard are incredible.

19 November, 2012 22:02  
Blogger Odin said...

I have a copy, and saw them perform it live in 1975. It is one of my most treasured albums.

08 January, 2013 03:31  
Blogger colbertkid said...

Don't know if anyone here is interested, or know anyone who may be, but I have an unplayed, signed by the band, vinyl copy of this lp in its original sleeve.
It was presented by the band to my father who took the group photograph with the Cow and Calf rocks Ilkley in the background.

22 August, 2015 03:33  

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