Wednesday, October 11, 2006

"Mourning Phase" (UK Acid-Folk 1971)

Virtually nothing is known about Mourning Phase, who put out an extremely rare, privately pressed, self-titled British folk-rock LP in 1971. From the sound of things, they were a male-female duo, recording for the most part with just one electric guitar and one acoustic guitar. Though many would find the record under-produced, it's a well-written and exceptionally haunting album, built around strong minor folky melodies, the pair's close harmony vocals, and lyrics that are unusually piercing and combative in their stormy, romantic fencing matches. It was reissued on CD in the mid-1990s, though in such a limited quantity that even the reissue quickly became hard to obtain. ~ Richie Unterberger, All Music Guide

Psychedelic & Acid Folk Music:
Comments of Greyhound Records : This is the "cd reissue of 'supposed' 'test pressing' from '71. cover alludes to contributions from sandy denny & eric clapton! combines electric & acoustic instrumentation with male & female vocals."
According to Rockinworld this is an "Issue of another fascinating UK acoustic & electric acid folk acetate of original songs. Tired of smiling upsidedown indeed!"

Kissing Spell:
"The Mourning Phase demo-LP was discovered in 1992 and later sold for a 4-figure sum to a 'collector'. It appeared to be a test pressing, dated 1971, with a hand-made cover. Lyrically interesting, the densely layered acoustic/electric music seems merely to serve as a vehicle for the love/hate relationship of, speculatively, the male and female vocalists. Cynical, misanthropic, (with and occasional cello), and a cover based on an impressionist painting. Mourning Phase is surely the archetypal home-made art-student LP"

Another review:
I have a vinyl reissue put out by Steve Smith in 1991. I think he was the original Kissing Spell owner. Anyway, there's very little info. No names/instrumentation, etc on this vinyl release. It's a man, a woman, and acoustic guitars, though. As I recall, there was some scepticism back in the early 90s that this was actually a 'lost' recording from 1971, due to the lack of info. The back cover places it from Summer 1971. It rates highly and rightly so, because the songs are well written, well performed, and goes from somewhat dreamy through to aggressive. Well, as aggressive as an acoustic guitar can get, anyway.Here's the flowery blurb off the lyric sheet:
"Mourning Phase is the lament of two star cross'd lovers, committed to vinyl during a short stay in Eden during July, maybe August, the summer of 1971...Only one copy of their record has survived, complete with a rather beautiful sleeve hand-drawn in coloured pencils by the Girl, thrown to the four winds during the winter of their discontent, the time of Mourning Phase's parting..For deeper insight into this sorrowful tale, listeners are advised to contemplate these lyric-sheets, wherein lines of revealing ambiguity await, manifesting the love/hate of our two protagonists. Their ambivalence toward one another may explain the occasional Freudian slip twixt singers, charmingly transcribed to vinyl for eternity...and never was a story of more woe, than this of Juliet and her Romeo..."

*Album cover:
1. Original
2. Kissing Spell CD reissue
3. Shadocks LP reissue

6 Comments:

Anonymous arbor said...

Just curious, is the 3 album covers here all for the same album that is posted? Yet another gem I was not aware of, thanks alot Lizardson!

11 October, 2006 01:56  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

BROTHER IM IN LOVE FOR THE BAND MAGNA CARTA WONDERFULL, I DOWLOAD 4 ALBUMS IN YOUR BLOG , I DONT HAVE WORDS TO EXPRESS THAT INCREDIBLE VOCALS, ARREGEMENTS BEAUTIFULL MELODIES GREAT SOUNDS, PLEASE POST MORE FROM THAT WONDERFULL BAND I SEE IN THE UP COMING IN YOUR BLOG ANOTHER TITLES FROM THAT FANTASTIC BAND
Magna Carta - Live at the BBC [1969, 71]
Magna Carta - 1971 - In Concert
Magna Carta - 1982 - Midnight Blue
Magna Carta - 1988 - One to One
Magna Carta - 1992 - Heartlands
Magna Carta - 2001 - Live
AND MORE RARITIES FROM BRASIL
TIM MAIA 1973 GREAT ALBUM FROM THAT GREAT SOUL ROCK SINGER

http://rapidshare.de/files/35796553/TimMaia73-zl.zip

SIVUCA IS A GENIUS A GREAT MUSICIAN HERE IN THAT VERY RARE ALBUM FROM 1969

http://rapidshare.de/files/34031864/sivuca__1969_.zip

PAULO DINIZ IS ANOTHER FANTASTIC COMPOSER AND SINGER FROM BRASIL SOUL ROCK AND ROLL SAMBA ETC ETC

http://rapidshare.de/files/35283462
/PauloDinizBahia-zl.zip

MILTINHO IS A GREAT SAMBA BOSSA NOVA SINGER HE HAS GREAT SWING AND GREAT VOICE

http://rapidshare.de/files/36021350/MiltinhoSambaCia-zl.zip

AND ANOTHER ALBUM FROM THE GREAT MAESTRO MOACIR SANTOS IN THAT GREAT ALBUM RECORDED IN THE USA- THE MAESTRO

http://d.turboupload.com/d/476636/Moacir_Santos.rar.html

AND ANOTHER GREAT MUSICIAN NONATO BUZAR IS SAMBA ROCK STYLE WITH SOUL TENDENCIES GREAT ALBUM

http://rapidshare.de/files/33720620/nonato_buzar___1970_.zip

GREAT BROTHER ANOTHER SUGESTION IS THE GREAT GROUP KLAATU.
SOON I SEND MORE RARITIES I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THATS ALBUMS
PEACE, LOVE, HAPINNES, HARMONY AND GOOD SOUNDS
BROTHER SOUL BRASIL

11 October, 2006 04:56  
Anonymous Joe said...

Thanks for this, a wonderful album!

11 October, 2006 13:32  
Blogger newelectricmuse said...

Brother Soul -
You should start your own blog...
Best wishes
Newelectricmuse

11 October, 2006 18:14  
Anonymous Bruce said...

What a special place this is even amongst the variety of blogdom.

Such a stirring endorsement of an obscure album as a lost treasure of art. So poetic.

I feel so moved on every visit here, when otherwise elsewhere I am becoming jaded.

Thank you thank you, 'Lizardson', you have exceptional taste.

11 October, 2006 22:16  
Blogger UK folk junkie said...

I try to force feed my girlfriend Pal great folk and so far this is her favorite.

17 June, 2007 14:31  

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