Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Clive Palmer "Just Me" 1978

A much respected UK folk artist and virtuoso banjo player, Clive Palmer first entered the world of music during the early '60s playing bluegrass and traditional songs in a duo with Scotsman Robin Williamson. In 1965 they were joined by Mike Heron and became The Incredible String Band. Palmer recorded one album with the band before quitting and moving to India.

He returned to the UK in 1967 and made an album of Victorian banjo songs with producer Peter Eden which, save for a couple of songs dotted about on compilations, has never been released.

Returning to group work, Palmer was in a string of bands including Crooks & Nannies, Temple Creatures and Rhombus (none of whom ever made a record) before forming Famous Jug Band in 1969. Once again, he only stuck around for one LP- Sunshine Possibilities - and in 1970 put together another band, C.O.B.. They made two LPs and one single between 1970 and 1972 before splitting.

A Palmer solo album finally emerged in 1978 entitled "Just Me" followed by a collection entitled The Archive Tapes in 1989 and a cassette-only album House of Images in 1993.

After this it is not entirely clear what musical projects he was involved with as no new releases emerged until 1999- a reunion LP with Williamson entitled At The Pure Fountain and an LP with poet Bob Devereux- Suns & Moons.

Since then Palmer has released other LPs with Williamson and even reformed The Famous Jug Band for an album in 2002. More recently he rejoined Heron (along with Fluff and Lawson Dando) in The Incredible String Band as well as releasing another solo LP in 2004 entitled All Roads Lead To Land.

Tracks:
01. East Virginia (Traditional)
02. Bamiyan (C Palmer) said to be inspired by his time in Afghanistan.
03. The Blackbird (Traditional)
04. Girl From The North Country (B Dylan)
05. Cripple Creek (Traditional)
06. Gentle Maiden/Gunnerton Felcuddy (Traditional)
07. State Of Arkansas (Traditional)
08. House Carpenter (Traditional)
09. Downtown Dandies (C Palmer)
10. Summers Night (C Palmer) written in a caravan on Bodmin moor in 1969.
11. The Wandering Minstrel (Traditional)
12. Foggy Mountain Breakdown (E Scruggs)
13. Jack In The Box (Traditional)
14. Melody In D (C Palmer)

4 Comments:

Blogger whadefu said...

thanx for this, great to see this available here...

24 April, 2008 03:29  
Blogger Sir Primalform Magnifico said...

Has anyone got this? I'm having trouble finding it and am trying to learn Summer's Night. Can someone upload it please?

17 November, 2009 04:40  
Blogger Simon House said...

http://www.mediafire.com/?pb8jait1mqdkp15

20 June, 2011 06:56  
Blogger aldo said...

FANTASTIC album! Cool that the link still works!
Thanks Simon!

10 May, 2012 22:33  

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