Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Amazing Blondel

"England" 1972

Amazing Blondel's fourth album is a gorgeous evocation of the England that seems to exist in so many of the land's loveliest folk songs, a peaceful world of picturesque farming folk, doughty fishermen, immortal sunsets, and halcyon summers. Just six songs convey this impression, all dominated by the side-long three-piece suite "The Paintings," which places into words and gentle orchestrations the impressions conjured by the imagery of "Seascape," "Landscape," and "Afterglow." Described by the band itself as "three pastoral settings for voices, flute, guitars and orchestra," it's an incredibly ambitious piece, but never so much that it loses sight of its intrinsic romance. Played alongside Roy Harper's "One of Those Days in England," it could set even the sternest expatriate's thoughts winging homewards. The shorter songs are less entrancing, with "A Spring Air" coming so close to TV ad theme territory that one can almost see the spring lambs bouncing through fields of freshly laundered shirts and sheets. The chanted "Cantus Firmus to Counterpoint," however, is a stirringly churchical piece, with just a hint of "We Three Kings of Orient Are" floating around the melody, while "Sinfonia for Guitar and Strings" is as well executed as its title suggests it ought to be. The finest moment, however, has to be the Gothic organ-led "Lament to the Earl of Bottesford Beck," whose own country churchyard tones take listeners straight back to the start of the album, and another 20 minutes spent with "The Paintings." ~ Dave Thompson, All Music Guide

10 Comments:

Anonymous z said...

oh, yeah. thnx

23 May, 2007 00:57  
Anonymous arbor said...

I can't believe I've never listened to this group before because good lord is this great...I love you Lizardson!

23 May, 2007 12:46  
Anonymous proglover said...

Terrific, I've had the album Evensong for thirty years but nothing else. Great stuff.

24 May, 2007 20:30  
Blogger RAF said...

wow that was an amazing album, thanks for sharing m8

29 May, 2007 00:39  
Blogger surcouf said...

the missing one. thanksalot !

30 May, 2007 03:45  
Anonymous Sam Stone said...

A great album and I am so glad I found it here, because my record player is out of order for quit some time now.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!

13 June, 2007 20:20  
Anonymous hi said...

File not found ! :S

08 April, 2008 09:40  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unfortunately the files is not found. I'm really keen on this one. Is there any chance to up it again? Thanks!

01 May, 2008 14:52  
Anonymous xij64 said...

Dead link
regards
xij64

07 February, 2009 23:42  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://rapidshare.com/files/215608235/The_Amazing_Blondel_-_England.rar
for anyone still looking.

14 November, 2011 20:03  

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