Thursday, August 30, 2007

by Manila #6

Dave Burland "Songs & Buttered Haycocks" 1975

Manila said...
I didn't rip this. In fact, I can't remember how I came by it. I toyed with the idea of cleaning it up a little (it's a bit crackly) but decided against it. A lot of the 'clean up' programmes knock off too much of the top end for my liking. Anyway, it's still a beautiful album, with a great version of Lal and Mike Waterson's 'Bright Phoebus'.

PS. I have only a poor scan of the cover. Can anyone help?

Dick Gaughan, Tony Capstick & Dave Burland
"The songs of Ewan MacColl" 1978

Manila said...
Whatever you might think about Ewan MacColl (his views on how folk music should be performed seem, at least to me, ridiculous now) he wrote some wonderful songs. Here's an album of some of them, including the brilliant Dave Burland performing 'The First Time Ever I saw Your face' (a hit for Roberta Flack) and the sublime 'Sweet Thames Flow Softly.'

With thanks to Lizardson for this great blog, without which much of this music would probably be lost forever.


Blogger GeoX said...

I don't know much about MacColl--how did he think folk music "should be performed?"

31 August, 2007 04:47  
Anonymous Manila said...

I don't want to make too much of this. Ewan MacColl was one of the powerhouses behind the British folk revival in the 60s and we owe a huge debt to him. What I found ridiculous (and rather arrogant) was the way he, Peggy Seeger and others thought they knew how folk music should be performed. It was all a long time ago now and not worth getting into an argument over (though the debate still goes on in some quarters).

If you want to read more on the subject, Peggy seeger wrote a fascinating letter which you can read here:

31 August, 2007 11:37  
Anonymous nightowl said...

Thanks very much for this brilliant tribute to the songwriting genius of Ewan MacColl. I especially like their version of "Sweet Thames Flow Softly", which I only know in the original version by Ewan MacColl himself (on the LP "The Amorous Muse")and in the one by Planxty. I have been looking for a digital version of Ewan's rendition, but haven't found one so far. Has it ever been re-released on cd? Anyone out there who can help me?

01 September, 2007 05:20  
Blogger GeoX said...

Thanks for that. I can see where it's coming from, but I do agree that this philosophy is fairly narrow-minded (and VERY arrogant). Folk music grew organically, and I fail to see why it should be forced to stop all of a sudden just because these days we get all self-conscious about it.

That said, as you note, it isn't particularly important. Traditionalists will stay traditional, innovators will innovate, and we'll all have music that we like. Everyone's a winner!

01 September, 2007 13:02  
Anonymous Manila said...

Exactly. :-)

01 September, 2007 19:16  
Anonymous streaker said...

Dave Burland has such a totally amazing voice and his laid back style hides a compressed intensity that is meditative and yet powerfull. Thanks very, very much Manila for this post. I LOVE Dave Burland and thanks to Time Has Told Me there are only three more LPs left to hunt down. If you or Lizardson or anyone out there has them and cares to post them here you can count on me at least yelling out loud for joy

The remaining LPs are.....

Just Act Normal
You Can't Fool the Fat Man

11 September, 2007 07:55  
Blogger mahir said...

This is a rare treasure - but what's happened to the download link???

02 July, 2009 22:09  

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