Thursday, August 02, 2007

Hedgehog Pie

"The Green Lady" 1975

The critical success (versus the commercial success that it was not) of their self-titled album, accompanied by generous praise of their live performances, was encouragement enough for Hedgehog Pie to contemplate making another LP. By this time a drummer named Dik (Alan Dixon) had joined the band. THE GREEN LADY came in a laminated gatefold sleeve with a colorful cover painting, and various monochrome photographs of the band performing and in the studio on the inside Again boasting ten tracks, the four instrumentals suggested a new direction for the band, moving away from a strictly traditional style to incorporating jazz and hard rock elements. These new ingredients were especially evident on the vocal tracks. Side two's "The Gardener" (trad.), "Daemon Merchant" (Doonan), and Dreamer (Jenkins), served to free the band from their purer folk roots. Only the title tune, which could easily have passed for a Steeleye Span recording, and the preceding instrumental, "Hunter's House/The Oak Tree," sounded like holdovers from earlier sessions.

THE GREEN LADY was also critically well-received, and was soon followed by what may be the group's rarest recording of all, an EP (extended-play single) entitled THE WONDERFUL LEGEND OF THE LAMBTON WORM (TUB 12). The four tracks recounted, in songs that even a small child could love, the legend of the giant worm that plagued the village of Lambton and of its conqueror, Sir John. "The Lambton Worm" and "Come Join the Show" (both up-tempo group sing-alongs) comprised side one; while "I am the Worm" (an eerie dirge) and "Sir John Fights the Worm" made up side two. There were apparently very few copies of this record pressed, given its immediate scarcity.

10 Comments:

Blogger GeoX said...

Thanks a lot, Lizardson. I really appreciate the opportunity to hear more from this super-obscure band.

03 August, 2007 01:16  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bugger!! If I'd known they were that rare, I wouldn't have sold my copy a few years back!!

John

03 August, 2007 05:42  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another excellent album - Many Thanks

Any idea if Capstick plus Hedgehog Pie is available anywhere?

beGlad for the song is without end

04 August, 2007 05:43  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

when these exquisite albums were first released, all i could do was reading about them on MM and NME and dream, becasue i had no money nor could i trravel to the UK where they were available.
Now, thanks to you Lizardson, I can download them but I have no time to listen.
Perhaps after retirement????
THANK YOU

16 August, 2007 23:10  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Again thanks for a brilliant post, some excellent atmospheric psych folk here!

24 October, 2007 06:25  
Anonymous arbor said...

Thanks I'm really looking forward to hearing this and the others, they are new to me

14 January, 2008 08:16  
Blogger Simon said...

Is there actually a link to download this album? I'm busting to hear this, having heard the excellent title tack on Lammas Night Laments.

18 August, 2009 19:21  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://rapidshare.com/files/278420122/HEDGEHOG_PIE_The_Green_Lady_.zip

Enjoy:)

11 September, 2009 16:41  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thank you very much : 9

09 July, 2010 21:00  
Blogger mac man said...

BUSTED LINK FOLKS !

04 April, 2016 10:29  

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