Thursday, August 23, 2007

Pyewackett

"The Man in the Moon Drinks Claret" 1982

It's easy to see why this group was so popular and still packs 'em in for their annual reunions. This 1982 album sparkles with a playful sense of fun, delivered by a skillful quartet who like to surprise. Hey We to the Other World starts off very trad English acapella but quickly devolves into a burlesque reggae stew that somehow suits it perfectly. Other tracks retain trad politeness while interwoven with singular invention. Pyewackett specialized in very old material which they made current and very much alive. Check out one of the jazziest versions of Tam Lin ever recorded, followed immediately by an entirely loopy Merry-go-round Broke Down. Weird and wonderful. Andy Cronshaw ably handled the highly-textured production.

6 Comments:

Blogger Lizardson said...

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23 August, 2007 00:08  
Anonymous chris said...

hi brothers: incredible blog of folky tunes, just one request: is it possible to post the record by Val Stoecklein - grey life (1968)

thanx

23 August, 2007 04:27  
Blogger newelectricmuse said...

I've got this one on LP - an interesting, original and varied album, quite quirky in parts. I always look forward to the last track "Dan and the Wombat" a good folk-rock instrumental.
Newelectricmuse

23 August, 2007 17:45  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Remember seeing this band at time of release, lovely to hear live

08 September, 2007 22:55  
Blogger The Caller said...

Nice to hear this album again by my old friends Pyewackett.

Any chance of links for Andrew Cronshaw?

26 February, 2009 17:23  
Blogger The Caller said...

Great to hear this again from my old friends Pyewackett. Thanks.

26 February, 2009 17:23  

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