Thursday, October 18, 2007

Steve Ashley

"Speedy Return" 1975

There's a little bit of a second-generation British folk-rock feel to Ashley's second album, links to the first generation being the presence of Fairport Convention's rhythm section (bassist Dave Pegg and drummer Dave Mattacks) on several tracks as well as some orchestration by Robert Kirby (who did the same for Nick Drake). It's mild, varied mid-'70s British folk-rock sometimes verging on reflective singer/songwriter stuff, particularly on the tunes with strings, "Broken Wing" (one of the better numbers) coming almost close to pop. But there are also echoes of several forms of traditional British Isles folk music in the melodies and lilt of some of the rhythms, especially on "Old John England," which is based on the traditional tune "Pase el Agoa." Ashley's thin, gentle voice doesn't carry his intricate, sometimes abstract lyrics with memorable force or nuance, though, and his melodies are pleasant but not outstanding. ~ Richie Unterberger, All Music Guide

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know Steve's album, but just thought I'd remind everyone that Unterberger seldom shows a fan's patience or love, but often a jaded critic's dismissive cavil.

19 October, 2007 08:49  
Anonymous simon from korea said...

DEar Lizardson,

Thanks for this. Have had to rely on an mp3 rip of a tape of a very scatched version of this for the last couple of years. Very much appreciated.

p.s. have you ever come across any rips or CD's by the Ian Anderson or BBC Scotland fame?

19 October, 2007 15:13  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

can you open this link pease?i find for this album.thank you!damon,greece.

09 November, 2009 18:36  

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