Monday, September 15, 2008

by Ailis

Swan Arcade - Matchless (1976)





















Tracks:
01 - Babylon
02 - Valerio
03 - Foster's Mill
04 - Further Along
05 - The Rainbow
06 - VanDiemans Land
07 - Lowlands Of Holland
08 - Mercedes Benz
09 - Little Maiden
10 - Baron Of Brackley
11 - Down In The Valley To Pray
12 - Trimdon Grange Explosion

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Swan Arcade - Full Circle (1990)
















Tracks:
01 - The Verdant Banks Of Skreen
02 - A Sailor's Life
03 - Shule Agra
04 - William Taylor
05 - The Banks Of The Roses
06 - The Old Triangle
07 - Sliav Gallion Braes
08 - Four Loom Weaver
09 - The Doffin Mistress
10 - Lowlands Away
11 - Blood Red Roses
12 - Wild Mountain Thyme

6 Comments:

Blogger antony said...

Many thanks to my good friend Ailis for the great posts!

16 September, 2008 04:26  
Blogger GeoX said...

Tell the truth, Ailis: you're Our Lord And Savior Jesus Christ, aren't you?

16 September, 2008 05:59  
Blogger Alan said...

Once again thanks very much Ailis

16 September, 2008 17:16  
Blogger cianfulli said...

if you want publish this album.
It's the second Brian's album, still waiting for a CD reissue

covers

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Brian Peters ::: Fools of fortune
> 192 kbps VBR

Brian Peters: guitars, Angio-concertina, melodeon, second fiddle, cello, vocal
with
Jamie Knowles: fiddle, mandolin
Mike Nacey: fretless bass
Margaret Peters: vocal
Dave Shaw: Northumbrian pipes
The Mossley dukes
Bonz: guitar, harmonica
John Harrison: string bass, electric bass
Dave Pope: mandolin, guitar

01 The lost fourteen hundred
02 Schottis frän Norrbotten
03 The Oldham white hare
04 A Swedish dance/Sherwood forest/La belle Halimande
05 John Barbour
06 The Northern lass
07 Dallas rag
08 The last God of England
09 Shelter from the storm
10 Doed a ddel/Ap siencyn/Mopsi don
11 Sir Patrick Spens
12 The unquiet grave

1989 • Harbour Town HAR 005

Harbour Town aren’t exactly putting out rubbish, are they? They're developing a very healthy line in powerful (basically) solo artists and stylish monochrome sleeves.
This is a varied and excellent set. The tunes (from various lands) are full of the miracle ingredient Life, showcasing Peters' skilled, unflashy squeezeboxing. The songs have quite a lot of death (threatened or actual) in them.
The opener is a sombre recounting of HMS Hood's demise at the hands of the Bismarck. This is mirrored on side two by a taut, drama-charged Sir Patrick Spens. By way of contrast, in John Borbour (yet another good version of the Willie O'Winsbury story) someone actually makes it back from a sea voyage roughly according to plan.
There's a stormalong version of Last God Of England, courtesy of Peters' alternative outlet, The Mossley Dukes. This is one of my favourite songs of the last couple of years, so I have no complaints but I wonder if the label's standard contract stipulates the inclusion of a Pete Morton song? Janet Russell's LP is the only exception so far. Unquiet Grave is given an excellent treatment, helped especially by Margaret Peters' mixed-down, but crucially effective, second vocal.
Final and special mention goes to Peters' Shelter From The Storm, a blazing try on behalf of the homeless. Anyone whose mental and physical horizons extend more than 400 yards beyond the Palate of Westminster will know there's a problem. This is a song shot through with anger and sympathy worthy of the subject. Recommended for your attention, as is the whole record.
Nick Beale • fROOTS #74, August 1989

Fools of fortune

16 September, 2008 19:07  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's just wonderful to here these again after so many years. I used to have these on vinyl, but they didn't survive a house fire. Bless your heart for this.

17 September, 2008 01:28  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just listened to Swan Arcade on Mike Hardings show,where can I get a copy of Nothing Blue?

02 October, 2008 04:58  

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