Sunday, September 30, 2007

Cyril Tawney

"The Outlandish Knight" 1969

On The Outlandish Knight, Cyril sings what he considers to be "the cream of the great traditional ballads as they were sung in the South-West peninsula of England." He sings them completely unaccompanied because, he says, "that is the way they were sung by the illiterate or semi-literate moorfolk and countryfolk who gave them to Baring-Gould and his fellow-collectors, and because any claim that they were ever sung otherwise is pure speculation." Most of his versions come from the Baring-Gould Manuscript, and this LP was recorded in the Plymouth Central Library, where the manuscripts are housed. The sleeve contains brief notes for each song and an introductory essay.

Cover Art: Click

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Cyril Tawney

"In Port" 1972

01. Sally Free and Easy
02. A Lean and Unwashed Tiffy
03. The Ballad of Sammys Bar
04. Stanley the Rat
05. Diesel and Shale
06. My Mother Came From Norway
07. Six Feet of Mud
08. In the Sidings
09. Five Foot Flirt
10. On A Monday Morning
11. Nobby Hall
12. Cheering the Queen
13. New Names For Old
14. Chicken On A Raft
15. Grey Funnel Line

Songs written by Cyril Tawney, with Dennis McCallum on accordion on some tracks, and The Yetties on others.

Full details and direct ordering information are at and the ADA CDs are also available from the usual sources.

Richard Dees's Bootlegs #20

June Tabor & The Oyster Band
"First Ave. Minneapolis" 1991

CD 1
1 Polish Plain
2 Gamblers
3 This Year Next Year
4 Cornish 6 Hand Reel
5 Mississippi
6 All Tomorrow's Parties
7 Finisterre
8 Bonnie Suzie Clelland
9 Valentine's Day Is Over
10 Dark Eyed Sailor
11 Intro to Hills of Shiloh
12 Hills Of Shilo
13 Love Vigilantes
14 Red Barn Stomp
15 Too Late Now
16 Instrumental

CD 2
1 New York Girls
2 White Rabbit
3 This Wheel's On Fire
4 Instrumental
5 I Fought The Law
6 The Generals Are Born Again
7 All Along The Watchtower
8 Star Of The County Down
9 Dark Eyed Sailor
10 Valentine's Day Is Over
11 All Tomorrow's Parties
12 Pain And Paradise
13 Dives And lazarus
14 Jelous Brown Eyed Son

[CD 2 - 9 to 13: Cambridge Folk Festival]

CD 1
CD 2


Mason Proffit: Fuzzbox

Friday, September 28, 2007

Neil Innes

"How Sweet To Be An Idiot" 1973

Probably the most important figure in British musical comedy since the heyday of vaudeville, Neil Innes is that rarity among musical comedians, a side-splitting satirist who can also write perfectly straightforward, catchy pop songs.

Born in Danbury, Essex, England, on December 9, 1944, and spending a good part of his childhood in postwar Germany, Innes followed the traditional route for future English pop stars of his generation and went to art college, specifically Goldsmith's College School of Art in London. Unlike, say, Keith Richards, Innes had a genuine facility for art and flourished at Goldsmith's. Among other pursuits, Innes fell in with a crowd including Vivian Stanshall, Larry Smith, and Roger Ruskin Spears, all of whom shared Innes' taste for both old-fashioned trad jazz and the Dadaist art movement of the 1910s. The foursome, along with an ever-shifting cast of fellow students, formed the Bonzo Dog Dada Band to combine the two. Upon graduation in 1966, the group turned professional, altering their name to the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band because they were tired of having to explain to everyone what Dada was.

Although the retiring Innes was never the onstage focus of the Bonzos, preferring to quietly play guitar and keyboards in the back while the master showmen Stanshall, Smith, and Spears hogged the limelight, he quickly became the group's musical leader. Although all of the Bonzos wrote, Innes' melodic gifts were soon obvious, and his talent for melding sharply satiric lyrics with sweetly catchy pop songs in a variety of musical styles was the secret weapon that kept the group from being just a wacky British version of the Mothers of Invention. Over the course of the group's four albums, Gorilla (1967), The Doughnut in Granny's Greenhouse (1968), Tadpoles (1969), and Keynsham (1969), Innes subtly moved the group's focus from '20s jazz to '60s pop, with gems like the U.K. hit single "I'm the Urban Spaceman" and the genuinely beautiful flip side "Ready-Mades," an oblique ode to Marcel Duchamp's prankish art, being among the most unforgettable songs of their time.

The Bonzo Dog Band appeared weekly on a 1968 British children's television show, Do Not Adjust Your Set. During this project, Innes became friends with Eric Idle, Michael Palin, and Terry Jones, which in turn led to Innes becoming a sort of unofficial seventh member of Monty Python. Contributing songs to Python's stage show, albums, and films, and even acting in a few sketches in the last year of their television series, Innes eventually became an integral part of this classic comedy troupe. However, Innes' work with the Pythons was never more than a part-time affair, and he spent the years after the Bonzos' 1969 breakup pursuing his own projects.

The first of these was the World, a straight rock group Innes formed with former Bonzos bassist Dennis Cowan, drummer Ian Wallace, and guitarist Roger McKew. Their sole album, 1970's Lucky Planet, was a Beatlesque pop album that bears a certain resemblance to early Badfinger. Lucky Planet was preceded by a fine single, "Angelina"/"Come Out Into the Open," but neither song appeared on the album. Shortly after the World split up, the three members of the Liverpool comedy pop group the Scaffold, Roger McGough, John Gorman, and Mike (McCartney) McGear, contacted Innes about forming a new band. Adding guitarist Andy Roberts, the five formed GRIMMS, taking their name from the members' initials. GRIMMS released three albums combining poetry and music, GRIMMS (1972), Rockin' Duck (1973), and Sleepers (1975), before breaking up mid-decade.

In between GRIMMS records, Innes began his solo career with 1974's How Sweet to Be an Idiot. That album and 1977's Taking Off are about evenly split between Innes' playful and pop sides. (How Sweet to Be an Idiot has since been reissued under two different names, the 1980 budget-price LP Neil Innes A-Go-Go and the 1994 CD Recycled Vinyl Blues, which combines the album, the 1970 single by the World, and four later single sides.) Innes' next two albums, 1979's The Innes Book of Records and 1982's Off the Records, are collections of songs performed on Innes' first television show of his own, The Innes Book of Records, which ran for three seasons on the BBC.

Innes has spent most of his time since the mid-'70s working in television, writing and starring in children's shows like The Raggy Dolls and Puddle Lane for British television, as well as collaborating with Python alums Terry Jones and Eric Idle on various projects. One of those collaborations, an Idle-scripted series called Rutland Weekend Television, which spawned the Idle and Innes duo LP The Rutland Weekend Songbook (1976), eventually led to the project for which Innes is probably best known, the loving but dead-on Beatles parody the Rutles. Besides starring in Idle's film All You Need Is Cash as Rutles leader Ron Nasty, Innes wrote 20 perfect Beatles parodies for the soundtrack. In 1996, Innes regrouped the Rutles to record Archaeology, a similarly faultless parody of the Beatles' Anthology CDs. Innes regularly appears at Beatles conventions, both as himself and as Ron Nasty. ~ Stewart Mason, All Music Guide

NEIL INNES - Vocals, guitar
ANDY ROBERTS - Rhythm guitar
"OLLIE" HALSALL - Lead guitar, organ
GERRY CONWAY - Drums on *

Richard Dees's Bootlegs #19

Moving Hearts

"Correggio Festa dell' Unita, Italy" 14th July 1984
"Liberty Hall, Dublin" 17th March 1981

Love to Hate
Open Those Gates
Dark End Of The Street
Edge Of The City
Hold On

Let Somebody Know
The Lark
What Will You Do About Me
The Storm
Make Music

Billy Gray
One Last Cold Kiss
Before the Deluge
Faithful Departed
No Time For Love

Moving Hearts:
Christy Moore - Vocals, Guitar(1981)
Flo McSweeney - Vocals (1984)
Donal Lunny - Bouzouki
Davy Spillane - Uilleann Pipes, Low Whistle
Eoghan O'Neill - Bass
Keith Donald - Alto Sax
Declan Sinnott - Guitar
Brian Calnan - Drums / Percussion (1981)
Matt Kellighan (1984)

Two very nice Hearts shows, featuring the two main lineups before they became all-instrumental for the last album.

Part 1
Part 2

Thursday, September 27, 2007

by GeoX #5

Gordon Bok "Seal Djiril's Hymn" 1972

GeoX said...
Now here's something interesting. A series of songs and recitations, many of them based loosely around Cape Breton folklore. Selkies abound. The centerpiece is the beyond-abstruce story-song "Hadkenek: The Snow that Comes." It did come with a booklet, but as I recall, it wasn't particularly informative. An uncommonly strange and lovely album.

01. The Telling of O-E Dallay
02. O-E Dallay (the song)
03. Go Thou, Long-Legs
04. An Diran Than Soulder
05. Hadjenek: The Snow that Comes
06. Seal Djiril's Hymn
07. Dillon Bay
08. La Brigantine
09. Bheir Me O
10. Banks of the Reedy Lagoon
11. Paloma
12. Hatu Khara Ols'n
13. The Brandy Tree
14. Turn Ye to Me

Richard Dees's Bootlegs #18

The Liberty Belles "Vicar Street, Dublin"
October 21, 2001

Paul Brady
Andy Irvine
Liam og O'Flynn
Donal Lunny
Paddy Glackin
Noel Hill

This was quite an emotional bringing together of all these musicians for the first time since July 21st 1978. The audience was equally aware of the significance of the event and the atmosphere and reaction was amazing. This
was not just a trip down memory lane however, but six really tight exciting gigs where the musical quotient was very high. The opening set featured Liam, Donal, Paddy and Noel playing selections of tunes together. Then the second half featured a repeat of the 1978 gig even down to the running order which was the same. Two brilliant additions to the set were songs from Andy Irvine, 'Martinmas Time' from the 1976 'Andy Irvine and Paul Brady' album and 'The West Coast Of Clare' from Andy's Planxty repertoire.

Opening Set
1. Jigs: Rambling Tailor / Humours of Ennis
2. Air: The Blackbird
3. 2 Reels
4. Jigs: The Pipe on the Hob / Canavan's / Whelan's Old Sow
5. Jiggered
6. Air: The Yellow Bittern
7. Reels: The Copperplate / The Wind That Shakes the Barley
Main Set
8. The Shamrock Shore
9. Paddy's Green Shamrock Shore
10. I Am a Youth That's Inclined To Ramble
11. The Creel / Out The Door And Over The Wall
12. Reels: Jenny's Wedding / The Crooked Road to Dublin / Lucy Campbell
13. The Jolly Soldier
14. Mary and The Soldier

1. Jackson and Jane
2. Jigs: My Darling Asleep / The Green Fields of America / Old Hag You Have Killed Me
3. Martinmas Time
4. Don't Come Again
5. The Lakes Of Pontchartrain
6. Reels: The Kerry Reel / The Green Groves Of Erin / The Bucks Of Oranmore
7. Arthur McBride
8. The West Coast of Clare
9. Reels: Castlekelly / Corney Is Coming / The Pretty Girls of Mayo / The Humours of Ballyconnell
10. Instrumental

Part 1
Part 2

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Richard Dees's Bootlegs #17

Paul Brady "Vicar St. Dublin"
October 23, 2001

CD 1
1 Nothing But The Same Old Story
2 Nobody Knows
3 Don't Start Knocking
4 Love Hurts
5 Dancing In The Fire
6 Follow On *
7 Bright Side Of The Road **
8 Irish Heartbeat **
9 I Will Be There **
10 Love Goes On
11 Travelling Light

CD 2
1 The Long Goodbye
2 Crazy Dreams
3 Oh! What A World
4 Soul Commotion
5 The World Is What You Make It *
6 You Don't Know Me **
7 The Homes Of Donegal
8 Steel Claw
9 Arthur McBride

* with Brendan Bowyer
** with Van Morrison

CD 1
CD 2

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Richard Dees's Bootlegs #16

Dick Gaughan "Old Brewery, Cromarty"
February 24, 2006

CD 1
1. What You Do With What You've Got
2. The Yew Tree
3. The Devil And Pastor Jack
4. Muir and the Master Builder
5. Waist Deep In The Big Muddy
6. Now Westlin Winds
7. What Ever Happened To?
8. Outlaws And Dreamers

CD 2
1. The Hunter Dunne
2. Song For Ireland
3. Shipwreck
4. Set Of Jigs
5. Lucky For Some
6. Both Sides The Tweed
7. Games People Play

CD 1
CD 2

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Dave Burland

"Benchmark" 1996

Pete Heywood:
The sleeve notes to this CD start by defining the term "benchmark: a criterion, standard, reference point" and go on to say "Traditional music is the benchmark I use to choose other songs in my repertoire and as my last two recordings have included predominantly modern material, I thought the time had come to redress the balance".

Dave Burland is one of the cornerstones of the folk revival and over the years he has set standards and this CD is a real pleasure, not least because of its simplicity, usually just Dave's voice (often described as velvety) and his guitar, and as close as you could come to a live recording. One of the highlights for me is his version of "The Blacksmith" which I have on a 1971 LP on the Trailer label which, unfortunately, is now almost unplayable because of heat damage, but there are several tracks that I find equally noteable.

There is quite a range of material, including some American songs where I found his slight change of accent slightly off-putting at first. An unusual song is his pairing of the "Lancashire Lads" and "Going For A Soldier Jenny" from the repertoire of Nic Jones and Dave Moran when they were in the group The Halliard. Dave gives it his distinctive "laid back" treatment, perhaps at times a shade too laid back but as Dave has been wooing audiences for over twenty-five years, who am I to judge!

Of the fourteen tracks on the album, only one is a contemporary song, Ewan McColl's "Shoals of Herring" which is totally at home in this selection. Dave also adds a contemporary section to "The Man from Kyandra" to look out for.

I must mention the fiddle playing of Roger Watson. If anybody wants a lesson in sympathetic song accompaniment, here it is. Dave is a friend of Nic Jones, who was also such a sympathetic accompanist on fiddle, and Roger's work is of a similar calibre, quite superb.

Current releases containing largely traditional songs are becoming rarer and this is a release to treasure. Some of the songs on this album can be regarded as standards. Dave breathes life into them and has come up with an album worthy of the title - "Benchmark".


Battlefield Band: The Celtic Circle

Richard Dees's Bootlegs #15

Tom Paxton & Anne Hills
Recorded at the Old Town School of Folk Music
Friday, May 13, 2005 (second set)

1. Announcer (0:16)
2. Bottle of Wine (3:36)
3. Whose Garden Was This? (3:10)
4. Plain Song (4:41)
5. My Pony Knows the Way (5:43)
6. Getting Up Early (4:04)
7. My Son John (3:22)
8. Home Is Anywhere You Are (3:39)
9. Raggedy Man (4:04)
10. Jennifer's Rabbit (2:39)
11. Katy (2:30)
12. Marry Me Again (3:31)
13. Your Shoes, My Shoes (3:50)
14. Last Thing on My Mind (4:16)
15. Internet version of one verse of Last Thing on My Mind (1:13)
16. Ramblin' Boy (4:36)
17. Peace Will Come (4:05)

Total Time: 59:23

Part 1
Part 2

Saturday, September 22, 2007

by bluenorther #9

David Ackles "American Gothic" 1972

bluenorther said...
Hello, Lizardson, 'Grown So Ugly'(January 19.07) blog has a valid link to David Acklesalbum, if you still need it.

by bluenorther #8

"Flo & Eddie" 1973

Self-described as the Partridge Family and Redd Foxx on one album, Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan, otherwise known as Flo & Eddie, presented one of the more eclectic duos in the history of rock & roll. Their friendship and musical partnership, which began in their high school choir in Westchester, CA, led at first to a surf band called the Crossfires, which changed its name to the Turtles after its members graduated high school. The Turtles had some of the sweetest, most feel-good sounds in pop music, but underneath the melodic pop there was always an undercurrent of mischief. When the band broke up in 1970, Volman and Kaylan became members of Frank Zappa's Mothers of Invention, which provided them a perfect breeding ground for their quirky ways. Performing under the name the Phlorescent Leech & Eddie, they eventually shortened their moniker to Flo & Eddie. They recorded seven solo albums, eventually producing inexplicably weird reggae albums, but their real name was made by their radio show, which started out in the mid-'70s in Detroit, but eventually ended up on KROQ in California and was syndicated by nearly 50 stations at its peak. Flo & Eddie scored two low-budget films, Dirty Duck and Texas Detour, and, surreally enough, also worked on music for several kids' television shows, including the animated series Strawberry Shortcake and the Care Bears. ~ Stacia Proefrock, All Music Guide

by GeoX #4

Gordon Bok
"A Rogue's Gallery of Songs for 12-String" 1983

GeoX said...
BOY did I love this when I was very small! My abortive musical career consisted--at the age of five or six--of "writing" a song that was an almost exact copy of "McKeon's Coming." I was always very concerned about the title character--does he make it? Does he get home?? Does he???

This and most of the other songs concern--that's right--roguish sorts of individuals. They're almost all very, very, very...good.

01. McKeon's Coming
02. I'm a Rambler, I'm a Gambler
03. Thumpy
04. Duncan and Brady
05. Balamena
06. Marina/Bimbo de Colonello
07. On the Wallaby
08. Old Fat Boat
09. Ramble Away
10. A Most Unpleasant Way, Sir
11. Mist-Covered Mountains/Bonnie Galway
12. Blackbird
13. St. Thomas
14. Woodworker's Litany

by Paul #3

Harry Belafonte "Belafonte on Campus" 1967
LP Rip VBR 192-224

Paul said...
This is one of Harry Belafonte's folk LPs that has not been re-issued on CD (so far as I am aware). It contains a mix of traditional and modern folk music as you will see from the track list.
But do not expect a real "folky" sound - these are "professional" studio tracks with full choral and orchestral backing. Still, it is well worth a listen.

01 Roll on Buddy
02 The Hands I Love (Lightfoot's "Song for a Winter's Night"
03 The Last Thing on my Mind
04 Delia
05 Far Side of the Hill
06 Waly Waly
07 Sail away Ladies
08 First Time Ever I saw your Face
09 Hold on to me, Babe
10 Those Three are on my Mind
11 Dog Song (Your Dog)

Friday, September 21, 2007

Richard Dees's Bootlegs #14

Lunasa "National Concert Hall, Dublin"
8th June 2006

Broadcast on RTE 1 radio in two parts, on 16th and 23rd October 2006

CD 1
1 Good Morning Nightcap
2 Leckan Mor
a. Kalyana
b. Above In The Garret
c. Leckan Mor
3 Absent Friends > Ivory Lady
4 ??
5 Mrs. O'Sullivan's > Chloe's Passion
6 Midnight In Aviles
a. N’Alcordanza
b. Soig’s plinn
c. Skolvan doubl plinn
7 The Dingle Berries
a. The Hop Slide
b. Padraig O’Keefe’s
c. Nessa the Mover
d. Trip to Dingle
8 Black River
a. Across The Black River
b. Iain MacDonald’s
c. The Sandpit
9 Dr Gilbert > Merry Sisters Of Fate > Suite Ecosse

CD 2
1 Spoil The Dance
a. Cillian's Midnight Dip
b. Tuttle's
c. Spoil The Dance
2 Road To Barga
a.Timmy Collins'
b. Road To Barga
3 Showacho > Portobello
4 ??
5 Punch In The Dark
6 Puirt na pBucai
7 The Last Pint
8 The Ash Plant
9 Boy in the Boat
a. The Ballivanich Reel
b. The Boy in the Boat
c. The Stone of Destiny

Kevin Crawford - Flute, Whistles
Trevor Hutchinson - Upright Bass
Sean Smith - Fiddle
Cillian Vallely - Uilleann Pipes, Low Whistle
Paul Meehan - Guitar

Pat Fitzpatrick
Alan Kelly
Conor Brady

CD 1
CD 2

by bluenorther #7

Val Stoecklein "Grey life" 1968: Download
Carolanne Pegg "Carolanne" 1973: Download

by Paul #2

Dave de Hugard "Freedom on the Wallaby" 1970
LP Rip, VBR 192-224

Paul said...
Dave de Hugard is a well-known and highly respected Australian folk singer and musician specialising in traditional Australian bush music. This excellent album was put down in 1970 and although re-issued again as an LP in 1983 (from which I have ripped the music) none of the tracks have been re-issued on CD. It's a good rip so enjoy!
Sadly, I do not have graphics so if anyone else can help there, I would be very grateful.

LP details:
Band Members:
Dave de Hugard - vocal, fiddle, concertina, button accordion.
Ken Greenaugh - flute and tin whistle
Tom Rummery - button accordion and concertina
Bill Moynihan - guitar
Ian White - Banjo
Dave Pilley - tea-chest bass.

Produced by Mike Evans

Side 1
1. Kitty’s Jig (Instrumental)
2. Travelling Down The Castlereagh
3. Cockie’s of Bungaree (sic)
4. Four Little Johnny Cakes
5. Across the Western Plains
6. Billy of Tea

Side 2
1. Starry Night for a Ramble / Mudgee Waltz (Instrumental)
2. Springtime it Brings on the Shearing
3. The Little Fish
4. Another Fall of Rain
5. The Tent Poles are Rotten
6. The Murray River Gallop / Soldier’s Joy Dance Medley (Instrumental)

Thursday, September 20, 2007

by GeoX #3

Gordon Bok "A Tune for November" 1970

GeoX said...
An early album. I don't think he'd quite found his voice yet, but it's a pleasant enough listen, and the story-song "Saben the Woodcutter" presages his masterpiece "Kagan and the Wind."

01. The Hills of Isle au Haut
02. Duna
03. Handsome Cabin Boy
04. Song of Yupanqui
05. Traveling People
06. Liverpool Handy/I'se the B'y
07. Saben the Woodfitter
08. Lou's Handy
09. Where Am I to Go?
10. Lowlands
11. Queensland Overlanders
12. Sier Lapalang
13. Tune for Bannard
14. A Tune for November

Gordon Bok "Peter Kagan and the Wind" 1971

GeoX said...
This is missing two tracks, irksomely ("Hang on, John" and "Ed McDermott's Handy)--I thought I had ripped everything. I'll be sure to grab those the next time I'm at my parents' house (probably not 'til Thanksgiving). But I didn't want to delay presenting it, because it's still a GREAT album, representing a big artistic leap forward from A Tune for November. The title track--a fifteen-minute story-song--is...well, I'm not even going to try to describe it, but I'm man enough to admit that it has been known to leave me on the verge of tears. And that's not all: "Mr. Eneos," "Mrs. MacDonald's Lament, and "Clear Away in the Morning" all rank among his best compositions. Hell, it's ALL good. Please listen.

01. Mr. Eneos
02. Mrs. MacDonald's Lament
03. Cape Ann
04. Gulls in the Morning
05. Frankie on the Sheepscot
06. Clear Away in the Morning
07. Threeboot Philbrick's Lament
08. Peter Kagan and the Wind

by bluenorther #6

Kazuki Tomokawa "Senbadzuru Wo Kuchini Kuwaeta Hibi"

So much thanks!!
This is one of my wanted titles!

by bluenorther #5

Vikki Clayton "It Suits Me Well: The Songs Of Sandy Denny"

Vikki Clayton has a lush, powerful voice and holds notes like nobody's business; and anyone expecting an acoustic album is in for a surprise -- oh, there's some unamplified guitar, but a lot of what's here includes some modest electric playing in between the acoustic guitar and the occasional fiddle accompaniment. Surprisingly, as much as she puts into her rendition of a signature tune like "Who Knows Where the Time Goes," it's on somewhat lesser-known numbers like "No End" and the title track that Clayton really takes flight, and the prettiest piece here may be "Fotheringay," with its gentle orchestral accompaniment. Other highlights include the hauntingly beautiful, stripped down "A Sailor's Life," limited to a voice and one guitar, and "Rising for the Moon." The 2000-vintage CD also features three bonus tracks, "One Way Donkey Ride," "Like an Old Fashioned Waltz," and "The Sea," with the latter, in particular, a match for anything on the original CD. ~ Bruce Eder, All Music Guide

Presented by Paul

Gordon Bok & Cindy Kallett "Neighbours" 1996

Paul said...
One of Gordon Bok's later albums. Here he teams up with Cindy Kallet. Like most of the albums he is involved in, there is the usual broad mix of traditional and modern tracks including a couple of sailor/seamen tracks.

01 Rantin' Laddie
02 Geordie
03 Homeward Bound
04 Danze Della Valle Borbera - Danze de Bagolino
05 Right Said Fred
06 October Song
07 Janko (Yanko)
08 Blood on the Sails
09 Farewell to Nova Scotia
10 King Jim - Thanxty Al Stanley
11 Frolic (for Guitar and Small Elephant)
12 High Barbary
13 Peace on Earth
14 Sergei's Yupanqui Tune
15 One for Winter - Colrain
16 Padstowe Chantey

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Steve Ashley "Stroll On" 1975

Upon release, Steve Ashley's debut album was rated The Sunday Telegraph's folk album of the year, and even landed its maker a U.S. deal with Motown, which released it to wild acclaim in America in 1975. Across the board, Ashley seemed set for a powerful career. Instead, he all but vanished, releasing new albums with infuriating irregularity and condemning Stroll On to a "lost treasure" status that wholly undervalues its importance. Stroll On was originally recorded in 1971 (Ashley suffered some 30 rejections before Gull finally picked it up), but the timelessness of its contents barely registered the delay. The sparse accompaniment of a band built around drummer Dave Mattacks, but diversifying to encompass tablas, concertina, pedal steel (the redoubtable B.J. Cole), fretless bass, and, on one occasion, the Albion Band, offers an exquisite backdrop to Ashley's thoughtful, almost foreboding voice, yet is happy to remain subservient to it. The monastic chant that opens "Fire and Wine," for example, remains in the ears long after the musicians kick in with chiming electric riffery, while "Candlemas Carol" echoes with the midwinter chill that this ancient festival once guarded against, no matter how warm Robert Kirby's recorders grow. Much of the album seems to concern the seasons -- the grip of deep winter, the fleeting joys of summer -- and this, too, contributes to the album's mood, not because talking about the weather is such a popular occupation, but because the moods induced by the changing seasons truly are eternal. And it does listeners good to be reminded of that sometimes. ~ Dave Thompson, All Music Guide

Steve Ashley, vocals, guitar, harmonica, whistle;
Richard Byers, electric guitar, mandolin, backing vocals;
B.J. Cole, pedal steel guitar;
Brian Diprose, Thom Friedlein, bass guitar;
Dave Pegg, bass, mandolin;
Daryl Runswick, Danny Thompson, bass;
Barry Dransfield, fiddle;
Lea Nicholson, concertina;
Redd McReady, harpsichord;
Dave Mattacks, drums;
Chris Karan, tablas;
Claire Dawson, backing vocals;
Robert Kirby, string arrangement;
Albion Country Band Mk1 1972 (Ashley Hutchings, Royston Wood, Steve Ashley, Simon Nicol, Sue Draheim & Dave Mattacks) on Lord Bateman;
Tinder Box (Steve Ashley, Dave Menday, Tristam Fry) on Spirit of Christmas;
Steve Ashley, Jerry Donahue, Lea Nicholson, Dave Mattacks, Dave Pegg and Dave Swarbrick on Old Rock 'n' Roll.

Richard Dees's Bootlegs #13

Lindisfarne "The Milestones Musicroom"
Rochester, NY [August 14th 2002]

Quality: Soundboard

disc 1
1 Working My Way Back Home
2 Intro
3 When Jones gets back to town
4 Refugees
5 This too will pass
6 Happy Birthday Dad
7 Freedom Square
8 Sundown station
9 Remember Tomorrow
10 Intro
11 Born at the right time

disc 2
1 Walking back to Blueberry Hill
2 Roll on that day
3 One World
4 Train in E Major
5 Ghost In Blue Suede Shoes
6 Old Peculiar Feeling
7 Can't do right for doing wrong
8 Significant Other
9 Intro
10 Why can't I be satisfied
11 Intro
12 Meet me on the corner
13 Road to Kingdom come

Complete acoustic show from the 2002 US Tour.

CD 1
CD 2

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Richard Dees's Bootlegs #12

Planxty "Villa Litta, Milan, Italy"
June 17th 1980

CD 1
1 no time for love
2 the sun is in the sky
3 as i roved out (the night visit)
4 the plains of kildare
5 as i roved out
6 the ballad of joe mccann
7 slow air
8 garret barrie's
9 o'carolan's concerto
10 bonnie anne + the flogging reel

CD 2
1 smeceno horo
2 raggle taggle gypsy + tabhair dom do lamh
3 overture to the west coast of clare
4 the west coast of clare
5 lady of the island + gatehouse maid + the virginia + callaghan's
6 sacco and vanzetti
7 the blacksmith + black smithereens
8 jigs


Monday, September 17, 2007

by GeoX #2

Gordon Bok "Return to the Land" 1990

GeoX said...
As requested: Return to the Land, from 1990. It's hard for me to be objective about this album, since I heard it constantly when it first came out and I was young and impressionable. I don't think it's Bok's best work--it mostly consists of covers (and the less said about the original "Pearly" the better), and I think some of them are a bit overly precious. That said, I love them anyway, and several of the songs here rank among his finest recordings by any standard. "Get Her into Shore" is a doomy maritime song that he easily could have written himself; "Bare-Legged Kate" is a stark, tragic Australian ballad; and "These Dry Stone Walls" is nicely meditative. In any case, I hope you all enjoy the album.

01. This Old Mandolin
02. Return to the Land
03. Get Her into Shore
04. These Dry Stone Walls
05. Fiddler of Dooney
06. Lament for Limerick
07. Bare-Legged Kate
08. The Wreck of the Green Cove
09. A Little Road and a Stone to Roll
10. The Arbutus
11. The Swag and the Shiner
12. Song of the Wheelhouse Door
13. I Held a Lady
14. O Mar
15. Sally
16. Culebra
17. Pearly (Little Red)

by bluenorther #4

Larry Murante "Water's edge" 2000

Water's Edge, Larry Murante's second release, settles itself firmly on the country side of folk music; with a veritable army of musicians at his back, Murante, a singer-songwriter from Seattle, creates a glossy collection that, while performed well, is just a little too slick for my taste.

From the opening notes of the acoustic slide guitar on "Katie's House," this CD slips into the country mood and never really leaves it. "Between the Road and the River" makes an attempt to shake off that label with its intricate guitar rhythms, but the effort is spoiled by the early addition of full-band flourishes. "Streets of Seattle" suffers from this same over-working; the lyrics of this song suggest something much harsher than the well-developed presentation Murante gives us. It's this slickness (for lack of a better term) that keeps this CD from really moving me; everything is too polished, to the point of sameness throughout the entire CD.

That's not to say that the entire CD isn't worth a listen. The mandolin on track 5, "Those Days," creates a beautiful old-world feel, while "John Korman" sneaks in with a funky bass line that will be sure to get you moving in your seat. The final track, though, is where the fun really begins, as Murante rips into a little boogie-woogie "Chumstick Chow."

It's these last tunes that really capture Murante's voice, which is better suited, in my opinion, to more playful, upbeat tunes. The softer, introspective tracks do nothing to showcase Murante's strong voice; rather, his delivery on these, while thoughtful and steady, comes across as lacking heart and intensity.

As a whole, Water's Edge is well put together; however, there's little room for the real heart of the music to shine through. It's as though Murante spent too much time in the studio, pushing these songs past the point of being "done," to the place where they all start to sound the same. Here's hoping that Murante's next CD hovers just on this side of polish -- sometimes it's the rough that's really the diamond.


Priscilla Herdman, Anne Hills, & Cindy Mangsen
"Voices of Winter" 1997

bluenorther said...
Those of you who can afford to buy the CD, please, do so.Even this one song - 'Hot Buttered Rum' is worth the whole price, but there are some other gems too.
Artists' Websites:

Mark D. Moss (for Herdman * Hills * Mangsen):
We would really appreciate it if you would remove the download pirate link your listed for for the trio's album. It's in print and still for sale by the label and the artists. While the nice comments in your blog are welcome, uploading and distributing in-print material -- especially by indie artists struggling to pay bills and pursue their art -- is more than a little counter productive. If you like the work Anne, Priscilla and Cindy are doing, why not direct folks to one of the many legal download sites (eMusic, iTunes, CDBaby) that offer this music while seeing the artists are compensated for their work.

P.S. Though less directly my business, same goes for Dick Gaughan, Lunasa, Gordon Bok and the other artists on the same page.

by Manila #12

Richard & Linda Thompson
"Live At Kew Bridge Folk Club, England" (1972?)

Manila said...
People seem to like the bootlegs, so I'll add one myself. I can't confirm that this was actually recorded at Kew Bridge (maybe someone else can?) but it's definitely the Thompsons playing a small club. Not terrific quality - someone in the audience wanted a souvenir! - but it's still a fascinating glimpse of a time in the early 70s when R&L were playing anywhere and everywhere to make ends meet. Plus it's great to hear live versions of tracks from RT's first solo album, 'Henry The Human Fly'. Sorry, no artwork for this.

With apologies to Luis for barging in on his territory. ;-)
And yet more grovelling apologies for my 'A Mighty Wind' gaffe. (It was late, I was tired, the damn coffee was decaff....what can I tell you?)


Saturday, September 15, 2007

Presented by GeoX

Gordon Bok "Bay of Fundy" 1975

GeoX said...
Hi Lizardson,
Your blog is fantastic, and I'd like to contribute. One of my favorite artists since childhood has been Maine's Gordon Bok, and I think the THTM community would enjoy his work as well. If this goes over well, I have a LOT of Bok material to contribute.

First up: Bay of Fundy, from 1975. The brooding, meditative title track is something of a classic, as is the driving "Mister, I Don't Mind." Other highlights include the anguished "Little RIver" and "Snow Gull," which features vocals by future long-time collaborator Ann Mayo Muir--but even the weaker tracks are enhanced by Bok's deep, instantly-recognizable voice.

Track listing:
01. Western Boat
02. Little River
03. Snow Gull
04. Queer Bungo Rye
05. Fifteen Ships on George's Bank
06. Mister, I Don't Mind
07. Bay of Fundy
08. Come by the Hills
09. Kirsteen Christinn
10. Dublin City
11. The Texas Song
12. Broken Down Squatter
13. Freedom on the Wallaby

by bluenorther #3

Anne Hills & Friends "On This Day Earth Shall Ring" 1992

Singers Anne Hills, Cindy Mangsen, Fred Campeau, Jim Craig present an album of Christmas songs with an international flavor. They are accompanied by an array of traditional acoustic instruments including hammered dulcimer, viola da gamba, doumbec, mandolin, harp, recorders. Featured players include guitarist Shinobu Sato, mandolinists Stuart Rosenberg and Howard Levy, and harper Liz Cifani, among others. The album's 18 songs are from the holiday traditions of Britain, Finland, France, Wales, Spain, and America (including an Afro-American spiritual, and "I Wonder as I Wander," a song collected by John Jacob Niles in North Carolina in the 30s).

by Nel #2

Nel said...
Hi Lizardson,
Thanks again for the great music on your blog!

I read in the comments of Tim Hardin - Hang on to a dream, that someone asked for the album "Suite for Susan Moore".
In 2000 a cd was released with this album and also "bird on a wire".

Tim Hardin
"Suite for Susan Moore..." 1970

Hardin's first album for Columbia was a darker, more subdued, and altogether stranger affair than the relatively accessible material he had recorded for Verve just two or three years previously. Even at the peak of his popularity, Hardin was not always the most straightforward of songwriters, and Suite for Susan Moore took a turn toward the oblique. The "songs," actually running together into a loose suite, were divided into the mysteriously titled sections "Implication I," "Implication II," "Implication III," and "End of Implication." Often they sounded like an outpouring of stream-of-consciousness romantic emotions and thoughts, rather than compositions deliberately constructed for ease of listener comprehension. Some of the cuts had foggy, druggy textures with slow tempos, tremeloed guitars, and watery electric keyboards; not lethargic or laid-back, but the kind of stuff you're always tempted to boost the volume on to make it easier to grasp. Even the folkier and more upbeat tunes had a casual and distended air; Hardin added to the strangeness by occasionally reciting somber poetry, both unaccompanied and to meandering, jazzy instrumental backing. The drowsy mood, both affectionate and vulnerable, is more important than the message on this haunting album. That means it's not recommended as the first Hardin recording for neophytes, but it is recommended to those who already like Hardin and are up for something more obtuse than his early records. ~ Richie Unterberger, All Music Guide

Cover: Front, Back, LP label

"Bird on a Wire" 1971

Tim Hardin was mostly known as a singer/songwriter, and a most prolific one at that, based on the number of originals he generated on his albums during the second half of the 1960s. Bird on a Wire was, thus, something of a surprise, turning up as it did with only six originals on it. Perhaps Hardin was in a bad way creatively -- given what fans know now, it's difficult to picture a time in his life after 1966 when he wasn't, at some level -- but as compensation, he did beautifully soulful renditions of the title track (a Leonard Cohen song), Hoagy Carmichael's "Georgia on My Mind," John Lee Hooker's "Hoboin'," and more. Ironically, Cohen was supposed to be Columbia Records' resident singing literary figure, but in "Andre Johray" and "Moonshiner," Hardin merged serious personal poetry and his compositional and interpretive skills in a startlingly intimate and affecting manner. The singing is exquisite, poignant, and powerful and the production is as tasteful and eloquent as any in Hardin's output. This might not be the place to start listening to Tim Hardin (though there are worse places for that as well) in terms of finding out what he was about, but it's also as essential as anything in his output and a lot closer to the core of who he was than, say, Tim Hardin 4. This was also Hardin's last American studio recording and one of the last records that he made before the physical consequences of his drug problem became obvious. ~ Bruce Eder, All Music Guide

Friday, September 14, 2007

by Manila #11

Richard & Mimi Fariña "Reflections In A Crystal Wind" 1965

Manila said...
Listening to them now, there are times when Richard & Mimi Fariña veer dangerously close to the male/female duo in Christopher Guest's mockumentary 'A Dangerous Wind' and I wonder if Guest had them in mind when planning the project. Having said that, 'Reflections In A crystal Wind' sees the Fariñas with numerous backing musicians who pull them out of the 'twee' zone into much more of an early Fairport Convention category (though, of course, Fairport were simply drawing on their American influences, so you could say it's the other way around.) Whatever the case, Richard and Mimi influenced many a 60s folk musician and this blog would be lacking if it didn't include at least one album by them.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Tim Hardin

"Hang on to a Dream: The Verve Recordings"

Double-CD set of 47 tracks that Hardin recorded for Verve between 1964 and 1966. His expressive, blues-inflected vocals and confessional songwriting are heard on covers and famous compositions like "If I Were a Carpenter," "Lady Came From Baltimore," and "Reason to Believe." The compilation includes every studio recording that Hardin released on the Verve label, as well as two alternate takes and 15 previously unreleased tracks. ~ Richie Unterberger, All Music Guide

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Richard Dees's Bootlegs #11

Planxty "Live 1975"

01.Jenny's Wedding/The Shoskeen(?)/A Rainy Day
02.As I Roved Out
03.The Ace and Deuce of Pipering/Bonaparte's Retreat
04.Arthur McBride
05.Baneasa's Green Glade (fades out)
06.Mominsko Horo (fades out)

Liam O'Flynn - Uileann Pipes/Tin Whistle
Andy Irvine - Mandolin/Vocals
Johnny Moynihan - Bouzouki/Vocals
Paul Brady - Guitar/Vocals

Luis said...
A short set - possibly from a Television Broadcast - by a short lived line-up of Planxty which never made any recordings.


Planxty "Ballisodare Festival Ireland"
August 10th 1979.

Luis said...
Good sound quality, possibly from an FM Broadcast

01.The Blacksmith
02.The Lady On The Island/The Gatehouse Maid/The Virginia/Callaghan's
03.Follow Me Up To Carlow
04.(Matt Molloy Solos)
05.East At Glendart/Brian O'Lynn/Pay The Reckoning
06.The Pursuit Of Farmer Michael Hayes
07.Lord McDonald/The chattering Magpie*
08.The Good Ship Kangaroo
09.First slip/Hardiman The Fiddler A & B/The Yellow Wattle

* Fades out and back in again half way through, some tape glitches in the second half.

Christy Moore - Vocals, guitar, harmonium & bodhran.
Donal Lunny - blarge & guitar.
Andy Irvine - vocals, mandolin, mandola, hurdy gurdy & bouzouki.
Liam O'Flynn - uilleann pipes & whistle.
Matt Molloy - flute & whistle.


Monday, September 10, 2007

Richard Dees's Bootlegs #10

Andy Irvine "Countess of Huntingdon Hall, Worcester"
11th April 2006

1 A Prince Among Men
2 Reynardine + Johnny Cuig
3 The Close Shave
4 Carrowclare
5 Never Tire Of The Road
6 Billy Far Out
7 The Highwayman + My Heart's Tonight In Ireland

1 Tom Joad
2 Oslo
3 The Girl I Left Behind
4 O'Donaghue's
5 The Plains Of Kildare
6 The Wind Blows Over The Danube
7 As I Roved Out
8 The Blacksmith + Black Smithereens
9 Gladiators

CD 1
CD 2


Sunday, September 09, 2007

by Manila #10

Melanie "Candles In The Rain" 1970

Manila said...
I couldn't resist it. This, IMHO, is a beautiful album. Still touring and recording 37 years after it was released (and sounding pretty damn good if Youtube is anything to go by) Melanie deserves a lot more recognition than she gets.

The Yetties

"Keep a-Runnin, It's The Yetties" 1970

One of England's longest enduring folk groups, the Yetties -- Bonny Sartin, Pete Shulter, and Mac McCulloch -- all originally hailed from the village of Yetminster, near Sherborne, in Dorset; hence their name. West Country natives, the threesome (originally a quartet with Bob Common, who left in 1979) steeped their music and stage banter in the songs, tales, and humor of their home. The trio turned professional in 1967, and made its first appearance on record the following year, with the release of Festival at Towersea on the Zeus label, which featured two tracks by the group, "The Leaf" and "The Thrashin' Machine."

They cut their first LP, Fifty Stone of Loveliness, in 1969, for the Acorn label. They released two LPs in 1970, Who's A-fear'd: Songs and Music from Dorset and Keep A'Runnin' -- It's the Yetties! on Acorn and Argo, respectively (the latter a classical imprint of English Decca). They remained on Argo for seven more albums, through 1975, including Dorset Is Beautiful, which included one of their best-known interpretations of a folk song, "The Nutting Girl"; the album's title track also became their first single, in 1974. They remained on Decca until the end of the 1970s, when the label was sold and folded into the Polygram organization, periodically recording with guest artist Toni Arthur -- their final Decca LP was a live album.

They've also had a long-running BBC radio show, called Cider and Song. The group has performed on four continents, and served not only as musical ambassadors for England but also played a key role in keeping various musical traditions alive -- among numerous other recordings, they've assembled books and recorded albums of folk music collected by the Dorset author Thomas Hardy and his family, and also recorded those songs on instruments belonging to Hardy and members of his family. They remain active in the 21st century, now one of the longest continuing folk music outfits in England. ~ Bruce Eder, All Music Guide

Download link in comments.

Richard Dees's Bootlegs #9

Blue Oyster Cult
International Amphitheatre, Chicago, Oct. 12, 1979

Soundboard recording (Remaster)

(Posted by request...)

01. Dominance & Submission
02. Dr. Music
03. Mirrors
04. Cities On Flame
05. The Great Sun Jester
06. The Vigil
07. E. T. I.
08. Astronomy

01. ME 262
02. Godzilla
03. Hot Rails To Hell
04. Five Guitars
05. Born To Be Wild
06. O.D.'d On Life Itself
07. (Don't Fear) The Reaper

CD 1
CD 2

Luis said...
I can't find the damned original CDs (I'm almost sure that they are in my daughter's room but there are tigers...) so I can't upload this bootleg with a bitrate higher than 128.

Richard Dees's Bootlegs #8

Solas "Finger Lakes Grassroots Festival of Music & Dance"
Grandstand Stage, Trumansburg, NY [July 22, 2001]

Luis said...
Seamus Egan - banjo, mandolin, nylon string guitar, flute
Winifred Horan - fiddle
Donal Clancy - guitar, vocals
Deirdre Scanlan - lead vocals
Mick McAuley - accordion, concertina, whistle, vocals

1. The Flowing Bowl+Máire Breathnachs 1+The Doon+The Mason's Men
2. Bheadh Buachaillin Deas Ag Sile
3. Johnny's Gone For A Soldier
4. Instrumental
5. banter
6. Instrumental + Instrumental
7. banter
8. Bruach Na Carraige Baine
9. I Am A Maid That Sleeps In Love
10. Instrumental
11. Pastures Of Plenty (Woody Guthrie cover)
12. band intros by Seamus Egan
13. Dougie MacDonalds
~encore 1~
14. When My Love And I Parted
15. Instrumental
~encore 2~
16. The Newry Highwayman
17. Instrumental

Total time 79:26

Part 1
Part 2

Saturday, September 08, 2007

Muckram Wakes

"Muckram Wakes" 1976

The original line up of Muckram Wakes was Roger and Helen Watson and John Tams. Their album ‘Map of Derbyshire’, on Trailer Records, contributed greatly to the promotion of folk music from that county.

The name Muckram Wakes derived from a small township in the region of Somercotes where Tams originated and Wakes, the local and northern word for a fair or holiday.

When John Tams left the band he was replaced by John and Suzie Adams. The exact date of the invitation to join was November 14th 1973, when all four went into the Derbyshire hills on a day out to escape the Royal Wedding of that day. Within 2 years, Muckram Wakes were a full time professional outfit, touring Britain and Europe, appearing at folk clubs, concerts and festivals plus radio and bits of tv.

This line up of Muckram Wakes also constituted half of The New Victory Band, a seminal English folk concert & dance band.

In the early 1980s, following the departure of Roger and Helen Watson, the band continued for a short while with John and Suzie Adams joined by Keith Kendrick, Barry Coope and ultimately Ian Carter, all members of the Ram's Bottom Band. Barry Coope eventually joined the circle by working in duo with John Tams.

Nick Drake

Sins we can't absolve said...

I know you're a fan, and I was checking some blogs I didn't visit for few days, and look at what I found: Click

It seems to be some "classic" stuffs (at least, for a fan :P), but I don't know, if you feel interested in...

Thank you!

Dirks Funeral

Another pic: Click

pictures off dirks funeral with love
janny dirks mom

Now we are participating in your funeral.
R.I.P. Dirk!!

Green Man

"What Ails Thee?" 1975

The label introduces this album : "Songs and a large selection of jigs and reels. Like many great relationships, Greenman grew out of several chance meetings in and around the Bedfordshire Folk scene in the summer of 1972. The band was born at a local pub, "The Gate", at Swan Bottom. Female vocals, fiddle, sax, mandolin and electric bass. Features ex-members of Druid- who would go on to become Melody Maker winners in the 1974 Rock Finals."

Friday, September 07, 2007

Richard Dees's Bootlegs #7

Hedningarna "Roskilde Festival 1994"
Broadcasted on Swedish Radio FM 1994-11-20

Luis said...
Hedningarna played for the first time at Roskilde 1993. This concert is from their second visit and they played in the presence of 20 000 people on the second largest stage.

Hedningarna is the biggest Folkband in Sweden through the years and their Northamerican label North Side presents the band like this:
Hedningarna's world is a place where primitive, brutal folk music collides with sampling and programming, forging a new direction. Hedningarna, "the heathens" in English, drive ancient Nordic music into the modern era paying no attention to the rules of the road. If ancient folk music is a dragon and it has an appetite for new ideas and technology, then Hedningarna have made a career of nurturing the beast. Their newly created tunes are an extension of the living tradition inspired by the melodies of their forebears. The intensity of modern technology mixed with the flavor of ancient instruments and tunes creates the explosive, intense sound of Hedningarna.

Time: 46 min.

1.Täss'on Nainen (Here's A Woman)
4.Min Skog (My Grove)
5.Gorrlaus (The Steed)
6.Såglåten (Say What You Like)
8.Joupolle Joutunut (Gone To Sot)
11.Ingenting I Din Hjärna (Nothing In Your Brain)*
12.Kruspolska (Charmer's Polska)

*= This song is from Philemon Arthur And The Dung


Paul Brady
"Vicar Street, Dublin" October 26, 2001

CD 1
1 Marriage made in Hollywood
2 Nobody knows
3 Travellin' Light
4 Follow on
5 The Island
6 Nothing but the same old Story (*)
7 Baloney again (*)
8 Done with Bonaparte (*)(***)
9 The Game of Love (*)
10 You're the One (*)

CD 2
1 Trick or Treat (*)(**)
2 Dimming of the Day (*)(**)
3 Oh what a World (*)(**)
4 Crazy dreams (*)
5 The World is what you make it (*)
6 The Lakes of Pontchartrain (*)(**)
7 The Homes of Donegal (*)(**)
8 Helpless Heart (*)(**)
9 Arthur McBride and the Seargant (*)(**)

Paul Brady: Vocals, guitar, whistle, piano
Ian Maidman: Bass, vocals
Liam Genockey: Drums
Steve Fletcher: Keyboards, piano, vocals

(*) Mark Knopfler: Guitar, vocals
(**) Bonnie Raitt: Guitar, vocals
(***) Liam O'Flynn: Uilleann Pipes
(***) Donal Lunny: Bouzouky
(***) Ciaran Tourish: Violin

CD 1
CD 2

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Richard Dees's Bootlegs #6

Emmylou Harris & The Angel Band
Red Fox Inn, Bethesda, Maryland [August 5, 1974]

Luis said...
Recorded after GP's death but just prior to recording Pieces Of The Sky
From Bill De Young's article in Goldmine:

{After Gram Parsons's death} Emmy moved back to D.C., where Tom Guidera had also become a country music convert. With pedal steel player Danny Pendleton and two other musicians, they put together the Angel Band and started gigging around the clubs, playing some of the songs she’d performed with Gram. Eddie Tickner made Harris his number one priority and he convinced Mary Martin, an A&R representative from Warner/Reprise Records (the label that had released Parsons’ solo work) to investigate an Angel Band show in a Washington nightclub.

Emmylou Harris became a Reprise Records recording artist in 1974; with her daughter Hallie in tow, the Angel Band relocated to Los Angeles to begin work on Harris’s first true solo album.

To produce, Martin paired Harris up with Nova Scotia native Brian Ahern, the mastermind behind Anne Murray’s spate of hits in the early 70’s. She brought the quiet Canadian to hear the Angel Band, and he recorded the performance on a hand-held cassette machine to study at home.
This sounds better than a hand-held cassette machine recording, purportedly a sound board, but it's not by any means what we think of as soundboard quality by today's standards.

Disc 1
01 Hot Burrito #1
02 Hickory Wind
03 Shop Around
04 Honky Tonk Blues
05 Louise
06 California Cottonfields
07 High On The Hilltop
08 Reconstructed
09 When Will I Be Loved
10 God Knows I Love You
11 Before Believing
12 Queen Of The Silver Dollar
13 Someone I Used to Know
14 Tonight the Bottle Let Me Down
15 A Song for You
16 High On The Hilltop
17 Born Again
18 Drifting Too Far From Shore

Disc 2
01 Country Baptizin'
02 That's all it Took
03 Together Again
04 Your Good Girl's Gonna Go Bad
05 Our Father
06 Maybe Mexico
07 Sold it All Away
08 Instrumental (Jeff Wisor & J.B. Morrison)
09 Satan's Jewel Crown
10 Born Again
11 Country Baptizin'

The Angel Band:
Bruce Archer - Guitar
Mark Cuff - Drums
Tom Guidera - Bass
Danny Pendleton - Steel Guitar
w/ John & Fayssoux Starling, J.B. Morrison & Jeff Wisor on Disc 2 tracks 7-11


by Manila #9

Melanie "Leftover Wine" 1970

Manila said...
I have no qualms at all in offering this. Despite veering off into the realms of 'What Have They Done To My Song, Ma?' and numerous other hit singles, Melanie's albums were under the arms of many a long-haired schoolboy in the early 70s. ('Candles In The Rain' was my particular favourite.) She was cute, she wrote great songs, and - for all of us wannabe hippies - she seemed relevant.
Great voice? Well, pretty good. Great guitar playing? Well, no. Charisma? In bucket-loads. Here she is, live at the Carnegie Hall in 1970.

Richard Dees's Bootlegs #5

Dougie MacLean "Festival of the Mabon 2005"
Planet Bluegrass Ranch, Lyons, Colorado
September 17, 2005

01. Holding Back
02. Intro
03. Talking With My Father
04. Intro
05. Feel So Near
06. Broken Wings
07. intro
08. Your Loving One
09. Into The Flames
10. Ready For The Storm
11. The Seventh Sea
12. intro
13. Not Lie Down
14. intro
15. Caledonia (encore)

Part 1
Part 2

Thanks again Luis...

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Presented by Nel

Carolanne Pegg "Carolanne" 1973

Nel said...
Hi Lizardson,
Ashamed i have to admitt...i load regulary music from you...but i never leave a comment.
You do have an awfully good blog! And i enjoy the music you offer a lot!
I noticed you wanted this album. So as a little contribution to your great site:

Prog Not Frog:
I have always been a fan of the Yorkshire folk act Mr. Fox, whose two albums are classics of the genre (Mr. Fox and The Gypsy) but recently I discovered the first solo album of one of the two Mr foxCarolanne Pegg Oh boys!, what a powerful voice, this is truly amazing!.

After leaving Mr Fox -her first band were she played with her husband Bob- Carolanne Pegg recorded in 1973 his eponymous first solo album.

This work last almost 50 minutes, all the tracks were written by Carolanne itself, except the first track (a Judy Collins cover) and "Man of War" written with H Weightman.

In words of Mark Coyle: "Like her work with Mr Fox, Ms Pegg’s solo music is folk in style and sound rather than being modern renditions of traditional song a la Steeleye Span and Pentangle. Although Track 5 Fair Fortune’s Star (which sounds like a long lost Child’s ballad) is reminiscent of her previous work, most of the songs aren’t. On this album, Ms Pegg uses a broader musical palette than before, with some songs, most notably Track 6 Clancy’s Song, having an almost country feel to them. Whatever their style, many of the songs have brooding, melancholy, if menacing, feel to them. This is most noticeable on Tack 4 The Sapphire. Track 7 The Lady and The Well, and Track 11 Winter People (the outstanding track on the album) and is achieved through Ms Pegg’s distinctive voice, and singing style (which I’m not going to even try and describe)."
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