Wednesday, October 31, 2007

by MJF #2

MJF said...
Thanks for kind words

I "found" these two rambling the net, they are other peoples rips (thank you unknown benefactors) and as they are not listed in your set you may want them.

Hamish Imlach "Portrait" (MusiKiste 26-6-359, 1989)

I Wish They'd Do It Now;
Chemical Worker's Song;
Hokey Smoky — Take The Children And Run;
Deep Elm Blues;
The Coalowner And The Poor Pitman's Wife;
Marilyn; He's In The Jailhouse Now;
Clive's Song;
One Day Old,
The Dove;
Dark As A Dungeon;
Johnny, I Hardly Knew You;
Ghost Army Of Korea Parade;
Ain't Playin' Me Fair

Recorded live at FERDI's PIZZA PINTE in Bielefeld on 16th February 1989

Götz Alsmann (banjo, mandolin);
Rainer Brandt (trumpet);
Dietmar Carl (snaredrum);
Muriel Graves (backing vocals);
Martin Hannemann: (keyboards, piano (on Clive´s Song));

Hamish Imlach "The Hamish Imlach Sampler"

Tracks & Durations
1. The Tall Tale 2:29
2. It's Better In The dark 3:44
3. The oyster Girl 3:39
4. The Twa Corbies 3:27
5. The Wind Blew The bonny Lassie's Pladie Awa' 5:30
6. Men of Knoydart 2:22
7. The Copper's Song 2:09
8. I Am A Miller 3:34
9. The Clapped Out motor Car 2:49
10. Cod Liver Oil and Orange Juice 3:38
11. The Scottish Breakaway 2:29

Shackleton (backing vocals);
Gerry Spooner (dobro);
Volker Wilmking (flute, piano, harmonica)

Now all that is neded is some kind soul to supply:

Ballads of Booze (XTRA 1094, 1967)
Two Sides of Hamish Imlach (XTRA 1069, 1968)
Old Rarity (XTRA 1121, 1971)
Fine Old English Tory Times (XTRA 1128, 1972)
Scottish Sabbath (Autogram ALLP 209, 1976)
A Man's A Man (Autogram ALLP 215, 1978)
The Sporting Life (Kettle KOP 3, 1979, reissued in Germany by Musikiste, 26-6-250)
I Was Born In Glasgow (Gallus Music GAL 102, no year- 1991?)
Two's Company (Vindaloo Music, CURRYCD001, 1993)
More and Merrier (KRL Lochshore CDLDL 1238, 1995)

and a complete discography will exist

by brujo #6

Dock Boggs
"Country Blues; Complete Early Recordings" (1927-1929)

brujo said...
here is a link I uploaded sometime back it's the complete early recordings of Dock Bogg's on John Fahey's REvenant label 1927-1929 haunting and unique music from the mountains of Eastern Kentucky and Western Virginia enjoy
regards Brujo

by Ailis

Spriguns Of Tolgus "Rowdy Dowdy Day" 1974

Ailis said...
Hi Liz, I just want you to know, that it's ok with me, if you want to post the album I posted on ElCamaleon, the rapidshare link is: Click
If you want to post it, you're welcome :-))
P.S. You don't have to publish this comment, just wanted you to know ;-)

Thanks always!
To other visitors;
Actuary, many of my recent posts are supported by Ailis!!

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Davy Graham - Folk, Blues & Beyond...
(Alternate link by Brujo)

Presented by Michael John Fiore

Michael John Fiore said...
I'm a Hamish Imlach Fan.

Hamish Imlach
"Cod Liver Oil and Orange Juice: Anthology"

1. Johnny O’Breadislee
2. Men Of Knoydart
3. Zoological Gardens
4. Street Songs
5. Cod Liver Oil & Orange Juice
6. If It Wasn’T For The Unions
7. Black Is The Colour
8. I Was A Grey Spark In My Time
9. Whiskey You’Re The Devil
10. Early Morning Blues
11. Ballad Of Timothy Evans
12. Castlereagh
13. Twa Corbies
14. Tall Tale
15. Copper’S Song
16. Macpherson’S Farewell
17. 37 Bus
18. I Am A Miller
19. Dundee Cat
20. Jean Harlow (Died The Other Day)
21. Clapped Out Motorcar
22. Bourgeois Blues
23. Horny Bull
24. Mcgregors
25. Deep Elem Blues
26. History Of Football
27. Beer Is Best
28. Little Maggie
29. Good Bye Booze
30. Whiskey Seller
31. Moonshiner
32. Clive’S Song
33. Cuckoo
34. Pretty Little Horses
35. Noted Rider
36. Streets Of Laredo/Western Cowboy
37. Forty Pence Butter
38. One Day Old
39. Twelve Pence Ain’T A Shilling
40. Whiskey
41. Dialogue
42. Five Eyes
43. Fine Old English Tory Times
44. Cornflakes, Sugar, Teardrops
45. Bluebird
46. People Upstairs
47. Coulter’S Candy
48. Jenny Jenkins
49. Travelling Rhythm
50. Murdered Ballad
51. Night Squad
52. That Terrible, Terrible Night

"Sonny's Dream" (Lismor LIFL 7006, 1985)

Cod Liver Oil and the Orange Juice (MacDougall/Imlach);
The Ballad of William Brown (trad. arr Imlach);
Mary Anne (trad. new lyrics/music Imlach);
The Reprobate's Lament (trad/lyrics Bill Hill);
Salonika (trad. arr Imlach);
Kisses Sweeter Than Wine (Campbell/Newman);
The Smokers Song (Ross/Imlach)
Sonny's Dream (Ron Hynes);
If It Wasn't for the Union (Matt McGinn);
The Parcel of Rogues (trad. arr Imlach);
I Didn't Raise My Son To Be A Soldier (trad. new tune Imlach/lyrics
Goodbye Booze (trad. new tune/lyrics Imlach);
D-Day Dodgers (Hamish Henderson);
Men of Knoydart (Hamish Henderson)

with Mary Black & Donal Lunny (title track), Iain MacKintosh, John
Martin, Clark Sorley, Mike Whellans

"Live In Hamburg" (MusiKiste 26-6-356, 1986)
with Iain MacKintosh

Johnny Cope;
Skye Boat Song;
The General [1] (trad/new words Imlach/MacKintosh);
Weary Life [1] (Bogle/Imlach/MacKintosh);
Dance Band on the Titanic [2] (Harry Chapin);
Rollin' [1] (Randy Newman);
Susie [1] (Imlach/MacKintosh)
Paddy Lay Back (trad/new words Imlach/MacKintosh);
Tramps and Hawkers [1]; The New Restaurant [2] (Malvina Reynolds)^;
Lily the Pink [1] (trad/new words Imlach/MacKintosh);
My Friends [1] (John Denver);
All the Tunes in the World [1] (trad/words Ewan McVicar)

[1] = sung by Hamish Imlach & Iain MacKintosh [2] = sung by Iain MacKintosh

Recorded live at 'Die Zwiebel', Hamburg, Elbtreppe, on 1 Sep 1985

by bluenorther #15

Jesse Winchester "A Touch on the Rainy Side" 1978

Jesse Winchester was the music world's most prominent Vietnam War draft-evader, though his renown came from a body of wry, closely observed songs. After growing up in Memphis, Winchester received his draft notice in 1967 and moved to Montreal, Canada, rather than serve in the military. In 1969, he met Robbie Robertson of the Band, who helped launch his recording career. In the same way that James Taylor's history of mental instability and drug abuse served as a subtext for his early music, Winchester's exile lent real-life poignancy to songs like "Yankee Lady," which appeared on his debut album, Jesse Winchester (1970). He became a Canadian citizen in 1973. Despite critical acclaim, his inability to tour in the U.S. prevented him from taking his place among the major singer/songwriters of the early '70s, but he made a series of impressive albums -- Third Down, 110 to Go (August 1972), Learn to Love It (August 1974), Let the Rough Side Drag (June 1976), and Nothing but a Breeze (March 1977) -- before President Jimmy Carter instituted an amnesty that finally allowed him to play in his homeland. By that time, the singer/songwriter boom had passed, though Winchester continued to record (A Touch on the Rainy Side [July 1978], Talk Memphis [February 1981], Humour Me [1988]) and even scored a Top 40 hit with "Say What" in 1981. His most prominently covered songs include "Yankee Lady" (Brewer & Shipley), "The Brand New Tennessee Waltz" (Joan Baez, Ian Matthews), "Biloxi" (Tom Rush, Jimmy Buffett), "Mississippi, You're on My Mind" (Jerry Jeff Walker, Stoney Edwards [for a Top 40 country hit]), "Defying Gravity" (Jimmy Buffett, Emmylou Harris), "Rhumba Girl" (Nicolette Larson [for a pop chart entry]), "Well-A-Wiggy" (the Weather Girls [for an R&B chart entry]), and "I'm Gonna Miss You, Girl" (Michael Martin Murphey [for a Top Ten country hit]). In 1999, Winchester returned from a long recording hiatus with the new album Gentleman of Leisure. An active live performer, Winchester released his first live album in 24 years with 2001's Jesse Winchester Live at Mountain Stage. Another live album, simply titled Live followed in 2005. ~ William Ruhlmann, All Music Guide

Monday, October 29, 2007

Greeting from Steve Cobham (The Cock and Bull Band)

Hi - I'm actually the band's latest member, Steve Cobham, and I play electric guitar.
The band is now Jean-Pierre Rasle, Paul Martin, Pete Lockwood and myself.
Dave has since given up squeeze boxes, sold them all and now plays just guitar and African drums.
John Maxwell is now no longer with us - RIP. I played with him in another band - the T-Bone Boogie Band and then he left, shortly after getting cancer of the jaw. A sad story - he basically lived like a recluse after the op and drank himself to death.
Brad Bradstock is still about and I am honoured to have him as one of my best friends.
However, the band is still going strong and amongst other gigs we have Chester Folk Festival next year.
Jean-Pierre, Paul and myself are also in a band called "Monsieur Pantin" which is an acoustic act, C&B having become very electric!

The Cock and Bull Band (on THTM)

Thanks for your message!
Keep create great music!
We'll keep love your music!!!

Harvey Andrews said...

Harvey Andrews:
I see from your site you have my album "Friends of mine" up for download. Could I ask you to remove it please as I earn my living by selling this album for which I pay a royalty to the owners. it is an infringement of my copyright.

Sorry for that.
I'll delete the download link soon after this mail.
I don't know how do you think but, there is some people
who bought your albums after check my blog.
I just wanted people to know forgotten treasures.
Thanks for your great songs...

Best regards


Harvey Andrews said... (after my email)
Many thanks.
There are two sides to the arguement on free downloads, and both have their positives. However, I personally feel that a person's website with some free tracks is the answer. If people are offered something for nothing they generally take it, and your putting the whole album up for free is really the same as me putting it up for free if you think about it, and you wouldn't expect me to do that would you? A whole album is too much I feel. I'm 65 in a few months and these albums are my pension!
However,thanks for your interest in my work, and thanks for treating my request with respect.

Harvey Andrews (on THTM)

Sunday, October 28, 2007

by redsuffolk #2

Bob & Carole Pegg "He Came From The Mountains" ‏1971

redsuffolk said...
This is a Mr. Fox album in everything but name, and was released in 1971

1 Rise Up Jock
2 The Scorpion Departs But Never Returns
3 Lord Of The Dance
4 He Came From The Mountains
5 Love Song Number 2
6 Jimmy's Letters
7 Angeline
8 Susan's Song

by bluenorther #14

James Gordon "Pipe Street Dreams" 1999

Donna Scanlon:
Pipe Street Dreams, the new solo effort by Tamarack founder James Gordon, is anything but a pipe dream. Not only did Gordon write and arrange almost all of the songs, he also accompanies himself on a startling and impressive variety of instruments: guitar, mandola, banjo, tin whistle, recorder, trumpet, percussion, synthesizer, organ, prepared piano, vocals, bass, hammered dulcimer, accordion, piano and harmonica. Wow.

The songs are a collection of dreams, musings and stories which have a personal yet universal feeling. Each song has a distinct and original arrangement, masterful lyrics and Gordon's voice is light but not lightweight, warm and very pleasant on the ear.

"Robin Hood's Bay" launches the CD with a lively, frank yet gentle admission of the difficulties inherent in a relationship and the desire of the narrator to take his partner somewhere where they can leave behind the troubles in which they're entrenched. The catchy melody underscores the deceptively simple lyrics which seem very specific -- yet anyone can identify with the sentiments expressed.

"Cedar Strip" is about the narrator getting caught in the grind of working to support a family instead of paddling free in the little canoe purchased in the early years of his marriage. It starts out plaintively, then picks up the pace as the narrator sings about sitting in the canoe in the middle of the garage, imagining himself on the river on a "thousand mile portage." The lyrics are a bit despairing, a bit bewildered, but the harmonica accompaniment keeps a sense of balance and perspective.

The mood shifts with "If You Hear the River Call," a lovely sweet song using a river as a metaphor for a relationship. With piano and accordion weaving throughout, this is a gorgeous love song which will have you feeling mellow and glowing. Don't get too comfortable, though -- the next track is "My Insomnia," where edgy lyrics jitter over congas on a caffeine jag. A trumpet adds a late night jazzy sound. This song doesn't intrude on the previous track; rather, it insinuates itself into your consciousness.

Gordon turns to storytelling mode with "Jumbo's Last Ride," a poignant yet lively song about the friendship between two circus elephants, Jumbo and Tom Thumb, and how Jumbo has a last chance to be an elephant hero. Gordon conveys the story with heart but without sinking into sentimentality. A locomotive-like harmonica adds a rolling rollicking element, but don't be surprised if the story makes you blink back a few tears.

"Coke Oven Brook" is about the steel plant that both supported and literally poisoned a town. The narrator expresses anger that is passionate and focused: "I would take up Enoch's Hammer / And I'd smash that steel plant down / I would leave it just as broken / as it has left this town." This song reminds me very much of "Fisherman's Lament" on Great Big Sea's self-titled album.

A lilting whistle starts off "Far From Our Shieling," based on a poem by John Galt, founder of Gordon's hometown of Guelph, Ontario. The words express a longing for the old world while facing the future with courage and hope. The tone turns urgent with "Did You Already Know," perhaps the most oblique song on the album, about a friend with an inner torment that shapes his life. Gordon then shifts into a bemused and humorous tone slightly touched with cynicism in "Lamas on the Road." This song is about the Tibetan lamas with the incredible voices who were on tour recently, and the juxtaposition of the spiritual world and the material world is deliciously incongruous.

A gentle waltz beat gives an old-fashioned air to the poignant "The Uneeda Rest," a story spun from a postcard of a hotel resort. The next track, "Too Canadian These Days" is an interesting and pointed exercise in Canadian geography and mood and might be more meaningful to Canadian listeners, although perhaps malaise speaks a universal language. In any case, it's a quirky and thought-provoking song.

"Hamilton Beach" is another reminiscence, this time about a summer vacation place lost to development. The specific details give it character, but again, the listener can identify with the sense of it. The accordion and the waltz tempo adds to the nostalgia. The CD closes with "Isn't It Time To Go Home?" about the rigors of being a traveling band. There is bone-weariness in the song, with a chorus that is both plaintive and wry: "Not another tune to carry, Jesus, Peter, Paul and Mary / Isn't it time to go home?"

Gordon avoids the self-consciousness of many singer-songwriters; every song makes a connection with the listener and each is unique. The lyrics sparkle with good poetry and vivid imagery, and the arrangements fit the lyrics perfectly. I would be hard pressed to choose a favorite track -- each speaks to me in a different way.

by brujo #4

Gary Shearston "Only Love Survives" 2001

Brujo said...
here is another one you may like its a fairly recent Gary Shearston album
covers include.enjoy regards Brujo

For those who admire the music of Gary Shearston, it’s been a long and patient wait for this new swag of recorded songs. His last “Aussie Blue” recording appeared in 1989. Since then, Gary has become an Anglican minister. He was ordained into the ministry in 1992.

Most of us are pretty much accustomed to these long gaps between recordings. The album previous to ‘Aussie Blue’ came out in 1975. Having some of Gary’s earlier recordings, I consider myself fortunate that I can revisit them during these lulls in recording. So this new CD ‘Only Love Survives’, on the fledgling Rouseabout label, is warmly welcomed and definitely no disappointment. It is dedicated to Hugh Murphy, who produced Gary’s first English LP ‘Dingo’ in 1974. Gary’s version of Col Porter’s ‘I Get a Kick Out of You’ was on this recording and became an international ‘hit single’.

‘Only Love Survives’ is a wonderful collection of twelve songs, sensitively produced by Mark and Phil Punch. Mark Punch’s guitar playing was heard on the ‘Aussie Blue’ recording. It’s great to hear his playing again embellishing the songs on this new CD.

With Gary’s warm and unashamedly Australian voice to the fore, the CD is off and running with ‘Riverina Drover’. This song relates, in simple, concise wording and catchy melody, the plight of a farming family who have been forced to leave their property and spend time travelling ‘the long paddock’.

As well as singing his own songs, Gary has introduced many to the traditional songs that document Australia’s heritage and to the songs of other singers and writers. A number of Australian poets have also had their writings set to music by him. The new CD continues to reflect these interests and abilities.

‘Riverina 1984′ is a poem by a former Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Riverina. Gary has composed a beautiful tune in waltz time to accompany the words and in so doing has created a stirring song of praise.

Back in 1965 Gary recorded the song ‘Streets of Forbes’ on his CBS album ‘Bolters, Bushrangers and Duffers’. On the new CD he revisits the song, but this time with a tune of his own. It fits like a glove and is a standout track on the recording. It’s rather appropriate that Gary’s new treatment of this song should also have been recorded by John Meredith and Rob Willis for the National Library’s Oral History Collection. They recorded him at Deniliquin in NSW in August 1992. He told them how the tune came into his head while travelling on the west coast of Ireland.

Gary has an enthusiastic appreciation for the songs of his friend, the late Don Henderson. Gary has always sung, and still sings, Henderson’s songs. The opening song on Gary’s first LP ‘Folk Songs and Ballads of Australia’, issued by CBS in 1964, is Henderson’s ‘Put A Light In Every Country Window’. In the song ‘Hey There, Songman’, Gary cleverly uses a number of Don Henderson’s song titles to help construct the lyric for this song of appreciation to the writer.

Another song on the new CD, a new version of ‘Sing On, Brother John’, is about an American blues and gospel singer Brother John Sellers, whom Gary first met in Australia during the 1960’s. Sellers was responsible for influencing Gary musically. The B-side to Gary’s song ‘Sometime Lovin”, which incidentally won a best song award in 1965 and was later recorded by Peter, Paul and Mary, was the Sellers’ song ‘Big Boat Up The River’. ‘Sing On, Brother John’, like the one about Don Henderson, documents part of the ‘folk revival’ in Australia through Gary’s eyes. The song was originally recorded on Gary’s second English LP ‘The Greatest Stone On Earth and Other Two-Bob Wonders’ back in 1975.

The new CD contains many other choice songs including the melancholy ‘Foreign Strand’, the haunting ‘Song for Kimio Eto’ with Gary on piano and the reflective ‘Forty Days’.

Congratulations to Rouseabout Records for releasing this CD. The accompanying booklet contains informative biographical notes by Warren Fahey as well as Gary’s interesting background notes to the songs.

The CD ‘Only Love Survives’ reaffirms the important place Gary Shearston holds in the rich tradition of Australian song writing. His songs have that special quality which tells you that they will be around for some time to come. People always remember good songs.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

by brujo #3

Mac Gayden "Nirvana Blues" 1995

brujo said...
here is Nirvana blues Mac Gayden sorry about that enjoy Brujo

In 1995 Gayden released a wonderful but overlooked CD entitled "Nirvana Blues" that includes his own rollicking version of "Crazy Mama" in which he displays at lenghth his distinctive wah-slide style. Among the session musicians joining Gayden on this album are Al Kooper and Willie Weeks. Not only is Gayden a fine guitarist and songwriter, but he has a smooth & rich singing voice straight out of the School of Southern Soul. All of these abilities are on full display on this album. Gayden's songwriting skills have matured over the years, and he either wrote or co-wrote twelve of the CD's fourteen cuts. There is a deep spiritual quality to the music on this album--not overtly religious, but rather refreshingly life-affirming.

The Cock and Bull Band

"Eyes Closed and Rocking" 1985

Dave Whetstone has been on the cutting edge of British folk music since the mid-'70s when he performed with Hemlock, a group featuring his future Cock & Bull Band bandmates Paul Martin and Brad Bradstock. Whetstone continued to play with Martin and Bradstock in the 1978 offshoot the Hemlock Cock & Bull Band and, joined by Jean Pierre Rasle, in the Cock & Bull Band. An extremely melodic accordionist, his playing played a major role in the band's debut album, All Buttoned Up, reaching the folk charts compiled by Melody Maker. A subsequent two-year merger between the Cock & Bull Band and the Albion Band resulted in the memorable 1985 album Eyes Closed & Rocking. Whetstone, who left the Cock & Bull Band in 1985, was a founding member of Waz, a British folk band he shared with ex-Fairport Convention multi-instrumentalist Martin Allcock and bassist, woodwind player, percussionist, and vocalist Pete Zorn. His playing helped transform the trio's self-titled 1998 debut album into a groundbreaking event. Leaving the group shortly afterwards, his place was taken by British guitar wiz Steve Tilston. Several of Whetstone's original songs -- "Rhythm of the Time," "Red and Gold," and "The Five Seasons" -- were covered by Fairport Convention. ~ Craig Harris, All Music Guide

Friday, October 26, 2007

by bluenorther #13

Jimmy MacCarthy "The Dreamer" 1994

bluenorther said...
Thanks to Gerry

FolkWorld Article:
"Ride on, see you, I could never go with you, no matter how I wanted to." - Jimmy MacCarthy still vividly remembers a Christy Moore gig at Connoly Hall, Cork, when, in 1984, he all of a sudden realised that he had landed his first hit. Released on Christy's new album just a few days before, "Ride On" had immediately caught on. So that night Jimmy, born and bred in Cork himself, unexpectedly found himself between hundreds of fellow Corkmen and Corkwomen whom he could watch moving their lips as one, knowing the words to the tune by heart.

Ever since, Jimmy MacCarthy has written over a thousand songs, many of them modern classics like "Ride On", his best-known composition still. Even so, the one-time apprentice to Ballydoyle, Ireland's legendary racing stable, has remained a "personal tip" to date. This, of course, is due mainly to the fact that many of his songs were made popular by Irish fellow artists such as Christy Moore (who recorded "Missing You", "Bright Blue Rose" and "Mystic Lipstick", too) or Mary Black ("Katie", "No Frontiers", "Adam at the Window"). However, if this has earned him the honorary title of "one-man song-writing industry", it also explains why, up to AD 2002, Jimmy MacCarthy has released no more than two albums of his own, The Song of the Singing Horseman (1991) and The Dreamer (1994). These records have situated him firmly within the Irish singer/songwriter tradition, which has earned a place in its own right somewhere in the middle between "international" rock and "purist" trad music, the extreme points marked most distinctively by U2 on the one side and bands like Altan on the other.

01. Adam at the Window
02. Shadowy
03. Lorraine
04. The Highest Point
05. The Perfect Present
06. No Frontiers
07. The Carrier Of Scandal
08. Harlem
09. Wonder Child
10. The Morning of the Dreamer
11. Sacred Places
12. Adam Reprise

by brujo #2

"Hacienda Brothers" 2005

brujo said...
here is one I just uploaded (Nirvana Blues) Mac Gayden I recently downloaded Mcgavock Gayden from your blog and thought you might appreciate this album .enjoy regards Brujo

Your uploaded file is not Nirvana Blues by Mac Gayden.
But thanks a lot!!

Traditional honky tonk may be dead, but don't tell the Hacienda Brothers that -- they not only think it's still alive and kicking, they play the stuff as if their lives depended on it. An inspired collaboration between rough-hewn singer/songwriter Chris Gaffney and Paladins guitar picker Dave Gonzalez, the Hacienda Brothers' debut album gets marvelously sympathetic production from Memphis R&B legend Dan Penn, who also lends his estimable songwriter skills to two cuts, and obviously encouraged the band to walk the fine line between old-school country and old-school soul, hitting an emotional sweet spot that's deeply affecting. If Gaffney doesn't have the smoothest vocal instrument in the world, it richly communicates in the manner of Waylon Jennings and Johnny Paycheck, and he writes hurtin' songs with the best of them, while Gonzalez's sharp, concise guitar lines would have done any number of Bakersfield pickers proud. The Hacienda Brothers don't bring a wealth of new textures to the sound and structure of classic country, but they play in the time-honored manner with grit, soul and passion, and that's what has always set the best of this music apart; this album isn't the sound of two guys rehashing the past, but proving how much can still be said within the boundaries of the honky tonk style, and it's a true pleasure to hear. ~ Mark Deming, All Music Guide


Paul Riley:
Making this album available for download is an infringement of our copyright and those of the writers.
Please take it down right away.

Paul Riley, Proper Records Ltd.; Proper American Recordings LLC.

by Manila #19

Gabriel and Marie Yacoub (Malicorne)
"Pierre de Grenoble" 1973

Manila said...
This is the superb album recorded after Yacoub's stint with Alan Stivell's band and prior to the formation of Malicorne.
Having lost so many LPs to friends who borrowed and never returned them, I now have to own up and say I pilfered 'Pierre de Grenoble' from my friend Viv. It's THAT good. So good, in fact, that she was still asking for it back 10 years later. Well, here it is, Viv. Thirty-five years late but still in quite good condition.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Presented by brujo

Steve Young "Lonesome On'ry & Mean"

brujo said...
I am really enjoying some of the great music on your site Sandy Bull,Davy Graham etc and thought you may like this Steve Young best of I uploaded a while back,he wrote that beautiful song that Ian Matthews and the Eagles recorded (Seven Bridges Road) here is the link enjoy regards Brujo

Wednesday, October 24, 2007


Sourdeline - La Reine Blanche: Ezhevika Fields

Derek & Dorothy Elliott

"Derek & Dorothy Elliott" 1972

01. May Dew
02. Jack The Sailor
03. Tally Ho The Hounds
04. Wassail Song
05. Bring Us A Barrel
06. Adieu To All Judges And Juries
07. John Barleycorn
08. Maria Marten
09. He That Will Not Merry Merry Be
10. Cornstalk
11. Robber Bridegroom
12. Lady Maisry

Great tradfolk w/Dave Burland guitar & Nic Jones on fiddle.


Keith Christmas

"Brighter Day" 1974

In early 1974 Keith temporarily abandoned his solo career for a short stint as vocalist with the Esperanto Rock Orchestra and singing on the album Danse Macabre. Following this album Keith returned to solo work and was signed to the Manticore label, which was the label, owned and managed by Emerson Lake and Palmer. This album was produced by Greg Lake and Pete Sinfield and also featured a stellar cast of supporting musicians including the likes of former King Crimson members Ian McDonald, Mel Collins and Ian Wallace and former members of the Grease Band Alan Spenner and Neil Hubbard. Two singles were released from this album and although sadly neither single made the singles chart although both are now quite collectable The American version of the album differed from it's British counterpart in that it featured the track My girl in place of the track Getting' Religion. The album was well received and Keith appeared on the British television programme The Old Grey Whistle Test and performed two tracks from the album one of which was Robin Head to promote the album.

Keith Christmas: Vocals, Guitar, Tambourine
Mel Collins: Saxophone
Ian Mcdonald: Guitar, Percussion, Vocals, Keyboards, Piano
Ian Wallace: Drums
Martin Drover: Trumpet
Malcolm Griffiths: Trombone
Neil Hubbard: Guitar
Peter Solley: Keyboards, Piano, Clavine, Moog Bass
Darryl Runswick: Bass,
Henry Lowther: Trumpet
Alan Spenner: Bass
Eddie Mordue: Saxophone, French Horn, Euphonium, Baritone
Ray Warleigh: Saxophone, Alto
Skaila Kanga: Harmonica
Tommy Reilly: Harmonica
Willard Watson: Conga, Horn
Andy Hendriksen: Engineer

Produced by Greg Lake & Peter Sinfield

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Keith Christmas

"Stories From The Human Zoo" 1976

Following the release of Brighter Day Keith moved to Los Angeles where he would record his second and final album for Manticore Records. Stories From The Human Zoo was produced and engineered by Michael Boshears and features an amazing array of American musical talent in the shape of Steve Cropper and Donald 'Duck'Dunn from the legendary Booker T And The MG's and also contributions from Snuffy Walden, David Kemper and Wendy Waldman. The album was released both in America and the UK and again a single was lifted from the album coupling the tracks the Dancer with Astronaut. The single whilst becoming somewhat of a collector's item didn't make the charts. Following this release Keith returned to a more low key approach both in recording and gigs and in 1981 retired from the music scene until his reappearance in the late eighties when he re emerged and has continued to write and perform up to the present.

by bluenorther #10

Cassell Webb "Conversations at Dawn" 1990

Texas-born Cassell Webb has enjoyed a career that carried her from late-'60s psychedelia to country music and latter-day folk-rock to progressive rock/pop, and moved her across an ocean in the process. Her voice, which can sound ethereal or mournful and crosses genres as easily as Webb's career has over more than 30 years. Born in Llano, TX, in the late '40s, Webb began playing guitar at 14 and later gravitated to the psychedelic scene in San Antonio. She became a member of the Children, a psychedelic outfit that was part of Lelan Rodgers' stable of artists, appearing on their 1968 Rebirth album and several singles. She later joined Saddlesore, a Texas combo whose core members, Mayo Thompson and Rick Barthelme, were survivors from the Red Krayola (another Rodgers-managed act). They stayed together long enough to record one single ("Old Tom Clark") on the Texas Revolution label before disappearing in the early '70s. Webb spent time in California and New York working as a session singer and acquiring some knowledge of production as well and then returned to Texas, where she spent the next few years working with such country artists as Jerry Jeff Walker, Guy Clark, and B.W. Stevenson. It was around the time she began writing songs that she also began her long association with songwriter/producer Craig Leon. Webb went to Europe in the early '80s, first to Holland and then to England, where she remained permanently and began her solo recording career. Initially signed to the tiny independent label Statick Records, for which she recorded her debut album, Llano, she later joined the roster of Venture Records, an off-shoot of Richard Branson's Virgin Records label, through which she recorded Thief of Sadness in 1987. Webb's most representative and popular album was her third, Songs of a Stranger, which was derived from her concert repertory of other writers' music, including Jimmy Webb ("P.F. Sloan"), Nick Drake ("Time Has Told Me"), Townes Van Zandt ("If I Needed You"), and Phil Ochs ("Jim Dean of Indiana"). Webb remains based in England, where her work on such radio programs as Saturday Sequence, coupled with periodic album releases and projects, such as the dance score "Klub Anima" (co-written with Leon), and singing and production work with artists such as Marillion's Steve Hogarth have sustained her career in music. Her poetry has also been published by Pen & Ink of Ann Arbor, MI. Webb's hauntingly lyrical version of the Rolling Stones classic "Tell Me," from her 1990 album Conversations at Dawn (which also included her covers of Bruce Springsteen's "Reason to Believe" and -- in a nod to her own Texas psychedelic roots -- the 13th Floor Elevators' "Splash One"), has been included on the Connoisseur Collection's Jagger/Richard Songbook CD, alongside recordings by the Flamin' Groovies, the Who, Mary Coughlan, Naked Prey, Melanie, Marianne Faithfull, and Ike & Tina Turner. ~ Bruce Eder, All Music Guide

Monday, October 22, 2007

The Yetties

"Dorset is Beautiful" 1972

The excellent Argo production mixes with the group's immersion in the songs of their native Dorset to produce an album that is, indeed, beautiful, as well as informative. Those who only know tunes such as "Brigg Fair" from their interpretations by Frederick Delius, among others, may find the renditions here enlightening, and one can tell they were also having fun, especially with the finish on the opening medley. And it may be near-essential for anyone who loves Thomas Hardy's books, including Tess of the D'ubervilles and Far From the Madding Crowd.


Presented by redsuffolk

JSD Band‏ "Country Of The Blind" 1971

redsuffolk said...
Hello Lizardson
After a while of downloading from your excellent blog, I thought it was about time I put something back.
This is my first download, so I hope it is OK.

1. Country Of The Blind
2. Cooleys
3. Childhood Memories
4. Sara Jane
5. Old Time Heartaches
6. Nancy/Jenny Picking Cockles
7. Wonders Of Nature
8. Don't Think Twice, It's All Right
9. Darling Corey
10. Morning Dew
11. Cousin Caterpillar
12. Over And Over/Hope

Jim Divers - Guitar/Cello/Bass/Vocal
Colin Finn - Percussion/Glockenspiel
Des Coffield - Piano/Tenor & G Banjo/Guitar/Vocal
Sean O'Rourke - Fiddle/G Banjo/Guitar/Banjo
Chuck Fleming - Fiddle

Released on Regal Zonophone 1971
SLRZ 1019


Long waited for this...
Thank you so much!!

Vin Garbutt

"Persona... Grata" 2005

Grem Devlin:
This is a welcome return to recording for Vin, who's been poorly recently (he's obviously over the worst if his gig list is anything to go by). Never one to shy away from the ‘difficult' issues of our time, he's easily earned the title of social commentator for our generation (and adjacent ones). Here he tackles war, death, marriage break ups, mixed marriage in Middlesborough, an abortion that goes wrong where the foetus survives, the miners' strike and the peace movement of the 1960s. This is the curriculum of a social work course condensed on to a convenient CD format – oh! and he sounds wonderful as ever. Thought provoking, conscience pricking, toe tapping – gentle songs with hard messages and an unparalleled choice of material.

The supporting cast deserve a mention too - Sean Taylor's fretless bass lifts Dave Wilson's Storm Around Tumbledown from ‘just another war song ‘ to a dramatic piece where the listener can imagine themselves on that lonely hillside in 1982. While on the subject of war songs, Shep Woolley's marathon Down By the Dockyard Wall gets a blinding airing too. Mr G. has stated that he doesn't yearn for stardom ‘in the accepted sense' – but he deserves recognition, if nothing else for providing the soundtrack to the industrial upheavals in the Northeast of England. My hat's off to you Vin.

Complaint received from Vin Garbutt himself...

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Presented by Anonymous

Bob Gibson "Ski Songs" 1959

By the late '50s Bob was living in Aspen and doing a lot of skiing. At some point he got together with three women who worked at the Denver Post and set out to write a musical all about skiing. Though he admitted to thinking it kind of a sophomoric venture, he was proud that out of the project came a couple really good songs which are included on this album - In This White World and What'll We Do. Bob continues the practice of using some of the finest session players on bass, banjo and electric guitar, and although not really folk, his roots are most evident.

Side 1
Celebrated Skier
In This White World
Super Skier
Highland Lassie
Bend in His Knees
Talking Skier

Side 2
Ski Patrol
Skiin' in the Morning
Super Skier's Last Race
What'll We Do
Skol to the Skier

John Killigrew

"Killigrew" 1971

Barry Pritchard (The Fortunes):
I was introduced to John Killigrew around 2am one morning a year or two ago.
Through the haze of several pints I was invited to his house, something to do with football I recalled with difficulty the following morning. It turned out to be an invitation which I am eternally glad I accepted, for I found a songwriter of talent and a friend into the bargain.
John and his family have lived hard for a long time after illness, financial disasters and one hundred different jobs. His writing has the unmistakable quality of a man who's been down and back again. He says the simple things well and in 1971 that is refreshing. I believe John Killigrew, Listen to him and I think you will as well.

John Killigrew:
I would like to sincerely thank everyone involved in the making of this album especially Pete Dello.

01. Just A Line
02. Brand New World
03. Nothing's Impossible
04. Hold On Baby
05. Yesterday And You
06. Roverman
07. John Dupree
08. Got Your Number
09. You Don't Know What You've Got
10. Hey Mocking Bird
11. Do I Love You
12. Just The Way You Are

Produced by Pete Dello (Honeybus)
Sample pic: Click

by bluenorther #12

Mick Hanly - Wish me well (2004)@192
Mick Hanly - Happy like this (1993)@160

Mac Gayden

"Mcgavock Gayden" 1973

01. Queen Anne's Lace
02. Rising Sun
03. Tennessee
04. Solomon`S Porch
05. Take Me Away
06. Light Man
07. Caney Fork River Daze
08. Above The Timber Line
09. Genevieve (The Calm After the Storm)
10. Reunion


"Testimony" 1980

01. Almost Kissed (Ferron)
02. Rosalee (Ferron)
03. Our Purpose Here (Ferron)
04. Who Loses (Ferron)
05. Testimony (Ferron)
06. Bellybowl (Ferron)
07. Satin Blouse (Ferron)
08. O Baby (Ferron)
09. Misty Mountain (Ferron)
10. Ain't Life a Brook (Ferron)

Ferron: Guitar (Acoustic), Vocals
Blaine Dunaway: String Arrangements
Doug Edwards: Bass
Tom Hazlitt: Acoustic Bass
Robbie King: Organ, Piano
Will Mac Calder: Organ, Piano
Stephen Nikleva: Guitar (Electric)
Jim Rothermel: Reeds
Brent Shindell: Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar (Electric)
Jane Mortifee: Vocals (bckgr)
Albert St. Albert: Percussion
Betty Chaba: Vocals (bckgr)
Glen Hendrickson: Drums
Chris Nordquist: Drums
Charlotte Hodgins Virtue: Vocals (bckgr)
Gypsy: Tambourine


by request

Alan Sondheim "T'other Little Tune": Different Waters

by bilbo #5

Gay & Terry Woods

"Backwoods" 1975

The husband-and-wife duo of Gay and Terry Woods got their beginning in 1969, when Terry Woods was still a member of Sweeney's Men. At that point, negotiations were underway for Sweeney's Men plus Gay Woods to join Fairport Convention bassist Ashley Hutchings in a new band, to be called Steeleye Span. When Sweeney's Men members Irvine and Moynihan decided it wasn't what they wanted, another duo, England's Tim Hart and Maddy Prior, went in with Woods and Hutchings. The Woods lasted for just one album before striking out on their own as the Woods Band, releasing an eponymous debut in 1971, where they mixed traditional and original material. After touring extensively throughout Europe, the band fell apart and Gay and Terry returned to Ireland. Settled again, they signed with Polydor, for whom they recorded Backwoods in 1975.

by bilbo #4

Friday, October 19, 2007

Vin Garbutt

"Woodford Folk Festival 2007"

See other 3 videos on YouTube

Presented by Simon from Korea

Bonnie White "Suite From The Other End" 1971

Simon from Korea said...
Dear Lizardson,
My previous comment reminded me that I have been wanting to send you another rip from a tape of a record from the early 1970's. Its by a woman called Bonnie White and I know nothing about her other than she is an African-American Pysch-Rocker and that her record is one of my all time favourite [I also never seen it made avaiable on any blog let alone on CD]. I'd be interested if you know anything about her.


Thank you!!
What a lovely songs...

Presented by mick d

Richard and Linda Thompson "Live in London"
22nd, June 1980

mick d said...
lizard ..great great blog ...thought you might like own recording

On the 22nd of june 1980 me and my mate steve went to see Richard and Linda Thompson play live at the beautiful open air theatre in regents park London…steve brought his tape recorder and stereo mic along to capture the show….unfortunately no sooner than had we arrived then the heavens opened and it hammered it down with blinding rain…so it looked like the gig was off until they decided to set up in the cafeteria the hundred or so souls that had made it bundled into the café..the place was packed..standing there like sardines we couldn’t see anything of the band….steve went off the idea of taping but I said id do it so there I was holding up his stereo mic..over the shoulder of the people in front of me hoping for the best…then the band arrived and Linda said..for goodness sake everybody sit down….so the people in front did just that leaving me standing there holding the mic right up to Richards mouth….i hand’t realised just how close I had been…second row in fact..Richard looked at the mic and laughed…..i sat down sheppishly and then the band played a blinding set….simon nicol. Dave mattacks, john kirkpatrick and for the first and only timer andy brown on bass…I think the recording came out very well indeed………

Here it is for you to do with as you wish..
All the best mick d

01 Modern Woman
02 Lonely Hearts
03 You're Gonna Need Somebody
04 Just The Motion
05 Borrowed Time
06 Genesis Hall
07 Hard Luck Stories
08 Woman Or A Man
09 Sisters
10 The Gas Almost Works
11 Wall Of Death
12 The Wrong Heartbeat
13 For Shame Of Doing Wrong
14 Break My Mind
15 High School Confidential


So much thanks for sharing your memory!!

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

by bilbo #3

Presented by Dizzy

Dizzy said...
Hi, Lizardson!
Your blog is wonderful source of great music for every folk & prog folk fan!
I've been enjoying in it for last few months and build my archive considerably.
Here you have link for a missing song from Stackridge's album The Man From the Bowler Hat.
It's track no.10 - God Speed the Plough. Your archive has different song listed as no.10.
Please, share it on your blog, I'm sure there's some people who'll be very thankful to have
full album available now.


I don't have much else to share, except one folk album which is very dear to me, and it hasn't been posted anywhere as far as I can tell. It's Golden Bough's The Boatman's Daughter. For me, it's one of the finest folk albums ever, on par with best Steeleye Span albums.
Please, tell me if you're interested in this album. I'd be glad to share it for you & your great blog!


Thanks for your help!

by Fuzzbox #2

Brewer & Shipley "Shake Off The Demon" (Vinyl-Rip)

Fuzzbox said...
I love Brewer & Shipley!!!
Big big thanks for that ...

1. Shake Off The Demon
2. Merciful Love
3. Message From The Mission (Hold Me)
4. One By One
5. When Everybody Comes Home

1. Working On The Well
2. Rock Me On The Water
3. Natural Child
4. Back To The Farm
5. Sweet Love

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Antonietta Laterza

"Alle Sorelle Ritrovate" 1975

Translated by AltaVista (Italian text):
From Bologna Cantautrice, been born in 1953, Antonietta Laterza has to its assets two album. The first one, To the sisters found again, exited in 1975 published from the Cramps, was without doubt an important stage for the cultural expression of the movement feminist, than from this point of view it was still to the albori. Recorded in concert (accompanied from the Swiss chitarrista Nadia Garbi), through sweet songs rabid hour hour, supplied to the manifestations of public square and the collectives of the movement, material to listen and to sing. To that beautiful disc it followed the getlteman, exited to aim ` 79, published from Divergo. During this period it participated to several tournées is in Italy that in France, Germany, Denmark, essentially in the militant circuit feminist. It participated then to the Tenco Club accompanied from musicians rock, after which it was oriented towards the musical search and it abandoned the militant femminismo in order to compose more personal songs in particular on its condition of handicapped person.

01. Simona
02. Cara Madre
03. Aborto-Sacrificio
04. Onirica
05. Mariarosa
06. Se Ero Io
07. La Malcontenta
08. La Montagna
09. Mia Dolce Signora
10. Cento Migliaia Di Anni
11. Dovevo Dimostrare
12. Il Complesso
13. Noi Siamo Stufe

Greeting from Mike Levon (HOLYGROUND)

Mike Levon said...
Hi all - Mike Levon here.
Thanks for the lovely review.
Glad you like it! You can get the CD(s) on my website
if you like :

Cheers, Mike

Discography (Songwriting):
1966 - Last Thing On My Mind
1967 - No. 9 Bread Street
196? - Strangeness And Charm
1970 - A to Austr
1970 - Up To McGill's
1971 - Astral Navigations
1971 - Gagalactyca
1975 - Tears On The Console

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Mick Greenwood

" friends" 1972

Despite being born in England, Mick Greenwood was bought up in the USA. While at high school in Halifax, Pennsylvania, he took the not uncommon step of forming his own band and, after school, he continued his apprenticeship with a number of other outfits before being spotted and signed by Columbia records in 1971 to start a solo career.

His initial backing group was pulled together from members of the band Fotheringay and with them he made his debut recording - 'Living Dream' which was to be the first in a set of three albums that would make up 'The Teenage Trilogy'. Also in the band at this time was Tony Cox, who may be better known to many as the man responsible for many of the string arrangements for Yes.

After touring with the same group that had appeared on the album some lineup changes were made prior to performing in the States, and it was with this mark II version of the band, often referred to as 'The Cockington All Stars', that the second part of the trilogy, 'To Friends' was recorded in 1972. The concluding chapter, 'Midnight Dreamer', followed two years later in 1974.

'To Friends' was produced by Tony Cox, who was also responsible for production on 'Living Dream', and the main players were: Mick Greenwood - vocals, guitar, piano; Jerry Donahue - guitar; Dave Peacock (later of Chaz'n' Dave) - bass, banjo, fiddle; Barry De Souza - drums, percussion, fiddle, trumpet); and finally Tony Cox - keyboards. Additional guest musicians featured were Barry St. John, Doris Troy and Jimmy Helms.

There are eleven tracks featured in all ranging in mood from those with a delicate air to those with a harder edge; giving the lasting impression that this is a well balanced collection of songs.

From the outset it is Greenwood's vocals that really hold the listener's attention and he delivers a series of powerful performances incorporating a variety of styles taking in rock, blues, and even country. While it would be fair to consider the album as a showcase for Greenwood's ability as a singer / songwriter, the performance given by all the musicians is smooth and the delivery is executed with a degree of subtlety that is often lacking in many present day performances.

Tony Cox's keyboard work tends to be predominantly piano based and it provides a solid base for the vocal sections but is more than capable when it comes to taking the lead, while Jerry Donahue puts in a sterling performance whether he be providing acoustic backing or taking a more dominant electric lead.

In fact, the style of many of the songs with the combination of vocals set against a strong musical background is not really far removed from the type of music Elton John was playing in his early period, but that is not to say that you could ever confuse the two.

The title track 'To Friends', really sets the tone of what is to come, using a soft vocal melody set initially against a piano and acoustic guitar backdrop, but later incorporating some very effective but understated electric guitar playing. This together with the closing piece, 'How Do You Feel in Your Bones', more than the other tracks seem to capture the real essence of Greenwood's distinct vocal style.

For me two of the strongest tracks on the album are 'Mother Earth' and 'Show Your Colours' and it is not surprising to learn that these tracks were chosen for release as singles in 1972 and 1973 respectively. Both songs exhibit Greenwood's softer side, and the blue grass guitar style that flows throughout 'Show Your Colours' is of particular interest.

Interestingly the tracks chosen to appear on the b-side of each single, Spooked' and 'Share the Load' provide a nice contrast and demonstrate a harder funkier edge to the sound, accentuated by the bass playing.

I have already touched upon the fact that aspects of the album have taken influences from the blues. 'See Yourself', although closing off with a heavier rock finish is a prime example, with its backing harmonies which draw heavily from gospel music, while 'All Aboard the Train', follows more acoustic lines.

Along with 'Show Your Colours', 'Space Captain' is another piece which stylistically seems to follow the early Elton John style. The powerful blend of an intense vocal line, piano backing and again the use of gospel style vocal harmonies, make this another winner in my book.

There are two further pieces on the album which I have not mentioned so far - 'Charlie' is a swinging R'n'B number, noteworthy for the strident honky-tonk piano and lively banjo work from Dave Peacock, while 'Berzerk' is another bluesey R'n'B number, this time with some superb electric guitar playing over the excellent honky tonk piano sounds.

It is sad to reflect that Mick Greenwood's music has been rather badly neglected over the years, but hopefully now that Voiceprint have made all three albums available for the first time since their original release in the seventies, new audiences will have a chance to judge his undoubted talents as a performer and songwriter for themselves. While his may not be a household name, the music is true to the spirit of the early seventies scene and should be listened to by anyone interested in the music of that era.

Mick Greenwood: Guitar, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals
Tony Cox: Synthesizer, Piano, Accordion, Vocals
Dave Peacock: Banjo, Bass, Fiddle, Violin, Vocals
Jerry Donahue: Guitar, Vocals
Barry DeSouza: Fiddle, Percussion, Trumpet, Drums
Barry St. John: Vocals
Doris Troy: Vocals
Jimmy Helms: Vocals

Produced by Tony Cox

01. To Friends
02. Spooked
03. See Yourself
04. Mother Earth
05. All Aboard The Train
06. Share The Load
07. Show Your Colors
08. Charlie
09. Berzerk
10. Space Captain
11. How Do You Feel In Your Bones

by bluenorther #11

Mick Hanly "All I Remember" 1989

1. Still Haven't Managed
2. Birthmark
3. Free to Run
4. Past the Point of Rescue
5. Fall Like a Stone
6. My Love is in America
7. All I Remember
8. Cold War
9. Landslide
10. Above Waterline

Produced by Donal Lunny. Engineered by Pearse Dunne.

Musicians: Mick Hanly: Vocals, Guitar. Donal Lunny: Keyboards, Bazouki. John Ryan: Keyboards. James Delaney: Keyboards. Garvan Gallagher: Bass. Paul Moran: Drums. Noel Bridgeman: Percussion. Tony Molloy: Bass. Keith Donald: Saxophone. Peter Condell: Electric Guitar. Des Moore: Guitar. Anto Drennan: Electric Guitar.


Monday, October 15, 2007

Brewer & Shipley

"Rural Space" 1972

Before Prairie Prince joined the Tubes and the Jefferson Starship, he was helping out Michael Brewer and Tom Shipley on Rural Space, two albums after their hit "One Toke Over the Line." The project is at least consistent -- the type and style of music one would expect from Brewer & Shipley, but what's most noticeable on this odd collection of songs is that no progress is being made. The duo produce themselves here after Nick Gravenites did such a great job on the Weeds album, and the result is more like Chad & Jeremy gone hippy than what the audience might expect from these two fine musicians. "Have a Good Life" is a folksy Gregorian chant, while "Blue Highway" is a grooving coffeehouse sleepy strum. "Blue Highway" was written by David Getz of Big Brother & the Holding Company and credited also to a D. Gravenites, probably a misprint and most likely a co-write from their former producer, Nick Gravenites. It's one of the album's best tracks, and also the longest at close to six-and-a-half minutes. "Black Sky" is a tune by Steve Cash, and the song would grace the self-titled debut of his band, The Ozark Mountain Daredevils, a year after this unveiling. Jesse Winchester's oft-covered "Yankee Lady" gets a fine treatment here; it's excellent singing and playing, with the first side having a bit more life than the second but with the notoriety of their hit record from early 1971, they could have played the game a little better. More spark and creativity was in order for a pair of folkies who found recognition, and the tune "Where Do We Go From Here" is truly prophetic -- they were going in circles. The cover art doesn't say much: a farmhouse and windmill on a stark plane with the modern logo flying in the air among the clouds overhead. It's good music without direction, adequate and not a bad listen years later, especially the strong "Sleeping on the Way," but at this particular point in time, they needed just a bit more. ~ Joe Viglione, All Music Guide

Side A
"Yankee Lady" (Jesse Winchester)
"Sleeping On The Way"
"When The Truth Finally Comes"
"Where Do We Go From Here"
"Blue Highway" (David Getz, Diane Gravenites)

Side B
"Fly Fly Fly" (Steve Cash)
"Crested Butte"
"Got to Get Off The Island"
"Black Sky" (Steve Cash)
"Have A Good Life"

Mike Brewer - Vocals & Guitars
Tom Shipley - Vocals & Guitars
Billy Mundi, Prarie Prince & Bill Vitt - Drums
Fred Burton - Electric Guitars
Mark Naftalin - Piano, Organ & Vibes
John Kahn - Bass
Phil Howe - Soprano Saxophone
Buddy Cage - Pedal Steel Guitar

Archie Fisher with Barbara Dickson

"Thro' the Recent Years" 1971

One of the very earliest recordings by Barbara Dickson, who was involved in the Scottish Folk scene and had been working with Archie Fisher in the late '60's. the pair both sing original compostions of semi autobiographical, traditional and fantastical tales. They are backed by a string arrangement and various Scottish session men. Soon after this album, Barbara would leave Scotland for London where she would continue with the Folk scene for a while but would soon hit the big time in musicals in the mid-'70's; making this an unusual, hard to get collectors item. Originally released in '70, this is a very rare Japanese edition complete with an obi strip. Includes: "The January Man", "The Frolicsome Alcoholic Mermaid", "Together Forever" and "Lullaby For Father." and more.

Side One:
The January Man (Goulder)
You Like the Sun (Lothian) [1]
Morning (Fisher)
Tears of Rage (Dylan/Manuel) [1]
Friends and Lovers (Fisher)
Somebody Counts On Me (Rab Noakes) [1]

Side Two:
If I'd Stayed Around(Rab Noakes)
Lullaby for Father (Fisher) [1]
I Am the Great Sun (Causley/Fisher) [1]
First of the Few (Fisher)
Fiddler's Green (Connolly)
Together Forever (Rab Noakes) [1]
Through the Recent Years (Fisher)

[1] = sung by Barbara Dickson

Archie Fisher (vocals, guitar)
Barbara Dickson (vocals)
Rab Noakes (backing vocals, guitar)
Des Haldane (backing vocals, guitar)
Ronnie Reay (bass)
Billy Kemp (drums)
Roger Coulam (organ)
Jack Ellory (flute)
Alex Sutherland (trombone, piano)

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Martin Wyndham-Read

"Andy's Gone" 1979

with Nic Jones, Dave Arthur, Toni Arthur

01. Bodmin Town
02. Andy's Gone With Cattle
03. Grimsby Lads
04. The Soldier's Dream Of Home
05. In The Gills Of Shilo
06. The Ploughboy
07. Lemony
08. The Mower
09. Faithful Emma
10. Harry Dale The Drover
11. The Forlorn Lover
12. Seasons Of The Year

Download link in comments.

Tony Rose

"Under the Greenwood Tree" 1971

Recorded and produced by Bill Leader
Production master by Nic Kinsey, Livingston Studios
Disc mastered by John Wadley, E.M.I.
Sleeve designed by Janet Kerr

Tony Rose plays his richly-sounding concertina on tracks such as Just As the Tide Was Flowing and this is generally a more up-beat album than his first. Double-tracking on some vocals is used, with excellent results. Guest musicians are Dolly Collins, John Kirkpatrick, and Peter Knight.

Swan Arcade

"Swan Arcade" 1972

Rab Noakes; Guitar
Jim Boyes; Guitar, Vocals
Dave Brady; Vocals
Alasdair Cameron; Vocals
Jimmy Hutchison; Vocals
Dave Farrer; Vocals
Dave Burland; Guitar, Vocals
Heather Brady; Vocals
Dixie Kidd; Bass
Frank Toward; Vocals

01. The Bright Shining Morning
02. Anti-Gallican Privateer
03. The Battle Of Sowerby Bridge
04. Admiral Benbow
05. Roll Alabama Roll
06. Last Valentine's Day
07. Lord Willoughby
08. The Hunt Is Up
09. Peat-Bog Soldiers
10. All The Good Times

Download link in comments.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

by Manila #18

Richard & Linda Thompson "Rafferty's Folly" (bootleg)

This is the Gerry Rafferty produced version of 'Shoot Out The Lights' that never (quite) saw the light of day. An entire book has been written about this album ('Richard & Linda Thompson's Shoot Out the Lights' by Hayden Childs, part of the '33 1/3' series). I haven't read it yet so I don't know the full story. If, as I heard, Rafferty spent his own money on the venture, then it was a selfless gesture on his part for which he never seems to get any credit. (Though some sources say he was 'hired' to produce the album.) Whatever the case, though it lacks the edge of R&L's other work - and the Thompsons were unhappy with it - it is not the 'utter disaster' some would have you believe, just different. At least that's my view. You be the judge.

Download (Part One)
Download (Part Two - demos and Granada TV Recordings with Fairport Convention)

George Winston

"Autumn" 1980

Relax time...

1. Colors / Dance
2. Woods
3. Longing / Love
4. Road
5. Moon
6. Sea
7. Stars
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