Sunday, August 03, 2008

by GeoX #7

Bok Muir & Trickett "And So Will We Yet" 1990

One of their best albums. Features a version of "John Barleycorn"that is not the version made famous by Traffic and Steeleye Span.Also "Past Caring," one of the most relentlessly depressing songsever. What else is there to say?


This trio has never made a bad album, though some have been more transcendent than others. If this one doesn't top Turning Toward the Morning or even A Water Over Stone, it still stands head and shoulders above the vast majority of modern folk releases. Ed Trickett's reedy tenor, Ann Mayo Muir's flute-like mezzo and Gordon Bok's gravel-pit bass aren't exactly a natural fit with each other, yet somehow they work beautifully together, and when the three combine their talents for song-gathering the results are almost always inspiring. This program includes Bayard Rustin's gorgeous "I Saw Her as She Came and Went" (a Muir/Trickett duet which features Bok's expert accompaniment and homemade instruments), the lovely and strangely sad "Wild Birds" (which evokes the high plains of Wyoming in lyrics that Bok's down-east accent shouldn't be able to deliver as effectively as it does), and the achingly pretty "Past Caring," a gently despairing song that recalls Johnnie Stewart, Drover in its melody and general mood. Best of all, though, is Muir's singing on Jez Lowe's "The Bergen," an ode to a seafaring lover. Listeners might feel free to skip "Tails and Trotters," a cutesy novelty tune. ~ Rick Anderson, All Music Guide


Blogger iainmspillane said...

Don't think I'm being ungrateful here, but a zip or rar is far easier.

04 August, 2008 02:02  
Blogger Kino said...

thanks much. i'm not too familiar with .sitx... any recs on the program to use with this extenstion?

04 August, 2008 02:28  
Blogger GeoX, who is here to stay, like it or not. said...

"Tails and Trotters" could indeed be described as cutesy, but it's worth hearing as a showcase of Muir's voice, which has rarely been more arresting.

04 August, 2008 10:59  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Welcome Back.
Yes, this is a great album!

04 August, 2008 13:16  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

.sitx requires a proprietary program to unpack, and I have not been able to find and download a free expander. Stuffit Expander by smithmicro will not download for me, and they are using your download registration to harvest personal information and add you to their e-mailing list, a practice I deplore.

I would greatly appreciate it if someone would re-up this album compressed in a more common format. Thanks!

04 August, 2008 20:56  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Update: offers several of smithmicro's stuffit expanders, freeware and trialware. The version for Windows is only available as a 15-day trial, but at least I could download it. But I would still prefer *not* to install a special program in order to uncompress files posted here. Thanks.

04 August, 2008 21:06  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I also don't wish to appear ungrateful. I was very impressed by their 2 'best of' CD's posted here earlier but as much as I'd like to hear this album, it's not worth downloading a special program

05 August, 2008 00:03  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The comments from others I completely concur with, why ever "apple" decided to buck the trend and go for YET ANOTHER format I will never know?
When the world of internet was only dialup, MP3 at 64k or even 128k was a reasonable option, today with the proliferation of broadband services there is little need to conserve bandwidth, so MP3 at 256k or better still 320k will server most needs, trying to squeeze more quality into smaller files will never be acceptable to many music fans, except those with tiny MP3 players with small memory.
Lossless forms of compression like for example FLAC are becoming more popular, specially with those that like to get out of the system, exactly what went in.
To save the bother I have converted these excellent tracks to standard MP3 format with LAME the best MP3 encoder, I will post the link later

05 August, 2008 01:20  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here as promised is the link to the MP3 versions of this splendid album.
Thanks to GeoX for posting it by the way, my previous comments were not directed at you in any way.
Extracted with Stuffit and transcoded with media coder which I can highly recommend.

Lizzy perhaps you would attach this link to the original posting
marked MP3

05 August, 2008 04:01  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oops, I used my default password on the rar file

password = wildbirds

By pure coincidence that is the name of track three on this album, weird?

05 August, 2008 04:25  
Blogger GeoX, who is here to stay, like it or not. said...

Ha! That's what you GET for not being Mac users!

Seriously, sorry about that, but there's no need to be so touchy about it. Free music is free music. Here it is in a format your primitive human computers can understand:

05 August, 2008 05:53  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well as one user of a "human" computer, how would I know... :-))

By the way your link is incomplete
perhaps all the phantom spaces the MAC uses "_" bust the line length?

Paul... Are you there? Can you re-up
the link for the 15 year double album
seems to have died :-((

Re-visiting the BMT collection after a long absence (Why did I leave it so long?)

05 August, 2008 09:11  
Blogger GeoX, who is here to stay, like it or not. said...

Hmm. The lagtime makes it a little hard to have a conversation here.

Anyway, no hard feelings or anything. I suppose I theoretically agree that higher bitrates are better (though I am seriously unable to tell the difference between 128 and anything higher), but my computer is stuffed to the gills with music as it is, so it's not very feasible for me to rerip things at higher rates at this time.

05 August, 2008 12:25  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the original post...and for the MP3 friendly version...I'm really enjoying this! TD

05 August, 2008 18:26  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for uploading this as an MP3 - someone should post the link on the front page.

06 August, 2008 02:56  
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