Sunday, July 26, 2009

by ericbkk

Deena Webster - Tuesday's Child (1968)

Original UK LP issued in 1968 by Parlophone. Never released on CD, and now out-of-print.

Stunning British Folk/Psych Produced by Tony Palmer.

"DEENA WEBSTER: Tuesday's Child (Parlophone UK 68) very rare 6o's UK female folk/singer in her great and rare only album… Arthur Greenslade accompanied her on a few covers of Dylan, Paxton, Ochs, Donovan…highly recommended if you're into female singer collection like Catherine Howe, Julie Covington, Ann Briggs, Barbara Dickson…

There are several covers on this album, and it's a pity she didn't cover Mystery Girl because that's just what she is. This is her only album (why?);she appeared on the David Frost Show on the same night as Mary Hopkins in 1969. She released a few singles after this album,and then the trail runs cold about 1970. She may have been 17 when she recorded this album, which would put her in her late 50s now. A comment on Play It Again, Max blog says she's living in Hong Kong.
Probably the best resource for info about her is this German site, but he seems to be sseking more info about her:

Hurry, Tuesday Child
Hair Of Spun Gold
New York Mining Disaster 1941
Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues
The House Of The Rising Sun
Who Will Buy
The Flower Lady
Summer Day Reflection Song
Tangles Of My Mind
The Last Thing On My Mind


The influences of early Joan Baez, Judy Collins, Marianne Faithfull, and Sandy Denny echo heavily on Deena Webster's obscure 1968 British LP Tuesday's Child. Emphasizing high-voiced and earnest interpretations of contemporary songs by Donovan, Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs, Tom Paxton, and the Bee Gees, there's also a hint of folk-pop orchestration in some of the arrangements. "Hurry, Tuesday Child" almost sounds like something Scott Walker could have sung in the late 1960s, though far more often the production has a plainer tone, and is on occasion fairly stark traditional folk. Of course, at least part of the reason this album is so obscure is that, despite the similarities to the aforementioned folk legends, Webster's voice isn't nearly as good or distinct as the vocals of Denny, Faithfull, Collins, or Baez. It's still pleasant period mid-'60s folk (actually slightly retro by the time of its 1968 release) for genre specialists. Considering how often the song was covered, "The House of the Rising Sun" is a surprising standout, Webster's haunted voice and acoustic guitar backed only by a spooky organ. : ~ Richie Unterberger

Acknowledgements to FolkPhile for the (very clean) vinyl rip, and to the excellent Play It Again, Max blog where I found the files.

If anybody has any more info about this interesting artist, please share it.



Blogger clashlanding said...

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28 July, 2009 04:05  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wher is the dl link?

28 July, 2009 10:23  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

where is the dl link?

28 July, 2009 10:23  
Blogger muzicprog said...

Hi, A great surprise (like always) from THTM.
Boo´full record, amazin´voice in da ol´tradition UK-women-folk.
It´s good 2 know dat an cd edition (of course in Japan).
It´ll be hard 2 obtain but da challenge is done.
But dis record (in da sacred vynil)is so good.
Zillion thanks.

29 July, 2009 00:53  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi again
i cant really find the dowload link.
is there any one to help me please?

29 July, 2009 11:54  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi again
i cant really find the dowload link.
is there any one to help me please?

29 July, 2009 11:55  
Blogger clashlanding said...

Hi Anonymous,
DL link has been changed to BUY link.
If you want still this album, ask Google...


29 July, 2009 12:53  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

30 July, 2009 15:25  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not available in US, obviously powers of corporate music industry do not believe we should be allowed to hear this

01 October, 2009 06:36  

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