Mellow Candle - Swaddling Songs Plus… (1972-2011) UK 180g Pressing - 2 LP+2 EP/FLAC In 24bit/96kHz

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Mellow Candle - Swaddling Songs Plus… (1972-2011) UK 180g Pressing - 2 LP+2 EP/FLAC In 24bit/96kHz

Mellow Candle - Swaddling Songs Plus…
Vinyl | LP Cover (1:1) | FLAC + cue | 24bit/96kHz | 2500mb
Mastered At Orgone Mastering By W
Label: Rise Above Relics/RARLP007 | Released: 1972 | This Issue: 2011 | Genre: Progressive-Folk


A1. Heaven Heath
A2. Sheep Season
A3. Silversong
A4. The Poet And The Witch
A5. Messenger Birds
A6. Dan The Wing
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B1. Reverend Sisters
B2. Break Your Token
B3. Buy Or Beware
B4. Vile Excesses
B5. Lonely Man
B6. Boulders On My Grave
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Demos & Unreleased
C1 Dan The Wing (Demo)
C2 Waterman Weatherman (Unreleased Demo)
C3 Buy Or Beware (Demo)
C4 Heaven Heath (Demo)
C5 Sheep Season (Demo)
C5 Break Your Token (Demo)
C6 Lonely Man (Demo)
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D1 Silver Song (Demo)
D2 Poet & The Witch (Demo)
D3 Boulders On My Grave (Demo)
D4 Crabtree (Unreleased Demo)
D5 Pretty Polly (Unreleased Demo)
D6 Faustus (Unreleased Demo)
D7 Mobile Line (Unreleased Demo)
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Feeling High / Tea With The Sun
E Feeling High
F Tea With The Sun
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Dan The Wing / Silversong
G Dan The Wing
H Silversong


Mastered At – Orgone Mastering
Credits
Bass, Vocals [If Pressed] – Frank Boylan
Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals – David Williams (15)
Engineer – Derek Varnals, Kevin Fuller
Engineer [Assistant] – David Baker
Illustration – David Anstey
Mastered By – W (12)
Percussion – William A. Murray*
Photography By – Suzette Stephens
Producer – David Hitchcock
Vocals – Alison Williams
Vocals, Piano – Clodagh Simonds
Notes
Remastered from original tapes with cooperation from the band. Includes original album, LP of demos and early works, and 7" records of their first two singles. Contains 12-page LP sized booklet with many unseen photos from band members personal archives.
Barcode and Other Identifiers
Barcode (Barcode): 803341343337


Mellow Candle - Swaddling Songs Plus… (1972-2011) UK 180g Pressing - 2 LP+2 EP/FLAC In 24bit/96kHz

Mellow Candle - Swaddling Songs Plus… (1972-2011) UK 180g Pressing - 2 LP+2 EP/FLAC In 24bit/96kHz

Mellow Candle - Swaddling Songs Plus… (1972-2011) UK 180g Pressing - 2 LP+2 EP/FLAC In 24bit/96kHz

Mellow Candle - Swaddling Songs Plus… (1972-2011) UK 180g Pressing - 2 LP+2 EP/FLAC In 24bit/96kHz



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Arguably the best Acid Folk/Folk Rock' album ever recorded, 1972's Swaddling Songs has gone on to be one of the most sought-after records in collecting history. Presented here as the ULTIMATE band authorised/licensed edition, it includes a fully restored deluxe pressing of the original album, plus two replica's of the bands ultra rare 7" singles, including the near mythical Dan The Wing picture sleeve and the 1968 debut Feeling High. Also includes a full sized 12-page booklet featuring many unseen photo's with new updated sleevenotes by David Wells.
PLUS the bonus 14 track Demos's & Early Works album!!!
Rise Above Relics Records


As this band originates from Ireland, it is not a surprise that there are exceptionally fine melodies on their songs, along with some Christian themes. The gentle amplified bass and electric guitars with drums keep the band within rock frame of reference, but this isn't very psychedelic music in my opinion, as the songs are coherently logical and do not contain very surreal feelings in them. In the song "Heaven Heath" some harpsichord runs bring a slight baroque feeling to their music, but this is not very purist medieval folk music either.

The song "Sheep Season" reminded me the sounds on the "On The Shore" album by The Trees. There are also some slightly symphonic passages at the end of the song, where guitar, piano and flute do solos over the nicely pulsing rhythm section, and they let it to grow in wonderful heights. Sadly the climax remains unheard, as there is a fadeout here, a solution which I got quite serious issues at one time. "Silver Song" is then a more bluesy tune, having truly unbelievable beautiful guitar and singing melodies. Stunning harmonies for two female singers are introduced here, and they are maybe the most notable feature of this record. These double vocals are also powerfully present on "Break Your Token", and on song "Reverend Sisters" which is a pretty piano driven piece. "Vile Excesses" has a nice dialogue with these voices mingling in the verses, and the fast final song "Boulders on My Grave" has interesting wordless singing on it. There are also few faster slightly rockier tunes here, like "Buy or Beware" and the strong "The Poet and The Witch", which emerges from a short soundscape of a sea.

I think that the songs on the beginning of the album are a bit better compositions, though the rest are no bad either. Sadly my version didn't have the two bonus tracks, as they would have been interesting to hear. If you want to hear more Irish proggy folk, check out Mushroom's "Early One Morning", being a fine album done in bit more rockier acid folk style.
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