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Fairport Convention - Liege & Lief (1969) Expanded Remastered 2002

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Fairport Convention - Liege & Lief (1969) Expanded Remastered 2002

Fairport Convention - Liege & Lief (1969) Expanded Remastered 2002
XLD | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 307 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 153 Mb | Scans included
Label: Island Records | # 586 929-2, IMCD 291 | Time: 00:55:21
British Folk-Rock, Psychedelic, Progressive Folk

Liege & Lief is the fourth album by the English folk rock band Fairport Convention. It is the third and final album the group released in the UK in 1969, all of which prominently feature Sandy Denny as lead female vocalist. (Denny did not appear on the group's 1968 debut album). It is also the very first Fairport album on which all songs have either been adapted (freely) from traditional British and Celtic folk material (for example "Matty Groves", "Tam Lin"), or else are original compositions (such as "Come All Ye", "Crazy Man Michael") written and performed in a similar style. By introducing songs of this genre into the group's repertoire Denny, who had previously sung and recorded traditional folk songs as a solo artist, was instrumental in this transformation. Although Denny quit the band even before the album's release, Fairport Convention has continued to the present day to make music almost exclusively within the traditional British folk music idiom, and are still most strongly associated with it.

Fairport Convention - Unhalfbricking (1969) Expanded Remastered Reissue 2003

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Fairport Convention - Unhalfbricking (1969) Expanded Remastered Reissue 2003

Fairport Convention - Unhalfbricking (1969)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 272 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 110 Mb | Scans ~ 250 Mb
Label: Island Remasters | # IMCD293 / 063 596-2 | Time: 00:48:18
British Folk-Rock, Psychedelic, Progressive Folk

Unhalfbricking is the third album by British folk rock band Fairport Convention, released in 1969. It is seen as a transitional album in their history and marked a further musical move away from American influences towards more traditional English folk songs that had begun on their previous album, What We Did On Our Holidays and arguably reached its peak on the follow-up, Liege & Lief, released later the same year. In 2004 Q magazine placed Unhalfbricking at number 41 in its list of the 50 Greatest British Albums Ever, and in the same year The Observer, describing it as "a thoroughly English masterpiece", listed it at number 27 in its Top 100 British Albums. The following year, 2005, it was included in Robert Dimery's "1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die".

VA - Scarborough Fair: The Best Of English Folk (2006) 3CD Set

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VA - Scarborough Fair: The Best Of English Folk (2006) 3CD Set

VA - Scarborough Fair: The Best Of English Folk (2006) 3CD Set
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.27 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 545 Mb | Scans ~ 48 Mb | 03:56:38
British Folk, British Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter | Label: Castle | # CMETD1273

Three-disc, 64-track collection. The folk revival that took place at club level during the Sixties introduced a whole new audience to traditional folksong, while also bringing to the fore the concept of the earnest young singer/songwriter. When, by the end of the decade, centuries-old songs were being given a sonic makeover by the new breed of electric folkies (headed by the likes of Fairport Convention and Steeleye Span, both of whom are represented on this collection), folk music had long since escaped out of the clubs and into the charts. This companion piece to similar 3CD sets concentrating on the Irish and Scottish folk scenes focuses on the astonishing depth of talent emanating from the English folk scene during this most tumultuous of decades. Every facet of the English folk genre is encompassed, ranging from club singers and trad folksong revivalists like Isla Cameron and Shirley Collins, the post-Dylan singer/songwriter (Donovan, Ralph McTell), folk-based fusion act Pentangle, and even such turn-of-the-decade acid folk iconoclasts as Synathesia and the mighty Comus.

Pentangle - Reflection (1971) Reissue 2004

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Pentangle - Reflection (1971) Reissue 2004

Pentangle - Reflection (1971) Reissue 2004
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 243 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 91 Mb | Scans ~ 145 Mb
British Folk, Folk-Rock, Psychedelic | Label: Sanctuary | # CMRCD 983 | 00:39:49

Pentangle were always great at creating musical fusions, and on this album, they once again came through. The opening song, "Wedding Dress," is a fabulous meeting of Celtic, country, and, believe it or not, funk. It's one of the few songs of theirs that actually rocks. The rest of the record is classic Pentangle, with Bert Jansch's and John Renbourn's acoustic guitars intermingling so well that it would make even Neil Young and Stephen Stills a little envious. Jacqui McShee, as usual, has some exquisite vocal moments, namely the previously mentioned "Wedding Dress" and an excellent reading of "Will the Circle Be Unbroken." This track shows how the group was further exploring new musical ground, this time with traditional American folk/gospel. The group's rhythm section of Danny Thompson (upright bass/cello) and Terry Cox (percussion) – easily one of the most inventive on the planet – shines on every cut, creating solid ground for Renbourn, McShee, and Jansch to do their high-wire act on vocals and guitar. One of their finest all-around albums.

The Pentangle - Sweet Child (1968) Reissue 1988

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The Pentangle - Sweet Child (1968) Reissue 1988

The Pentangle - Sweet Child (1968) Reissue 1988
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 370 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 167 Mb | Scans ~ 103 Mb
Label: Line Music | # TACD 9.00552 O | Time: 01:13:05
British Folk, British Folk-Rock, Psychedelic Folk

Sweet Child, released in 1968, at the peak of Pentangle's career, is probably the most representative of their work. A sprawling two-record set, half recorded in the studio and half live at the Royal Festival Hall, showcases just how versatile Pentangle was in their unique brand of English folk, jazz, Celtic, blues, and pop styles. Some of the live covers are easily their finest performances. Furry Lewis' "Turn Your Money Green," sung by the delightful Jacqui McShee, swings sweetly, buttressed of course by John Renbourn and Bert Jansch's guitar tapestry. Charlie Mingus' "Haitian Flight Song" features a great solo by bassist Danny Thompson, who was easily one of the finest musicians to grace the instrument. The studio tracks are uniformly excellent as well, especially "The Time Has Come," which turns waltz time inside out. McShee, Renbourn, and Jansch all turn in career performances on this track. But these examples merely scratch the surface of Pentangle's peak. In all, Sweet Child is an awesome and delightful collection, and probably their finest hour.

The Pentangle - The Pentangle (1968) Remastered Reissue 2001

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The Pentangle - The Pentangle (1968) Remastered Reissue 2001

The Pentangle - The Pentangle (1968) Expanded Remastered Reissue 2001
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 304 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 122 Mb | Scans ~ 121 Mb
Label: Castle/Sanctuary | # CMRCD 131 | Time: 00:53:25
Genre: British Folk, British Folk-Rock, Psychedelic

Remastered reissue of the British folk-rock act's 1968 debut album. Divided between traditional and original material, highlights included their arrangement of 'Bruton Town' and the seven-minute instrumental laden 'Pentangling'. This CD also features 7 bonus tracks 'Koan' (alt. version), 'The Wheel' (alt. version), 'The Casbah' (alt. Version), 'Bruton Town' (edit 1/5/3), 'Hear My Call' (alt. Version), 'Way Behind The Sun' (alt version) & 'Way Behind The Sun' (Instrumental).

Davy Graham - Albums Collection 1963-1970 (6CD)

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Davy Graham - Albums Collection 1963-1970 (6CD)

Davy Graham - Albums Collection 1963-1970 (6CD)
EAC | FLAC | Image/Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 1.54 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 654 Mb | Scans ~ 1.1 Gb
Guitar Virtuoso, Guitar Jazz, Folk Jazz, British Folk, Folk-Rock, Folk-Blues | Time: 04:44:58

Davy Graham was one of the most eclectic guitarists of the 1960s, and his mixture of folk, blues, jazz, Middle Eastern sounds, and Indian ragas was an important catalyst of the British folk scene. Like Sandy Bull and John Fahey – two folk-based guitarists with a similar taste for genre-bending experimentation – Graham could not be said to be a rock musician. But like Bull and Fahey, he shared the eagerness of the '60s psychedelic rockers to stretch out and incorporate unpredictable influences into his music. While he wasn't much of a singer, Graham's taste in material was broad and shrewd, encompassing blues, ragas, Joni Mitchell, Charles Mingus, and the famous instrumental "Anji," which Graham recorded in 1962, way before the more famous versions by Bert Jansch and Simon & Garfunkel. Collection includes: The Guitar Player (1963); Folk, Blues & Beyond… (1965); Midnight Man (1966); Large As Life And Twice As Natural (1968); Hat (1969); Godington Boundry (1970).

The Watersons - The Definitive Collection (2003)

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The Watersons - The Definitive Collection (2003)

The Watersons - The Definitive Collection (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 311 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 149 Mb | Scans included
British Folk, Vocal Folk | Label: Highpoint | # HPO 6004 | Time: 01:03:52

In the wake of the recent, superb box set, it's hard to imagine a single disc being definitive of one of Britain's great folk singing groups. At best, you can touch on their different facets and legacy. But Definitive Collection actually does a splendid job. There are the hymns, the traditional songs, and some of the permutations (Lal and Norma, Mike, even the late Peter Bellamy), as well as tracks by Waterson: Carthy and Blue Murder, who carry on the flame of the original Watersons in many ways (especially Blue Murder, which is essentially Waterson:Carthy plus Barry Coope, Jim Boyes and Lester Simpson). The tracks are from their "Topic" albums (which means, because of licensing, nothing from the original, wonderful Bright Phoebus release is here), but all of those that are here are wonderful, and sung with such naturalness that they epitomize what folk singing should be about. There's no sense of premeditation about their performances. This is simply who they are, and their way of expressing themselves. It's not Mighty River of Song, which really is definitive, but as an introduction to the Watersons, and an overview of their massive achievements in folk music, this works excellently.

Maggie Reilly - Starcrossed (2000)

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Maggie Reilly - Starcrossed (2000)

Maggie Reilly - Starcrossed (2000)
Pop/Rock, Electronic, Acoustic, Vocal | EAC Rip | FLAC, Img+CUE+LOG+Scans (PNG) | 52:21 | 507,46 Mb
Label: EMI Electrola (EU) | Cat.# 7243 5 25415 2 2 | Released: 2000-04-25

Scottish singer Maggie Reilly’s rich multi-octave voice recalls the spine-tingling operatics of Kate Bush, and works equally well on traditional folk songs, bluesy originals, and the hybrid Celtic-pop numbers that she is especially fond of. This is her 2000 album, and is heavy on heartfelt ballads tinged with electronica (“Talking to Myself,” “Reunion”).

The Ian Campbell Folk Group - The Complete Transatlantic Recordings (2016) 4CD Deluxe Box Set

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The Ian Campbell Folk Group - The Complete Transatlantic Recordings (2016) 4CD Deluxe Box Set

The Ian Campbell Folk Group - The Complete Transatlantic Recordings (2016) 4CDs
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.36 Gb | Scans ~ 287 Mb | Time: 04:18:48
British Folk, Folk Revival, Celtic | Label: Cherry Tree | # CRTREEBOX16

This 4 CD collection gathers together for the first time the entire Ian Campbell Folk Group catalogue recorded for Transatlantic Records, covering the period 1963-1968. This collection includes 6 studio albums plus related bonus material from the period. The Ian Campbell Folk Group were one of the most respected, influential and best known British folk groups of the 1960’s. Taking their origins from Aberdeen, the band formed in Birmingham in 1958. They signed to Transatlantic Records in 1963 and proceeded to record the content of this collection over the next 6 years. They topped the bill at the Royal Albert Hall, made numerous TV appearances, attended the Newport Folk Festival in 1964 and were prolific live performers throughout Europe. Dave Swarbrick and Dave Pegg who both achieved fame with Fairport Convention, are featured in this collection.

John Martyn - The Island Years (2013) 17 CD Box Set [Re-Up]

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John Martyn - The Island Years (2013) 17 CD Box Set [Re-Up]

John Martyn - The Island Years (2013) 17 CD Box Set
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 5.98 Gb | Scans ~ 891 Mb
Label: Universal-Island | # 374 228-8 | Time: 19:46:03
Singer/Songwriter, British Folk, Psychedelic, Folk-Rock, Folk Jazz, Guitar Virtuoso

The Island Years is the most exhaustive career retrospective from one of Britain’s most original and enduring singer/songwriters. Housed in an LP size hard-back slip case, this lavish box set including: 17 CDs featuring 12 key studio albums, recorded for Island between 1967 and 1987, now with previously unreleased mixes, Out-Takes, unheard songs and 2 complete, previously unreleased live solo concerts from 1972 and 1977 and the complete demos for The Apprentice, the last album Martyn delivered to Island. A hard-back book featuring a new essay by The Island Years compiler and researcher John Hillarby plus rare and previously unseen photographs and extensive memorabilia.

The Incredible String Band - First Four Albums 1966-1968 (5CD) Remastered Reissues 2010

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The Incredible String Band - First Four Albums 1966-1968 (5CD) Remastered Reissues 2010

The Incredible String Band - First Four Albums 1966-1968 (5CD) Remastered Reissues 2010
FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 1.37 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 583 Mb | Scans included
British Folk, Psychedelic Folk, British Folk Rock | Label: Fledg'ling | Time: 03:53:04

In the liner notes to these carefully packaged reissues, all four of the Incredible String Band principals– co-founder Clive Palmer, core duo Mike Heron and Robin Williamson, and Elektra records executive Joe Boyd– offer their insights in separate essays. Three of them mention the smell of patchouli. Such were the times, certainly, but the ISB are loved equally by avant-garde musicians, psychedelia enthusiasts, and those slightly dweeby young gentlemen who hang around music shops on college campuses. The reissue of their first four albums probably put to rest any notion that the ISB were a properly great band, releasing just one true classic, but they were rarely anything less than brave, inspired, and profoundly weird.

Maddy Prior - Woman in the Wings (1978) Remastered Reissue 1994

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Maddy Prior - Woman in the Wings (1978) Remastered Reissue 1994

Maddy Prior - Woman in the Wings (1978) with Jethro Tull
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 206 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 88 Mb | Scans included
British Folk, British Folk-Rock, Celtic | Label: BGO | # BGOCD 215 | Time: 00:36:04

Woman in the Wings is a 1978 debut solo album by Maddy Prior. It was produced by Ian Anderson, David Palmer and Robin Black. All the songs were written by Maddy Prior.

Donovan - Troubadour: The Definitive Collection 1964-1976 (1992) 2CD

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Donovan - Troubadour: The Definitive Collection 1964-1976 (1992) 2CD

Donovan - Troubadour: The Definitive Collection 1964-1976 (1992) 2CD
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 669 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 350 Mb | Scans ~ 63 Mb
Label: Legacy, Epic | # E2K 46986 | Time: 02:32:24
Singer/Songwriter, British Folk, Folk-Rock, Psychedelic

Heaven knows, the Scotsman born Donovan Leitch was ripe for ridicule, even when he was hitting the charts with regularity. He was the ultimate flower child, and his airier pronouncements made cynics want to tighten up those love beads around his neck. Listening to Troubadour, however, it's striking how versatile, melodic, and agreeable most of his material sounds decades after "Mellow Yellow" has faded into a jaundiced yellow. Clearly under the sway of Bob Dylan early on in his career, Donovan nevertheless was capable of directing his reverence into something as enchanting as "Catch the Wind." Amping up as the '60s progressed, he assembled a series of psychedelic-pop classics, including "Season of the Witch," the "Hey Jude"-like sing-along "Atlantis," and the uncharacteristically driving "Hurdy Gurdy Man" (the latter features three-quarters of what was to become Led Zeppelin providing stellar support). This two-disc anthology may be more Donovan than some desire, but the booklet, seven previously unreleased tracks, and expansive perspective it provides makes it a more-than-worthy overview for those who take their paisley folk-rock with a beatific smile.

Richard & Linda Thompson - ... In Concert, November 1975 (2007)

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Richard & Linda Thompson - ... In Concert, November 1975 (2007)

Richard & Linda Thompson - … In Concert, November 1975 (2007)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Tracks) + Cue + m3u8 + Log ~ 500 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 188 Mb
Full Scans ~ 100 Mb | 01:17:58 | RAR 5% Recovery
British Folk, Folk Rock | Universal / Island Records #IMCD 327/984 824-3

Thirty-two years after the fact, this live album presents a full-length version of the shows performed by Richard & Linda Thompson to promote their 1975 album Pour Down Like Silver, their third LP, following Hokey Pokey released earlier in 1975, and 1974's I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight. They are accompanied by John Kirkpatrick on accordion and concertina, Dave Pegg on bass, and Dave Mattacks on drums. The recordings have not been released previously, except for "Calvary Cross" and "It'll Be Me," which were included on Richard Thompson's 1976 compilation Guitar, Vocal, but which have been remixed for this album.