Various - The History Of Uk Underground Folk Rock Vol.1 (rare)

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Various - The History Of Uk Underground Folk Rock Vol.1 (rare)

Various - The History Of Uk Underground Folk Rock Vol.1
MP3 224 Kbps | 1999

After the UK folk explosion of the early sixties, artists like The Incredible String Band, Pentagle, Cob, Fairport Convention and Strangely Strange led the genre into an experimental phase embracing psychedelia.
The Erewhon CD series has fortunately released the majority of the rarest releases of that era, albums that were often privately issued and now command hundreds of pounds amongst collectors.
These collections include some of the best tracks by those artists together with previously unavailable songs by the Trees, Tir Na Nog, Mellow Candle and Horison amongst others.
Opening with a sublime hippie masterpiece by Shide and Acorn, this volume journeys through the classic electric folk of Loudest Whisper, Midwinter and Gallery. Not to forget Baroque moments form Tir Na Nog and Mellow Candle, the potent musicianship of Caedmon and the lost psychedelic genius of parameter. More can be found on volume two and forthcoming releases.

AMG REVIEW: You can think of this as sort of an equivalent to specialty series like Nuggets, Rubble, and Pebbles that unearthed very obscure 1960s rock, the difference being that this focuses on British folk-rock of the late '60s and '70s. Although artists like Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span, the Incredible String Band, and Pentangle are fairly popular and well-known, there have been very few discs dedicated to excavation of other bands working along the same lines that never got anywhere (commercially that is). This CD is compiled from rare albums, along with presenting previously unavailable songs by the Trees, Tir Na Nog, Mellow Candle, and Harison. Now, when the Trees and Mellow Candle are by far the most recognizable names on the track listing, you know this is digging deep. Note, however, that unlike many anthologies of obscure genre music ? for whatever genre ? the quality on this and Vol. 2 of this series is pretty high, and virtually guaranteed to appeal to fans of classic British folk-rock in the Fairport/Steeleye/Incredibles mold. Whether high female vocals in the Sandy Denny/Jacqui McShee style or fairly exotic acoustic-based folk-psych is your bag, there's a lot of it here. While there may not be anything as outstanding as the best of the well-known bands, it's a fine soundtrack for imagining yourself hiking through the British greenlands, with the style's characteristic emphasis on minor-based, folky melodies. Some of the stuff will appeal to psychedelic fans of any kind, too, like Parameter's "Emmeline," with its Ray Davies-like vocal, wiggly guitar, and general aura of disembodied cloudiness.
? Richie Unterberger - AMG
1. Shide and Acorn - Under the Tree (1971)
2. Caedmon - Aslan (1978)
3. Tir Na Nog - Our Love (1970)
4. Mellow Candle - Sheep Season (1969)
5. Parameter - Emmeline (1971)
6. Flibbertigibbet - Little Roving Sailer (1978)
7. Horison - Sea of Tranquility (1969)
8. Vulcans Hammer - Jamie (1972)
9. Caedmon - Sea Song (1978)
10. Stone Angel - Dancing at Whitsun (1974)
11. Mark Newman - Patterns (1969)
12. Trees - Little Black Cloud (1969)
13. Midwinter - Winter Song (1973)
14. Artist Unknown - Hymn For Today (C.1968)
15. Loudest Whisper - She Moves Through the Fair (1976)
16. Skybird - Magdelena (1975)
17. Gallery - The Baron of Brackley (1973)
18. Water into Wine Band - Waiting for Another Day (1976)


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