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SpirogyraFuture Won't Be Long – The Albums 1971 to 1973 (St Radiguns/Old Boot Wine/Bells Boots & Shambles/bonus tracks) (3CD set) ... CD
Esoteric (UK), Early 70s. New Copy 3CD ... $26.99 39.99
Three classic albums from this underground group – brought together in a single set, with bonus tracks too! First up is St Radiguns – the debut album from one of the most unique groups of their generation – a group who were partway between acid folk and proggy rock – yet with qualities that were also uniquely their own as well! The group were equally at home with acoustic and electric instruments – but play with a sinister edge that almost hints at a Wicker Man side of the universe, while occasionally warming things up with more intimate, poetic moments. The vocals are great – especially the male leads of Martin Cockerham, which we prefer a bit more to the female work from Barbara Gaskin – and the tunes have this sense of darkness that still gives the album a hell of an edge after all these years. Titles include "The Future Won't Be Long", "Island", "Magical Mary", "Captain's Log", "Time Will Tell", "We Were A Happy Crew", and "The Duke Of Beaufoot". Next is Old Boot Wine – compelling sounds from Spirogyra – a group who have some proggish elements, but also a folksy sensibility too – which makes for a really wonderful balance between jamming moments and more intimate sounds! Guitar and keyboards take plenty of place in the mix – often spinning out strongly – but the group also features a fair bit of acoustic guitar, too – mixed with lovely vocals from Barbara Gaskin, and fragile male leads from Martin Cockerham. Tunes have a slightly poetic quality, but never in a drippy way – and the production is full one minute, light the next – which can really make for a nice sense of shading to the tunes. Titles include "Dangerous Dave", "A Canterbury Tale", "Grandad", "World's Eyes", "Wings Of Thunder", and "Disraeli's Problem". Last is Bells Boots & Shambles – a set that has the group down to a duo – just singer Barbara Gaskin and guitarist/vocalist Martin Cockerham – but have actually used that shift to bring in some additional musicians too, and really find a great way to expand their sound! The album's got some of the most compelling arrangements we've heard from the group – and uses light cello, violin, trumpet, and flute to underscore the sense of color and tone we've always loved in their music – particularly some of those slightly-dark, slightly-spooky elements that always gave them a surprising edge. There's a mix of timeless roots and present darkness in the music that's very unique – and titles include "The Sergeant Says", "Spiggly", "The Furthest Point", "Old Boot Wine", "Parallel Lines Never Separate", and the longer "In The Western World". 3CD set features bonus tracks – "Window", "Melody Maker Man", "Turn Again Lane", "Counting The Cars", and "I Hear You're Going Somewhere". CD
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✨✧ VariousStrangers In The Room – A Journey Through The British Folk Rock Scene 1967 to 1973 (3CD set) ... CD
Grapefruit (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. Used 3CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A tremendous overview of some really important years in British music – a period that sometimes gets overlooked, due to the huge explosion of psych, prog, and other styles – but one that's equally creative in its own sort of way! First off, forget the term "folk rock" – because although that's what this music might be, it's also very different than the pop folk modes that were big on the US scene in the mid 60s – as this folk rock scene instead represented a host of British musicians really retrenching, and finding their own sort of styles – sometimes borrowing bits from the ancient past of England, other times bringing forth a contemporary way of putting over a tune – at a level that might have gotten commercial and overproduced if these guys were working on the American west coast, but which instead has a nicely unadorned quality here. At a time when most American labels (and listeners) were really leaving folk music behind, these artists were able to often work free from the needs of a big commercial hit – and make genius music that's gone on to transform many minds over the decades. The set moves way past the obvious – and features a whopping 60 tracks in all, with lots of notes in the package – and even includes a few never-issued tracks as well. Includes work by Harvey Andrews, Jade, Michael Chapman, Andy Roberts, Mr Fox, Pentangle, Shirley Collins, Prelude, Heron, Mike Cooper, Paul Brett's Sage, Lifeblood, Dando Shaft, Canticle, Jeremy Harmer, Bridget St John, Al Jones, Bill Fay, Fairport Convention, The Woods Band, Matthew's Southern Comfort, The Johnstons, Beau, Richmond, Chimera, Spirogyra, and many others! CD

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