Κυριακή, 4 Μαΐου 2008

Dulcimer - Rob's Garden (UK Folk 70's (c) & (p)1995) President Rec.


- Dave Eaves - vocals, guitar

- Pete Hodge - vocals, guitar
- Jem North - vocals, bass

There's a flood of UK folk-rock available, most of it largely unknown in the States. That said, like any commodity, much of it is over-hyped and not particularly impressive. Here's one of the exceptions.
Dulcimer consisted of Dave Eaves and Pete Hodges on vocals and guitar, and bassist Jem North. Finding a mentor in the form of producer/manager Larry Page (yes, the guy who was behind The Troggs), 1971 found the trio signed by the small UK Nepentha Records (Mercury acquiring American distribution rights). Produced by Page, the trio debuted with 1970's oddly titled "And I Turned As I Had As a Boy". Best described as acoustic folk-rock, Hodge and Eaves-penned material such as "Pilgrim from the City", "Morman's Casket" and "Fruit of the Musical Tree" is full of pretty melodies and a weird series of mideaval and mythological lyrics (check out the bizarre "Ghost of the Wandering Minstrel Boy"). To give you some frame of reference, to our ears much of the set recalls early Al Stewart. Elsewhere, actor Richard Todd recites some hackneyed poetry on "Sonnett To the Fall" and "Caravan". Highlights include the pretty ballads "Glochester City" and "Starlight" (the latter featuring some nice electric bass from North). All told, the set's pleasant and never less than enjoyable, though nothing here is particularly original. Interestingly, the UK pressing (which is what we're offering), is far rarer and sought after than the US Mercury release. (The album was originally released with a gatefold sleeve.)
"And I Turned As I Had As a Boy"
The early-'70s saw the See For Miles label reissue the album in CD format (SEE CD 266).
While we've never seen or heard them, the trio released two other LPs. The band's 1971's follow-up "Room for Thought" was immediately shelved and didn't see a release until 1992 when the small Background label acquired rights to it (Background catalog number HBG-122/6). There's also a self-financed 1980 reunion "A Land Fit for Heroes".(BadCatRecords)
1.: Rob's Garden
2.: Across The Fields
3.: Silver On White
4.: Smoke
5.: Mean Old Girl
6.: Creation (Poet And The Firebird)
7.: Indiana Jones
8.: Army Boy
9.: Martin Hussingtree
10.: Come The Day
11.: Shining Way
12.: Ghost Of England


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5 σχόλια:

Ανώνυμος είπε...

Excuse me I no speak English
Excuse me I no speak Russian

Please don't fotget the titles of songs, Thanks so much

bumkuncha είπε...

Hi BlackCatBone,

thanks a lot for the link to my blog (and the compliments in the comments of course); I've linked you back!

As I have labeled (nearly) all my links... any suggestion how you want to be labeled?

http://nightofthepurplemoon.blogspot.com/

Cheers!

BlackCatBone είπε...

youre welcome always ! stay tunned!thanx for coming here.

Ανώνυμος είπε...

I LIKED YOUR BLOG, IT REMINDS ME WHEN I WAS YOUNG. I THINK I SHOULD START LISTENING TO MY OLD LP's (DULCIMER ARE ONE OF MY FAVORITES).

P.S.My 7 YEAR OLD SON LIKED NICK DRAKE'S SONG!

BlackCatBone είπε...

Never too late for things we love!
the life many times misleads us from what we wanted and we want to do!
the bet is always here, but we have must care ,to, do not get lost in the big road of life!
This has to do with how deep is our faith in our inner & deepest world. For our souls!
Especially when succeed, then there is the major weight, to provide in the younger generation, in our children!

Glad that you liked the blog, to starting again to look your ol' vinyls.
also for your son .
May All your Dreams come True!
B.C.B.(Class of '61)