Ripped by: ChrisGoesRock
Source: Japan 24-Bit Remaster
The first official re-release of this album, with sound taken from the original master tapes and adding six bonus tracks. Evensong's self-titled album nowadays is a high-prized UK folk-pop artefact, originally released in 1973 to critical acclaim and strong sales. The duo's fragile, harmony-drenched songs are given instrumental muscle by seasoned session players Clem Cattini, B.J. Cole and Herbie Flowers, and ornate string arrangements courtesy of former Spencer Davis Group guitarist Ray Fenwick.
Evensong is a similar to the likes of Magna Carta or Strawbs mixed with American and Australian duo songwriter folk in a more British way and with more solo lead vocals, with one Christian song and with one theme inspiration on country folk. This is harmonious folk-pop for which their name Evensong, -which is an Anglican expression for evening prayer-, should describe the aspect of a pastoral softness in their music. One of the two musicians, the British born Michael Lawson had a first life in American rock'n roll touring and playing support acts for American bands and singers in Birmingham, like with a band called The Grasshoppers. After having played with few more bands like The Shanes, The D'Fenders, The N'Betweens and Varsity Rag when the last band split, Evensong was formed as a new inspiration and direction.
The next beauty, “Smallest man in the world”, has again more orchestral harmonies, comparable to the opener, with the inclusion of some flute. The next Christian song has a beautiful Bert Jansch-like guitar arrangement, congas and some electric guitar.
Surprisingly six bonus tracks were added of which 3 were recorded in the studios around the same time, and two came from their off-LP 1973 single. “Home Made Wine” for instance is with similar harmony vocals and acoustic/electric guitars but is rockier. Also here the American influence and accent is more dominant. These tracks still fit, but direct often towards a more (American) East Coast feeling.
In the mid 60s Mike Lawson played in Rock & Roll bands in Birmingham (The Shanes, The D'Fenders, The N'Betweens, Varsity Rag), supporting American bands and singers on tour. Tony Hulme worked as a ballad singer in the Manchester club circuit (named "Mr. Manchester") due to his stage show. Tony Hulme died in 2010.
01. Dodos and Dinosaurs - 03.50
02. I Was Her Cowboy - 03.18
03. Store of Time - 03.35
04. Gypsy - 02.38
05. Smallest Man in the World - 03.38
06. Take Your Son to Church Mother - 04.47
07. Borderline - 03.02
08. Firefly - 02.40
09. Rum Runner - 03.50
10. Sweetbriar Road - 04.02
11. Homemade Wine [Unreleased CBS Studios 1971] - 02.59
12. Reaching Out for Someone [Unreleased CBS Studios 1971] - 02.52
13. Wooden Wheels [Unreleased CBS Studios 1971] - 04.32
14. Tell Me a Story [Unreleased CBS Studios 1971] - 2.22
15. Dance Dance Dance [Phillips Single 1973] - 02.46
16. Romeo [Phillips Single 1973] - 03.41