Friday, September 04, 2015

Various Artist - Dust on The Nettles - British Underground Folk Scene 1967-72

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It’s one of the most significant musical rediscoveries of recent years and, on its own, makes Dust on the Nettles indispensible. “The Seagulls Scream” by Christine Quayle is track 10 on the first disc of this box set of psychedelically inclined British folk or folk-inspired music. Quayle intones desolately of “a human in bed [who] is singing his prayers in his head, his mind is dead.” 

Eleswhere in the disconsolate lyric, a child asks his mother for love but “beneath his skin, his body is fighting to win but hope is thin”. Her only accompaniments are a distant, echoey, barely strummed acoustic guitar, the sounds of waves on a beach and seagulls crying.

As an intense musical evocation of despair, “The Seagulls Scream” is on the same level as the most desiccated moments of Ed Askew’s debut album from 1968, Sibylle Baier’s early Seventies recordings, Big Star’s “Holocaust” and Joy Division’s “Decades”.

Until now, “The Seagulls Scream” was deeply obscure. Surprisingly, the track has barely any internet presence. Quayle, 17 when she recorded it, had been brought to a studio to tape a contribution for the 1970 compilation album Sounds Like West Cornwall. Though the song became her only solo recording, she was busy and precocious.

Living with her family in Zennor, Cornwall, Quayle ran the local Mermaid Folk Club – described in its flyers as a “Way Out Club” – in 1968. For some of her solo live shows, she played as Chrissie, though Sounds Like West Cornwall credited her as Christine Quayle. 

She turned up as Chrissy Quayle in the Cornish, but London-based, folk rock band Daylight, who made one album, issued in 1971. Earlier, she was briefly in the unrecorded Temple Creatures alongside former Incredible String Band co-founder Clive Palmer. She also contributed vocals to the Spirit of Love album by another of Palmer's bands, C.O.B. After Daylight folded, she returned to Cornwall, worked in theatre and with a rock ‘n’ roll revival band, but later attracted some attention in the late Seventies/early Eighties with Metro Glider. Nowadays, she lives in Andalucía and plays with Celtic-Latin duo Masque. The picture of her here (left) is the only one known from the period of recording “The Seagulls Scream”.

Folkrock Concert 1969

Although everything collected on Dust on the Nettles is top drawer, Quayle’s existential masterpiece is the standout. The three-disc clamshell box set is a companion piece to last year’s Love, Poetry and Revolution, which billed itself as “A Journey Through the British Psychedelic and Underground Scenes”. Dust on the Nettles, billed as “A Journey Through the British Underground Folk Scene 1967–72”, is similarly no frills, with each disc in a card sleeve. There is a very tightly designed CD-sized booklet, with pithy track-by-track annotation in tiny print. In close to four hours, 63 tracks are heard.

Paul Williams Album w. Jimmy Page UK 1968

The stated mission is to demonstrate and soundtrack folk taking on psychedelia and, in turn, show how musical voyagers drew from folk. In essence, this new release goes further into what was introduced on discs three and four of the pioneering 2005 box set Anthems in Eden (there are track duplications). A few tracks sit uncomfortably with the whole (baroque singer-songwriter Duncan Browne, the blues-based Kevin Coyne and the rocky Gerald Moore), but this diligently represents the many, disparate facets of folk in its turned-on state, what passed for folk or drew from folk, and is a more even listen overall than Love, Poetry and Revolution.

Naturally, The Incredible String Band feature, as do Fairport Convention (both with alternate versions of familiar songs that were issued in the Sixties). Some Fairport offshoots like Steeleye Span and the fantastic Trader Horne (pictured above right, with ex-Fairport Convention singer Judy Dyble on the left) are also collected. The set opens with The Pentangle. Among the better known names are Joan Armatrading (with the spine-tingling “Visionary Mountains”), Anne Briggs, Vashti Bunyan, Shelagh McDonald, Bill Fay, Principal Edwards Magic Theatre, Bridget St. John, Mick Softly, Trees and Tyrannosaurus Rex
Of the lesser-knowns, cults and barely knowns, Comus, with the rare single-only track “Winter is a Coloured Bird”, are reliably and terrifyingly pagan. 

Sun Also Rises - Rare UK EP 1970
Country Sun’s “The Colour is Blue”, originally issued on John Peel’s Dandelion label, is shimmeringly beautiful. “Wizard Shop”, by The Sun Also Rises, sounds exactly and uncannily like The Incredible String Band. From Plymouth, Frozen Tear’s “You Know What Has to be”, from a 99-edition 1969 single, is the otherworldly definition of psychedelic folk.

This new mini-box set, subtitled A Journey Through the British Underground Folk Scene, boasts 63 tracks and a running time of nearly four hours.  The emphasis is on the genre sometimes referred to as “acid folk,” or contemporary folk music inspired by the psychedelic experience much as “acid rock” was for the heavier rock idiom.  This countercultural style of folk particularly blossomed in the United Kingdom, incorporating both acoustic and electric sounds, traditional and newly-written tunes, and everything from religious-oriented to pagan-inspired lyrics.  The array of artists here pushed the envelope even if most weren’t rewarded with considerable commercial success.
Wight (UK) - France Single 1970

Tracks have been drawn from a wide variety of labels including CBS, RCA Victor (and its progressive-minded Neon imprint), Pye (and its Dawn subsidiary), Andrew Loog Oldham’s Immediate, and John Peel’s Dandelion Records.  A number of rare and previously unissued demos also are brought together to tell the story.  Naturally, many “heavy hitters” feature on the diverse track list, most notably Fairport Convention (a 1969 demo of “Fotheringay”), Pentangle (1968 single “Let No Man Steal Your Thyme”), The Incredible String Band (a 1967 demo of “First Girl I Loved”), Vashti Bunyan (“Winter is Blue”), Joan Armatrading (1972’s “Visionary Mountains”), Steeleye Span (1970’s “All Things are Quite Silent”), Tyrannosaurus Rex (the duo’s 1967 recording of “Highways (Misty Mist),” and the recently-rediscovered cult hero Bill Fay (an early 1969 demo of “Garden Song”).

Warm Gold - A Taste of Cornwall UK EP 1972

Steve Peregrine Took, one-half of Tyrannosaurus Rex, is also represented with “Amanda,” a 1969 track from his post-Rex group Shagrat, founded with Larry Wallis and Tim Taylor.  Incredible String Band founding member Clive Palmer gets a solo cut here with 1967’s “Stories of Jesus,” an adaptation of a 19th century hymn.  (There are actually more hymns on this collection than one might expect!)  Palmer also reappears on “Music of the Ages” from his band C.O.B., or Clive’s Original Band.  “Curious Crystals of Unusual Purity” is reprised from Bridget St. John’s time on Dandelion; her entire output for the label was recently collected on a box from Cherry Red.  Bias Boshell, who went on to later fame as the writer of “I’ve Got the Music in Me” for Kiki Dee, wrote “The Garden of Jane Delawney” which he performs with his early band Trees.

This collection, packed with surprises. Rarities and five previously unreleased tracks, includes a lavishly-illustrated 36-page booklet with an introduction by compilation producer David Wells and track-by-track liner notes for each and every track.  Simon Murphy at Another Planet Music has remastered all songs and Andy Morten has handsomely designed the set.  The three discs are housed in individual paper sleeves within the box.

Disc 1
01. The PentangleLET NO MAN STEAL YOUR THYME  (Transatlantic TRA 162, 1968)
02. MagnetWILLOW’S SONG (FROM THE WICKER MAN)  (rec. 1972, first issued 1998)
03. WightCOME ALL YOU TRAVELLERS  (French Festival SPX 147, 1970)
04. SpirogyraLOVE IS A FUNNY THING  (B&C CAS 1042, 1971)
05. Gary FarrIMAGES OF PASSING CLOUDS  (rec. 1968, previously unreleased)
06. SynanthesiaPEEK STRANGELY AND WORRIED EVENING  (RCA Victor SF 8058, 1969)
07. Bob & Carole PeggGLASS OF WATER  (Galliard GAL 4017, 1972)
08. Vashti BunyanWINTER IS BLUE  (Instant INL 002, 1968)
09. ComusWINTER IS A COLOURED BIRD  (Dawn DNX 2506, 1971)
10. Chrissie QuayleTHE SEAGULLS SCREAM  (Sentinel SENS 1001, 1970)
11. Clive PalmerSTORIES OF JESUS  (rec. 1967, first issued 1999)
12. Steve Peregrin Took’s ShagratAMANDA  (rec. 1969, first issued 1990)
13. Bridget St. JohnCURIOUS CRYSTALS OF UNUSUAL PURITY  (Dandelion 63750, 1969)
14. Mark FryROSES FOR COLUMBUS  (Italian ZSLT 70006. 1972)
15. Dando ShaftTILL THE MORNING COMES  (RCA Neon NE 5, 1971)
16. Mary-AnneBLACK GIRL  (Joy JOYS 162, 1970)
17. TreesTHE GARDEN OF JANE DELAWNEY  (CBS 63837, 1970)
18. Principal Edwards Magic TheatreWEIRDSONG OF BREAKING THROUGH AT LAST  (Dandelion DAN 8002, 1971)
19. OberonMINAS TIRITH  (Acorn OBE LPS 1, 1971)
20. Paper BubblePRISONERS, VICTIMS, STRANGERS, FRIENDS  (rec. 1970, previously unreleased)

Disc 2
01. Gerald MoorePILGRIM  (rec. 1972, first issued 1999)
02. Melton ConstableRIVER LANE  (rec. 1972, previously unreleased)
03. Moonkyte - WAY OUT HERMIT  (Mother SMOT 1, 1071)
04. Steeleye SpanALL THINGS ARE QUITE SILENT  (RCA SF 8113, 1970)
05. HeronUPON REFLECTION  (Dawn DNLS 3010, 1970)
06. Parchment LOVE IS COME AGAIN  (Pye NSPL 18388, 1972)
07. Shelagh McDonaldSTARGAZER  (B&C CAS 1043, 1971)
08. Tony Caro & JohnTHERE ARE NO GREATER HEROES  (private label, no cat. no., 1972)
09. Joan ArmatradingVISIONARY MOUNTAINS  (Cube HIFLY 12, 1972)
10. TuesdayGLOW OF THE FIRELIGHT  (rec. 1972, previously unreleased)
11. Warm GoldSEARCHING FOR LAMBS  (Sentinel SENS 1011, 1972)
12. Benjamin Delaney LionSAMANTHA CAROL FRAGMENTS  (Hollick & Taylor, no cat. no., 1969)
13. Fairport ConventionFOTHERINGAY  (rec. 1969, first issued 2000)
14. Frozen TearYOU KNOW WHAT HAS TO BE  (RA 5001, 1969)
15. Hunt Lunt & CunninghamMEANWHILE BACK IN THE FOREST  (Pye 7N 45125, 1972)
16. The Incredible String BandFIRST GIRL I LOVED  (rec. 1967, first issued 1998)
17. The MothsHALFDAN’S DAUGHTER  (Deroy LP, no cat. no., 1970)
18. Trader HorneTHE MUTANT  (Dawn DNLS 3004, 1970)
19. Dry HeartMEETING BY THE MOONLIGHT MILL  (rec. 1970, previously unreleased)
20. Tyrannosaurus RexHIGHWAYS (MISTY MIST)  (rec. 1967, first issued 1991)
21. Duncan BrowneGABILAN  (Immediate IMS 018, 1968)
22. Kevin CoyneSAND ALL YELLOW (Dandelion 2310 228, 1972)

Disc 3
01. Bill Fay GARDEN SONG  (rec. 1969, first issued 1999)
02. C.O.B.MUSIC OF THE AGES  (CBS 69010, 1971)
03. Everyone InvolvedA SONG FOR THE SYSTEM  (Arcturus ARC 4, 1972)
04. Country SunTHE COLOUR IS BLUE  (Dandelion 2485 021, 1972)
05. Wild CountrySILENT VILLAGE  (Trafalgar TRAF1, 1970)
06. Marc BrierleyWELCOME TO THE CITADEL (CBS 63478, 1969)
07. The Occasional WordTHE EVIL VENUS TREE  (Dandelion DAN 63753, 1970)
08. Anne BriggsSTANDING ON THE SHORE  (CBS 64612, 1971)
09. AgincourtKIND SIR  (Merlin HF 3, 1970)
10. Mick Softly - EAGLE  (CBS 64098, 1970)
11. Fresh MaggotsROSEMARY HILL  (RCA SF 8205, 1971)
12. Music Box - THE HAPPY KING  (Westwood MRS 013, 1972)
13. FuchsiaME AND MY KITE  (Pegasus PEG 8, 1971)
14. The Sun Also RisesWIZARD SHEP  (Village Thing VTS 2, 1970)
15. Folkal PointSCARBOROUGH FAIR  (Midas MR 003, 1972)
16. Marie CelestePRISONER  (no label, no cat. no., 1971)
17. Simon FinnPATRICE  (Mushroom 100 MR 2, 1971)
18. Shide & AcornGIRL OF THE COSMOS  (Solent SM 011, 1971)
19. Chimera ELEGY TO A DEAD KING  (rec. 1968, first issued 2004)
20. BeauSILENCE RETURNS  (Dandelion DAN 8006, 1971)
21. Mother NatureORANGE DAYS AND PURPLE NIGHTS  (B&C CB166. 1971)

Disc 4 (Extra Bonus Disc)
01. Zior - I Was Fooling (1971)
02. Zakarrias - The Unknown Years (1971)
03. Wooden Horse - Celebration Song (Unreleased Album 1973)
04. Wil Malone -  At The Silver Slipper (1970)
05. Whistler - See What The Future Brings (1971)
06. Unicorn - Cosmic Kid (1971)
07. Trevor Lucas - On The Banks of The Condamine (1966)
08. Trees - Streets Of Derry (1970)
09. Tim Hart & Maddy Prior - Serving Girls Holiday (1971)
10. Thunderclap Newman - The Reason (1970)
11. The World - Things I Could Have Said (1970)
12. The Way We Live - Squares (1971)
13. Quiet World - First Light (1970)
14. The Machine Gun Co. with Mike Cooper - The Singing Tree (1972)
15. The Humblebums - Continental Song (1970)
16. Tennent & Morrison - Death In A Distant Country (1972)
17. John Williams - London Town (1968) (w. Jimmy Page)
18. John & Beverly Martyn - Parcels (1970)

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Wistler - UK Deram Album 1971
Tennent & Morrison - UK Album 1972
Wooden Horse - II UK Album 1973
Trevor Lucas - Overlander Album UK 1966

Monday, August 31, 2015

GRIN - Lisner Auditorium George Washington University Washington DC December 1, 1972

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Nils Hilmer Lofgren (born June 21, 1951) is an American rock musician, recording artist, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. Along with his work as a solo artist, he is a member of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band since 1984, a former member of Crazy Horse, and founder/frontman of the band Grin. Lofgren was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the E Street Band in 2014.

Early life and career
Lofgren was born in Chicago in 1951 to an Italian mother and a Swedish father. He moved to the suburban town of Garrett Park, Maryland, near the northern border of Washington, D.C. as a young child. Lofgren's first instrument was classical accordion, beginning at age 5, which he studied seriously for ten years. After studying classical music and jazz, throughout his youth, Lofgren switched his emphasis to rock music, and focused on the piano and the guitar. By 1968, Lofgren formed the band Grin originally with bassist George Daly (later replaced by Bob Gordon), and drummer Bob Berberich, former players in the DC band The Hangmen. 

The group played in venues throughout the Washington, D.C. area. Lofgren had been a competitive gymnast in high school, a skill that popped up later in his career. During this time, Lofgren met Neil Young and played for him. Young invited Lofgren to come to California and the Grin trio (Lofgren, Daly and Berberich) drove out west and lived for some months at a home Neil Young rented in Laurel Canyon.

Lofgren joined Neil Young's band at age 19, playing piano and guitar on the album After the Gold Rush. Lofgren worked on his parts around-the-clock when recording was not in session. Lofgren maintained a close musical relationship with Young, appearing on his Tonight's the Night album and tour among others. He was also briefly a member of Crazy Horse, appearing on their 1971 LP and contributing songs to their catalogue.

Lofgren used the Neil Young album credits to land his band Grin a record deal in 1971. Lofgren had formed the band originally with bassist George Daly and drummer Bob Berberich, and the group played in venues throughout the Washington D.C. area before going to California. Daly left the band early on to become a Columbia Records A & R Executive and was replaced by bassist Bob Gordon, who remained through the release of four critically acclaimed albums of catchy, hard rock, from 1971 to 1974, with guitar as Lofgren's primary instrument. 

The single "White Lies" got heavy airplay on Washington, D.C.-area radio. Lofgren wrote the majority of the group's songs, and often shared vocal duties with other members of the band (primarily drummer Bob Berberich). After the second album Nils added brother Tom Lofgren as a rhythm guitarist. Grin failed to hit the big time, and were released by their record company.

Grin - Lisner Auditorium, December 1, 1972
George Washington University, Washington DC

01. I Had Too Much 3:44
02. Ain't Love Nice 2:11
03. Love or Else 4:05
04. Please Don't Be Long 2:19
05. Moon Tears 8:34
06. Love Again 4:56
07. Heart on Fire 5:09
08. Slippery Fingers 5:47
09. Sad Letter 3:39
10. Heavy Chevy 3:53
11. Like Rain 5:35
12. End Unkind 12:24
13. See What Love Can Do 9:34

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