Wednesday, January 16, 2013
A Recent Obsession
I'm sure I've mentioned my love for Sandy Denny, Richard Thompson and all things Fairport Convention on these pages before. Lately though, I've discovered that my love for British folk, acoustic and electric, goes much further. As a matter of fact, I'm caught up in what may be called a bit of an obsession.
Some records, that until recently have eluded me but have now become heavy players in my daily musical rotation are the following:
Incredible String Band-The 5000 Spirits Or The Layers Of The Onion
Steeleye Span- Please To See The King
Al Stewart- Love Chronicles (featuring Jimmy Page on lead guitar)
John Martyn- The Tumbler
Bert Jansch-Bert Jansch
Albion Band- Rise Up Like The Sun
Strawbs- Grave New World
As a matter of fact, most all of John Martyn's work has been knocking me out. Same with Al Stewart, at least up to "The Year Of The Cat," which has never been a fave.
The playing by all of the artists on all of these records is exquisite, from the two and three minute acoustic ballads to the seven and ten minute workouts that border prog. These bands have been within my reach for years, but much like Family, needed the right time to make their impression.
I imagine this music is not for everyone, but give a listen to the Albion Band above. It's one of the workouts I just mentioned. See what you think? If you prefer something a bit easier to swallow, I'd stay away from the Incredible String Band for a bit, and give some early Al Stewart and John Martyn a go.