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GubGub (Al)
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« Reply #20 on: June 04, 2020, 05:13:50 PM »





That's beyond debate - along with RultS arguably the highlight of the whole thing.  Although if we're being absolutely pedantic it isn't actually by the Albion Band, it's by the Albion Dance Band... Undecided


I think of that original run, Battle of the Field is the other masterpiece for me. I would put it above Prospect.

I can't take any credit for starting the thread by the way. I was just commenting in Listening To. Somebody else has hived it off into its own thing but thanks to whoever did that.

Somewhere in the archive is a very long thread about Albions recommendations which I did start when I was first getting into them a decade ago or so. Well worth a read if it is still available and it was hugely valuable to me on my voyage of Albion discovery.


Awesome...but that's the ACB!


I don't distinguish. ICB, ADB, AB, they are all iterations of the Albion Band.
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« Reply #21 on: June 04, 2020, 05:46:40 PM »






That's beyond debate - along with RultS arguably the highlight of the whole thing.  Although if we're being absolutely pedantic it isn't actually by the Albion Band, it's by the Albion Dance Band... Undecided


I think of that original run, Battle of the Field is the other masterpiece for me. I would put it above Prospect.

I can't take any credit for starting the thread by the way. I was just commenting in Listening To. Somebody else has hived it off into its own thing but thanks to whoever did that.

Somewhere in the archive is a very long thread about Albions recommendations which I did start when I was first getting into them a decade ago or so. Well worth a read if it is still available and it was hugely valuable to me on my voyage of Albion discovery.


Awesome...but that's the ACB!


I don't distinguish. ICB, ADB, AB, they are all iterations of the Albion Band.


Same-I don't distinguish either and long ago changed artist name in Itunes to a generic The Albion Band, and Ashley Hutchings instead of all the versions and one offs (in the case of Ashley). Much easier to sort through them that way. In my head I know the differences. As to the catalog, I think I also agree with Al on my favorite eras. I think the difference in experience with Battle Of The Field versus 'Prospect' is in the size of the band. Battle feels more like a cohesive unit versus the huge group that played on Prospect. Personally I liked the acoustic albums and though I like the songs on Albion Heart a lot, I felt they were missing a 'folk' instrument such as either a fiddle or accordion as Acousticity and Demi Paradise both had. Not a fan of much of the Lesurf stuff, though there are a few moments such as The Rose & The Rock that I enjoy. Funnily enough I just played The Wild Side Of Town the other day. I think the entire album had good intentions but does come off rather preachy. I love Ken Nicol's guitar playing but his voice, not so much so the albums he was a part of don't hold too much interest. If I had to pick one though it would be Road Movies. Finally let me just say that it was a shame that the songs that made their way to Captured with Julie Matthews in a more 'electric' setting are fabulous. What a shame this band never really 'was' because I think they had something.
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« Reply #22 on: June 04, 2020, 06:07:39 PM »


I don't distinguish. ICB, ADB, AB, they are all iterations of the Albion Band.


It's this kind of liberal wishy washiness with the truth that has got us into this bloody mess....  Wink Grin
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« Reply #23 on: June 04, 2020, 06:27:02 PM »



I don't distinguish. ICB, ADB, AB, they are all iterations of the Albion Band.


It's this kind of liberal wishy washiness with the truth that has got us into this bloody mess....  Wink Grin


Wishy washy? Namby pamby maybe but wishy washy?  Wink
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« Reply #24 on: June 04, 2020, 07:23:53 PM »



I think my next stop for all things AH are the Grandson and Great-Grandson of Morris On albums.



Having loved MO and Son of, i was quite excited about Grandson but found it flat and uninspiring after its Dad and granda
I had hoped great grandson would be a return to the family values but i thought it had inherited its pappy's failings and some more.
Its been some years since i listened to them and might give them a quick spin to confirm or otherwise my thoughts on them.
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« Reply #25 on: June 05, 2020, 06:03:23 PM »

You might find this interesting
http://tela.sugarmegs.org/_asxtela/AlbionBand1978-04-28LondonUK.asx

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« Reply #26 on: June 05, 2020, 09:50:55 PM »




I think my next stop for all things AH are the Grandson and Great-Grandson of Morris On albums.



Having loved MO and Son of, i was quite excited about Grandson but found it flat and uninspiring after its Dad and granda
I had hoped great grandson would be a return to the family values but i thought it had inherited its pappy's failings and some more.
Its been some years since i listened to them and might give them a quick spin to confirm or otherwise my thoughts on them.


I thought they were a really decent stab at updating the concept. Different strokes and all that.  Smiley
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« Reply #27 on: June 12, 2020, 11:55:19 AM »

I haven't got round to Grandson or Great-Grandson yet - both are on Spotify so I'll take a listen there. I did however order Morris On The Road and the Magic of Morris from Talking Elephant. I've just had an email saying that the Magic of Morris is out of stock (again, its on Spotify) and a refund has been given, but they are sending me a signed copy of Morris On The Road and a free signed copy of the Wings single. TE have their detractors on here, but their customer service has been excellent.
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« Reply #28 on: June 12, 2020, 01:09:52 PM »

I brought a number of CDs from the recent Talking Elephant Ashley Hutchings sale.
I found the service to be excellent.
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« Reply #29 on: June 12, 2020, 01:25:49 PM »


I brought a number of CDs from the recent Talking Elephant Ashley Hutchings sale.
I found the service to be excellent.

 
The service is good and they are nice fellas. It is just that some of their releases border on fraudulent. Vintage Albions On The Road Vol 2 for example is more or less a reissue of the BBC Sessions album but does not acknowledge the fact and indeed was not therefore recorded on the road. Gone Missing is largely sourced from As You Like It, By Gloucester Docks Live and I Got New Shoes but once again does not acknowledge the fact. Unfortunately Ashley hhas been complicit in these releases which leaves a bad taste for fans who end up buying material they already have because of the lack of transparency.
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« Reply #30 on: June 12, 2020, 03:53:20 PM »

I gave in and bought The Mother of all Morris and the Guvnor's 50th Birthday Bash today.

I do wish they'd learn from their errors on the album information though - they've been doing it so long, they must have heard us complaining!
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« Reply #31 on: June 12, 2020, 05:44:13 PM »

I have been trying to find out whether the TV series “Ridge Riders” is available in any format but I have drawn a blank.
It was broadcast by Meridian TV in the south during the late 1990s.
It was presented by Nick Knowles and covered a motorcycle tour of the Ridgeway. Each episode featured a song by the Albion Band.
I have found that there is an album of the music, but very little information about the TV programme.
I’m beginning to think I imagined it, as there isn’t even an entry on IMDB!
Anyone else remember it?
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« Reply #32 on: June 12, 2020, 06:01:36 PM »


I have been trying to find out whether the TV series “Ridge Riders” is available in any format but I have drawn a blank.
It was broadcast by Meridian TV in the south during the late 1990s.
It was presented by Nick Knowles and covered a motorcycle tour of the Ridgeway. Each episode featured a song by the Albion Band.
I have found that there is an album of the music, but very little information about the TV programme.
I’m beginning to think I imagined it, as there isn’t even an entry on IMDB!
Anyone else remember it?



There's clips on Youtube, so you didn't imagine it..https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dKldokD7nY0
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« Reply #33 on: June 12, 2020, 06:21:37 PM »


I have been trying to find out whether the TV series “Ridge Riders” is available in any format but I have drawn a blank.
It was broadcast by Meridian TV in the south during the late 1990s.
It was presented by Nick Knowles and covered a motorcycle tour of the Ridgeway. Each episode featured a song by the Albion Band.
I have found that there is an album of the music, but very little information about the TV programme.
I’m beginning to think I imagined it, as there isn’t even an entry on IMDB!
Anyone else remember it?



The album is actually by The Ridgeriders (who are Ashley, Chris While and Phil Beer) with The Albion Band and Julie Matthews . The other Albions on the album are Joe Broughton, Neil Marshall, Ken Nicol and Simon Nicol. I bought the album at a RR trio gig.
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« Reply #34 on: June 12, 2020, 06:24:26 PM »

Chris and Julies' Parties on the Lawn were of course on the Ridgeway.
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« Reply #35 on: June 12, 2020, 06:29:19 PM »

Thanks for the info!
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« Reply #36 on: June 12, 2020, 07:16:00 PM »

Talking Elephant have a "best of" the Ridgeriders CD available, which - I'm assuming - is a combination of a studio album and live set. Regardless, it's twenty seven songs long and highly enjoyable.
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« Reply #37 on: June 13, 2020, 12:24:45 PM »

Yes, there were originally two albums - the first a compilation of songs used in the series, and the second a live one, which have now been combined into the compilation.  I never saw the series, but when I first got the cd of the songs I loved it from the first time I heard it and played it over and over.

I never saw them doing it live - I once had tickets to a concert, and then had to make a work trip so gave the tickets to a friend.
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« Reply #38 on: November 23, 2021, 07:13:14 PM »

Here's something you almost certainly never knew you actually wanted to hear...a 2021 version of (Love is Like a) Railway Station by the mighty Owl Service featuring Alison (Mellow Candle) O'Donnell.  Better than the original say I (whilst still not being totally on board...)  Smiley

https://theowlservice.bandcamp.com/album/love-is-like-a-railway-station?fbclid=IwAR2WKe_yNaix5SREf-HD8axvgpu8MUyVC00b5lMjW4dy7qCCIcpOHnS3q50

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« Reply #39 on: November 24, 2021, 09:46:52 AM »

Not quite convinced by the Owl Service version - I actually quite like the Albions one.  Though I am traumatised all over again by watching them miming to it on the youtube link (I think I saw the clip once before but had managed to to erase it from my memory!).
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