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« Reply #1180 on: December 05, 2023, 10:58:06 AM »





Winter's Turning by Robin Williamson.

In many ways and compared with many of the others it's quite a 'slight' RW album, but it's a very enjoyable one nonetheless.

Just right for a damp and chilly rush home to the warming fire...


Now there's one I seldom play , and I have it in 2 formats.

Other seldom-play RW albums I own are : Music for the Newly Born, Mabinogion, Songs for Children of all Ages, the 2 Harp albums.


All decent albums.  Is there a bad Robin album?  I really don't think so.  And there's half a dozen (at least) truly great ones.... Much as I adore his songs and enjoy his (fairly) recent live renditions, Mike's career fizzled out after ISB - Robin's just went up and up and up.  Truly a musical titan.


Yes Robin was prolific.  It  would take me a month to get through all ISB  and solo stuff, at say 2 albums a day.


Incidentally, if anyone is interested I did produce an Excel spreadsheet Robin solo discography the other year.  Available to anyone who wants it...drop me a line with your email address.
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« Reply #1181 on: December 06, 2023, 04:58:15 PM »

Continuing a run through some of Robin's "lesser albums", I've been enjoying The Dragon Has Two Tongues today. Incidentally a brilliant tv series if you don't know it (a history of Wales with two presenters - a Marxist historian and a traditionalist).

It sounds a little dated because of some of the instrumentation now but it's rather lovely nonetheless.  If it was being made now I imagine cultural sensibilities would have ensured a Welsh composer got the gig... Robin has now been there twice as long as he ever lived in Scotland of course...
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« Reply #1182 on: December 08, 2023, 05:25:02 PM »

Wonderful version of Fairytale at Shane's funeral featuring Glen Hansard, Lisa Oneill and at least four Pogues
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« Reply #1183 on: December 09, 2023, 09:05:04 AM »


Continuing a run through some of Robin's "lesser albums", I've been enjoying The Dragon Has Two Tongues today. Incidentally a brilliant tv series if you don't know it (a history of Wales with two presenters - a Marxist historian and a traditionalist).

It sounds a little dated because of some of the instrumentation now but it's rather lovely nonetheless.  If it was being made now I imagine cultural sensibilities would have ensured a Welsh composer got the gig... Robin has now been there twice as long as he ever lived in Scotland of course...


The only RW CD I haven't listened to, ever, is the Robert Louis Stevenson album. Amazingly, I still have it sealed. This happens occasionally: I leave things for a rainy day, forget them, decide to play something else.
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« Reply #1184 on: December 09, 2023, 03:06:31 PM »



Continuing a run through some of Robin's "lesser albums", I've been enjoying The Dragon Has Two Tongues today. Incidentally a brilliant tv series if you don't know it (a history of Wales with two presenters - a Marxist historian and a traditionalist).

It sounds a little dated because of some of the instrumentation now but it's rather lovely nonetheless.  If it was being made now I imagine cultural sensibilities would have ensured a Welsh composer got the gig... Robin has now been there twice as long as he ever lived in Scotland of course...


The only RW CD I haven't listened to, ever, is the Robert Louis Stevenson album. Amazingly, I still have it sealed. This happens occasionally: I leave things for a rainy day, forget them, decide to play something else.


I've got a digitised copy if you're precious about opening it?   Wink Grin
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« Reply #1185 on: December 10, 2023, 10:52:21 AM »




Continuing a run through some of Robin's "lesser albums", I've been enjoying The Dragon Has Two Tongues today. Incidentally a brilliant tv series if you don't know it (a history of Wales with two presenters - a Marxist historian and a traditionalist).

It sounds a little dated because of some of the instrumentation now but it's rather lovely nonetheless.  If it was being made now I imagine cultural sensibilities would have ensured a Welsh composer got the gig... Robin has now been there twice as long as he ever lived in Scotland of course...


The only RW CD I haven't listened to, ever, is the Robert Louis Stevenson album. Amazingly, I still have it sealed. This happens occasionally: I leave things for a rainy day, forget them, decide to play something else.


I've got a digitised copy if you're precious about opening it?   Wink Grin


That's kind of you David.  I don't  listen to files very much but it would be a way to audition the album.
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« Reply #1186 on: December 10, 2023, 11:37:24 AM »





Continuing a run through some of Robin's "lesser albums", I've been enjoying The Dragon Has Two Tongues today. Incidentally a brilliant tv series if you don't know it (a history of Wales with two presenters - a Marxist historian and a traditionalist).

It sounds a little dated because of some of the instrumentation now but it's rather lovely nonetheless.  If it was being made now I imagine cultural sensibilities would have ensured a Welsh composer got the gig... Robin has now been there twice as long as he ever lived in Scotland of course...


The only RW CD I haven't listened to, ever, is the Robert Louis Stevenson album. Amazingly, I still have it sealed. This happens occasionally: I leave things for a rainy day, forget them, decide to play something else.


I've got a digitised copy if you're precious about opening it?   Wink Grin


That's kind of you David.  I don't  listen to files very much but it would be a way to audition the album.


Sent you a message with the link.  Enjoy...
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« Reply #1187 on: December 11, 2023, 08:55:02 AM »






Continuing a run through some of Robin's "lesser albums", I've been enjoying The Dragon Has Two Tongues today. Incidentally a brilliant tv series if you don't know it (a history of Wales with two presenters - a Marxist historian and a traditionalist).

It sounds a little dated because of some of the instrumentation now but it's rather lovely nonetheless.  If it was being made now I imagine cultural sensibilities would have ensured a Welsh composer got the gig... Robin has now been there twice as long as he ever lived in Scotland of course...


The only RW CD I haven't listened to, ever, is the Robert Louis Stevenson album. Amazingly, I still have it sealed. This happens occasionally: I leave things for a rainy day, forget them, decide to play something else.


I've got a digitised copy if you're precious about opening it?   Wink Grin


That's kind of you David.  I don't  listen to files very much but it would be a way to audition the album.


Sent you a message with the link.  Enjoy...


Thankyou David!  
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« Reply #1188 on: December 12, 2023, 04:19:05 PM »


 Large plants - The Thorn

 Psychedelic folk-rock - perfect for those dark, spooky winter days  Smiley

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« Reply #1189 on: December 12, 2023, 04:50:21 PM »



 Large plants - The Thorn

 Psychedelic folk-rock - perfect for those dark, spooky winter days  Smiley

  https://ghostbox.greedbag.com/buy/the-thorn-1/


Never heard (of) them before and on one listen just now it was decent, if ever so slightly failing to make me think it was massively original.  

Much more of a focus on the psychedelic and rock than folk (& more of a psychedelic revival variety than 60's based), I'd suggest.  I'll listen again.  Interesting...thanks for the heads up.
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« Reply #1190 on: December 13, 2023, 09:33:50 AM »

John Martyn  :  Couldn't Live You More/ No Little  Boy  (One World 2CD, 1998).

I was rather dismissive of these releases when I first played them, but I have to admit my view has changed. I saw them as JM  being his own tribute band, recycling well tried material at a lull in his career perhaps.  I listened to both discs last night and found them enjoyable, and it was interesting to compare tracks with the original versions, in my mind.
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« Reply #1191 on: December 13, 2023, 05:09:42 PM »

Al Stewart Famous Last Words and Orange.
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« Reply #1192 on: December 14, 2023, 08:45:38 AM »


Al Stewart Famous Last Words and Orange.


Both good ones, from different ends of his career
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« Reply #1193 on: December 14, 2023, 09:27:27 AM »



Al Stewart Famous Last Words and Orange.


Both good ones, from different ends of his career


Orange I've always loved.   There isn't a bad AS album imo.
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« Reply #1194 on: December 15, 2023, 10:18:40 AM »




Al Stewart Famous Last Words and Orange.


Both good ones, from different ends of his career


Orange I've always loved.   There isn't a bad AS album imo.


I'd agree with both those comments.
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« Reply #1195 on: December 15, 2023, 10:39:56 AM »




 Large plants - The Thorn

 Psychedelic folk-rock - perfect for those dark, spooky winter days  Smiley

  https://ghostbox.greedbag.com/buy/the-thorn-1/


Never heard (of) them before and on one listen just now it was decent, if ever so slightly failing to make me think it was massively original.  

Much more of a focus on the psychedelic and rock than folk (& more of a psychedelic revival variety than 60's based), I'd suggest.  I'll listen again.  Interesting...thanks for the heads up.


 I'm glad you gave it a try, David. It's very largely the work of Jack Sharp (Wolf People) who seems to genuinely embrace folklore and folk music, in amongst the rock sound. While I get what you say about the sound being more "revival" in style, it still puts me in mind of a few early seventies bands who tried to fuse a sort of heavy folk-rock with a bit of quasi-mysticism. But I think Jack Sharp has a genuine passion for these ideas and moods, and it's not just a bit of stoned whimsy  Smiley
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« Reply #1196 on: December 15, 2023, 11:07:05 AM »





 Large plants - The Thorn

 Psychedelic folk-rock - perfect for those dark, spooky winter days  Smiley

  https://ghostbox.greedbag.com/buy/the-thorn-1/


Never heard (of) them before and on one listen just now it was decent, if ever so slightly failing to make me think it was massively original.  

Much more of a focus on the psychedelic and rock than folk (& more of a psychedelic revival variety than 60's based), I'd suggest.  I'll listen again.  Interesting...thanks for the heads up.


 I'm glad you gave it a try, David. It's very largely the work of Jack Sharp (Wolf People) who seems to genuinely embrace folklore and folk music, in amongst the rock sound. While I get what you say about the sound being more "revival" in style, it still puts me in mind of a few early seventies bands who tried to fuse a sort of heavy folk-rock with a bit of quasi-mysticism. But I think Jack Sharp has a genuine passion for these ideas and moods, and it's not just a bit of stoned whimsy  Smiley


Ahhh, hadn't made the connection with Wolf People... That makes sense though.
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« Reply #1197 on: December 15, 2023, 02:43:01 PM »




Al Stewart Famous Last Words and Orange.


Both good ones, from different ends of his career


Orange I've always loved.   There isn't a bad AS album imo.
For me, Last Days of the Century comes close!
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« Reply #1198 on: December 15, 2023, 05:43:23 PM »





Al Stewart Famous Last Words and Orange.


Both good ones, from different ends of his career


Orange I've always loved.   There isn't a bad AS album imo.
For me, Last Days of the Century comes close!


I grew to love it.  🙂  It's produc ed differently from any other AS album.
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« Reply #1199 on: December 15, 2023, 07:20:48 PM »






Al Stewart Famous Last Words and Orange.


Both good ones, from different ends of his career


Orange I've always loved.   There isn't a bad AS album imo.
For me, Last Days of the Century comes close!


I grew to love it.  🙂  It's produc ed differently from any other AS album.


Yes, it contains some jewels, like Josephine Baker, Fields of France and Helen & Cassandra, but I'm less keen on it than many of his albums apart from those songs.
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