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« Reply #1300 on: March 01, 2024, 01:28:25 PM »





Incredible String Band  :  No Ruinous Feud  (US  Reprise  LP, 1973).

This album doesn't get a lot of love among ISB  fans,  but i rather like its quirkiness.


Well, there's a body of String Band fans who happily dismiss everything but the first four (and sometimes only 2-4)!  But the more sensible amongst us find something in all the albums...

I've spent a long time listening to the last three albums recently...and all of them are much much better than their reputation would suggest.  


Absolutely.   I love all of their  albums whilst recognising there are 2 eras, and the transition to Island was a watershed. I listened to Earthspan last night and was as drawn into it and enthralled as I've ever been.


2 eras is a little too simplistic, I think.  Fwiw, I'd define the eras as:

Debut
5000 Spirits - I looked Up
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Liquid Acrobat - Earthspan
No Ruinous Feud - Hard Rope

plus the reunion, of course.


Interesting.   I think of their beginning to use drums etc as a notable change, hence 2  periods.

Where would you place the Be Glad  album.  It's  a favourite of mine, btw.
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« Reply #1301 on: March 01, 2024, 01:37:11 PM »




Interesting.   I think of their beginning to use drums etc as a notable change, hence 2  periods.

Where would you place the Be Glad  album.  It's  a favourite of mine, btw.


Pre and post drums works but there's just too much else going on (or not), I think.

I guess Be Glad fits in with L.A.-Earthspan, which overall is a very transitional period.  I like it, but never quite see it as part of the main series...
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« Reply #1302 on: March 01, 2024, 03:28:15 PM »





Interesting.   I think of their beginning to use drums etc as a notable change, hence 2  periods.

Where would you place the Be Glad  album.  It's  a favourite of mine, btw.


Pre and post drums works but there's just too much else going on (or not), I think.

I guess Be Glad fits in with L.A.-Earthspan, which overall is a very transitional period.  I like it, but never quite see it as part of the main series...


Yes,  Be Glad isn't an album in the sense that it was recorded all at once with the intention of release. It's a mixture of the film music and other bits and pieces, as I understand it.
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« Reply #1303 on: March 01, 2024, 04:27:52 PM »


Big Big Train The Likes Of Us - the new album on release day (though my pre-order arrived yesterday, so this is actually the second listen).  It's wonderful - another development in the BBT story, as the first album with the new line-up.  A couple of long form tracks, and a nice handful of shorter ones.  Wonderful melodic prog.  Can't wait to see them at Cropredy!  Recommended to the house.


My copy arrived this morning. Great album.
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« Reply #1304 on: March 01, 2024, 06:08:25 PM »

Waterboys - Room To Roam
Men They Couldnt Hang - Bounty Hunters
Lindisfarne - Nicely Out of Tune
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« Reply #1305 on: March 03, 2024, 06:36:12 PM »

Voyage, the latest release from The Longest Johns, and excellent it is. Good blend of covers (nice a Capella Proud Mary) and originals. Definitely more full-on folk-rock than shanty,  but no duffers in sight. Really looking forward to seeing them in a couple of weeks.
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« Reply #1306 on: March 10, 2024, 10:14:51 AM »

Neil Young “Dume”
1975’s “Zuma” extended to a double and dropping the incongruous “Through My Sails”
An exercise in how to improve something that was just about perfect in the first place.
Great pressing too.

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« Reply #1307 on: March 10, 2024, 03:36:41 PM »


Neil Young “Dume”
1975’s “Zuma” extended to a double and dropping the incongruous “Through My Sails”
An exercise in how to improve something that was just about perfect in the first place.
Great pressing too.




I really like it, but I'd have to argue that CSNY's "Through My Sails" is far from incongruous...and my ears miss it tbh.  It's taken me a long time but I've settled on Zuma as my favourite Neil these days...
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« Reply #1308 on: March 10, 2024, 05:17:13 PM »

I love Through My Sails, but I always thought it was odd to hear it on a Crazy Horse LP. That Dume double vinyl looks like a thing of beauty.

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« Reply #1309 on: March 10, 2024, 05:30:44 PM »


I love Through My Sails, but I always thought it was odd to hear it on a Crazy Horse LP. That Dume double vinyl looks like a thing of beauty.

Jules


Agree on all counts.  But once you know it *is* there, it feel like something is missing when it's not.  
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« Reply #1310 on: March 10, 2024, 07:53:58 PM »



Neil Young “Dume”
1975’s “Zuma” extended to a double and dropping the incongruous “Through My Sails”
An exercise in how to improve something that was just about perfect in the first place.
Great pressing too.




I really like it, but I'd have to argue that CSNY's "Through My Sails" is far from incongruous...and my ears miss it tbh.  It's taken me a long time but I've settled on Zuma as my favourite Neil these days...
I love the song too, it just doesn’t seem to be on the right album.
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« Reply #1311 on: March 12, 2024, 10:28:10 AM »

Karen Dalton: It's so Hard to Find Who's going to Love You the Best (Light in the Attic  LP,  2023).

Not as accomplished as her first album, but that voice carries it.  
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« Reply #1312 on: March 12, 2024, 10:39:40 AM »


Karen Dalton: It's so Hard to Find Who's going to Love You the Best (Light in the Attic  LP,  2023).

Not as accomplished as her first album, but that voice carries it.  


But that was her first album.

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« Reply #1313 on: March 12, 2024, 12:18:33 PM »



Karen Dalton: It's so Hard to Find Who's going to Love You the Best (Light in the Attic  LP,  2023).

Not as accomplished as her first album, but that voice carries it.  


But that was her first album.

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Have i  got them the wrong way round then?  I thought In my Own Time was the 1st.  

In My Own Time  is outstanding imo.  It's so hard etc. is just very good.  
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« Reply #1314 on: March 12, 2024, 12:19:30 PM »


I thought In my Own Time was the 2nd.


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« Reply #1315 on: March 12, 2024, 12:23:18 PM »



I thought In my Own Time was the 2nd.


It is Grin


I mean I thought it was the 1st  Huh

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« Reply #1316 on: March 12, 2024, 12:33:41 PM »

It's So Hard... was first, and it more truly represents the kind of music Karen was making. In My Own Time came afterwards, and was an attempt to attract a wider audience, which it did.... eventually.

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« Reply #1317 on: March 13, 2024, 10:04:07 AM »


It's So Hard... was first, and it more truly represents the kind of music Karen was making. In My Own Time came afterwards, and was an attempt to attract a wider audience, which it did.... eventually.

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« Reply #1318 on: March 13, 2024, 10:06:43 AM »


It's So Hard... was first, and it more truly represents the kind of music Karen was making. In My Own Time came afterwards, and was an attempt to attract a wider audience, which it did.... eventually.

Jules


Interesting.    My feeling is In My Own Time sounds more assured
and the backing musicians sound as if they're more certain about what they're doing.
I've only listened to It's so Hard etc. once, however.  
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« Reply #1319 on: March 13, 2024, 11:06:07 AM »


My feeling is In My Own Time sounds more assured
and the backing musicians sound as if they're more certain about what they're doing.


Well, yes, that's what happens when a producer brings the pros in. It was a bit of a compromise for Karen, but it sounds just fine to the listener.

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