Month / November 2014

/ November 27, 2014 / Comments Off on William DeVaughn: Be Thankful For What You Got (1974)

William DeVaughn: Be Thankful For What You Got (1974)

William DeVaughn It’s Thanksgiving! What a great time to remind yourself to take some time away and take stock of what y’all gots. No other track speaks quite as soulfully about today, and let’s be honest, any day much like William DeVaughn’s “Be Thankful For What You Got”. Enjoy your day and pay mind to […]

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/ November 26, 2014 / Comments Off on Duncan Browne: Ragged Rain Life (1973)

Duncan Browne: Ragged Rain Life (1973)

Duncan Browne Londoner Duncan Browne is another one of those brilliant, forgotten ones. In 1973, with classical guitar in tow, he released another great totem for neo-folk music. His self-titled sophomore album combined some of that astounding experimentation with folk forms that John Martyn had shown, only he did it with more tempered, bittersweet music. […]

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/ November 25, 2014 / Comments Off on John Martyn: Outside In (1973)

John Martyn: Outside In (1973)

John Martyn (Danny Thompson in the back) If John’s fans thought that he had gone out there for Solid Air, imagine the look on their faces the first time they heard Inside Out. Now trekking further beyond what any artist was doing at that time, John amped up his experimental side until it broke from its seams. […]

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/ November 24, 2014 / Comments Off on John Martyn: Solid Air (1973)

John Martyn: Solid Air (1973)

John Martyn When you hear the first percussive taps of John Martyn’s acoustic on “Solid Air”, you know this is something special. Written about and dedicated to his friend Nick Drake, it represented something even more beguiling, a fork in the road. His friend was in the throes of depression, to the point that any […]

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/ November 23, 2014 / Comments Off on Pharoah Sanders: Morning Prayer (1971)

Pharoah Sanders: Morning Prayer (1971)

Pharoah Sanders 1971 Imagine you’re a neo-folk artist listening to “Astral Traveling” by one of your idols, Pharoah Sanders, back in 1971. Imagine that you’re John Martyn, the young folkie who just created the minor masterpiece Bless the Weather your first foray into a more modern type of English folk music. Although it was popular among folk […]

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/ November 22, 2014 / Comments Off on Carolanne Pegg: Open the Door (1973)

Carolanne Pegg: Open the Door (1973)

Carole Pegg I guess you can call this a “A Track, A Day” exclusive. Remember the sinisterly awesome Mr. Fox band? Lead by Bob and Carole Pegg, they pioneered a darker form of neo-folk which drew from their Yorkshire Dale region. Before the dark tales of Comus, theirs was the haunting sound that shocked early […]

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/ November 21, 2014 / Comments Off on Steeleye Span: Cam Ye O’er Frae France (1973)

Steeleye Span: Cam Ye O’er Frae France (1973)

Steeleye Span There’s something so telling about today’s tracks. Everything about Steeleye Span signify the bloated culmination of English folk-rock as most people know it. So spectacularly dense in its concentration of Englishness that the songs I chose from them today both contain everything most people hate about the genre and everything that people justifiably […]

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/ November 20, 2014 / Comments Off on Spirogyra: In the Western World (1973)

Spirogyra: In the Western World (1973)

Barbara and Martin There’s a bit near the 10:30 minute mark in my track of the day, “In the Western World”, a multi-part suite by Spirogyra, when Dolly Collins (Shirley Collins’ sister) magnificent arrangements join in with the sound of oscillating synthesizers and Barbara Gaskins harrowing voice, that the sign of a new branch of […]

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/ November 19, 2014 / Comments Off on Renaissance: At the Harbour and Ashes Are Burning (1973)

Renaissance: At the Harbour and Ashes Are Burning (1973)

Renaissance Renaissance, what a name, and what a band. This is another band that travelled the third way, I wrote about yesterday in Amazing Blondel’s post. The third way was a path where you didn’t necessarily have to leave your musical chops or imagination at the door. This group, especially with 1973’s release Ashes Are […]

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/ November 18, 2014 / Comments Off on Amazing Blondel: The Paintings (1972)

Amazing Blondel: The Paintings (1972)

Amazing Blondel Allow me to take a step back. It was correct that English neo-folk music was struggling to find a way forward in 1972. Many groups were succumbing to the larger than life music from the likes of the Who, Zeppelin, and Yes, forcing them to stray away from their folk underpinnings or create […]

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