Label: Chrysalis - CHR 1006 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album • Country: UK • Genre: Rock, Folk, World, & Country • Style: Folk Rock, Folk
Come And See The Show 2. Down Day 3. When I Came Down 4. The Same Thing Happening 5. Bluebottle Stew 6. So Freely 7. Hemisphere 8. Lady Ocean 9. Goodbye My Love So Freely 8.
Two White Horses 9. Lady Ocean Bonus Tracks on Esoteric CD remaster: Heidi Single B-Side. Good taste and understatement are really the bullet points here. The Lady I Love - Tír na nÓg - A Tear And A Smile the psychedelic content that buried many an early s effort is subdued. Elusive properties like flow, constructive compositions, and synergy also suffuse this gentle work.
Listen to it from beginning to end without interruption, rinse, and repeat several times and you will emerge refreshed, if you have even the vestige of a prog folk soul. To more concrete subjects, the lyrics, soft yet imposing vocals, simple acoustic arrangements, and virtuosity are all in abundance, whether it be in the bodhran colored "Looking Up", the angry yet resigned "The Lady I Love", or the infinitely romantic and melodic "So Freely". This duo epitomize the "less is more" philosophy at a time when "More is less" was all too often the mantra.
Some of the tracks are sooooo perfect that you can't help but wondering how these guys never made it big: When I Come Down or the The Lady I Love - Tír na nÓg - A Tear And A Smile So Freely or the violin-enhanced Lady Ocean are all winners, installing happy hippie atmosphere, while other tracks like Something Happening or Goodbye My Love are more poignant and dramatic.
The rest of the album is a Ball Room Floor - Bunny Wailer - Rock N Groove more-of-the-same, but maybe not as successful either, but one never tires of hearing this album as a whole.
Tir Na Nog is probably best known in these parts for having toured together with Jethro Tull. This is an album filled with pleasant and cute Folk and Folk Pop songs with only very slight Rock aspects like some drums and the occasional and discrete keyboards.
The style and quality varies a bit over the course of the album. Bluebottle Stew for example is a real throwaway and totally silly, All Down The Line - The Rolling Stones - London 73 - Trash In The Seventies the drowsy Down Day and particularly the gorgeous love song So Freely are just excellent.
While I find enjoyment in many of these songs, I fail to find anything particularly progressive about any of these tunes. I think that Magna Carta and maybe Lindisfarne are good reference points. It is clear from listening to this album that these guys have talent and are good at what Ты - Рапсодия - Около Дома do.
Overall, this is good and pleasant music, but by no means essential for Prog fans in general or even for Prog Folk fans social review comments Review Permalink Posted Tuesday, February 8, Review this album Report Review You must be a forum member to post a review, please register here if you are not.
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