LP £27.49 TIME-LAG 060
Ltd 180g vinyl LP on Time Lag. Edition of 350 copies.
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Here’s a repress of a mythical French private press offering which first appeared in 1976 - an album which according to its press release “resulted from the one & only meeting of the group for a single overnight champagne-fueled session”, so as you would expect this is a somewhat rough and ready collection of ‘70s hippie folk, mixing some wandering acid-folk freakouts with more straightforward takes of folky standards (‘What Shall We Do With The Drunken Sailor’ and ‘We Shall Not Be Moved’ even make an appearances).
Considering the circumstances under which this record was made, it’s actually quite proficiently performed and doesn’t sound sloppy at any point, a mixture of Burrito Brothers-ish country twang, lots of delicately winding flute, all-English vocals from a variety of singers, and generally a great balance between light-hearted folking and something altogether darker, more sinister and astonishingly sensitive and sophisticated given the lack of rehearsal time put into this collection.
It’s one of those records where it’s easy to see how it fell by the wayside at the time with no touring band to sell it, but equally easy to understand how someone might stumble upon those recordings years later and consider them worthy of a reissue. Patchy, yes, but there’s a warmth and chemistry here that makes even the less inspiring moments rather charming.
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