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Purchasable with gift card. High quality CD in a lovely gatefold digipak case. Beautiful colored vinyl version of our third album. Pressed on orange vinyl with a gorgeous gatefold jacket featuring the artwork of Cory Say and Matt Brinker of Magnificent Beard. Yodel The Feelings of a Strange Kid -. The Inner Dimensions of Rick Mason might have been a bit too far out for the average mainstream consumer when it was originally released in , but those enlightened spirits who know how to deal with dark and details.
Type: Album. Packaging: CardboardPaper Album. The sound on these songs is very firmly rooted in the mid-sixties, and musically is miles away from anything the band would do in later years. Cousins' musical experience at the time was mostly an odd combination of skiffle, bluegrass and acoustic folk, while Denny was pretty much a predestined folk-rock goddess in the process of working out the details.
Such was not to be the case of course, but despite Ken Gudmand's completely uninspired garage-band drumming the song delivers its intended commercial appeal nonetheless. One of the few gems on this record comes with track two in the form of an early version of the Sandy Denny trademark song "Who Knows Where the Time Goes", recorded even before Judy Collins discovered it. This has of course become the song most associated with Denny and her role as a British folk-rock icon.
It's basically a solo tune as Ms. Denny both sings and plays acoustic guitar, but even in Cousins clearly saw its inclusion as a 'no-brainer'. For anyone who hasn't figured it out by now, Sandy Denny dominates this record much as she would those released during her two tenures with Fairport Convention, with Fotheringay and really as with everything she ever did during her short life.
True to the fast pace of change in the sixties though, both would happen just months later. Both are Tony Hooper compositions, and he delivers both lead acoustic guitar and vocals on both. Hooper would leave the band by and the reason why is pretty apparent as, while these are folk-rock tunes in the style of the day, they are also both unremarkable and clearly demonstrate the conservative nature of Hooper's songwriting style.
Not surprisingly today he performs with the barn-dance band Pitchfork and sidelines with the traditional British folk group Misalliance. The band and especially Cousins can't resist showing off their fast-picking bluegrass chops and does on the acoustic instrumental "Wild Strawberries", a pleasant toe-tapping tune but really the last-hurrah to the band's musical past.
Two other tunes made it onto the Pickwick vinyl when it was finally released, the Beatlesque "How Everyone but Sam was a Hypocrite" and the lightly country-influenced Sandy Denny showcase ballad "And You Need Me", a Cousins composition but one that serves to do nothing more than highlight the spectacular depth of Ms.
Denny's vocal talents. Joe Boyd would reissue this album with string treatments in and that version of this song is nothing short of breathtaking, and both versions are highlights on the massive Sandy Denny boxed-set issued in By then Denny had departed which would lead to complications for the band when they delivered their self-titled debut to the label, but regardless this is a great but mostly forgotten example of a briefly popular folk- rock sound that has the added benefit of showcasing the woman who would help define the genre for a generation.
A solid three stars despite the somewhat dated sound today, and recommended as required listening to any fan of British folk-rock. Tracing prog back to the egg usually has diminishing returns. An exception would be this nascent collaboration between Dave Cousins' songwriting and a young Sandy Denny convincingly owning this work shortly before her more complex collaborations with Fairport Convention's classic albums Unhalf I only have the original MFP release of this record and the pressing is on cheap vinyl and suffers a lot from wear.
However that is also the point. I love this record and I will certainly now be looking for the Cd version. On Bandcamp Radio. Bullshit Detector. Spiritual Bypass. What's Your Secret? Magic Potion. Dangling Carrots. Everybody's Fool. A Lesson Lived.
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