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PostSubject: Dust On The Nettles, A Journey Through The British Underground Folk Scene 1967-72    01.08.15 4:02

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British folk music got really weird and wonderful at the end of the 60s – light years from the crew cut versions of The Kingston Trio, or the twangy modes of Bob Dylan wannabees – but also very different from the more rockish directions that American folk acts were taking at the time! If anything, the British artists showed an even deeper commitment to acoustic modes – and far more ancient ones than American groups had access too – a thousand year legacy of British Isles music, but reworked into an often-trippy style would find more famous iterations in groups from Fairport Convention through Current 93, and even in the Wicker Man soundtrack as well! Most of the music here is much more obscure than those references – groups that were big in the UK, but maybe didn't have as much of an impact over here during the period – which makes this 63 track box set a real treasure trove of discovery – filled with many tunes we'd never heard before, and put together in a very special way. Titles include "Black Girl" by Mary Anne, "Till The Morning Comes" by Dando Shaft, "Roses For Columbus" by Mark Frhy, "Love Is A Funny Thing" by Spyrogyra, "Come All You Travellers" by Wight, "Willow's Song" by Nagnet, "Cruious Crystals Of Unusual Purity" by Bridget St John, "Prisoners Victims Strangers Friends" by Paper Bubble, "Gabilan" by Duncan Browne, "Meeting By The Moonlight Mill" by Dry Heart, "Silence Returns" by Beau, "Me & My Kite" by Fuschia, "The Colour Is Blue" by Country Sun, "Welcome To The Citadel" by Marc Brierley, "Garden Song (demo)" by Bill Fay, and "Upon Reflection" by Heron.  © 1996-2015, Dusty Groove, Inc.

With 63 tracks and a total running time of just under four hours, Dust On The Nettles examines the metamorphosis that British folk underwent during the late 1960s, when the influence of psychedelia and the counterculture saw the idiom being twisted into all kinds of new and exotic shapes, as the finger-in-the-ear folk clubs of yore were inexorably drawn into a brave new world of Arts Labs, free festivals and the nascent college/university circuit. Our anthology incorporates the various overlapping strands of the underground folk scene: the acid folk experimenters, the folklorists and trad song updaters, the more metaphysical element of the burgeoning singer/songwriter genre, the newly-electric folk rockers, the elemental paganism exemplified by Comus and The Wicker Man, even the early 1970s Jesus music movement that spawned the likes of the sitar-wielding Parchment. Balancing the familiar with the obscure, we feature acknowledged brand leaders like Fairport Convention, The Incredible String Band, Pentangle and Steeleye Span alongside acts who made music purely for the local communities that nurtured them: Shide & Acorn on the Isle of Wight, Folkal Point in Bristol, Music Box in Coventry, Chrissie Quayle in Cornwall. We incorporate a large number of recordings that weren't issued at the time, sample impossibly rare albums by the likes of Oberon, Dry Heart and Benjamin Delaney Lion, and feature key recordings from a number of bands who underpinned the thriving live scene of the era. Housed in a clambox featuring a lavishly illustrated and annotated 36-page booklet, the painstakingly-assembled Dust On The Nettles is surely the most comprehensive and wide-ranging anthology to appear thus far of the UK underground hippie folk movement of the late 1960s/early 1970s.(Shindig)

This is an excellent overview of British folk music in all it's permutations in the late '60s-early '70s. Included are traditional folk music, acid-folk, folk-rock, pagan-folk, Christian-folk, and anything else that doesn't quite fit a category. The sound is very good--especially when you consider the various sources and years involved. The 36 page booklet has some good track by track information on the performers and the music, along with a number of period graphics. This booklet is one of the better ones I've seen in a while--very nicely done. Everything fits inside a nice clam shell style box.

This set includes well known bands/solo performers like Steeleye Span, Pentangle, Fairport Convention, Vashti Bunyan, The Incredible String Band, Clive Palmer (an early member of ISB), Trees (a personal favorite), Heron, Joan Armatrading, and Bridget St. John, to lesser known artists like Comus, Wight, Dando Shaft, Dry Heat, Country Sun, and many more. But do give this more than one listen--this set definitely will grow on you--as the songs/performances work their way into your head. With time this music will give up more of it's delights that may pass you by on first listening. For me listening to one disc a day lets this (sometimes quirky/plain weird) music sink in.

This 3 CD set is the best overview of this music available. For once some of this music (some from rare albums) deserves that much used term "underground folk". Do yourself a favor and check this out. If you're a fan of this period of English music, you owe it to yourself to give this set a listen. This collection can easily sit alongside other sets of English music from this time period. A subtle gem of a collection. (Stuart Jefferson, Record Runner)
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PostSubject: Re: Dust On The Nettles, A Journey Through The British Underground Folk Scene 1967-72    01.08.15 10:52

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