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An Evening With

Dando Shaft Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (21 Sep 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Edsel
  • ASIN: B00005Q62Z
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 348,062 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Rain
2. Cold Wind
3. September Wine
4. Cat Song
5. In The Country
6. Drops Of Brandy
7. End Of The Game
8. Lazily, Slowly

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars dando shaft ....an evening with 6 Oct 2005
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is dandos' first album now released on CD. I first bought this on vinyl during the late 60's and tunes on the album haunted me despite having lost the album over thirty years ago. The music has retained a freshness and originality which still stands up today. Although the second album and Lantaloon are somewhat more popular among the bands followers, it has to be said that the originalityof some of the tracks are unsurpassed. This is a "must have " purchase for lovers of the contemporary folk genre.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dando Shaft Anthology Review 4 Oct 2010
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Coming Home To Me, the gorgeous opener track on Dando Shaft's second album, was the first thing I heard by them, on the Early Morning Hush compilation, and this quite glorious song was enough to encourage me to look out for more. At the time I'd not heard of them and I am not entirely sure why they (apparently) vanished so completely from the radar for so many years, but that was the fate of many of Britain's acid-folk and folk-rock pioneers, so they were in good company during their stay in oblivion.

Anthology compiles Dando Shaft's first three albums, that originally saw the light of day in 1970, 1971 and 1972 respestively, along with half a dozen rarities. The band went on to release a fourth album later in the decade.

The first eight tracks, that make up An Evening With Dando Shaft, have slightly rough-hewn production, but rather than detract from the experience, this actually makes the set sound like precious archeological artifacts freshly unearthed. The lead singer has a dark and lithe voice, on September Wine he sounds not unlike Martin Carthy. I'm particularly fond of the opening three songs, and End Of the Game later on is also very nice.

Dando Shaft, the second album, is the closest they get to creating a classic album, an album endowed with many a strong strong, but overall I think it falls just short. Here we first hear new member Polly Bolton, singing with a clear and agile voice, adding favourably to the band's sound, particularly on the lovely Riverboat. Songs range from fleet-footed barnstormers to gentle wistful pieces, with a defined bias towards infectiously upbeat songs, such as the deleriously joyous Kaliope Driver and Waves Upon The Ether, where Celtic elements intertwine with Balkan flavours.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A much-welcome Celtic-prog treasure trove 17 Jan 2004
By DJ Joe Sixpack - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
An extraordinary 2-CD reissue of three early-'70s British folk-fusion albums by this little-known but quite accomplished English group out of Coventry. This collects all the material from the LPs "An Evening With Dando Shaft" (1970), "Dando Shaft" (1971), and "Lantaloon," from 1972, along with a few added outtakes and rarities. The musical calibre and adventurousness on all three albums was quite high: at a time when many of their hippie contemporaries were groping in the dark (both literally and figuratively...) the members of Dando Shaft were quite solid in their musical abilities and conceptual/compositional structure. Their original material was marked by jazzy, dancing mandolin work, hearty trad-folk vocals and a touch of loping Balkan melodies, the group sounded quite accomplished and assured, and yet loose and limber enough to be kinda fun as well... and still as fresh sounding today as it was back then! Fans of contemporary acts such as The Incredible String Band, Pentangle and Planxty owe it to themselves to check this one out.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dando Shaft Anthology 3 Mar 2008
By Filzy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I purchased this CD as I was keen to hear again the track "Waves Upon the Ether" which I recall from the '70s.

I have been pleasantly surprised to find all three albums so enjoyable. In particular I like the tracks featuring Polly Bolton, whose voice is similar to Maddy Prior's. The albums have a freshness, an immediateness, not dimmed by time. All are original songs and have a rather folky feel. Often the subject is unusual, such as "Rain", "Railway" and "Riverboat" - slightly whimsical and a change from commonly over-worked themes. The skilled instrumentation is catchy - the mandolin in particular. I find most of the songs to be cheerful but at the same time with an appealing tinge of melancholy.

I gather that the group has reformed to perform from time to time and I hope that the members are still receiving royalties for the works on this anthology.
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