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  • Audio CD (4 April 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Rpm
  • ASIN: B00006BC7I
  • 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: 431,427 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
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
9. Coming Home To Me
10. Railway
See all 20 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Spring Clog Dance
2. Thruxton Flute
3. Digging Up The Roses
4. Don't Forget The Animal
5. Sun Clog Dance
6. Road Song
7. Is It Me
8. Down To You, Up To Me
9. Melancholic Fervour (It's Only Us)
10. It Was Good
See all 15 tracks on this disc

Product Description

Three Original Albums: "An Evening With…", "Dando Shaft", and "Lantaloon". Named after a character in a novel, Dando Shaft began as a five-piece folk-band formed in Coventry in 1968 and comprised of Kevin Dempsey (acoustic guitar/vocals). Martin Jenkins (vocals, mandolin/fiddle/ guitar), Ted Kay (tabla/percussion), Roger Bullen (bass), and Dave Cooper (guitar/vocals). They were one of the many acoustic folk influenced bands, which sprang up in the wake of the commercial, and artistic success of the Incredible String Band . As was the norm, they took acoustic instrumentation and folk roots and created a unique sound of their own, high on musical dexterity and compositional ability. Their three albums from the early 1970’s "An Evening With…", "Dando Shaft" and "Lantaloon" each unveiled a rich imagination and a fertile plot of musical integrity. Preferring to play ‘unplugged’ with none of the instruments electrically amplified, Dando Shaft initiated a unique mixture of acoustic folk with driving rhythms and impeccable inventive musicianship. Using acoustic instrumentation, clear vocals and delectable harmonies allied to complex and unusual yet melodic and lilting song structures they easily inhabited the land occupied by The Natural Acoustic Band, Spirogyra and Tir Na Nog, yet there was also something special about Dando Shaft. The first album was released in 1970 on the Youngblood label, and gained a release in the US through the major MCA corporation. In October 1970, Dando Shaft acquired the services of a female singer, Polly Bolton from Leamington Spa, who had a pure and very expressive voice. Polly had previously sung with June Tabor. A change of label to RCA’s short-lived Progressive imprint Neon in 1971 for the second album, Dando Shaft , followed by a release on RCA proper for the third, Lantaloon in 1972.

While Dando Shaft remains a curious entry to the English psychedelic folk era, their music is curious but wonderful nonetheless.

Special 2 disc set containing all three original albums, available all together for the first time, plus three bonus - non album tracks.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Oct. 2005
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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pseudonymous on 4 Oct. 2010
Format: Audio CD
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A much-welcome Celtic-prog treasure trove 17 Jan. 2004
By DJ Joe Sixpack - Published on
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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Dando Shaft Anthology 3 Mar. 2008
By Filzy - Published on
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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