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Bright Phoebus Original recording

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  • Vinyl
  • Format: Original recording
  • Label: Trailer
  • ASIN: B0061DR00S
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 679,134 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Product Description

LAL AND MIKE WATERSON, bright phoebus. Great copy. Very rare. First UK pressing 1972. Handwritten matrix LES A1, B1. Trailer.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Alan F. Hill on 21 Aug. 2009
Format: Audio CD
This is one of those albums that genuinely is a lost (ish) classic. Great original material sung by various members of the Waterson family with back up by folk royalty, including among others, Richard Thompson. The music (largely) angular, dirge like ballads as bleak as the north york moors mixed with bright patches of sunshine provided by a sgt peppers pop sensibility. Very poetic and original lyrics that are modern takes on the themes of love and loss, stories of death and reinvention, described by the Waterson Familiy in their versions of traditional material. In not sure why this album isn't better known...possibly not folk enough for the folk purists and not pop enough for others. Really should be reissued at a sensible price by a more sympathetic and better resourced label. Maybe that's why its not better known?
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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful By "samfrancisco1" on 25 Oct. 2004
Format: Audio CD
To put you in the picture, I am not a great fan of folk music, unless it's very, very good so I am constantly surprised at how much I love this record.
I bought the original vinyl shortly after it was released, but as the anoraks amongst you will remember, there were an awful lot of copies in circulation, which were pressed off-centre and I was unlucky enough to buy one of these. Many years later I found another copy in a second-hand shop and dashed home eager with anticipation, only to discover I had another copy which went wayo wayo wayo!
I was well pleased then when this came out on cd, even though it was only initially available in Germany (maybe what the 'German Folk' stuff is in the description. I can assure any curious reader that this music has nothing to do with Germany!) and cost me a small fortune.
There is not one bad track on the record, but special mention must be given to 'Never be the same again', 'Danny Rose' and the absolutely stunning 'Red wine and promises'. Sad that Lal has passed away and that Mike rarely performs anymore, but let this serve as a reminder of how great contemporary folk can be, once it sheds it's pretensions.
Ably supported on many tracks by folk nobility, including Richard Thompson, this album is one of the few in it's genre, which can genuinely be called a masterpiece.
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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful By an NHS professional on 22 Sept. 2009
Format: Audio CD
The original album is wonderful, but what is for sale here is a CD-R not a properly released CD. This means that the sound quality is poor, but most importantly it means that no money will go to the artists or their family. Perhaps one day this gem of an album will get an official release and the acclaim that it deserves.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Fokeman on 28 Jan. 2012
Format: Audio CD
This is truly a brilliant album with all the guests you could wish for including the ubiquitous Richard Thompson on electric guitar. However, as has already been written, this is a very poorly produced cdr with a limited lifespan and absolutely no care put into its production. No sleeve notes, just lazy, greedy, dollar-signs in the eyes, get-rich-quick, who can I screw? money making. The fact that the turds who are issuing this cdr at an overpriced £14.99 are the only ones (more or less) selling it means that there is no competition for price. Music-by-Mail IS Celtic Music, the owners of the copyright (supposedly) of this record and it is for that reason that TOPIC records reissued it sung by the artists with other next-generation guests. My advice is to buy that version. One day, when justice takes its time to turn its head towards the Bulmer-Sharpley ogre, the rights to this music and others' will return to their rightful owners. Until that day do not buy from Music by Mail or "Your Price Music" on ebay. Their greed is only matched by their ignorance, inability to spell, and their lack of knowledge of the market. All their records for sale start at £29.99 and they don't sell many. Out of 85 records listed they have succeeded in garnering bids on 2 of their records. In about 2 months of selling they've sold 14 records. Well done indeed!
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful By anonymous on 4 Feb. 2010
Format: Audio CD
this is a real classic ! a fantastic album, BUT - this poor quality cdr has allegedly not been issued with the permission or approval of any of the artists involved. find a pal with a copy of the vinyl ! & lets hope that the trailer label (inc the Nic Jones albums !) gets to a better state soon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James A. Campbell on 13 Dec. 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Hi there,
I have just bought the much maligned CD edition, as I refuse to pay the exorbitant costs for used vinyl.
This version appears to have been released under the auspices of Leader Records LESCD2076 in 2000.
This is an absolutely wonderfully amazing folk/rockish album, with a super backing cast.
I have been put off buying this album for a long time because of negative reviews.
The quality is more than perfectly adequate. The album notes are very professionally done.
I hope this is of some help to others in a similar predicament.
James
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John Cook on 18 Nov. 2013
Format: Audio CD
Wait for an authorised production of decent quality. I am - impatiently.

It looks as though the logjam to a CD version may have disappeared so fingers crossed it will not be too long. The recent live performances by family and friends have really wetted the appetite.

Meanwhile a lot of the songs are nicely covered on Shining Bright - and the very raw but equally moving original demos of many of these are on 'Teach me to be a summer's morning'.
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