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Dream Babes Vol 5: Folk Rock And Faithfull [CD]

Various Artists Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (13 Aug 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: RPM / Cherry Red
  • ASIN: B0000DZHGK
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 178,362 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Hey Mama You've Been On My Mind - The Caravelles
2. Tomorrow Is Another Day - Gillian Hills
3. Get Along Without You - Phillipa Lewis
4. Don't Turn Your Back On Me - Jackie De Shannon
5. What Am I Doing Here With You - Twinkle
6. Sunshine River - Gemini
7. I'm Not Saying - Nico
8. Bring It To Me - Jennifer Lewis And Angela Strange
9. Train Song - Vashti
10. Rue - Leonore Drewery
11. You Know - Jennifer Lewis And Angela Strange
12. The First Time Ever - Leonore Drewery
13. Love Song - Vashti
14. The Ballad Of Possibilities - Caroline Carter
15. Weeping Willow - The Chantelles
16. Wishing My Life Away - Angelina
17. Leaves That Come Tumbling Down-Judi Smith
18. High Flying Bird - Maggie Hammond
19. In My Time Of Sorrow - Gay Shingleton
20. 87 Sundays - Ruth
See all 22 tracks on this disc

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Folk Britannia has swept the nation, from Vashti Bunyan to the Eighteenth Day of May, Bert Jansch to Circulus. And we're not talking finger in the ear. Happily it's nothing so easily definable, and therein lies the attraction with the breadth of this music field, from singer songwriter to 12 string jingle jangle to full blown electric jobs. Much inspiration is being drawn from the heyday of the Soho folk clubs and folk rock movement of the mid 1960's , and our very own Folkrock 'n' Faithfull compilation celebrates just that period.

Thus we have elected to reissue this compilation , originally produced to extend the successful series looking into the Brit Girl scene of the period, and which now takes on a fresh appeal to those turned onto Folk Britannia.

At its core is the arrival on the UK music scene in 1965 of Marianne Faithfull, which encouraged many producers to push forward their own wistful and innocent proteges. Even the pop darling of the time Twinkle cashed in with a riotous version of PF Sloan’s ‘What Am I Doing Here With You’ . There is a nod to the prime mover of folk music’s resurgence in Britain with Leonore Drewery’s plaintive cover of Ewan Macoll’s ‘The First Time Ever’, later extended to ‘First Time Ever I Saw Your Face’. An immediate successor to Faithfull, but who later found her own niche , is Vashti (Bunyan). Her recordings with Loog Oldham , appearance in the cult film "Tonite Lets All Make Love in London" , and classic album "Just Another Diamond Day" are some examples. The two exclusive tracks here are from 1966 after Vashti had come down from Oxford where she had been part of an art and music scene with Jennifer Lewis & Angela Strange . This circle also included Michael Palin .

More of this great interweaving story and history is to be found on the essay written by 'Swaddling Songs' Club founder Bob Stanley for this album.


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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By Richard
Format:Audio CD
The sound of the Decca girls signed up in the wake of Marianne Faithful was one of pastoral elegance,baroque sounds and influences from both traditional folk and the Rolling Stones.12 string guitars,string quartets and melodies which sounded as if they were from Victorian times.

Its where Greensleeves meets Get off my cloud head on.

Virtually everything on here is a standout-especially Philipa Lewis' Get along without you,co written by a future Led Zeppelin and produced by Beatles associate Tony Calder,this song was actually the B side of a version of Jackie de Shannon's Just like in the movies.

The CD opens up with one of the few UK acts who charted in the State just before the Beatles-the Caravelles.who,here do a version of a Bob Dylan song.

The fact is without the Stones none of this sort of thing would ever have happenned.Decca would have carried on with opportunist covers and a lot of good music would have been lost forever.

However you have to find a CD called The Girls Scene in order to hear Vashti Bunyan's version of the Stones song Some things just stick in your mind

As music itself changed there was never really a return to Decca's contribution to folk rock-the sound simply moved to America where the Dunhill label was possibly the closest to reproducing a music which had been influenced by equal portions of Beatles,Stones and Dylan-the Mamas & Papas came the closest
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2.0 out of 5 stars Dream Babes 5 16 Jun 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The Dream Babes series has been rather good. However this one I found rather dreary. Maybe not the Twinkle track.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Folk songs of a past era just as beautiful today! 26 Mar 2004
By uthungus - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The more I gather up fascinating re-releases, rare musical gems and compilations like this the more I realize that there was so much "lost art" caringly put together in a generation dominated by "the top ten machine" that unfortunately might have been lost had someone not made an effort to save them! I can only hope folk musicians of today dust off some of these types of undiscovered captivating songs and learn something from them. Many, although the message was about another era still would hold up if performed today. Since this is a multiple-artist collection, I can't say something about all that were contributed, but want to acknowledge the highlighted standouts IMO. Vashti - Mesmerizing and powerful; Nico - fabulous cut here! Lenore Drewery - lovely voice that had a sophisticated "Nana Mouskouri" quality; The Chantelles, Caravelles, Gemini, Greta Ann and group efforts all blend in wonderfully; Twinkle's contribution is a bit of an odd choice amidst, but I love her older works so much it hardly matters! Lastly, I would even have to say I prefer G. Shingleton's vocals doing "In My Time of Sorrow" over the more widely accepted Marianne Faithful version only because by then the inevitable smoking damage was getting to Faithful's voice.
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