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Electric Eden: Unearthing Britain's Visionary Music

Various Artists Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (13 Aug 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: UMC
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,816 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Different strokes for different "Folks" 12 Oct 2012
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Here's what this CD is: a soundtrack to the central chapters of Rob Young's book of the same name. It's a wide-ranging, imaginative and hugely engaging selection of music that's in varying parts dreamy, introspective, scary and downright weird. Often simultaneously.

Here's what this CD isn't: a history of British folk or a history of British folk-rock, or a collection of rarities. However, other reviewers have tackled it as if it were, and marked it down accordingly. That's an injustice, and about as logical as criticising a detective novel for being poor science fiction.

Take this for what it is, and not for what someone incorrectly assumes it is or ought to be, and a rewarding listen is guaranteed. Young's book is a study of how certain British musicians take inspiration from history, landscape, folklore, and a certain ambivalence about progress and thus produce work with a certain - for want of a less hifalutin' term - visionary and mystical sensibility (it sounds pretentious, but as Young describes things, it isn't). His narrative starts with early 20th century classical composers, and ends up, via the likes of Kate Bush, Julian Cope and Talk Talk, at contemporary "Hauntology" artists.

In between, he sees the greatest flowering of this visionary music taking place in the folk-rock era, for obvious reasons. That's the period this CD covers. There's a mix of (comparatively) big names and virtual unknowns, and some tracks are relativey famous while others are desperately obscure. Compilations being what they, are each listener will have their preferred tracks and quality control can be variable, but this merits five stars because each track sheds some light on Young's key idea.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Electric Eden review 29 Dec 2012
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Rob Young's book Electric Eden is a genuine delight to read, something to savour and to revisit, a book that chronicles the convergence and melding of traditional folk-music of the British Isles with popular, classical and experimental styles over the course of the Twentieth Century and beyond, creating diverse works of art along the way that re-imagine our connectedness to the heritage of the land. This cd works as a companion to the book, focusing in upon the time-period perhaps closest to the heart of the author, the blossoming of folk and folk-rock in the 1960's and 1970's, though in the same breath I should add that he doesn't limit himself to those hazy-edged genres previously mentioned, and nor should he. As I see it, the subtitle "Unearthing Britains Visionary Music" indicates that there aren't any clearly-defined boundaries over which he shouldn't cross, so long as that "British visionary" element is present, and perhaps this collection could have been more eclectic yet without the risk of losing the plot.

Rob has done a fine job of compiling a diverse selection of artists, the first disc concentrates on acoustic music and disc two introduces electric instruments. Much of the music is pastoral in feel, some is firmly rooted in the ground whilst others levitate above the ground on psychedelic journeys. Both discs contain tracks by the big names of the day alongside more obscure artists, creating a fascinating collection with discoveries to be made around every corner.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great musical companion to an excellent book. 17 May 2013
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I loved Rob Ewen's book, and although I thought my knowledge of 'folk' music was pretty good, this compilation let me hear lots of songs I didn't know. Essential companion piece, but also a great collection of music that covers all eras of "Britain's Visionary Music"
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5.0 out of 5 stars folk for the conniseur 26 Mar 2013
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excellant compolation following the book
a must for any folkies old or new
a good mix to enjoy a follow up cd is a must
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4.0 out of 5 stars Folk Music 24 Dec 2012
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A very comprehenshive book and CD which I have loved reading and enjoyed listening to. Much to read up on and many musical memories for me a lifetime lover of the Folk Music scene.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 10 Aug 2014
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Excellent !!
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