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Life by Misadventure CD

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  • Audio CD (26 Feb. 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Market Square Records
  • ASIN: B00005NX09
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 75,601 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)


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First time reissue with 23 minute bonus track for this acclaimed 1980s release from one of folk music’s finest guitarists and most outstanding singer/songwriters whose work has been likened most particularly to that of other English performers of his generation including Nick Drake and John Martyn.

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"If you’ve not yet discovered this magnificent singer-songwriter/guitarist then you could do far worse than start here." -- fROOTS

"This gem is his most intoxicating single work." -- MOJO

"… pensive, literate, perceptive." -- DIRTY LINEN

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rob Brook on 24 Feb. 2005
Format: Audio CD
Recorded in 1987, this record affirms Tilston as one of British folk's contenders. He's been going since the late 60's along with peers such as Al Stewart, Bert Jansch, John Renbourne and has made some great albums. This is one of the best: comparisons in tone with another period peer, Nick Drake, but without the bleakness. These songs are beautifully structured, English without being too mannered, and the guitar playing is just sublime - notably the 23 minute long 'Rhapsody' bonus track on this reissue; a tour de force and recorded in one take! Worth discovering.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Glenn on 19 Oct. 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This 1987 album is excellent.

Opening track 'These Days' is an anti-Thatcher protest song and it's always a bonus to follow an artist whose political sensibilities are spot on, though it would be an obvious antithesis to me for any 'artist' to sympathise with the politics and consequences of her mindset, as well as, by simple extrapolation, those of the current philistines in power. And that includes the tag-alongs.

Second track 'Nowhere To Hide' features superb slide guitar, and the next two tracks 'Here Comes The Night' and 'I Call Your Name', are beautifully reminiscent of Steve's earliest work, with Tilston focusing here and throughout the whole album on playing classical guitar, brilliantly. Instrumental tracks 'Lazy Tango' and 'Tsetse Fly Shuffle' showcase more of this fine guitar virtuosity, the later a rather jovial little offering.

In the sleeve notes to this initially 2001 cd compilation, Steve Tilston writes that he does not have a personal favourite, but he does cite eighth track 'Polonaise' as a song 'that as a writer I am proud of' and the song itself refers to his time in Poland as part of a 7-piece band for the Ballet Rambert.

The final and additional track on this cd compilation is the 23 minute 'Rhapsody' which filled one side of the 1990 instrumental album 'Swans at Coole'. It is called a Celtic suite and features more of Steve's love of classical guitar playing at the time as well as performing on an arpeggione, a guitar played with a bow. It's not quite the same as Jimmy Page......
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By skimmity on 27 Aug. 2011
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Actually I have listening to this akbum for around 25 years, although formally on a cassette. This CD recording brings alive one of the most important Folk Albums of the Nineteen Eighties. Steve Tilston's singing and guitar playing is so strong and very topical. I believe the title "Life By Misdaventure" deals with the untimely death of Blair Peach - a New Zealand man (allegedly) killed by the Police in the 1980s. The album itself deals with many contemporary issues that were relevant to the 1980s, but that have direct resonance to today. Any music that purports to be good in my estimation needs to saying something, making the listener think about issues that people experience in everyday life. Folk Music to me is the perfect vehicle for this, and Life By Misdaventure does everything to take the listener on a journey of truth, and reality. Make no mistake Steve Tilston is an excellent musician, it is very difficult to say actually what is best about Steve Tilston, whether his guitar playing, or his wonderfully expressive voice - but to me everything taken together make this a very superb album, and an important album in the very extreme. Steve Tilston will not disapoint you. Buy this album - you won't regret it.
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By os TOP 500 REVIEWER on 5 Nov. 2011
Format: Audio CD
This is an easy album to recommend, because it is extremely good in sorts of different ways. First and foremost, Steve Tilston is an engaging, performer and writer. Skilled as he might be, the main thing about Steve is that he is highly personable. This is reflected in his voice which has a warm welcoming burr to it and his guitar playing- a full bodied folk/ classical sounding amalgam that can hold up it's own in any company. Likewise his song writing has a sort of conversational tone that draws the listener on- observational in style but not preachy, interesting but not wilfully obscure, either. He is one of the few contemporary artists capable of focusing on matters political or social with an appropriate lightness of touch, refusing to state the obvious or condemn what is all to easy to criticize. These songs represent the thoughts and feelings of a man who has seen the World but knows enough to know that there are no easy answers.

What I especially like about 'Life By Misadventure' is that You can imagine him playing these tunes live in a small club or auditorium and still sounding great. This album simply has a feel of honesty and craft about it that lets you know that Steve is the real thing - a complete artist and one who has been around the block more then just a few times. Really, Steve is too good to languish in the comparative obscurity that he currently enjoys. If Laura Marling is a star for instance, Steve should be voted a national hero!

In short, Steve is a craftsman, but it's in his ability to create memorable melodies that his inspiration shows through. My favourite track has to be the Celtic flavoured suite 'Rhapsody', which is worth the price of this set alone- check it out, it's lovely. Highly recommended!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
life at the top 1 April 2007
By C. H Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
When this album was originally released in 1987, it represented Tilston's best work to date. It still holds up, though may have been surpassed by the even more brilliant "Such and Such" of just a few years back. This re-release contains in addition, however, the whole of the 20 minute+ -long instrumental "Rhapsody" from his instrumental album "Swans at Coole," from circa 1988--a wonderful work in itself. So, the overall effect is to make a first rate collection half-again better. The original recording contained some of Tilston's best work, including 'These Days,' 'Here Comes the Night,' 'Polonaise,' and 'Sometimes in This Life,' and any of the rest of the material on it is better than anything one can find on most whole CDs. Don't miss this opportunity to sample one of the best singer-songwriter-guitarists out there (special note: Steve is one of folkdom's best fingerpicking guitarists--easily on a par with Richard Thompson or even Pierre Bensusan--and there is also this fact to highly recommend him).
Not his best 15 Oct. 2013
By MrSid - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Some good playing and writing,plus a long trad.Irish inspired set at the end as a bonus.This man's a real talent,though-keep looking through his back catalogue.
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