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On The Shore [Digipak] [Original recording remastered]

Trees Audio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (16 April 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony Music Entertainment
  • ASIN: B000NJLR14
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 266,352 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, but .... 18 April 2007
Format:Audio CD
I first bought this LP on CBS in 1972 as a schoolboy, and replaced my worn/scratched copy with the Decal reissue in the late 80s, so I've been listening to this record for 35 years. And yes, it is a masterpiece. Not every track is the same high level, but the longer songs like "Streets Of Derry", "Sally Free And Easy" and "Polly On The Shore" are as good as anything in this genre ever recorded. This should be a compulsory purchase for anyone remotely interested in electric folk music. Brilliant.

But, CD2. If you've produced an acknowledged masterpiece why tinker with it in the first place. Some of the remixes are OK without improving on the original but the additions to "Murdoch" and "Streets Of Derry" for example really jar and sound out of place. Secondly the appearance of one BBC session track shows that these are around somewhere. I have a very tinny recording of the last line-up of the band playing "Friar Tuck Gets His", "The Innocent Hare" and "van Diemen's Land" that I recorded to a reel-to-reel tape from the radio back in 1973. They are very much in the style of "On The Shore", with Joe O'Donnell's fiddle adding a slightly more folky tinge, and would have been ideal along with other BBC tracks on the bonus CD. As it is it's an opportunity wasted.

6 stars for "On The Shore", it really is that good, minus 1 star for the second CD.

PS Who is/are Gnarls Barkley? Is it a person or a group?
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Now That's What I Call ... Great 29 Mar 2007
By JukeBox
Format:Audio CD
This is an exceptional album and a remastered and expanded version is truly an exciting event! The original version of 'On The Shore' was released a year after Fairport's Liege and Lief, which was recently voted the most infuential folk album of all time. I've listened to both albums many times over the years but I think I return more often to Trees than Fairport. Sure, there's no Richard Thompson, and Celia Humphries' voice is not as expressive as Sandy Denny's and the writing skills of both those alumni from Fairport Convention went on to produce some breathtaking music.

However, I do believe that if Trees had stayed together for a few more albums they would now have a much higher profile and history would have accorded them a much greater respect.

The songs here are a mix of trad.-arranged and originals by the group, as on Liege and Lief. The instrumental sections are every bit as strong as, for example, Thompson and Swarbrick on 'Matty Groves' (just listen to the interplay here on 'Streets of Derry') and generally the music is heavier than Fairport's: I always crank up the volume as 'Polly On The Shore' comes to a close and one day I am sure my hi-fi will go up in smoke! It can of course be argued that without Fairport, Trees might not have existed, but they certainly deserve more recognition than they currently receive.

The extra disc in this set is exciting because so little material, apart from the original 'On The Shore' and their first album, 'The Garden of Jane Delawney', has been released. There is an Italian bootleg made by the final incarnation of Trees before they broke up in 1973 and that's about it.

But whatever the quality of the extra material, this package is worth every penny for the original album alone (assuming the remastering has been done effectively). Buy it! Tell them I said you could!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Miss This 26 July 2007
Format:Audio CD
So much trivia from the sixties and seventies is now accorded overlooked classic status that it's easy to become cynical when someone recommends music from that era. This however is the real deal. The power and intricacy of Trees' playing and arrangements is extraordinary. "Streets of Derry" and "Fool" could easily give Fairport Convention a run for their money in the folk-rock stakes and their extended version of "Sally Free and Easy" captures the song's haunting beauty exactly. Comparisons with Fairport are probably mistaken. Celia Humphris isn't as powerful or demonstrative a singer as Sandy Denny but the overall impact of the band is if anything, greater. Lead guitarist Barry Clarke's expressive playing helps the band rock harder and heavier than Fairport too. I'm not sure how much the second disc of remixes adds but overall it's a great package, keenly priced. I hear they might reform for a few gigs. On the strength of "On The Shore", widespread recognition should be theirs for the taking.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is awesome. 10 July 2007
Format:Audio CD
Having regularly listened to both the official Trees albums for over 35 years now I approached the remixed tracks with trepidation. What a surprise I think that Murdoch is an absolute stunner with the introduction of the organ part. I'd be interested to know who did the remixing and where the extra instrumentation came from.

This is a must buy for all fans.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superlative 7 July 2007
Format:Audio CD
I've known this great album for 12 years or so.I thought it was excellent when I first heard it, but since then I have become besotted with it! It is an album that draws you in to its own universe, making very powerful images that linger long after the music stops. If you like music of this type and haven't yet heard it, you are in for a treat.Buy it; you will not be disappointed.
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