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On The Shore

Trees Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (7 Aug 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Sony Music Cmg
  • ASIN: B0018CWW8C
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,217 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Soldiers Three
2. Murdoch
3. Streets Of Derry
4. Sally Free And Easy
5. Fool
6. Adam's Toon
7. Geordie
8. While The Iron Is Hot
9. Little Sadie
10. Polly On The Shore
Disc: 2
1. Soldiers Three
2. Murdoch
3. Streets Of Derry
4. Fool
5. Geordie
6. Little Sadie
7. Polly On the Shore
8. Forest Fire
9. Little Black Cloud

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BBC Review

Trees released two records in 1970, The Garden Of Jane Delawney and On The Shore and that was about it for them. The effort and exuberance needed to record two LPs (neither bad) in the same year can be felt all through On The Shore: Their record company CBS applied pressure but not much money and so, due to lack of rehearsal and studio time, some of the musicianship suffers, and the original material is patchy. But the overall sound of this album is what is really impressive.

Cilia Humphris (now the voice of the Northern Line, fact fans) sings in an earthy and raw way sailing right down the middle of every note. On songs like "Murdoch" and "Sally Free And Easy" she sends a shiver up this reviewer's withered spine. "Murdoch" also sports a rather natty 'wall of sound' ending which is aided on the remix by a wailing organ.

The musicians behind Humphris are where the real strength is. The twin guitars of Barry Clarke (lead) and David Costa (acoustic) are a muscular equal to the sometimes luminary bass of Bias Boshell and solid drums of Unwin Brown. The sound is bold and more psychedelic than Fairport and you feel a band who are really into their style if not their stride. This is what you might enjoy more about this recording than others of the genre: the energy of the performances. There is a Led Zep feel in there and I'm sure I spotted a future Iron Maiden riff somewhere. Notably there is a timid pedal guitar part on ''Geordie'', another highlight, which was sampled for ''St. Elsewhere'' on the Gnarls Barkley album of the same name.

Cyril Tawney's ''Sally Free And Easy'' pops up here and is one of the album's high points. A beautiful piano intro played by Boswell leads into low and sultry vocals from Humphris. Trees are oft-derided for their overlong arrangements and ''Sally...'' is no exception, except just when you are about to tire of this one Clarke embarks on a surprising guitar wig-out that crashes into another good ending. The whole thing is quite a hit and miss affair: 'Fool' is fantastically irritating and ''While The Iron Is Hot'' lurches from harps and strings to prog-rock guitar and back. However taken as a whole it is enjoyable and it leaves you feeling rather uplifted.

The second disk contains remixes of some album tracks, nothing amazing here, just cymbals fiddled with and guitars jiggered. There is a BBC recording called ''Forest Fire'' which is pleasant enough, but the joys are contained in the original album, now restored to its full glory. Well worth discovering this summer.... --Greg McLaren

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A genuine masterpiece. 27 May 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I strongly recommend this album to all folk-rock fans.Celia Humphris'[Mrs. Pete Drummond-yes the Radio1 DJ!!!]vocals are exhilarating. The twin guitars of David Costa [son of Sam- yes the old Radio Luxembourg DJ !!!] and Barry Clarke are on fire throughout. Now for the anorak bit: both this title and The Garden of Jane Delawney were remastered and issued by BGO.It was after this that CBS reissued both[?] cds exactly as BGO had already issued them. This is transcendent stuff.Buy it.Listen. Gaze on Celia's lovely photo.Lose yourself in beauty of Sally Free and Easy.
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A genuine masterpiece. 22 Mar 2002
Format:Audio CD
As one of the better folk rock live gruops of the early 70s, Trees haunting arrangements and extemporisations brought an originality to the genre that marked them as one of the best in the 'electric folk' boom of the period. This is powerful and original folk-rock, and while Celia Humphris' vocals deserve credit, its the the twin guitars of David Costa and Barry Clarke, on fire throughout,that endeared it to me and make it our recommendation here at GPF. A genuine masterpiece.
Standout tracks
Sally free and easy
While the iron is hot
Little Sadie
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A deserved reputation. 27 July 2005
Format:Audio CD
Released in 1970, this record soon disappeared and became a sought-after cult "classic", a status often conferred more by scarcity rather than actual quality. Trees were inspired by, and initially in awe of, Fairport Convention and some of their early recordings audibly lack confidence but, with On The Shore, they took wing and flew. Their version of Sally Free & Easy is a highly original and haunting updating of a trad song that sounds even more impressive today than it did when first released, while Geordie and Streets Of Derry take electricity to folksongs in a very satisfying way. Bias Boshell's fluent bass playing is at the beating heart of everything, embellished by Barry Clarke's deft electric guitar and Celia Humphries hypnotic vocals. Most seventies folk-rock was heavily orientated towards the folk element, this album is one of the few to start from a "rock" viewpoint, and it succeeds brilliantly.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Miss This 15 Nov 2008
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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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb albums 10 Sep 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The Trees albums were probably two of the best in the 'electric folk' boom of the period. Far better quality singing than the usual fare with some powerful and original settings. They rank for me with Planxty and Fairport's Unhalfbricking in this genre.
Sadly the group made few recordings. I was delighted to find the albums on CD after years with only two fading tapes ...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hidden Treasure 2 April 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
As one of the better folk rock live gruops of the 70s Trees haunting arrangements sound as fresh now as then. Releasing "Jane Delawney" on CD would be a great idea.
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5.0 out of 5 stars all you need to know 13 Sep 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I have extraordinary good taste in music . That accepted by all , I won't waste words or your time. "On The Shore" is the best album ever recorded. Fact.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Trees 3 Aug 2011
Format:Audio CD
I bought this double length CD covering the bands brief career. I found out about them from the book "Electric Eden", if you love folk rock read it, if you hate it read it, they are featured. The CD is excellent, from folks golden era. If they existed today, the inde crowd would love them too, jangly guitars and haunting female vocals. Think the "Wicker man". Check out Mr Fox too.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic album well worth buying
A great folk album with terrific vocals and very atmospheric.
The arrangements evoke some great folk riffs and the arrangement is excellent.
Published 4 months ago by Bri
5.0 out of 5 stars Hidden gem or what? !!!
I started collecting music in 1970, the year before this album was originally released. Literally thousands of LPs/CDs later I finally get to hear it, recently. Wow! Read more
Published on 10 Feb 2012 by Shemba
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't hesitate for one second
Just a brilliant, brilliant album that draws you in from the first listen with the dramatic settings of songs like "Murdoch" but withholds its true essence sufficiently to ensure... Read more
Published on 28 Oct 2011 by A. J. Rixon
5.0 out of 5 stars Luvly Jubbly
If you are the sort of person who thought that the 70s were great but were spoilt by punk, disco and Slade and you don't think there is anything wrong with a 30 minute guitar solo,... Read more
Published on 17 Jun 2011 by TheDoc
5.0 out of 5 stars Five stars for rightly deserved legendary status
I can never understand how people get so dour, cynical and negative to rate albums from this time as one or two stars and bitch that it is dated. So what! Read more
Published on 9 Jun 2010 by Edgar of Baddesley
5.0 out of 5 stars Special times revisited
I first heard Trees on a CBS sampler called Rockbuster (or it could've been Fill Your Head With Rock?) and liked their offering straight away. Read more
Published on 29 Nov 2009 by Kilrymont
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor sound on this CD version
Please note that I'm only reviewing the mid-90s Sony Budget release of this disc, though Amazon may choose to place it along with other versions as well. Read more
Published on 28 April 2009 by Philip S. Walker
4.0 out of 5 stars Is it folk rock or rock folk
As my title suggests, how do you classify the music of Trees?
Instrumentally they appear more rock than folk, but Celia Humphris's vocals are all that you would expect from a... Read more
Published on 29 Sep 2008 by Mark Kibble
5.0 out of 5 stars An astonding album
I review this for the last release; I don't know what's happening with the release of this....let this be said.... Read more
Published on 5 Aug 2008 by Mr. C. J. Iredale
5.0 out of 5 stars TREES - ON THE SHORE
I received this cd yesterday and have only played it once - as background music whilst engaged in some minor DIY - so I am unable to "review" any specific track or song. Read more
Published on 8 May 2008 by Mr. G Jethro Tull S
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