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  • Audio CD (26 Mar 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: See for Miles
  • ASIN: B0000011AQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 328,593 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  9. Buy Or Beware 3:05£0.79  Buy MP3 
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Listen11. Lonely Man 4:29£0.79  Buy MP3 
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By S. GODFREY on 18 Sep 2003
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Like most people, I'm wary when someone says "Listen to this, you'll love it", but I am grateful to the friend who, knowing my fondness for Incredible String Band/Fairport/Steeleye etc loaned me a copy of "Swaddling Songs". After the first track I had to collect my eyebrows from the ceiling and my jaw from the floor. Forgive the hyperbole, suffice to say before the second track had finished I was online placing an order for my own copy of this terrific album. Its a stunner. It seems amazing to me that an album of such evident quality was largely ignored when it came out in 1972, especially as the aforementioned folk-rock groups were doing such big business back then. The music is tight, with Rush-like precision and drama in many of the instrumental passages. Baroque, folk, mystical and just plain wierd flourishes abound (all of which is fine by me), but the real eye-opener is the quality of the vocals. These two girls sing with individual brilliance and frequently breathtaking harmonies. Among the more gentle, reflective tracks "Reverend Sisters" and "Silver Song" are standouts, while "Dan the Wing", "Buy or Beware" and especially "Boulders on my Grave" are wild uptempo pieces delivered with great flair. The wole album is hugely entertaining, and yes, I do recommend it to anyone with an interest in classic folk-rock.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jonny Karma on 14 Nov 2003
Format: Audio CD
Anyone who ever liked Fairport or The Trees, or even Kate Bush will love this album. This otherworldly Irish folk masterpiece has long been highly valued in collectors circles, vinyl copies changing hands at hundreds of quid. Every now and then its briefly available on CD, and I believe Acme are about to re-issue it again. Don't miss this opportunity next time. Perfect album for when you want to creep under the ivy, or escape into the mist.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kevin O'Keefe TOP 500 REVIEWER on 22 Aug 2010
Format: Audio CD
I'm not sure how I stumbled across this album (probably signposted by Amazon following buying Trees' debut), but am I glad I did: this album is not only superb - it is really quite unique. I should state at this point that I am not a particular fan of folk music (I'm far more at home with the rock genre) which makes my affection for this album all the more remarkable but, as soon as I heard these tunes, I felt I was listening to something quite special. To begin with I was mildly intrigued and was expecting something along the lines of 'The Garden Of Jane Delawney' and was not disappointed. What I was not expecting is just how good these compositions are: they just get better and better with repeated playing - there is a real depth to the songs that still continue to reveal interesting and charming details after many, many plays. While there are tracks on this album that do adhere to a traditional folk 'sound' (particularly vocally e.g. 'The Poet and the Witch') the unusual arrangements and time signatures keep them from being predictable. But for me where this album really takes off is in the tracks that are the least 'folky'. Tracks such as 'Heaven Heath', 'Sheep Season' and 'Silversong' (what an opening salvo!) have a feel and folk-rock dynamism that puts me in mind of ...Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark Barry HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 Oct 2014
Format: Audio CD
Back in the misty fairy-lore days of 1994 - a good friend of mine called John Tracy came into Reckless Records in Islington when I was the Mail-Order/Rarities Manager there. John is one of the nicest guys I know and has staggering knowledge of Rock music in all its forms. A former employee of Decca - John did those detailed liner notes for the first vanguard of Decca and Deram CDs between 1987 and 1990. Artists like Savoy, Brown, Thin Lizzy, Ten Years After, Keef Hartley, Caravan, Cat Stevens, The Moody Blues and so on.

So one afternoon John comes in with only 'one' album to sell this time - Mellow Candle's "Swaddling Songs". He plops it on the counter in virtually unplayed condition and smiles (I can hear collectors salivating all over the world). I smile back. But I must admit to my eternal shame (and as an Irishman too) - I didn't know who they were or how much it was worth. Wanting to give the chap a fair price - I looked up the Price Guide at the time and saw it listed at £350 (this was at a time when even rarities barely pushed past £15). I closed the book with a blush and reached for the till drawer real quick.

Fast forward to 2014 and the Price Guide lists it a frankly stingy £2000. But if you try to actually purchase an original 1972 LP in its full-on hippy-artwork gatefold glory via eBay - regular sums in excess of £3500 are been achieved whenever it turns up for sale. Which brings me to this wonderful CD reissue released March 2008 in the UK on Esoteric Recordings ECLEC 2044 (Barcode 5013939714427) for a dirt bag price of £10 or less (Esoteric Recordings are part of Cherry Red Records).
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