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Swaddling Songs ~ Remastered and repackaged

Mellow Candle Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (24 Mar 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Esoteric
  • ASIN: B0013NBBOC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 87,230 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. HEAVEN HEATH
2. SHEEP SEASON
3. SILVERSONG
4. THE POET AND THE WITCH
5. MESSENGER BIRDS
6. DAN THE WING
7. REVEREND SISTERS
8. BREAK YOUR TOKEN
9. BUY OR BEWARE
10. VILE EXCESSES
11. LONELY MAN
12. BOULDERS ON MY GRAVE

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* CLASSIC, HIGHLY REGARDED AND SOUGHT AFTER ACID FOLK / PROGRESSIVE ROCK ALBUM - NOW 24-BIT REMASTERED FROM THE ORIGINAL MASTER TAPES

* NEW FULLY RESTORED ARTWORK

Featuring girl singers Clodagh Simonds and Alison Williams, Mellow Candle never achieved commercial success they deserved spawning a legendary psychedelic folk-rock album akin to FAIRPORT CONVENTION or FOTHERINGAY.

Touring to support Thin Lizzy (Simonds played on Lizzy's album "Shades of a Blue Orphanage") and Horslips, the band had a short lived existence . Clodagh Simonds later went on to play again with Mike Oldfield and Jade Warrior and this release serves as evidence of the talents of both Simonds and the band who deserved far more commercial success than they attained. Now rightly regarded as a classic of the genre, ESOTERIC RECORDINGS are proud to add "Swaddling Songs" to their catalogue.

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MELLOW CANDLE Swaddling Songs CD

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One "lost classic" which deserves its reputation 18 Sep 2003
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars A cult classic. An all too brief spectral dream. 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful, bewitching and unique 22 Aug 2010
By Kevin O'Keefe TOP 500 REVIEWER
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 Renaissance yet, unlike Renaissance these tracks sound quite literally 'timeless' in that they do not sound dated: it is easy to imagine contemporary artists covering some of the material here without having to update the arrangements or sound. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic folk-prog-rock... 5 Mar 2010
Format:Audio CD
This is one of those albums that I could have been swept away by at any point in the last 20 years, had I heard it. I had heard positive rumours about Swaddling Songs for a while, and now at long last, I have become one of those lucky people that have a copy. As another reviewer said, take note fans of The Trees and Kate Bush, because this one fits right in. In fact it feels like a link back to the early days of my love of the music of those artists, as if it was there all along, which is rather intriguing.

The first three tracks are my favourites: Heaven Heath with it's harpsichord and intricate tune; Sheep Season - which was my introduction to the band on Early Morning Hush - with it's gorgeous extended instrumental section; and the melancholy Silversong. The three of them are simply breathtaking examples of folk-rock, the singers captured by the stories they weave, they are brimming with the imagery and intrigue of bygone days, epic and elegant. Then the album picks up the pace and the girls really belt out the lyrics on the finest of the up-tempo tracks, the pounding, rampaging The Poet And The Witch, with its screaming gulls and shimmering crashes of cymbals like waves exploding on the cliffs. A highlight of the album, which comes in marked contrast to the tracks surrounding it, is the delicate, heartbreakingly beautiful Reverend Sisters. Buy Or Beware reminds me strongly of Fool by The Trees, but at the same it has quite a pop feel that takes it off in another direction. At the albums close they go out like a raging storm with Boulders On My Grave, this piece doesn't have the special magic of the best tracks on the album, and I do find myself wishing they'd ended with something more akin to Sheep Season, but this is a small complaint.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Glad to have these wonderful songs to listen to again ...
used to have this on vinyl until someone threw it out for me...%&#@! Glad to have these wonderful songs to listen to again - although some of the mixing seems to be a bit off
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT DERAM ALBUM FRM 72
MELLOW CANDLE WERE GREAT FOLK/ROCK GROUP WITG ECHOS OF A SANDY DENNY SENSIBILITY.DERAM HAD SOME VG GROUPS SIGNED AT THE TIME FOR A GREAT SAMPLER OF THIS PERIOD TRY THE 3CD SET... Read more
Published 15 months ago by CENTRAL LONDON MAN
5.0 out of 5 stars Swaddling up to it ..
This was the only album made by Irish band Mellow Candle and, sadly, did not set the world on fire. But in the folk-rock millieu, it deserves to be heard more widely as the vocal... Read more
Published 17 months ago by K. Todd
5.0 out of 5 stars brightly burning candle
Not so mellow, thankfully. A variety of songs beautifully composed, sung and played, some quite soft but others to wake you up and get you thinking. Read more
Published on 9 April 2012 by Samuel Pyke
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, astounding, woefully neglected masterpiece
So ... I've already got two different CD remasters, and I finally got around to picking up this Shm-CD ... a lucky moment where I got an absolute bargain. Read more
Published on 6 Jun 2011 by S. D. Nunn
4.0 out of 5 stars Forgotten gem
Well how about that - imagine the best of Jefferson Airplane and Kate Bush in a melting pot and you have Mellow Candle. This is folk rock at its best. Read more
Published on 15 April 2011 by Review1212
4.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff with a Thin Lizzy connection !!!!
I first heard this because of Thin Lizzy ! yep , with all the mention of classic underground folk it's worth remembering that Clodagh Simmonds was a mate of Thin Lizzy and plays on... Read more
Published on 1 Jan 2011 by noddy g
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything they say is true
Everything the other reviewers say about this extraordinary CD is true. Along with the work of Pearls Before Swine (who might almost be their chilled-out twins), this represents... Read more
Published on 20 Oct 2008 by Mada about music
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth lighting again...
Folk that rocks as evidenced by the likes of Fairport, Trees, Steeleye was lifting nicely when this came out in 1972 - so it remains baffling as to why 'Swaddling Songs' didn't... Read more
Published on 13 April 2008 by Greville Rob
5.0 out of 5 stars The BEST Folk/Psych album ever made
A strong boast I know, but I've yet to hear anything better in the genre. You find other reissue albums being hailed as 'As good as Mellow Candle' but they're really not. Read more
Published on 27 April 2007 by Nick the Bass
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