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Tricks Of The Senses
Tricks Of The Senses
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Relax your mind!, 12 Mar 2009
This review is from: Tricks Of The Senses (Audio CD)
Yet more archive material from those magical minstrels who dwell upon the edges of the fading celtic twilight,well Edinburgh,these rescued and well restored outtakes serve to bolster their legend further.
Robin Williamson and Mike Heron make music that runs from Leadbelly through to Musical theatre via what is now called Acid Folk and the Avant Garde.
Their no material from the first Line up which featured their Co-founder Clive Palmer sadly, but does feature Rose Simpson( now a former Mayoress of Welshpool), Licorice McKechnie and Actor/ Singer Malcolm Le Maistre
The First CD Covers the classic period 66-68 Robins take on Leadbelly Relax your Mind the hard to find Lover Man,All too much for me (which includes some Blind Willie Johnson songs inserted with in the song by Robin),The Iron Stone and others from the Wee Tam Big Huge era with an epic version of Maya from US radio with some interesting phasing courtesy of an over enthusatic Sound engineer .
CD 2 opens with a forgotten instrumental the delightful Penwern then is followed by a live performance of U Live material the comedic El Ratto and several other lost gems including a marathon Queen Jaunita and her Fisherman Lover from a remix from long delated compilation.We also get to hear one of Likky's Songs too the haunting Secret Temple.
It closes with the enigmatic Curlew which sounds like it was recorded on some far off Hebridean Isle but was recorded at Island Studios in London.
Treasures abound on this collection but it is one for the dedicated fan
but then again they still deserve to be listened to as true originators of a truly unique sound.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Dandelion Days, 12 Mar 2009
John Peel's legacy continues to grow and this almost home produced homage to John Peel and Clive Selwood's early attempt to create a true independent Label long before it became fashionable will certainly not diminish it.
John is not main focus here though it is the artistes telling through interviews their side of the story of this groundbreaking though unsucessful (at the time) label.

The story compiled by Lancashire lad Chris Hewitt manager and associate of the Band Tractor who Recorded for Dandelion (above a shop in Rochdale) are interviewed and it features some recent live clips of them in performance.
The jewel in the crown in this video fest is though is a performance of the late Kevin Coyne (One of Derbyshire's Finest yet still sadly underrated) with his old band Siren as well as some in concert performances by John Fiddler and Bridget St John.
Also an appearance by Stackwaddy whose pre punk 70's antics make The Pistols and Oasis look like Angelic choir boys.
There are also pieces on other Dandelion acts too Including Bill Oddie!
This is very much a Cult thing though it would appeal to fans of the above mentioned bands, but perhaps not the mainstream public though Kevin Coyne's very English take on the blues would perhaps appeal to Seasick Steve fans just discovering the genre.Clocking in a nearly six hours it does not make for casual viewing.
It does not have much in the way of archive footage though Chris does appeal for this in the intro but this was before the days of camera phones and you tube.Be warned this video has more of a fanzine or low tech quality to it than say the South Bank Show but it has a story to tell.
Everyone should have fifteen minutes of fame even Stackwaddy!

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