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Relax your mind!, 12 Mar 2009
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.