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Not Waving, But Drowning
Not Waving, But Drowning
Price: £13.94

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For fans of early 70s folk rock, 25 Jun. 2015
A brilliant album by this new English band, which combines influences like Fleetwood Mac, Joni Mitchell, James Taylor and that whole early 70s Laurel Canyon sound. Highly recommended.


VicTsing 10000mAh Solar Panel Charger Power Bank Portable Dual USB Charger Backup External Battery Pack Charger for iPhone 5S 5C 5 4S 4 iPods iPad 5 4 3 2 Mini Samsung Galaxy S5 S4 S3 S2 S1 Note 3 Note 2 Nexus 7 Sony Xperia Z2 Z1 L39H Z L36h Blackberry Z10 Nokia Lumia 1020 Motorola HTC One M8 Kindle Fire and Most Android Smart Phones and Tablets (Black)
VicTsing 10000mAh Solar Panel Charger Power Bank Portable Dual USB Charger Backup External Battery Pack Charger for iPhone 5S 5C 5 4S 4 iPods iPad 5 4 3 2 Mini Samsung Galaxy S5 S4 S3 S2 S1 Note 3 Note 2 Nexus 7 Sony Xperia Z2 Z1 L39H Z L36h Blackberry Z10 Nokia Lumia 1020 Motorola HTC One M8 Kindle Fire and Most Android Smart Phones and Tablets (Black)
Offered by TAPORT
Price: £19.99


Passengers Greatest Hits
Passengers Greatest Hits
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Lo-fi cassette recording with great songs, 26 Dec. 2014
This album was recorded straight to cassette over a weekend but is packed with some great song-writing, if rushed, scrappy and apparently cold-infected playing. not easy pop but worth investigation by fans of Daniel Johnston, Bonnie Prince Billy and the Palace brothers or early Smog.


Good and Gone
Good and Gone
Price: £7.11

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 12 Sept. 2012
This review is from: Good and Gone (MP3 Download)
The Great Park has released a long list of albums but this, his latest, is one of his best - strong lyrics, moody vocals and a rich gravelly sound all come together to produce an instant classic


Harry Smith Was My Father
Harry Smith Was My Father
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars the acme of intimacy in music, 16 Nov. 2009
"The album is called Harry Smith Was My Father and the title is a hommage to Harry Everett Smith (1923-1991) who was an American archivist, anthropologist, experimental filmaker and record collector. He is known for many things and especially for the self-compiled Anthology of American Folk Music released in 1952 which collects important American folk, blues and country songs from 1927 to 1932 and which was very important and influential for the 1950's and 60's American folk music revival.

"But enough for the history lesson. On Harry Smith Was My Father you'll find 13 tracks (written between 2002 and 2008) of pure feeling and honest singer-songwriter music. All the songs were recorded in a single five hour studio session and got no over-dubs at all - you can listen to the music as it really is. There is nothing experimental, nothing progressive. The music played here is immaculate and reduced to the necessary core. For me this is the acme of intimacy in music and that's the reason I do love it so much. His voice is clear and relatively confident. The album was mixed in the way that neither the guitar nor the voice is more present. Both are equally important and complement each other." (Common Folk Meadow blog)

The HTC is a solo artist from Brighton, in the UK.


Blank It
Blank It
Offered by Music-Finder
Price: £13.50

5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome, 26 Oct. 2008
This review is from: Blank It (Audio CD)
Excellent album from alt-folk Brighton-London three-piece. The sounds are moody and atmospheric, the vocals earily charming. Highly recommended.


The Bootleg Series, Vol. 8 / Tell Tale Signs - Rare and Unreleased 1989-2006
The Bootleg Series, Vol. 8 / Tell Tale Signs - Rare and Unreleased 1989-2006
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £15.66

17 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Some wonderful things here, 26 Oct. 2008
This is fabulous, of course. But the price of the 3Cd version is outrageous, and the record company should be ashamed of trying to milk the fans so blatantly. Anyone paying 100 quid for three CDs has more money than sense. There's enough Bob on the 2 CD edition, but frankly the price of the 3 CD one has put me off buying even that.

5 stars for the content, 1 star for the arse-over-face marketing experiment.


Cities on a Hill: A Brilliant Exploration of Visionary Communities Remaking the American Dream
Cities on a Hill: A Brilliant Exploration of Visionary Communities Remaking the American Dream
by Frances FitzGerald
Edition: Paperback
Price: £18.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, 27 Dec. 2006
One of the first great modern travelogues, exploring some of America's oddest communities - predating, but in the spirit of, Louis theroux and their ilk. Worth reading, even though it is now two decades old.


Ansty Cowfold - Lullabies for the Discerning Baby
Ansty Cowfold - Lullabies for the Discerning Baby
Offered by Springwood Media
Price: £3.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Charming, and not just for babies, 26 Aug. 2006
This is a great alt-folk album, chock full of original and beautiful cover versions of songs by some classic songwriters. Strong choices, but also a beautiful femal vocal over simple guitar and other instruments, presenting a cool sonic landscape for babies, small children and also cool adults.

Cannot praise this album too highly!


Nothing But the Water (W/Dvd) (Dig)
Nothing But the Water (W/Dvd) (Dig)
Price: £13.33

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great soulful bluesy rock in the Little Feat and Crazy Horse tradition, 25 Aug. 2006
'Nothing But the Water' purveys a slick soulful ride along the southern swamp-rock highway. 22-year old Grace has that kind of gritty soft but sexy rock chick voice that deserves to be heard. Her band are tight and give her a strong base on which to build, and Grace laces the brew with some classic Hammond Organ riffs. The songs are all good, and the CD has been worth repeated plays.

Think Little Feat or Crazy Horse, fronted by a slightly older-wiser Janis Joplin. The Blues Rock doesn't come much better.


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