Lord Syred

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Animaland [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Bert Felstead
Animaland [DVD] DVD ~ Bert Felstead
My recent visit to Cookham, parking just outside Moor Hall, reminded me of these wonderful cartoons. Not as anarchically funny as Warners or MGM efforts but quietly pastoral in a true British style. The fact that the characters speak with unexpected English accents adds a charm and wry amusement to the experience. They are certainly great for younger children and the history of this ill-fated attempt to create a British canon of theatrical shorts is fascinating. There was another series of ten films, Musical Paintbox, which explored the British regions and their folklore. I would love to see these restored too - I have seen a couple enterprisingly screened on BBC2 about twenty years ago… Read more
The Garden Of Jane Delawney ~ Trees
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4.0 out of 5 stars If only I had known!, 6 Dec 2013
I knew of the existence of Trees way back in 1970 when I was 12 - my sister had a copy but it was a bad, off centre pressing with a terrible scratch (remember those?). Despite being a lover of folk-rock even then, I dismissed Trees 'cause they didn't have a fiddle player which seemed essential at the time. Fast forward 43 years and I at last bought the CD. I curse myself for the time I lost! Now, I'm not the most excitable of people but when "Lady Margaret" rocked to its coda I spontaneously punched the air and shouted "Yes!" and that hasn't happened in many a year. I suppose the psychedelic rock feel of this album is a bit passé these days - and there are a couple of duffers here -… Read more
Live [VINYL] ~ Trees
Live [VINYL] ~ Trees
5.0 out of 5 stars So glad this exists!, 6 Dec 2013
If you like the music of this scandalously lesser-known folk rock outfit you've got to have this. I'll level with you, the sound quality is pretty dire and given that it was apparently a B.B.C. recording I can't believe there isn't a better tape out there somewhere (lurking underneath some long lost Dr Who episodes no doubt). But this is the only document of the second line up featuring Chuck Fleming on fiddle.
The style remains a more heavy, psychedelic take on the Fairport Convention legacy...and I love it. The first line-up produced two great studio albums and this snippet shows how things could/should have gone had they received the recognition and backing they deserved. If anyone… Read more