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Guess you had to have been there..?
on 5 February 2010
I bought the vinyl LP version of this recently, primarily because of the really interesting and arresting front cover artwork [so much more impact on a 12" LP sleeve], partly because there's hardly ever been a Joe Boyd production that I didn't find worth at least a few serious listens, and partly on the strength of some of the rave reviews of the CD release here on Amazon .
I can't say that I actually dislike the album, in fact some of it is quite pleasant and the LP sound quality is good to boot; I just "don't get it"!
My first reaction was that I'd stumbled on some lost BBC sessions from Round The Horne, with Rambling Syd Rumpo delivering "Green grow my nadgers,Oh!" or one of his other creations; either that or maybe an even earlier tape of The Goon Show. Having listened quite a few times, I'm now convinced that it is Rambling Syd - although in a few places he seems to be trying to do a passable impression of Bob Dylan.
Sorry if this offends all those who've eulogised over this album, but as far as I'm concerned this record illustrates just why some 60's folkies like Fairport or Pentangle became big-sellers and are widely remembered forty or more years on [- they wrote memorable TUNES !! -] while others like The Incredible String Band fell into obscurity almost before their albums went out of print.
I suppose that if you were at that long hippie party called " The 1960's" then this album might bring back a lot of happy [hazy?] memories; those of us who missed it by ten or so years can't now quite see the attraction of two stoned Scotsmen and their sitars, laid back outside their teepee and humming out of tune...