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Morris On : pure class
on 19 November 2002
I hadn't heard Morris On since those mellow evenings back in the 70's when my student friends and I would return from the pub and immediately put it on the stereo accompanied by much twirling and gyrating ( our version of Morris dancing!)Now listening to the CD twenty five years later it's better than I remember : lovely tunes and as you would expect from the musicians assembled some stunning playing. This record has a sponteneity which appears to be natural, humour and verve.Needless to say John Kirkpatrick is superb on concertina, accordian and harmonium, though that is not to play down the contribution of the others who are equally effective. However the thing that holds it together for me is the drumming of Dave Mattacks. Always the consummate folk rock drummer Mattacks' performance here is spot on : he always seems to get it dead right and the drums are right there at the front of the mix, just as they should be. It is dance music after all. Some might say that the production is a bit untidy, certainly by modern standards, but for me that helps create the atmosphere.
Overall this is a classic album, every track excellent with Princess Royal and The Willow Tree the standouts for me. Pure class!