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4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the money.
Pearls before Swine's The Use of Ashes is one of those strange, haunting records of "baroque contemporary folk music" that is genuinely both original and as near to "timeless" as any piece of contemporary popular music gets. (As I've said elsewhere, they are like the quiet American flip-side to Mellow Candle's Irish work in the same baroque folk field). What you get here...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Music for a World gone mad
The reason that PBS never put their own photo on the sleeve is because they "were all 60 years old guys with a dwarf drummer" according to member Tom Rapp but its unlikely as Rapp had been in a talent contest in the 50s with Bob Dylan both losing to a 12 year old girl.
Childish humour abounds with Oh dear Miss Morse-the song includes morse code which spells out a 4...
Published on 31 Aug. 2011 by Richard


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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the money., 21 Oct. 2008
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This review is from: The Complete Esp Disk Recordings (Audio CD)
Pearls before Swine's The Use of Ashes is one of those strange, haunting records of "baroque contemporary folk music" that is genuinely both original and as near to "timeless" as any piece of contemporary popular music gets. (As I've said elsewhere, they are like the quiet American flip-side to Mellow Candle's Irish work in the same baroque folk field). What you get here are the contents of the two records - One Nation Underground and Balaklava - that led up to the production of songs like The Use Of Ashes, Rocket Man, God Save The Child, Song About a Rose, Margery and Riegal. While there is nothing here that quite comes up to the standard of these gems, songs like Another Time, Drop Out!, I Shall Not Care, and There Was A Man have all the hallmark of the best of Pearls Before Swine's work - wonderful, usually melancholy, lyrics and brilliantly quirky arrangements all excellently sung and played. Well worth the money!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The original Rapp music!, 9 Feb. 2014
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James B. Spink "Jim" (Kent, UK) - See all my reviews
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I missed out on the CD version of this release as it had already become an out-of-print collector’s item by the time I came to buy it. However, Amazon has it as an MP3 download version which I had to settle for, so I have at least got the music if not the booklet. The first album contained here – One Nation Underground – had been on my first ever wishlist in the late sixties but sadly never made it to the top; well there was a lot of competition in those days! The second album – Balaklava – was new to me, although I had previously heard this version of Leonard Cohen’s Suzanne.

The first album is a nice slice of late sixties hippie/folkie whimsy which I still like a lot, and the second is an anti-war concept based around the charge of the light brigade. A rather strange album which I enjoyed very much on my first hearing. It is a shame that the CD is no longer readily available at normal prices but perhaps it will resurface at some point in the future. This compilation is currently available to listen to on Spotify so give it a listen if you are unfamiliar with it. Five stars for the music; even if Tom Rapp’s slightly lispy vocals may sound just a little bit twee at times!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Music for a World gone mad, 31 Aug. 2011
This review is from: The Complete Esp Disk Recordings (Audio CD)
The reason that PBS never put their own photo on the sleeve is because they "were all 60 years old guys with a dwarf drummer" according to member Tom Rapp but its unlikely as Rapp had been in a talent contest in the 50s with Bob Dylan both losing to a 12 year old girl.
Childish humour abounds with Oh dear Miss Morse-the song includes morse code which spells out a 4 letter word rhyming with Luck!
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