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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A genuine masterpiece.
I strongly recommend this album to all folk-rock fans.Celia Humphris'[Mrs. Pete Drummond-yes the Radio1 DJ!!!]vocals are exhilarating. The twin guitars of David Costa [son of Sam- yes the old Radio Luxembourg DJ !!!] and Barry Clarke are on fire throughout. Now for the anorak bit: both this title and The Garden of Jane Delawney were remastered and issued by BGO.It was...
Published on 27 May 2001

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1.0 out of 5 stars Poor sound on this CD version
Please note that I'm only reviewing the mid-90s Sony Budget release of this disc, though Amazon may choose to place it along with other versions as well.

Judging from the praise that others are giving this particular reissue of the Trees' (to some) legendary album, most people today listen to music very differently from what they did a few decades ago, when...
Published on 28 April 2009 by Philip S. Walker


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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A genuine masterpiece., 27 May 2001
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I strongly recommend this album to all folk-rock fans.Celia Humphris'[Mrs. Pete Drummond-yes the Radio1 DJ!!!]vocals are exhilarating. The twin guitars of David Costa [son of Sam- yes the old Radio Luxembourg DJ !!!] and Barry Clarke are on fire throughout. Now for the anorak bit: both this title and The Garden of Jane Delawney were remastered and issued by BGO.It was after this that CBS reissued both[?] cds exactly as BGO had already issued them. This is transcendent stuff.Buy it.Listen. Gaze on Celia's lovely photo.Lose yourself in beauty of Sally Free and Easy.
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A genuine masterpiece., 22 Mar 2002
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Alister King "Big Al" (London) - See all my reviews
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As one of the better folk rock live gruops of the early 70s, Trees haunting arrangements and extemporisations brought an originality to the genre that marked them as one of the best in the 'electric folk' boom of the period. This is powerful and original folk-rock, and while Celia Humphris' vocals deserve credit, its the the twin guitars of David Costa and Barry Clarke, on fire throughout,that endeared it to me and make it our recommendation here at GPF. A genuine masterpiece.
Standout tracks
Sally free and easy
While the iron is hot
Little Sadie
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A deserved reputation., 27 July 2005
This review is from: On The Shore (Audio CD)
Released in 1970, this record soon disappeared and became a sought-after cult "classic", a status often conferred more by scarcity rather than actual quality. Trees were inspired by, and initially in awe of, Fairport Convention and some of their early recordings audibly lack confidence but, with On The Shore, they took wing and flew. Their version of Sally Free & Easy is a highly original and haunting updating of a trad song that sounds even more impressive today than it did when first released, while Geordie and Streets Of Derry take electricity to folksongs in a very satisfying way. Bias Boshell's fluent bass playing is at the beating heart of everything, embellished by Barry Clarke's deft electric guitar and Celia Humphries hypnotic vocals. Most seventies folk-rock was heavily orientated towards the folk element, this album is one of the few to start from a "rock" viewpoint, and it succeeds brilliantly.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Miss This, 15 Nov 2008
This review is from: On The Shore (Audio CD)
So much trivia from the sixties and seventies is now accorded overlooked classic status that it's easy to become cynical when someone recommends music from that era. This however is the real deal. The power and intricacy of Trees' playing and arrangements is extraordinary. "Streets of Derry" and "Fool" could easily give Fairport Convention a run for their money in the folk-rock stakes and their extended version of "Sally Free and Easy" captures the song's haunting beauty exactly. Comparisons with Fairport are probably mistaken. Celia Humphris isn't as powerful or demonstrative a singer as Sandy Denny but the overall impact of the band is if anything, greater. Lead guitarist Barry Clarke's expressive playing helps the band rock harder and heavier than Fairport too. I'm not sure how much the second disc of remixes adds but overall it's a great package, keenly priced. I hear they might reform for a few gigs. On the strength of "On The Shore", widespread recognition should be theirs for the taking.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb albums, 10 Sep 2001
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The Trees albums were probably two of the best in the 'electric folk' boom of the period. Far better quality singing than the usual fare with some powerful and original settings. They rank for me with Planxty and Fairport's Unhalfbricking in this genre.
Sadly the group made few recordings. I was delighted to find the albums on CD after years with only two fading tapes ...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hidden Treasure, 2 April 2001
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As one of the better folk rock live gruops of the 70s Trees haunting arrangements sound as fresh now as then. Releasing "Jane Delawney" on CD would be a great idea.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars all you need to know, 13 Sep 2011
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Mr. M. E. Igoe "Michael Igoe" (Virginia Ireland) - See all my reviews
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I have extraordinary good taste in music . That accepted by all , I won't waste words or your time. "On The Shore" is the best album ever recorded. Fact.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Trees, 3 Aug 2011
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Stephen Alan Brown (london,england) - See all my reviews
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I bought this double length CD covering the bands brief career. I found out about them from the book "Electric Eden", if you love folk rock read it, if you hate it read it, they are featured. The CD is excellent, from folks golden era. If they existed today, the inde crowd would love them too, jangly guitars and haunting female vocals. Think the "Wicker man". Check out Mr Fox too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Luvly Jubbly, 17 Jun 2011
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TheDoc "Billious" (Sidcup, KENT United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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If you are the sort of person who thought that the 70s were great but were spoilt by punk, disco and Slade and you don't think there is anything wrong with a 30 minute guitar solo, then this might just be for you.

My tastes include the likes of Pink Floyd, Grateful Dead, Spirit, Quicksilver, Jefferson Airplane, The Doors, Fairport Convention and other similar laid back psychedelic bands.

If your tastes overlap with mine and you have never heard of this band then buy this CD. Simple as that.

They are most like Fairport Convention in the Sandy Denny days and if that don't set your heart racing then nothing will.

Do yourself a favour just snap it up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic album well worth buying, 10 May 2014
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A great folk album with terrific vocals and very atmospheric.
The arrangements evoke some great folk riffs and the arrangement is excellent.
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