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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply a great album, 20 Jan. 2009
This review is from: The Noah's Ark Trap (Audio CD)
I was prescient enough, (or simply lucky), back in 1972 to buy a copy of this album in a Woolworths, (remember them), record sale. It still bears the red label "Sale £1". What a purchase, it has been played so many times that it is beginning to show the signs of wear, scratches and pops but even so the haunting, beautiful quality of Nic's fabulous voice rises to the fore. This in combination with some fine guitar and fiddle playing makes this album one of the finest English traditonal records to ever be recorded. It even includes the legendary Bill Leader playing triangle on Jackie Tar! Sadly, as others have pointed out, it is unobtainable at present, a heinous crime! I have copied my knackered vinyl to CD, complete with crackles, but would jump at the opportunity of purchasing a re-release. Here's to hoping that whoever is holding the original tapes relents and allows this to happen.
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Initial post: 11 May 2016 19:44:04 BDT
E. Tustian says:
Really struggled over years to untangle the Gordian knot and get this reissued - Dick Gaughan told me he got round the same bind his stuff from the same era was in by progressively re-recording tracks . . . a route obviously not really available to Nic, especially back then. Early stuff (Nic Jones; Ballads & Songs) were eventually grudgingly allowed the light of day (though what on earth has happened To The Devil A Stranger is beyond me!). There was a virtual embargo on even interacting with the company who had disgracefully (albeit legally) acquired the rights as a protest against the situation it left Nic in especially. Somewhen, as far back as the 90s, I was told the intention was to bring out the Noah's Ark Trap "this coming Christmas."! . . . This had actually got so far as for me to, in effect, organise for an advance purchase - the money never left my account, and the CD never materealised.
Nice to see someone who seems to rate it as highly as I do. Penguin Eggs (which I love) tends to get the nod, but I think that's more to do with its availability, unlike its predecessor.
When Liege & Leaf triumphed as 'Most Influential Folk Album' - and I'm a Fairport fan and Cropredy stalwart - no question, I don't think it comes close to NAT, and I was absolutely amazed it never even got a mention (though Penguin Eggs did). Again, a situation you can almost certainly lay at the door of its unavailability. . . . A case of 'out of sight out of mind', surely?
. . . Finally, just on the off-chance, even with 'pops' & 'crackles' - might there be the odd CD 'copy' lying around spare at your place . . . ?! [edmundtustian@gmail.com]

Posted on 12 Jun 2016 22:36:48 BDT
J. Higham says:
A quick comment to say, 'don't buy this album at this ridiculous price'. If you look around the net there are several good copies to be downloaded for free. You're not breaking any rules as since this is no longer available you're not doing anything illegal. However, a couple of hundred pounds for this is beyond belief!
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