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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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Initial post: 20 Apr 2009 12:05:16 BDT
Little Jo says:
Please get your facts right. Sally Free and Easy is NOT a traditional song, it was written by Cyril Tawney in the late 1950s. Check the man out, he was a wonderful singer and writer, and many of his recordings and writings are available (among other sources) via his wife Rosemary on http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/cyriltawney/record.htm

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Jun 2013 04:43:13 BDT
C. Langford says:
True comment, but a bit harsh. I prefer the version I heard in a club once - 'That was the traditional "Polly on the shore"; this one's "Sally free and easy". It was written by Cyril Tawney, so that probably makes it even more traditional . . .'
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