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  • Audio CD (22 Mar. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set, CD+DVD
  • Label: Chudleigh Roots
  • ASIN: B0036V0W8A
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 267,304 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. The First World War - Phil Beer And School Chums
  2. Jan Tregale - Oddfolk
  3. Berepper Beach - Oddfolk
  4. The Hunting Of Arscott Of Tetcott - Downes And Beer
  5. Spanish Ladies - Downes And Beer
  6. Morning Sky - Arizona Smoke Revue
  7. Factory - Arizonas
  8. Take Back Your Pictures - Arizonas
  9. Down In Yon Forest - Phil Beer
  10. Thomas's Morris - Phil Beer
  11. Set Their Mouths To Twisting - Phil Beer
  12. Nameless Kind Of Hell - Phil Beer/Albions
  13. Last Picture Show - Show Of Hands
  14. White Tribes - Show Of Hands
  15. Weathercock - Phil Beer/ Nick Henness
  16. Lifeline - Phil Beer/Albions/Swan Arcade

Disc: 2

  1. Old Riley - Phil Beer
  2. Robbers' Roost - Ridgeriders
  3. Blind Fiddler - Phil And Julie Matthews
  4. Long Black Veil - Phil And Deb Sandland
  5. Simon Smith And The Amazing Dancing Bear - Phil Beer
  6. Devils Right Hand - Phil Beer
  7. Willin' - Phil Beer And Miranda Sykes
  8. Youngstown - Phil Beer
  9. Bus Stop - Phil Beer
  10. Cocaine - Phil Beer
  11. Icicles - Miranda Sykes And Phil Beer
  12. Exile - Phil Beer And Miranda Sykes
  13. Flowers Of The Forest/The Holy Brook/When This Bloody War Is Over - Phil Beer And Miranda Sykes
  14. Varso Vianna - Phil Beer
  15. Warlike Lads Of Russia - Phil Beer

Disc: 3

  1. The Life Of A Fool - Phil Beer With Ashley Hutchings, Jon Moore And Simon Care
  2. Lo! What A Glorious Sight Appears - Albion Band
  3. Red River Valley - Phil Beer
  4. Santiago - Alianza
  5. The Three Knights - Phil Beer
  6. Sit You Down - Phil Beer With Mike Oldfield
  7. Border Song - Phil Beer
  8. Blow The Man Down - Phil Beer With Jackie Oates And Jim Causley
  9. Bus Stop - Phil Beer
  10. Undertow - Show Of Hands With Jenna
  11. The Downeaster Alexa - Phil Beer
  12. Static On The Line - Tom Palmer With Phil Beer
  13. Dakka Dan - Tom Palmer With Phil Beer
  14. Crockery Ware - Jackie Oates With Phil Beer
  15. I Wish/Ichbod - Jackie Oates With Phil Beer

Product Description

Product Description

This is the first of a series of box sets spanning the career of the Show of Hands instrumentalist Phil Beer. Vol 1. covers his career from 1968 onwards and concentrates on archive and acoustic material together with a DVD of performances both solo and with the Phil Beer Band.

There are many rarities contained on this compilation combined with recent studio and live tracks which demonstrate the diversity of Phil's musical activities over four and a half decades.

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Many people will mainly know of Phil Beer through his work with Steve Knightley over the last twenty years in BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards "Best Duo" and "Best Live Act" Show of Hands. However, Phil's musical career is much wider and longer than that and spans some 40 years, with all sorts of collaborations along the way. This box set is intended to be part of a series documenting the extensive body of work outside Show of Hands, although a few Show of Hands rarities are included.

Within Show of Hands, Phil is mostly to be heard adding richness to the vocals and intricacy to the instrumentals of the Steve Knightley and Traditional songs ("decorating" as The Dark One so aptly describes it). Here, in his own box, The Fair One gets to roam far and wide off-piste and away from the that particular sound and those constraints, and in particular to be much more in control of what he is choosing to sing. The material throughout this set reflects his own very wide tastes and ranges from traditional folk songs such as the old shanty Spanish Maidens and hymns to covers of Bruce Springsteen (Youngstown), Graham Gouldman (Bus Stop) and Lowell George (Willin').

There are 3 CDs and one DVD in the box, together with extensive and thoughtful sleeve notes about how each recording came about and often why the particular song was chosen. At least there are when PB can actually remember!

CD1 is described as "Archive" and kick's off its musical journey with a school recording of Phil and friends from 1968, then progresses through the Folk Duos OddFolk, Downes & Beer, the folk combo the Arizona Smoke Revue, the Albion Band and finally arrives at Show of Hands, with various Phil Beer solo diversions along the way.
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Do you think it is just coincidence or do you suppose that music teachers of a certain period (the late 1960's) used to spread the word that they should teach the kids about the Second World War via the media of song. Whatever it was, Mr Beer much like myself had an enthusiastic master who would help steer us both towards a certain kind of `folk' music that still leaves its indelible mark today as can be witnessed on the opening track and if he doesn't mind me saying, the spoken word at the end of the set "I Wore A Tunic" sounds very much like those of the sadly departed storyteller Oliver Postgate. For those unaware or who had forgotten life before Show Of Hands this chronological trawl through his past brings back many happy memories and will prove just as exhilarating to us old folkies as I'm sure it did for him compiling them. In a varied career that has seen him either in a solo capacity or accompanied in a duo format to the energetic band that `was' the Arizona Smoke Review, Phil has established a niche for himself within popular cultural music in all its guises and encompasses an ever growing legion of fans. For those that want to wallow in indulgence or for those experiencing this troubadour for the first time this box set...the first of several by the sound of it...will act as both a calling card and testament to his on going creativity. On top of that he's a really nice bloke...we salute you sir!

PETE FYFE
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