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  • Audio CD (3 April 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: BGO
  • ASIN: B0000011NM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,985 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Bad Penny
  2. A Glade
  3. Somewhere
  4. Lovemakers' Ways
  5. While You're Gone
  6. Sylvie (We'd Better Not Pretend)
  7. A Fantasy You
  8. Fading Light
  9. Do You Want Some Smoke?
  10. Don't Want To Go
  11. Nothing Else Will Matter
  12. Mirror Of Life
  13. Rain Is On My Balcony
  14. Hawk The Hawker
  15. Bluebell Dance
  16. The Midnight Hanging of A Runaway Serf
  17. To Julie
  18. Gypsy Girl And Rambleaway
  19. Do Not Walk In The Rain
  20. Much Ado About Nothing
  21. Graveyard
  22. Famine Song
  23. Autumn Childhood

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Albums originally released in 1969 and 1970 respectively. Forest were a trio (Martin Welham, Derek Allenby, and Hadrian Welham) of multi-instrumentalists, playing not just the expected guitars, but harmonium, harpsichord, pipes, whistle, organ, and mandolin. A favourite of DJ John Peel, Forest found a home on Harvest Records.

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Format: Audio CD
Forest were a gifted trio from North England who all wrote, sang and played numerous instruments on this, a compilation of their two outstanding albums.
The first album was preceded by one of the most beautiful singles of the 1960's - Searching For Shadows'. The album did not contain the single but complex hormonies and intriguing melodies puts the album a cut above the more traditional folk fringe at the time. Check out the haunting 'Don't Want To Go' and the hormonic beuty on 'Sylvie'.
The second album 'Full Circle' managed the near impossible task of bettering the debut eponymous album. Along with Fairport Convention and The Incredible String Band this album puts Forest firmly in the list of all time great folkesque bands.
With the exception of 2 tracks the album would be flawless. Highlights include the piano blues-rock track, 'Do Not Walk In The Rain' - showing that they are equally gifted away from straight folk the beautiful 'Graveyard' nodding to their classical musicianship, the exquisite harmonies on 'Famine Song' and the album track of the year in 1970, the timeless 'autumn childhood'.
These albums make you wonder what else the trio could have achieved had the music climate not changed to more about the visual side than the musical content in the 1970's.
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Based upon the simplicity of the musical vision within this trio, (i.e. English, pastoral, acoustic-guitar-in-a-field type music) there really is probably no better way of doing it than Forest do. Upon first impressions (especially with the self-title disk) I couldn't help but laugh at how extremely hippyish I found them. 'Surely these people are the most hippyish hippies of all time' I said. And it is not because they put on a show to make themselves appear that way (i.e. nonsense about pixies and fairies) but their music presents themselves as they simply are, thus all hippy antics were pointed at them and not at their whims.

The self-title disk consists of songs of a pop-type structure, i.e. verse, chorus etc. and the songs are generally more (dare I say it) commercial (it isn't commercial in any way, but compared to full circle it is). It took me a long time however to turn to Full Circle and discover that they are neither corny field-lovin' folk nor extreme hippies. Instead I discovered that their music is genuinely charming and is in no way laughable or humorous, at least not in the way that I first thought they were. Half the charm of the trio is that they do not have a lot to say as they themselves said in a song, and shan't pretend to either.

In terms of folk, this was the first folk-type album I ever bought and ever since then I have been searching for folk bands that match the high expectations that my first try at folk music was so lucky to come across. Spirogyra came as a result (superb stuff)

Musically > fantastic vocal harmonies and features classically-trained, inventive and skilled guitarists and general instrumentalists and so forth.
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I had not known there had been a second album from this band until I bought the CD. I have treasured the first album since I was fifteen (in LP, 8 track, and CD). I still play it, and I still think it's amazing. And I'm still very grateful to the band for having made this music. It is like nothing else. The second album, though, CD 2, was a terrible disappointment. Gone is the rich texture of interweaving melodies and the rich vocal harmonies that made the first one so special. The band members perform as individuals with accompanyment; there really is no group to speak of. The songs seem to be trying too hard to be Incredible String Band knockoffs. The producer is different, so maybe that accounts for it. But I suspect the record company just didn't give the band enough studio time for the many layers of overdubbing the first one recieved. All that notwithstanding, though, the first CD is SO good that I would forgive Forest any sin for having produced that one. Thank you, guys, from the bottom of my heart and forever.
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I had these records in the 70s and I loved them BUT I didn't know anyone else who did. Thought they were gone forever and I was so glad when I found them again. I play them a lot and still love them and still don't know anyone else who does BUT I am convinced they are brilliant. They are just not in any way mainstream. Special stuff for special people?
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I was directed towards this band by a song called "Graveyard" on an album by Kno.
It features Graveyard from disc 2 of this album sampled for the bass line and made me seek out Forest.

Was definitely pleased - haven't had a band that sounds anything like this in a while.
I'd say the sound is pretty unique - with some memories of Syd era Floyd floating around in the back ground.

Worth the purchase!
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