Full Circle CD
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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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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.
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.Read more ›
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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Yeah great stuff, took a while getting here though, but very happy with the CD.Published 18 months ago by Katcatanio
Forest (or The Foresters Of Walesby, as they orginally were, and which I like the sound of better) were three latter-day minstrels, their music had a prickly, spindly quality, and... Read morePublished on 3 Mar. 2010 by Pseudonymous
to release remastered versions of these two albums including the one single stupidly missing from THE HARVEST YEARS compilation,
then they are dumber than they appear. Read more