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Moyshe Mcstiff and Tartan Lancers of the Sacred Heart

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  • Audio CD (18 April 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Radioactive
  • ASIN: B0008E4I9W
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Sheba's Return
  2. Lion Of Judah
  3. Let It Be You
  4. Solomon's Song
  5. Eleven Willow
  6. I Told Her
  7. Oh Bright Eyed One
  8. Chain Of Love
  9. Pretty Kerry
  10. Martha & Mary
  11. Heart Dancer

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Format: Audio CD
I can keep this one simple - if you enjoy British folk, particularly the darker, slightly psych / mysticism tinted stuff, you cannot go wrong with this.

COB made two records, this and Spirit of Love, and both are ...perfect! There is not one thing I'd change in either of them, it bears testament to the band's clarity of vision while clearly fitting the mood and preoccupations of the time (or so it seems, I wasn't around till '77...) and there is no self-indulgence. Whereas I find ISB hard-going, COB's music never has a note too many or an over-phrased lyric. 'Spirit' is a much simpler affair and is musically lighter; as the musicians say in the sleeve notes here, the harmonium and clarinets tend to unify the sound on Moyshe, creating an atmosphere like in an old, empty church.
It's important to point out that this sounds like three individual talents merging into one sound, it is not uniquely "Clive's band" other than in title, I imagine to cash in on the ISB connection - this was (manager) Jo Lustig's idea, of course. As was the slightly incongruous 'single'.

I don't think they come close, but for other good, lesser-known albums from this period, check Mellow Candle, Forest and Caedmon out, and Comus if you can handle the darkness. But along with Comus, this is the only one that gets six stars.
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Format: Audio CD
I have this album on vinyl in my (now hardly used) collection of folk back in the UK so was thrilled to find it on CD as well as the earlier Spirit of Love album. Every time I play these 2 CDs, memories flood back from my youth. The music ranks up there with the very best in my extensive collection. All of the tracks are high quality, but if I had to choose just one from this CD for my desert island disc, I would be torn between 'Oh Bright Eyed One', 'Chain of Love' or 'Lion of Judah'. It is a great shame that the trio stayed together for such a short period and that they only left us with the 2 refreshing masterpieces, but for that we should at least be thankful!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Must for ISB Fans 17 May 2005
By Steven Moore - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
If you like the "Liquid Acrobat"-era Incredible String Band, be sure to pick this up. Dark, brooding sonorities from harmoniums and clarinets, droning dulcimers, Mike Heron-ish vocals, plus of course original ISB-mate Clive Palmer on board. I missed this first time around but am glad to have it now.
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5.0 out of 5 stars mysterious, adventurous, different 11 May 2014
By Bryan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Vinyl
Why am I the first one to review such an awesome album? Come on, don't let me stand alone! It makes me feel like I'm the only one who's heard this album out there and we know that's not true. I read other reviews for Moyshe McStiff & the Tartan Lancers of the Sacred so I know there's at least a few others out there who know this album well.

"Sheba's Return/Lion of Judah" begins this album on an eerie note drawing influences from the Middle East and utilizing it with a sound and style that strikes me as fairly original. The tune's quite melodic and instantly enjoyable. While the members of Cob may be tied to the Incredible String Band, I don't believe the two artists sound alike. When it comes to the Incredible String Band, I'm more concerned with the rich, staggering variety of arrangements. With Cob, well, the enjoyment factor stems from the catchy vocal melodies and the unique blend of Middle Eastern arrangements with banjos creating a unique sound. Cob's vocal melody style is written in an entirely different way so there's really no similarities between the two artists other than they're both Scottish. I guess what I'm trying to say is that Cob sounds mostly normal whereas the Incredible String Band can get downright freaky sometimes! I bring this up in case any Incredible String Band fans out there want to know if it's worth their time and effort to delve into Cob. I can assure you- both artists sound VERY different.

"Let It Be You" is highly unique with its blend of flutes and sitar creating a tender ballad-like melody with vocals not much different from Richard Sinclair of Caravan fame. The mood of this song is VERY powerful. "Solomon's Song" is powerful in an emotionally devastating kind of way due mostly to the violins. This is the kind of song you'd hear after the aftermath of something major changes the world and we reflect with sadness. Maybe not what the band was going for, I admit. I admit straight up that my interpretation of music can be a bit, well, shall we say... wrong and weird, haha! "Eleven Willows" opens with a beautiful acoustic guitar part, and when the female vocals hum along in the background over the main melody? REALLY beautiful piece of music. "I Told Her" actually reminds me of the Beatles for some reason (at least Ringo with the vocals). The bongos are a weird addition but ultimately pleasing since I'm a big fan of variety in music. Probably not one of the better vocal melodies on the album due to the chorus but the instrumental variety gives it flavor so you can't help but admire it.

Ah, the band returns to being somber and adventurous on "Oh Bright Eyed One". Okay this song is really amazing! The chorus, the Brian Eno-resembling vocals, the honesty of the lyrics, the flutes appearing in just the right spots... The line "Suddenly the trees are bare, and changes everywhere, I don't know the future I don't know what it may bring, but I sit and watch the sun go down and wish the birds would sing oh bright eye one, oh bright eye one" is incredibly moving. And you know what? I often do the same thing so this makes the lyrics relevant and relatable. Hopefully the future is bright but well, it seems to be going the other way as I'm finding out with each year that passes... Am I hearing an accordion in the background of "Chain of Love?" Sure sounds like one but it could be an organ creating an illusion. Actually Henry Cow would go on a few years later to use this particular instrument frequently. This band has a talented way of changing the mood of a song during certain tempo changes and this song is no exception. I mean tempo changes that *really* move me, which is why I call this band talented. Sincere and touching Roger Chapman-like (Family fame) vocal melodies are just an added bonus.

"Pretty Kerry" is where the lead singer expands his tender vocal range a little more. He's branching out. Throw in a banjo and some flutes with a traditional type of folk melody and you have yourself a mighty good tune! What I find sort of strange is how the banjo chugs along so innocently serving as the basis of the song I guess you could say, but it doesn't feel out of place or unnecessary- instead it feels like just the right amount of creativity to make me happy. "Martha and Mary" is a peacefully sung folk song with spiritually uplifting background vocals reminding me of the Moody Blues a little bit. "Heart Dancer" switches from demanding and loud to sitar-heavy and somber in a matter of seconds! See what I mean about these sudden changes? It's quite magnificent and Cob knows a thing or two on how to handle them. Wow this song is crazy with its uniqueness- bongos and Middle Eastern sounds blended together. It gives the song a VERY eerie and impressive sound.

"Falconer's Glove" is a short instrumental violin piece. I love it. "Summer's Night" *almost* reminds me of Rod Stewart's "Gasoline Alley" and for a second I thought it was actually a cover song! It's not. The vocal melody comes in however and drastically changes any connections to that Rod Stewart I may have initially had. It's just the little riff in the beginning and end that sounds like "Gasoline Alley". That's it, I promise! The upbeat playful vocal melody is pretty awesome and catchy. "Solomon's Song" (different version) is a stripped down acoustic-based less atmospheric version but decent enough. The violin solo at the end is a REALLY pleasant surprise however. Where did that come from?

"Child of the Season" has another very Brian Eno-like vocal melody. Yes that's right, the master of electronics himself! He's also a master of pop vocal melody writing but that's a brilliant subject for another time. I love this song to pieces. It makes me feel like walking through thousands of miles of beautiful forests, fields and streams. It has that worldly "appreciate everything you see" vibe to it you know? A sound that indicates a talented band *hint hint!* "Sweet Spring" has a VERY surreal tempo change in the verse melody that captures, perfectly captures in fact, the essence of the last 60's/early 70's music scene so magnificently. Say what you will about anything, but this band can write some darn fine tunes! Okay Cob is just showing off now- "Blue Morning" has a groovy reggae rhythm that makes it dramatically different from the rest of the material here, and the "la la la las" in the background are appropriate. Carefree, highly melodic music right here. The final song feels like a tribute to the Kinks! It's foot-stompingly terrific.

Pick this album up! You know you should.
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Well Then, This Is a Very Good Album 1 Jun. 2014
By Willy Chambers - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Vinyl
Very well then, I'll agree with you that this is a very good album. One of my faves in the late 60s-early 70s British folk-rock genre. What I like best about it in the end is that there remains enough of the primitive or naive in each song to brand them upon my heart. Not sure I would want to pay the going price as a reissue though.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a magical album that deserves so much more attention ..... 26 Feb. 2006
By J. R. P. Wigman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This album, made by former ISB-member Clive Palmer, John Bidwell and Mick Bennett with strong support by Ralph McTell is completely unique. Poetic, folky (but not in the ordinary way), it somehow evokes an almost oriental feel, which is enhanced by the title, the cover and the lyrics of some of the songs. The songs are very strong individually and together they form a powerful whole - which is quite rare.

I used to think that Clive Palmer was not really important as he had left the Incredible String Band after their first lp, but all the stories surrounding him and this marvellous work especially show how wrong I was. I love this album dearly.
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