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Keith Christmas recorded his first album 'Stimulus' back in 1969 when he also played the acoustic guitar on David Bowie's first album 'Space Oddity' and appeared at the first Glastonbury Festival. Throughout the seventies he recorded four more albums 'Fable of the Wings', 'Pigmy', Brighter Day' and 'Stories From the Human Zoo' while touring with and supporting acts like The Who, King Crimson, Ten Years After, Frank Zappa and Roxy Music. 'Pigmy' was released in 1971. Available for the first time on CD
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Keith Christmas is an English singer and songwriter. In 1969 his first album Stimulus was released. Christmas played acoustic guitar on David Bowie's Space Oddity album, and appeared at the first Glastonbury Festival in 1970.
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The first half of the Pygmy album features some of Keith's intimate heartfelt songs, accompanied by his excellent fingerstyle guitar. Also some fine sympathetic string arrangements from Robert Kirby.
There's always a beautiful tone to Keith's playing, and his voice in those days was high pitched and melodic. There's a very English, almost medieval feel to the wholly acoustic numbers. Lovely stuff, but perhaps not to everyones taste.
The second half of the album with expanded backing retains some of the flavour of the more intimate numbers, but is more dramatic. Unless you lived through this era, some of the lyrics and ideas may come across as somewhat comical, touching on paranoia in one instance. But this was an era when the hippy dream of a new alternative society was still alive for some activists, dreamers and optimists. And the reaction to dissension from the established authorities in the West was extreme in some instances. There was also a widespread acceptance of drug use, and many of the harmful short and long term effects of some substances were sadly not often fully appreciated.
Many of the freedoms won in that era are now taken for granted in Western societies. Perhaps the more enlightened amongst the youth of today can draw on the spirit of that era to help safeguard liberties, and even claw back some of the rights removed by reactionary governments since.Read more ›
Bowie, Frank Zappa and Roxy Music, remains relatively obscure. Keith's skill as a writer and performer are certainly
the equal of his better known contempories. Pigmy, first released in 1971 is an interesting and eclectic collection of songs
encompassing Rock, Soul and Folk styles. Check a couple of tracks at youtube and I'm sure you'll agree that KC is one of the
greats from that golden era of British music between 1962-79.