- Audio CD (12 Nov. 2007)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Repertoire
- ASIN: B000WXJKH4
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 66,274 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
St Radigunds Import
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Top Customer Reviews
For those who have not yet owned a Spirogyra album, this one is highly recommendable, as is Bells, boots and shambles.
Their music is not really folk, but it does contain a folk element. Those who like Curved Air (I'm thinking of the electric violin here) and fans of Renaissance (Jane Relf, and later, Annie Haslam; Spirogyra boasts the fine voice of Barbara Gaskin) will surely groove to Spirogyra's highly creative themes and melodies. A fine effort from an overlooked early seventies band (St. Radigund's is 1971) fortunately undergoing rediscovery recently.
There is not a dud track anywhere. The band are driven by two powerful voices - singer songwriter Martin Cockerham who delivers a socialist/pacifist message with more wit and clarity than most left-wing speakers I've ever heard - and the beautifully haunting angelic Barbara Gaskin. The CD cover describes her voice as "mellifluous" - a word I always understood to be negative , if not pejorative ( sickly sweet ! ). Her voice is gorgeous.
Julian Cusack contributes masterfully in a classical style. Whereas Swarbs , you knew , was playing a fiddle - Julian is never anything but a violinist. But both he and Swarbs are equally incomparable , in the other sense. I think Julian wrote only one one recorded song with the band but his "Time Will Time" is the best song Spirogyra ever recorded. It includes a line which is crazy as a lyric : "They'll all be scientists, humanists, egalitarian, vegetarian, internationalists" - I think he's Orwellian influenced but I'm not sure. But the song is brilliant.
This is avant-garde acid folk at it's very best from circa 1970. The final track is an outrageously arranged traditional country squire/peasant maid themed piece of wild abandon. Hunting horns are used wonderfully and pointedly at one point - you'll love this bit.
I wish I didn't know this album so I could listen to it for the first time.
Now 40 years on I've been buying some of the albums that I didn't buy back then and have just added this one to my collection. Listening to it for the first time last night, I was totally blown away and would agree with a previous reviewer that they were probably way ahead of thier time.
Put simply, I would recommend this to anyone with a taste for far out folk/rock at it's best.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My partner is reminiscing the music he grew up with and this one in cd form was his favorite 'must have' for his collection, he's very happy now, thanksPublished on 2 Jan. 2014 by Lillee
THIS ALBUM IS A GD EXAMPLE OF THIS GENRE.TOTALLY BRITISH IN TONE AND CONTENT .HIGHLY RECOMMENDED AND ESSENTIAL FOR UR 70S COLLECTIONPublished on 8 May 2013 by CENTRAL LONDON MAN
For those keen on distinctions -and in this case the distinction is clear indeed- this is the `progressive folk' Spirogyra, as opposed to the gossamer-light jazz-funk peddling... Read morePublished on 10 Dec. 2010 by N. Jones