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A great work of the English folk revival,
This review is from: Layers (Audio CD)
Here is peerless folk singing and guitar work.
In the late 1970s, Chris Foster recorded two classics of the English folk revival movement that had emerged in Britain in the 60s - this album, and its follow-up 'All Things In Common'.
He sings expressively and engagingly - you care about the characters he describes and the events he relates. He supports this with strong, inventive, distinctive steel strung acoustic guitar work.
The CD ranges across comic situations (`The Ranter'), gentle, subtle songs of love (`When A Man's In Love', `Golden Glove'), absorbing stories recalling Shakespearean-style disguise and deceit (`Flower of Serving Men'), strident songs of environmental concern (`Coast of Peru'), sailing songs (`Coast of Peru' and `Banks of Newfoundland'), and songs sung a cappella, which emphasise even more, a tradition of story telling and language.
If you enjoy the spiky tunes, rich lyrics and instrumental craftsmanship of the English folk revival that occurred in Britain, you'd do well to buy this welcome Japanese re-issue of a paradigm artist of the British Topic label in its heyday.
Chris Foster is still performing and recording but, as is proved here, is scandalously neglected and underrated.
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