Two Different and yet both very stirring sides to 60's British Folk. On one side a very communal and warm album radiating with togetherness that so much music from the generation attempted to capture, on the other side, a more lonesome and singular folk vision that teems with personal reflection.

Heron - Heron
Heron's self-titled debut echoes the warmth of Simon and Garfunkel quite nicely. The songs, though very personal, also ring with a very communal folk vibe that stems from the close harmonies and bittersweet melodies. That the record achieves
the closeness it does is in itself an accomplishment as it was recorded in a fashion that would almost contradict this possibility. Recorded entirely outdoors next to the River Thames, the sunny atmosphere shines through every bit of the album. This is good from start to finish, really coming together as an "album" and not just a collection of songs. Heron went on to record one other album during the early 70's and then fell very low-key releasing some music here and there but never as accomplished as they were at this time.

[MP3] Heron - Car Crash
[MP3] Heron - Upon Reflection

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Roy Harper - Flat Baroque and Berserk
On the other side of the British folk spectrum lays Roy Harper, no communal vibes flow from him, a consummate loner known more for his long-form later works and his effect on heavier British Bands. This
release sees Harper at his most stripped down and folk oriented. Strongly personal, both sef-reflective and self-deprecating, this album is best known for the long cut "I Hate The White Man". At times evoking Dylan, or Donoavan these songs strip away much of the some of the roughness of his usual style. Focusing on Harpers guitar and strong yet gentle vocals these are probably the most heartfelt and emotional of Harper's songs, which makes them as essential to his catalog as anything on the more famous Stormcock.

[MP3] Roy Harper - Don't You Grieve
[MP3] Roy Harper - Another Day

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Roy Harper also sang Pink Floyd's "Have a Cigar" and had a Led Zeppelin song named after him.

As usual, brilliant

1:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like it. It's hard to find much in the way of good folk once you've heard all of Simon and Garfunkel and Bob Dylan.

Can we get some more hard stuff next week?

7:33 PM  
Blogger Guldhamstern said...

Thank yo very very much!
Some month ago i first noticed Heron on your blog, and the two songs was the start that had made Heron one of my absolute favourite band.
Their two first albums are great and is well worth paying for to get on cd or vinyl.

Thank you once again. And I also say thanks to Heron.

7:34 PM  

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