As time wore on through the late 60's and early 70's the amalgamation of popular styles laid the groundwork for what would become the folk-rock archetype. This combination of fuzzed electrics with the jangle of acoustic guitars would go on to influence generations to come; and while some leaned a bit more to the rock and others to the folk roots, it was the potent combination that ultimately stuck. These two releases echo both sides of this dynamic but both proved highly influential.

Fairport Convention - Fairport Convention [1st]
This English group were one of the first to really develop this sound in their country. Their first album is sometimes a little overlooked since it was recorded before Sandy Denny joined, but nonetheless the record
stands as a prime example of the fusion of folk and rock, while leaning a bit more to the rock side of the spectrum. Once Denny joined they would reexamine their folk influences a bit and record much of their more lauded material. However, this album stands as a more raw and distinctive sound of a band finding its direction.

[MP3] Fairport Convention - Time Will Show The Wiser
[MP3] Fairport Convention - It's Alright Ma, It's Only Witchcraft

Relatively Clean Rivers - Relatively Clean Rivers
This sole album recorded by Relatively Clean Rivers shows the undeniable merits of songwriter Phil Perlman. The sounds waver between a bit of West Coast Psych with some eastern influences to a more Grateful
Dead Americana The acoustic strums and fuzzed out rock shuffle are echoed in countless acid folk bands today. Their brand of folk-rock was a bit more toned down but definitely saw the benefits of adding a bit of rhythm to bubble underneath solid folk writing. This album is an utterly essential listen to anyone interested in the sound.

[MP3] Relatively Clean Rivers - Prelude/ Hello Sunshine
[MP3] Relatively Clean Rivers - Easy Ride

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for Fairport! However, the Original of "Time will show the wiser" suits much more to the lyrics: Emmet Rhodes & Merry Go Round did it in '67, and I wonder, if I will ever get that song again...
Regards Urach

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