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Various Artists: Dust on the Nettles: 1967-1972 [Box]

Track List

>Let No Man Steal Your Thyme - Pentangle
>Willow's Song [From the Wicker Man] - Magnet
>Come All You Travellers - Wight
>Love Is a Funny Thing - Spirogyra
>Images of Passing Clouds - Gary Farr
>Peek Strangely and Worried Evening - Synanthesia
>Glass of Water - Carole Pegg/Bob Pegg
>Winter Is Blue - Vashti Bunyan
>Winter Is a Coloured Bird - Comus
>Seagulls Scream, The - Chrissie Quaye
>Stories of Jesus - Clive Palmer
>Amanda - Shagrat
>Curious Crystals of Unusual Purity - Bridget St. John
>Roses for Columbus - Mark Fry
>Til the Morning Comes - Dando Shaft
>Black Girl - Mary-Anne
>Garden of Jane Delawney, The - Trees
>Weirdsong of Breaking Through at Last - Principal Edwards Magic Theatre
>Minas Tirith - Oberon
>Prisoners, Victims, Strangers, Friends - Paper Bubble
>Pilgrim - Gerald Moore
>River Lane - Melton Constable
>Way Out Hermit - Moonkyte
>All Things Are Quite Silent - Steeleye Span
>Upon Reflection - Heron
>Love Is Come Again - Parchment
>Stargazer - Shelagh McDonald
>There Are No Greater Heroes - Tony, Caro and John
>Visionary Mountains - Joan Armatrading
>Glow of the Firelight - Tuesday
>Searching for Lambs - Warm Gold
>Samantha Carol Fragments - Benjamin Delaney Lion
>Fotheringay [Demo Version] - Fairport Convention
>You Know What Has to Be - Frozen Tear
>Meanwhile Back in the Forest - Hunt, Lunt & Cunningham
>First Girl I Loved [Demo Version] - The Incredible String Band
>Halfdan's Daughter - Moths
>Mutant, The - Trader Horne
>Meeting by the Moonlight Mill - Dry Heart
>Highways (Misty Mist) - Tyrannosaurus Rex
>Gabilan - Duncan Browne
>Sand All Yellow - Kevin Coyne
>Garden Song [Demo Version] - Bill Fay
>Music of the Ages - C.O.B.
>Song for the System, A - Everyone Involved
>Colour Is Blue, The - Country Sun
>Silent Village - Wild Country
>Welcome to the Citadel - Marc Brierley
>Evil Venus Tree, The - Occasional Word Ensemble
>Standing on the Shore - Anne Briggs
>Kind Sir - Agincourt
>Eagle - Mick Softly/Mick Softley
>Rosemary Hill - Fresh Maggots
>Happy King, The - Music Box
>Me and My Kite - Fuchsia
>Wizard Shep - The Sun Also Rises
>Scarborough Fair - Folkal Point
>Prisoner - Marie Celeste
>Patrice - Simon Finn
>Girl of the Cosmos - Shide & Acorn
>Elegy to a Dead King - Chimera
>Silence Returns - Beau
>Orange Days and Purple Nights - Mother Nature

Album Notes

Tributees: Clive Palmer; John Renbourn.

Liner Note Author: David Wells .

This richly realized collection from the Cherry Red label's psych/garage imprint Grapefruit offers up three heaping discs worth of British folk from its late-'60s and early-'70s heyday. The scene's influential flagship acts like Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span, Pentangle, and the Incredible String Band are all represented, but the real attraction here is a hefty amount of deep cuts from more obscure regional acts who received scant recognition in their time. Chronicling the five-year period between 1967 and 1972, Dust on the Nettles pools together the various intertwining movements of underground folk in the U.K. from the more staunch traditionalists to the more cerebral, psych-influenced acts and everything in between. Progressive bands like Comus and Synanthesia get their due, as do mysterious rarities like Shide & Acorn, Agincourt, and Melton Constable. Cult heroes like Vashti Bunyan and Bill Fay, who received unexpected post-millennium career revivals, sit alongside acts who would later become associated with other genres like Marc Bolan's pre-glam Tyrannosaurus Rex and early, neo-folk editions of new wavers Duncan Browne and Joan Armatrading. With its generous mix of recognizable masters and unexpected surprises, Dust on the Nettles is a treasure trove begging to be discovered. ~ Timothy Monger


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