Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Denis Gibbons "Folk Songs of Australia vol 2 - Immigrants, Gold Miners and Bushrangers" LP 1966

We have been missing this one for a long time. At last, I am in possession of a well-preserved copy of this 1966 LP. Volumes 1 and 3 of this series have previously been posted on this blog.
This LP needed very little editing and has come up very well for such an old one.
The tracks are:-
1. South Australia
2. The Miner
3. The Hut that's upside down
4. The Old Palmer Song
5. Look out Below
6. Plains of Emu
7. Denis O'Reilly
8. Frank Gardiner
9. Wild Colonial Boy
10. Nine miles from Gundagai
11. Tambaroora Gold
12. Ballad of Kelly's Gang

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The Bushwackers "Lively" LP 1984

This LP was recorded live at the Revesby Workers Club in Sydney in 1984. At that time, the members of the band were Dobe Newton, Roger Corbett, Tommy Emmanuel, Danny Bourke, Tony O'Neill, and Freddy Strauks. Although the LP features only 12 tracks, it contains about one hour of music as there are some extra instumental segments in some tracks. Overall, the LP used was in very good condition; the one exception being some sibilation on "And the Band played Waltzing Matilda".

Each side features unbroken continuous performances, that is, there is no gap between tracks so I have ripped the LP simply as side 1 and side 2. If you feel it necessary, you can break the sides down into the individual tracks.

Side one features, in order, Lime Juice Tub, Lazy Harry's, Marijuana Australia, Murrumbidgee (instrumental), When the Rain Tumbles down in July, and And the Band played Waltzing Matilda.

Side two, in order is, When Brittania ruled the Waves, Les Darcy, 1-2-3-4, Beneath the Southern Cross, Wall of Death, and Waltzing Matilda (Queensland version).

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Monday, October 15, 2012

Spindlewood "Face the Wind" CD 1991

This was Spindlewood's second album; this time issued on CD in 1991. It has long been "out of print". With this album the principal performers were Toni Griffiths, Bob Hefner, Loani McRae, Wayne Collins and Jesse Rowan (then known as Cathleen Moran). The CD also acknowledges contributions from five other musicians.
This album is less focused on traditional folk than the first and there is a bit of a Celtic, New Age feel to it, however, it features some really great harmony and musical performances. Smooth, sophisticated and disciplined are three adjectives that spring to mind. This is an album that is far broader than its folk roots. Even your folk-hating friends will enjoy this one.

The tracks are:-
  1. Southern Land - W. Collins
  2. Fear a Bhata - Trad
  3. All the Ships - Tony Griffiths
  4. Land of Light - Roy Gullane
  5. Island Spinning Song - Trad
  6. Plant Your Fields - W. Waldman
  7. O'Carolan's Ramble to Cashel - T. O'Carolan
  8. Weave and Mend - M. Trup/A. Cameron
  9. Morrison's Jig/Water Bearer - trad/S. Oldfield
  10. My Father's Coat - Tony Griffiths
  11. The Water Lily - Henry Lawson/ Priscilla Herdman
  12. Common Load - Tony Griffiths
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Sunday, October 14, 2012

Quintessence "Songs for a Winter's Night" CD 1997

This Quintessence is a South Australian group which formed in the 1990s and comprising Peter Day, Lyn Hynd, Diana McGregor, Michael McGregor and  Tricia Smylie. The album title, of course, comes from Gordon Lightfoot's brilliant ballad "Song for a Winter's Night". They do a very good performance of that track perhaps influenced by Harry Belafonte's poignant version recorded as "The Hands I Love".
I know very little about this group other than what appears on the CD information and I have previously collected a track of theirs not featured on this CD. Any further information would be very welcome as they have a very good folky sound.

The tracks are:-
1. These Coal Town Days
2. From the Lambing to the Wool
3.  Carry me like a fire in your heart.
4. Will ye gang Love
5. Trouble in the fields
6. Too close to the wind
7.  Singing Land
8. Song for a Winter's Night
9. Redwing Blackbird
10. My Love
11. Send me back to Georgia
12. Leaving the land
13. Black Diamonds
14. Requim for the giant trees
15 Children of Africa

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