Green Anthem (Grapevine  GRV 132)  1979  UK *

 

 

As much as I adore Reynard’s debut, Green Anthem blows it away, the men showing significant improvement in mastering the Scots-Irish genre.  The accents are thick, the mandolin bristles and the tin whistle flies, especially on the fast and furious ‘The Poor Man’s Bargain’.  Some songs use the folk-meets-rock approach:’Gadara Moor’, ‘The Riddler’, the dirge-like ‘Ill At Ease’ and the hard-rocking ‘The Grim Reaper’ (the latter three with fuzz guitar).  Other songs are pure enough to make the cut for a Thistle And Shamrock broadcast.  ‘Angel Wings’ provides the robust a cappella number, while ‘Liking Is Easy’ shows the band equally capable of rendering a touching ballad.  Nature provides inspiration for the title track and the whale themed ‘Leviathan’.  Produced by Peter Yates-Round who also supplies backing vocals and bodhran, plus somewhat detracting syndrums in a couple spots.  Features twelve (only 11, see back cover) original songs in all.  Tougher to score than the debut and usually more expensive as well.  Seeking the “Christian counterpart” to Steeleye Span or Fairport Convention? – look no further.      (The Archivist by Ken Scott, 4th Edition).

 

 

 

Tracks:

Song #Song TitleTime
1-1Bold Reynard3:22
1-2Gadara Moor3:14
1-3Ill At Ease3:27
1-4The Poor Man’s Bargain1:56
1-5Green Anthem4:48
1-6Liking Is Easy3:43
2-1Angel Wings1:39
2-2The Grim Reaper4:32
2-3Covenant Cup3:58
2-4Leviathan2:57
2-5The Riddler6:40


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