Fresh From The Earth (Grapevine 102) 1976 UK *
Any group that names itself after a fox in medieval folklore certainly can’t be all that humdrum. As it turns out, this British outfit is one of the few Christian bands to explore the Scots-Irish electric folk-rock style popularized by artist like Steeleye Span, Pentangle, Richard Thompson and Fairport Connection. The lyrics of the opening ‘Well Met’ introduce the members of the group and their instruments: Mal Eden (guitars, mandolin), Andy Wood (whistles, bongos), Rob Jones (bass, recorders) and Dave Rycroft (guitar, mandolin, bass). Many of their songs are in a minor key, often with lamenting tone: ‘Faith, Hope, Love’, ‘Lord Of The Blood’, ‘My Song’, ‘The Fiddler, The Juggler And The Clown’, the voices-only ‘Greenwood Gamble’ (which also shows their ecological concerns). Others like ‘Gold, Frankincense And Myrrh’ and the traditional ‘Shepherd’s Carol’ are bright chipper and folksy. A few light psych effects sprinkled about: phased strummed electric guitar on ‘Summer And Winter’, fuzz and wah-wah on ‘Abram And Isaac’. Also a short fuzz instrumental of Beethoven’s ‘Ode To Joy’ and an acappella version of the traditional ‘Golden Game’ (also covered by Parchment on their Rehearsal For A Reunion). ‘Beginnings’ closes the album with its optimistic lyrical 12-string melody. Members of Parchment assist on production, backing vocals and drums. Wood also drew the handsome orange and brown cover illustration of a fox. A wonderful record, but soon to be eclipsed by their follow-up Green Anthem. (The Archivist by Ken Scott, 4th Edition).
Someone asked in a comment if: “Will these be the same rips as from HeavenlyGrooves, different rips, or a mixture?”
For the vast majority they will be from HeavenlyGrooves, there may be one or two that I had recorded also. Which ones I did not keep track.
|Song #||Song Title||Time|
|1-2||Ode To Joy & Summer & Winter||3:56|
|1-3||Faith Hope And Love||2:40|
|1-5||Gold Frankincense And Myrrh||1:55|
|1-6||Abram And Isaac||3:43|
|2-2||Song For A Carpenter||2:34|
|2-4||Lord Of The Blood||3:26|
|2-6||The Fiddler The Juggler And The Clown||2:05|