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.

 

Tracks:

Song #Song TitleTime
1-1Well Met1:45
1-2Ode To Joy & Summer & Winter3:56
1-3Faith Hope And Love2:40
1-4Greenwood Gamble1:28
1-5Gold Frankincense And Myrrh 1:55
1-6Abram And Isaac3:43
2-1Shepherd's Carol1:45
2-2Song For A Carpenter2:34
2-3Golden Game1:49
2-4Lord Of The Blood3:26
2-5My Song3:18
2-6The Fiddler The Juggler And The Clown2:05
2-7Beginnings2:12

 

 

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