Never Thought I’d See The Day (PFR 74) 1974 UK *
Positively gorgeous UK acoustic folk private from the same team responsible for the Pete Ryder and Cair Paravel albums (see entries). Delicate dual acoustic guitar work and soft male/female vocals define the group’s sound, combining to fashion a fragile melancholy presence on songs like ‘Freedom’, ‘Bird In A Cage’, ‘Lullaby’ and ‘Rosemary’s Song’, the latter a strong contender for the most beautiful song I’ve ever heard. Sometimes a single guitar and singer, as on ‘Spaces’ and ‘Lead Me To Jesus’. Even the two titles featuring Ryder’s less-than-perfect voice maintain a certain charm. Some of the selections are earlier versions of tracks that would later be re-recorded for the Cair Paravel lp (‘A Song For Judas’, ‘Winter Lady’) and Ryder’s On Our Way Home (‘Day Sinks’). Beautiful gentle violin work gracing a few of the tracks. Four different lead singers (three male, one female) taking turns. Periodic glimmers of respected artists like Presence and Water Into Wine Band. A five-star record and one of the most impressive entries from the whole UK progressive folk scene. A stupendously rare item too, with something like a 200 press, so expect four-digit figures should one happen to turn up in collectors’ circles. (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).
This one was on Heavenly Grooves.
|Song #||Song Title||Time|
|1-1||Never Thought I'd See The Day||3:28|
|1-3||Bird In A Cage||3:40|
|1-5||Ask Me Who I Am||4:55|
|2-1||A Song For Judas||3:10|
|2-3||The Lord Jesus Said||4:48|
|2-5||Lead Me To Jesus||3:12|