Light Up The Fire (Pye NSPL 18388) 1972 UK *

 

 

 

 

Parchment began as the Liverpool trio of John Pac, Sue McClellan and Keith Rycoft. With John and Sue as the mainstays, the group would go on to contribute four essential lps of British progressive folkrock, carrying the influences of bands like Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span and Pentangle. The group’s debut is an absolute classic. Originally released on the British mainstream Pye label (and later re-issued on Grapevine) Light Up The Fire established their trademark sound by combining instruments of traditional British Isles folk music (acoustic guitar, mandolin, dulcimer, finger cymbals, violin, recorder) with more modern rock elements. Psych buffs will want to tune in for ‘Love Is Come Again’ and ‘Son Of God’, both great psychedelic acid folk tunes that make use of Pac’s sitar. Festive foot stompers come in the form of ‘Zip Bam Boo’ and ‘Better Than Yesterday’, the later featuring Rycroft’s steel dobro. In Between You’ll find effective sampling of zestful folk (‘Till The Morning Comes’), solemn ballads (‘True Summer’), delicate folksy numbers (‘Roundabout’, ‘Do You Love Me?’) and melodic folkrock (‘Ship Out On The Ocean’). Closes with a roguish sing-along of ‘Pack Up Your Sorrows’. Large foldout lyric insert included. A Perfect album that more or less defines British Jesus music. (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).

 

 

 

 Tracks:

Song #Song TitleTime
1-1Light Up The Fire3:16
1-2Till The Morning Comes2:26
1-3Roundabout2:23
1-4Where Can I Find You3:15
1-5Love Is Come Again3:37
1-6Ship Out On The Ocean3:42
2-1Zip Bam Boo2:28
2-2True Summer2:18
2-3Do You Love Me2:46
2-4Son Of God3:53
2-5Better Than Yesterday2:38
2-6Pack Up Your Sorrows3:53

 

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