Fool’s Wisdom (Pye NSPL18404) 1973 UK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MALCOLM AND ALWYN - Fool's Wisdom - CD front cover

MALCOLM AND ALWYN – Fool’s Wisdom – CD front cover

 

 

MALCOLM AND ALWYN - Fool's Wisdom - Pye front cover

MALCOLM AND ALWYN – Fool’s Wisdom – Pye front cover

 

MALCOLM AND ALWYN - Fool's Wisdom - Myrrh front cover

MALCOLM AND ALWYN – Fool’s Wisdom – Myrrh front cover

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Sure to evoke a smile from anyone familiar with the ‘70s Jesus music scene is the Liverpudlian duo of Malcolm Wild and Alwyn Wall. Fool’s Wisdom contains warm acoustic folk-rock sounds, moving harmonies and top-notch musicianship that suggest a British Simon & Garfunkel, made even more appealing by the cascading tones of Malcolm’s autoharp. Songs like the title track, ‘Growing Old’, ‘Things Are Getting Better’ and the riveting ‘Tomorrow’s News’ (a post-rapture account from those left behind) are stirringly orchestrated with strings. ‘Seed Of Corn’ and ‘The World Needs Jesus’ have organ and electric piano augmenting their lyrical acoustic melodies. The opening ‘Say It Like It Is’ is a strong number that features a propulsive bass line (courtesy of John Wetton), seething organ, and zestful acoustic guitar work. Electric guitar is not excluded as evidenced by the rocker ‘Heaven Or Hell’, ‘You’re Always On My Mind’ and the psych-edged ‘It’s Here The Answer Lies’ (a shimmering blend of wah—wah, organ and autoharp, described on the back cover as “Harrisonesque”). The original UK Pye release includes a large folded lyric insert. Released on Myrrh records (MST-6518-LP) for the American market. (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).

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MALCOLM AND ALWYN - Fool's Wisdom - Pye lyric sheet

MALCOLM AND ALWYN – Fool’s Wisdom – Pye lyric sheet

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MALCOLM AND ALWYN - Fool's Wisdom - Pye rear cover

MALCOLM AND ALWYN – Fool’s Wisdom – Pye rear cover

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MALCOLM AND ALWYN - Fool's Wisdom - Myrrh rear cover

MALCOLM AND ALWYN – Fool’s Wisdom – Myrrh rear cover

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Thank you George for the front and rear cover photos. Thank you Donald for the Pye covers and lyric sheet.

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Tracks:

 

Song #Song TitleTime
1-1Say It Like It Is3:30
1-2Fools Wisdom3:04
1-3Tomorrow's News 3:30
1-4Growing Old 3:53
1-5Things Are Getting Better 3:24
2-1Heaven Or Hell 3:46
2-2Seed Of Corn 2:57
2-3The World Needs Jesus 3:38
2-4Always On My Mind 2:05
2-5It's Here The Answer Lies 4:46

 

 

 

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