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Mary Shelley – Hackensaw Boys (Hackensaw Boys)
Flatland Girl – Molly Tuttle and Golden Highway (Crooked Tree)
Sad City Sisters – Jethro Tull (The Zealot Gene)
Golden Eagle – Chris Brain (Bound to Rise)
Living Stone – Sierra Leone Refugee Allstars (Rise and Shine)
Morena Me Yaman – Lily Henley (Oras Dezaoradas)
Puppies – Incredible String Band (Wee Tam)
Jig a Jig – East of Eden (Single)
Blues Man – Stephen Stills (Manassas)
Death Letter – Son House (Forever on My Mind)
Side Saddle – Molly Tuttle and Golden Highway (Crooked Tree)
To Turn Away From You Now – Dietrich Strause (You and I Must Be Out of My Mind)
Union – Peter Knight and John Spiers (Both in a Tune)
Big Backyard- Molly Tuttle and Golden Highway (Crooked Tree)

Flick the Dust Off | Incredible String Band – Wee Tam | Elektra EKS74036 | 1968

Getting to know the Incredible String Band’s recorded output came in a somewhat random order, from my first discovery of Mike Heron’s “Mercy, I Cry City” on an Elektra sampler LP to buying my first full length ISB LP Changing Horses from a second hand shop in Doncaster, then eventually to collecting the lot.  Both Wee Tam and The Big Huge came as two single American imports, though the two LPs were in fact released as a double album in the UK back in 1968.   This is the fourth album by the band, which offers a varied selection of songs and styles, with founders Robin Williamson and Mike Heron at the helm, together with sporadic appearances by girlfriends Rose Simpson and Licorice McKechnie.  I believe the cover shot was taken in Franz Zappa’s garden.

Singled Out | East of Eden – Jig-a-Jig | Deram DM297 | 1970

I was completely indifferent to folk music in 1970 having just recently discovered Jimi Hendrix, Cream and Led Zeppelin.  It was pretty much wall to wall rock after finally putting aside my Monkees singles.  To me, folk music was The Spinners and The Corries and a little Yetties thrown in, or at least that’s just about all we heard on the radio at the time.  East of Eden’s “Jig-a-Jig” however, offered something a little more energetc and vibrant, with a few traditional dance tunes thrown together, a little along the lines of what Fairport Convention was up to at the time, bringing together traditional folk songs and melodies with a rock and roll beat, and doing a much better job of it, certainly on “A Sailor’s Life”, a feature of the Unhalfbricking album and then again on the Liege and Lief record, so this single was probably just considered a novelty item and not taken too seriously.

Fifty Years Ago | Stephen Stills – Manassas | Atlantic K60021 | April 1972

Of the three members of the recently evaporated Crosby Stills and Nash team, Stephen Stills was the one to follow his rock instincts and focus on a more rock oriented sound, pretty much leaving the vocal harmonies behind and bringing the electric guitar back to the fore.  With barely an in-focus photo on this album sleeve, accompanying poster and inner sleeves, the double album set is bluesy in places, notably on “Jet Set (Sigh)”, and the acoustic closer “Blues Man”, a tribute to the recently departed Jimi Hendrix, Duane Allman and Canned Heat’s Al Wilson.  With each side bearing its own heading, The Raven, The Wilderness, Consider and Rock and Roll is Here to Stay, Manassas comes across as a bit of a mish-mash of ideas, with plenty of copuntry twang, bluesy grooves and moments of Gospel-drenched soul.

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