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Thread #115069   Message #2459975
Posted By: Jack Blandiver
08-Oct-08 - 05:48 AM
Thread Name: 70s Folk Rock
Subject: RE: 70s Folk Rock
For me the only two albums where the 70s English Folk Rock fraternity (Mr Fox notwithstanding) actually delivered something worth listening to were Bright Phoebus and The Battle of the Field. Otherwise rock music for folkies? Makes a certain sense when you think about it... The other way round of course things did get interesting, with many bands incorporating folk elements into their sound, such as the superlative Gentle Giant, early Jethro Tull (which is to say long before Songs from the fecking Wood), and, as already mentioned, pre-glam (almost) Wishbone Ash. And let's not forget the folk-glam of the Strawbs, bless 'em. Wary of folkish associations even back in the late 60s, Glen Sweeney described his Third Ear Band as a Pop Group (the keen-eyed will note that their Harvest albums carry the legend File Under Pop) and their influence extends as far as the dancing folk delights of Universe Zero...