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Madden And Harris


Prog Folk

3.63 | 24 ratings

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2 stars I'll keep this one brief ... for me anyways.

First the great and good. The bookends - Wishes, and A Simple Song, are among the best prog folk I've heard. David Cousins would have killed to have songs this good on Grave new World or Bursting at the Seams. As George Burns used to tell up & coming comedians - Open with a bang, close with a bang, and most people won't mind whatever is in the middle.

Now the so-so ... Fool's Paradise, Margaret O'Grady, And Fools Paradise (suite) sound like outtakes from the Zombies Odyssey & Oracle. Good enough, but no better than an out-take.

The remainder sound like what I imagine would be leftovers from 1967-69 Donovan sessions. A tad psychedelic, a bit pop, a bit playful. Nothing I would reach for my wallet to buy.

So .... some understandably may see a porg folk masterpiece. Others, including a relative neophyte like myself, this is but passable, and would leave only a few things for a compilation ...

debrewguy | 2/5 |


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