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3.48 | 10 ratings | 2 reviews | 0% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2008

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. John The Gun (5:07)
2. Eppie Moray (4:10)
3. Wild Mountain Thyme (3:51)
4. Knights Of The Road (4:45)
5. Late November (4:40)
6. Restless (2:48)
7. Gypsy Davey (3:42)
8. I Don't Believe You (4:45)
9. Silver Threads And Golden Needles (4:30)
10. Bold Jack Donahue (7:38)
11. Two Weeks Last Summer (3:51)

Total time 49:47

Line-up / Musicians

- Sandy Denny / vocals, piano, guitar, harmonium
- Trevor Lucas/ vocals, guitar
- Jerry Donahue/ lead guitar, backing vocals, producer
- Pat Donaldson / bass, harmony & backing vocals
- Gerry Conway/ drums, percussion, backing vocals

- Wendy Righart Van Gelder / backing vocals (9)
- John "Rabbit" Bundrick / organ (8)
- Sam Donahue / sax (1)

Releases information

Originally recorded in 1970 and unreleased until 2008; Several tracks came out in various samplers over the years, while some were re-recorded for later Fairport albums.

Artwork: Phil Smee

LP Stamford Audio ‎- STAMLP 1001 (2008, UK)

CD Fledg'ling Records ‎- FLED 3066 (2008, UK)

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Review by Sean Trane
3 stars Posthumous release from Fotheringay's legendary unreleased second album, recorded in 71, by which time they band had all but separated. This first issue comes with an uncommitted artwork, but excellent liner notes and cool pictures under the patronage of Fledg'ling Records. Actually Fotheringay had recorded their first album under Joe Boyd's directions, following Denny's departure of Fairport and her falling in love with Aussie Trevor Lucas (Eclection) but the musicians had not had time to gel as a group. When they hit the road, they found themselves a schizophrenic group, with Denny's pure folk & folk rock composition and her lover's country-based song, and the least we can say is that they clashed. With boyd back to the US of A, the group tried to record a second album, but didn't reach the end of it, before breaking up on musical incomprehension.

The least that can be said is that this second album is the worthy successor to their sole album, even if it was unfinished, (Donohue doing a fantastic job on the voices that were recorded live), but this album suffers the same schizophrenia that pervades through their debut album: it is torn between folk rock and country rock. There are some really excellent tracks (usually those written or arranged by Denny), such as the dramatic John The Gun with its sac solo (courtesy of Donohue's brother Sam), the traditionals Eppie Moray and Wild (not so ;-) Mountain Thyme and Gypsy Davey, the impressive Late November (Sandy's voice is at its top, despite the rehearsal tapes conditions), while BJ Donahue would've appeared to be the highlight of the album with its extended running time with its almost 8- mins (the only one of the album over 5 minutes), but fails to peak instrumentally. So the closing Strawbs classic Two Weeks Last Summer gets the highlight spot.

As expected, tracks from Lucas such as Knights Of The Road (including twin lead guitars, one sounding like a lapsteel), Restless, the obligatory Dylan cover Don't Believe You (can't myself ;o(((), Silver Threads And Golden Needles (I guess as close to the artwork's subject) are much less interesting, relying on country instrumentation and typical barnyard beats.

Overall this album is just as good as the historical album, sharing the same strengths and flaws and those liking the debut simply must have this one. For my part, just like the debut, the intrusion of country (due to Trevor Lucas) is simply too much (both artistically and in terms of %age of tracks) to make any of Fotheringay's albums essentials.

Review by GruvanDahlman
4 stars British progressive folk of the late 60's and throughout the 70's holds some of the most magical of albums and groups. The blend of folk, rock, jazz and progressive leanings creates a tapestry that manages to be both magical and sublime. I have been drawn to this genre for many a year now and there are times when I listen to nothing else. It is such a potent mixture.

Fotheringay, fronted by the very talented Sandy Denny, released one album in it's lifetime. The second was shelved but released in 2008. There's a lot of talent on this album. One could argue that it does not reach the heights of the first, classic album but I think that they are almost as good.

Sandy Denny possesses a voice that is simply remarkable. Her warm tone and genuine understanding of the story to be told makes her, in my opinion, the foremost interpreter of the genre. From what I have gathered her approach in the studio was all about feeling. Playing by heart and soul. That I like very much.

A couple of tracks re-appear on Denny's solo effort 'North star grass man and the ravens', such as 'John the gun' and 'Late november'. These tracks say everything about the traits that attracts me to the genre. Whether the versions on '2' are better than on 'North star grass man...' I will refrain from debating. They are sort of similar and at least they are of the highest quality.

There are really only a couple of tracks I care less about. 'Knights of the road', 'Restless' and 'I don't believe you'. They are more in the country vein and while I do like country music it disrupts the flow, I'm sad to say. Otherwise I love every other track. In particular I am moved by the gentle and very beautiful 'Wild mountain thyme', the raging 'John the gun' and the wonderful 'Gypsy Davey'. Great stuff.

So, what rating is apt, then? Well, I suppose the accurate rating would be 3,5 stars but I will round that up to an even 4. This is an excellent album, just as the first one, and you would do well hearing it if you are into this kind of music.

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