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MOSTLY AUTUMN

Prog Folk • United Kingdom


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MOSTLY AUTUMN's music can be described as powerful atmospheric rock with a Celtic edge, influenced by PINK FLOYD, DEEP PURPLE and GENESIS, and reminiscent of 70's FLEETWOOD MAC and FAIRPORT CONVENTION. Their sound incorporates the uses of flute, low and penny whistles, violins and vocal harmonies - over a powerful band, existing of keyboards, two guitarists, bass and drums.

This band continues to grow into the classic description of a progressive band. After each disc they get better and better. MOSTLY AUTUMN currently have 6 albums to date. Third album is their most mature to date. A great mix of influences from CAMEL, PINK FLOYD, RENAISSANCE and some folkish JETHRO TULL. Recorded in November 2001 within a very short time, "Music Inspired By The Lords Of The Rings" is not the true awaited opus but rather a respectful tribute to J.R.R. TOLKIEN's "Lord Of The Rings", a timeless masterpiece of fantasy literature.


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  • Mostly Autumn at The Met, Bury on 31 May 2014
  • Mostly Autumn at Robin 2, Bilston on 6 Jun 2014
  • Mostly Autumn at The Box, Crewe, Cheshire on 12 Jul 2014
  • Cambridge Rock Festival 2014 on 7 Aug 2014
  • Mostly Autumn at Hall 2, Sage, Gateshead on 5 Sep 2014
  • Mostly Autumn at Citadel, St Helens on 3 Oct 2014
  • Mostly Autumn at Islington Assembly Hall, London on 4 Oct 2014
  • Mostly Autumn at Spirit of 66, Verviers on 28 Nov 2014
  • Mostly Autumn at Boerderij, Zoetermeer on 29 Nov 2014
  • Mostly Autumn at Academy 3, Manchester on 5 Dec 2014
  • Mostly Autumn at Robin 2, Bilston on 6 Dec 2014

MOSTLY AUTUMN discography


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MOSTLY AUTUMN top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.50 | 84 ratings
For All We Shared
1999
3.86 | 99 ratings
The Spirit Of Autumn Past
1999
4.01 | 153 ratings
The Last Bright Light
2001
3.06 | 62 ratings
Music Inspired By The Lord Of The Rings
2001
3.68 | 98 ratings
Passengers
2003
3.52 | 93 ratings
Storms Over Still Water
2005
3.44 | 74 ratings
Heart Full of Sky
2006
3.40 | 78 ratings
Glass Shadows
2008
3.46 | 77 ratings
Go Well Diamond Heart
2010
3.80 | 63 ratings
The Ghost Moon Orchestra
2012

MOSTLY AUTUMN Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.10 | 20 ratings
The Story So Far
2001
2.70 | 9 ratings
Fiddler's Shindig (Live Serie's So Far)
2003
4.00 | 11 ratings
Live in the USA (Live Serie's So Far)
2003
3.33 | 9 ratings
Live At The Canterbury Fayre
2003
2.76 | 25 ratings
Pink Floyd Revisited
2004
4.67 | 6 ratings
Live at the Grand Opera House
2004
4.00 | 5 ratings
The V Shows
2005
3.29 | 9 ratings
Storms Over London Town
2006
3.46 | 9 ratings
Live 2009 - Part I
2009
4.21 | 9 ratings
Live 2009 - Part II
2009
4.18 | 15 ratings
That Night In Leamington
2011
4.04 | 4 ratings
Still Beautiful - Live 2011
2011
3.08 | 6 ratings
Live at High Voltage 2011
2011
5.00 | 3 ratings
Live at the Boerderij
2013

MOSTLY AUTUMN Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

3.83 | 13 ratings
The Story So Far...
2001
3.00 | 4 ratings
The Next Chapter
2003
4.25 | 11 ratings
Live at the Grand Opera House
2003
3.66 | 17 ratings
The 'V' Shows
2004
2.74 | 15 ratings
Pink Floyd Revisited
2005
3.75 | 4 ratings
The Fiddler's Shindig
2005
4.06 | 9 ratings
That Night In Leamington
2010
0.00 | 0 ratings
Live At the Boerderij
2013

MOSTLY AUTUMN Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.02 | 7 ratings
Heroes Never Die -The Anthology
2002
4.42 | 25 ratings
Catch The Spirit - The Complete Anthology
2002
4.85 | 19 ratings
Pass The Clock
2009

MOSTLY AUTUMN Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

5.00 | 2 ratings
Prints In The Stone
2001
1.91 | 6 ratings
Spirits Of Christmas Past
2005

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 Live at the Grand Opera House by MOSTLY AUTUMN album cover DVD/Video, 2003
4.25 | 11 ratings

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Live at the Grand Opera House
Mostly Autumn Prog Folk

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

4 stars This DVD captures Mostly Autumn at their most prestigious gig to date, selling out the Grand Opera House in their home city of York. For the occasion they also brought on stage at different times Troy Donockley (who has of course recorded with the band), a string quartet and a choir. Lots of lights, back projection films (which can also be viewed separately), and the impression is certainly given that this is a band that are ready to breakthrough to the big time. They have been likened many times to Pink Floyd, but that is unfair both to them and the Floyd. Yes, they incorporate many prog elements in their music, but there is also room for folk and by having two very different lead vocalists it means that they can move the sound around. This is a seven-piece outfit, but with strong singers and instrumentalists they come across as far more than that during the course of a gig.

Bryan Josh takes stage left and has quite a commanding presence, but when she is singing lead then it is definitely Heather Findlay who is the star, and knows it (when she is wearing her hat there is a very striking image). Songs such as "Answer The Question" show why this band is a force to be reckoned with, it is dark and brooding in the verse with riffing guitars and Bryan almost growling out the vocals, but when Heather joins in and then with Angela Goldthorpe takes over the music stays heavy (there are two electric guitars after all) but moves to a new plane. This is a song that builds and builds, with a piano somehow managing to stay on top of all of the power that is the pressure cooker just waiting to explode. Then just when it can't go any further it just gently drifts away, and the piano introduction to "Goodbye Alone" heralds yet another style.

When the band comes back for encores, there is a sense of relief, and they are going to have a good time. With Troy onstage, the three guitarists start the riff to "Smoke On The Water" and it is smiles all round. That and the next encore, "Comfortably Numb", are the only covers and the audience are left satiated, as was I. 90 minutes somehow doesn't seem long enough. I loved this band when I first heard them (what seems like) many years ago when they were signed to Cyclops, they have just kept getting better.

Originally appeared in Feedback #79, June 2004

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 Passengers by MOSTLY AUTUMN album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.68 | 98 ratings

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Passengers
Mostly Autumn Prog Folk

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

4 stars 'Passengers' is the first album that I have heard since they left Cyclops, and I was intrigued to see how they had changed in the intervening time. Anyone who has reads the music press cannot have failed to see all of the adverts proclaiming the as the new Pink Floyd, but that didn't really fit with my memory of the band. I recall them being much more folky than that and prior to putting this on I read the credits. Sure, each member of the band (there are seven of them) all play 'normal' rock instruments. But hang on, what is a bodhran doing there? Then I checked the guests and found that only was there a guest cellist but also Troy Donockley was involved (low whistles, penny whistles, uileann pipes and bouzouki) as was Fairport's very own Chris Leslie on violin. Sounds a bit more folk than rock to me, and when I saw that Damian Wilson (Rick Wakeman, Threshold, Landmarq etc) was providing backing vocals I was even more impressed. But what does it sound like?

"Something In Between" has a piano introduction, then Bryan Josh and Heather Findlay lead the band in an almost Fleetwood Mac style number. Their voices work well together, and there is a real feeling of restraint as the shadows darken and the menace increases- this isn't Floyd, but a very different beast altogether. "Pure White Light" is next up, and a solo riffing guitar doesn't give an indication of what is to follow. The first verse has Bryan almost growling the vocals, with just a drum beat to accompany the guitar - but when it comes to the bridge the Floyd comparisons all start to make sense, as for a few bars the listener has been transported back thirty-five years, then just as suddenly the bright and breezy chorus sweeps away all the has gone before. I defy any proghead to play the first two songs on this album and then not want to play the rest - this is a great start and the quality doesn't let up from here on in.

Heather seems to have a more prominent role than I remember, but her voice works extremely well both solo and with Bryan's or Angela's, giving the band a strong 'focal' point. The music has great depth, and the band are equally adept playing music with a folk root or prog, even rock. For the introduction to the title number, it is just Heather and a piano with an acoustic guitar. As the song progresses it gets more and more powerful, but yet again not going over the top but building into something special.

It may have been a long time since I last heard Mostly Autumn but I am extremely glad that I have renewed my acquaintance - just superb.

Originally appeared in Feedback #79, June 2004

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 The Ghost Moon Orchestra by MOSTLY AUTUMN album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.80 | 63 ratings

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The Ghost Moon Orchestra
Mostly Autumn Prog Folk

Review by Second Life Syndrome
Collaborator Math Rock Team

4 stars "The Ghost Moon Orchestra" was more or less my introduction to this prog folk band, Mostly Autumn. I've been really getting into prog folk lately, as I've been enjoying Dead Can Dance, Blackmore's Night, and I've always loved Colin Masson's work. The thing I love about prog folk is that you never know what you'll get: It's all unpredictable seeing as there are many kinds of "folk" music.

Mostly Autumn represents my favorite type of folk: Their music is rather European in its folksy style, so their music contains all sorts of violins, bagpipes, flutes, and ethereal keys. On top of that, Olivia can sing like an angel, so that helps their case even more. I do prefer her vocals over that of Bryan Josh, the male vocalist. He has an interesting, breathy voice that I like, but I don't think 90% of singers out there could hold a candle to Olivia.

All of that being said, this album in particular is sweeping, climactic, soothing, and wispy all at the same time. The soaring symphonics always goad me into the music, while the Colin Masson-ish guitar work feeds my nostalgia. I especially liked the title track, "Tennyson Mansion", and "Top of the World". It seems that Mostly Autumn wears their poetic influences on their sleeves, but I can't help but wonder if The Carpenters were an influence here as well. Something I can't put my finger on tells me that. Either way, this is a great album that really lives up to its title, and it also rather handily earns 4 stars.

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 The Last Bright Light  by MOSTLY AUTUMN album cover Studio Album, 2001
4.01 | 153 ratings

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The Last Bright Light
Mostly Autumn Prog Folk

Review by sinslice

4 stars Sometimes She Cries for Love.

Good dose of Rock, Folk and Space. This fantastic album has four pillars, which are the songs that masterfully unifies the three styles.

1) The Dark before the Dawn, deploying energy adjusted and flute super phrasing in the chorus.

2) The Last Bright Light, with its tense calm broken in the chorus, and well made drastic turns.

3) Helms Deep, a Celtic air captivating and formidable role of the flute on an acoustic, without neglecting the facet rocker in for good measure. Which Wood? is another piece folk friendly and excellently executed to be accelerating towards the end, in the style of Mike Oldfield and naturally leads to the last track.

4) Mother Nature, the best song in the discography of the group, in my humble opinion. Emotional and powerful. With an amazing floydian end.

Furthermore, Shrinking Violet and Hollow are mostly folk ballads preppy, brilliantly sung by Heather, with lofty guitar solos Josh.

Not enough to be an essential work, but it is worth bearing in mind and recommend regularly. Between 4 and 4,5.

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 The Last Bright Light  by MOSTLY AUTUMN album cover Studio Album, 2001
4.01 | 153 ratings

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Mostly Autumn Prog Folk

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

4 stars Already on their third album, Mostly Autumn are the brightest British light in Cyclops' firmament. And on the evidence of this there is no chance of it dimming at the moment. Mostly Autumn bring in Celtic elements and mix them with some progressive undertones, so that the songs stand very much in their on right. Add to that the strong vocals of Bryan Josh and Heather Findlay and this is a band to be much admired.

Some times, such as "We Come and We Go" they sound almost Floydian yet on others (such as "The Dark Before The Dawn") they bring in the power of Horslips in full flight. By the way, the intro to that last number sounds very similar to Holst's "Mars" but isn't credited?.

It is an album that has beauty and delicacy ("Hollow"), or power and passion. They have been touring with Blackmore's Night and the added exposure can only do them good. This album will see them move on from being the Classic Rock Society's Best New Band. It has many layers that only become apparent when played many times, but even on first hearing it is an album to be savoured.

Originally appeared in feedback #62, May 01

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4.01 | 153 ratings

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Mostly Autumn Prog Folk

Review by b_olariu
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4 stars The Last bright light is the third album of this excellent band from UK named Mostly Autumn. I was really pleasent surprised by this album from the first time I've heared , I guess 7-8 years ago, and one of my fav from them for sure. Well crafted album , is a significant development of the band's progressive sound, definetly more progressive then their first two albums. Very smooth and elegant music, very similar with Pink Floyd, specially in vocal department, Bryan Josh delivers a Gilmore like vocal parts, but aswell the guitars are very like on the masters with nice celtic folky psychedlic touches. Lush arrangements, hammond , flute gives a very special atmosphere on this release. We Come And We Go and Half the mountin are simply beautuful full of depth and excellent arrangements, highlights for me, Bryan Josh voice is very warm and very good for this type of music, love it. Heather Findlay sing on two pieces and aswell she is very fine here. Lots of melodic lines, instrumental passages dominates the album in places, is even an instrumental one named Helms Deep, wich is very well constructed from mellow celtic parts from the beggining to bursting hammond prog with intresting guitar paterns of the highest calibre, remind me of Iona in arrangements.Never The Rainbow is another highlight besides those two mentioned before. Definetly a solid album for me, maybe for many listners is to light or mellow, but this is their sound and how they developed across the years. 4 solid stars, I really like it, warm and beautiful music.

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 That Night In Leamington by MOSTLY AUTUMN album cover Live, 2011
4.18 | 15 ratings

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That Night In Leamington
Mostly Autumn Prog Folk

Review by AtomicCrimsonRush
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

4 stars A beautiful live album from masters of folk and melancholy symphonic prog Mostly Autumn. This is an exquisite performance form the band as it was a night to remember being the last concert with the incomparable Heather Findlay. It was recorded live at Leamington Assembly, 2nd April 2010, a fitting arena to host such a momentous occasion for the band.

As a farewell concert to the consummate vocalist it works well, as the atmosphere is charged with electricity with the band launching into some of their most well known and revered material. There are a plethora of live albums that have emerged over the years from Mostly Autumn but this one must be one of the best. Just about every one of the classics are here from 'Spirit of Autumn Past' to 'Heroes Never Die' that stand the test of time and still retain the power and majesty of the band at their best.

The set list opens with 'Fading Colours', 'Caught in a Fold' and 'Flowers for Guns' that are upbeat and melodic with some incredible musicianship. Bryan Josh has some amazing guitar passages on songs such as the opening of 'Spirit of Autumn Past' and he also has a gentle voice that sounds like David Gilmour. In fact the band are highly influenced by Pink Floyd as is well documented. Heather Findlay plays some instruments with acoustic guitars, whistles, and percussion. Iain Jennings is a fantastic keyboardist with dramatic outbursts of piano and some drifting synth lines. Anne-Marie Helder is lovely on flutes, keyboards, piano, acoustic guitar, and backing vocals. Liam Davison's rhythm, acoustic and 12-string guitars are an essential component and he also plays slide guitar sometimes. The rhythm is provided by Andy Smith's bass and Gavin Griffiths' drums. Olivia Sparnenn is essential on backing vocals, and this was her last concert in the role as she took over as lead vocalist.

The concert is very long and features all of the best Mostly Autumn songs ending on the quintessential 'Evergreen' that is even more emotional for Findlay as she farewells her band and her fans in her last performance. The 'Farewell speech' is here and is quite moving. She says she would be hard pressed to even get close to finding musicians of such calibre, such passion and talent as Mostly Autumn, with an agreeable response from the crowd. She had a few "what are you doing?" moments on this night. She thanks the fans and says. "quite frankly I couldn't be leaving it in better hands."

This album is a fitting farewell to the princess of prog folk and it signifies the ultimate epiphany for the band as they move on to a new chapter in their career.

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 Glass Shadows by MOSTLY AUTUMN album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.40 | 78 ratings

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Glass Shadows
Mostly Autumn Prog Folk

Review by AtomicCrimsonRush
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

3 stars Mostly Autumn's "Glass Shadows" is a very gentle album overall with some of the more heartfelt melancholy songs that the band composed over their long tenure. The band were Bryan Josh on lead vocals, lead guitar, rhythm, and acoustics, along with piano, keyboards, and Hammond. Heather Findlay takes many of the songs as lead vocalist, and ocassionally piano, bodhran, tambourine and hand percussion. Olivia Sparnenn is wonderful on harmonised vocals, though she was to become lead vocalist on Findlay's departure. Anne- Marie Helder is excellent on harmony vocals, and flute.

The album opens with 'Fireside' driven by a vibrant riff and some great rocking rhythms throughout. The riff locks in and is one of the best heard from Josh who takes lead vocals. 'The Second Hand' has a slower measured cadence with a folk tinge, as with classic Mostly Autumn (MA) tracks. On 'Flowers For Guns' Findlay takes the lead vocals in this steady paced song. The flute is a beautiful embellishment and it is nice to hear Findlay, one of her last albums with the group before embarking on a patchy solo career. 'Unoriginal Sin' is Findlay's beautiful vocals over a truncated piano motif that repeats with simple notes. It is joined by acoustics and a steady rhythm. It has Pink Floyd resonances especially when the lead guitars chime in. Josh is terrific as usual but I really like the keyboard ambience on this one. 'Paper Angels' is a folk ballad by Findlay, making it 3 in a row where she dominates, not a bad thing and of course Olivia Sparnenn would take over as lead vocalist in a few years so here we can savour those crystal tones of Findlay's gorgeous timbre. The sadness of the song is enhanced by sparse piano arrangements and it builds to an emotional lead guitar that lifts it up; a beautiful song is the result. 'Tearing At The Faerytale' is the return of Josh's vocals, for welcome variation and the beat is measured and still maintains the melancholy, making this a quieter album from the group thus far. This track is often played live. 'Above The Blue' is a very pretty tune with Findlay in her most contemplative mood. The melancholy atmosphere is augmented with keyboard strings and lovely piano, and finally dreamy flute. This is one song that entrances with sleepy cadence and angelic vocals.

'Glass Shadows' is a definitive highlight with variations in tempo and time sig, and it builds from quiet reflection to a majestic wall of sound. It has a darker atmosphere too and is more forceful vocally from Josh. It even leads, after a crashing crescendo, to some flute passages; a masterful composition. 'Until The Story Ends' returns to folk influences, where Josh and Findlay harmonise well. The acoustic treatment is sparse at first, and it climbs up to spacey lead guitar swells, and Troy Donockley's Uilleann pipes. This instrumentation returns on the upcoming "Go Well Diamond Heart". The album ends on 'A Different Sky', that is upbeat and has a more commercial feel. Findlay and Josh sing together again, the last time they would be heard in the studio. It is a positive song with some potent lyrics about changes "out on the road under a different sky, don't go pushing the sunset down, remember this place just the two of us, cos you're so far away."

As a farewell album to long time member Heather Findlay "Glass Shadows" ironically has a tinge of profound sadness, but it is great to hear Findlay one last time recording with the band. Olivia Sparnenn would make a worthy successor on upcoming Mostly Autumn projects so all was not lost, but it was a brave move for Findlay to move into a solo career. Overall this 2008 album features some very nice material, though it does not have as many highlights as "Passengers" or some of the early albums; 3 stars is a fair rating for this release.

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 Live 2009 - Part II by MOSTLY AUTUMN album cover Live, 2009
4.21 | 9 ratings

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Live 2009 - Part II
Mostly Autumn Prog Folk

Review by AtomicCrimsonRush
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4 stars "Live 2009 Part 2" is the better instalment of the 2 albums available in this series. The set list is better and it has some versions even better than the studio versions. There is a dynamic rendition of the melodic rocking Winter Mountain followed by The Dark Before the Dawn. My favourite version of Answer the Question is here with Heather Findlay sounding as passionate as ever dueting with Bryan Josh. He has a soft timbre on a 9 minute version of The Last Bright Light with very ambient textures and some glorious keyboards from Iain Jennings and divine harmonies. Josh's lead guitar break is incredible, with spacey reverb and strong string bending along the melodies and Olivia's flute playing.

Above the Blue is from "Glass Shadows" that Heather introduces as something a bit quieter, "a song that is sort of closing the door on an era of grandparents, seeing his father die a couple of years ago", and when she went to his funeral "out of the blue I bumped into the love of my life" and she had a son Harlem from all this. The piano tinkles with melancholy nuances and Heather sings intimately about this most personal of events in her life.

An upbeat portion of the show follows with three excellent rockers, Nowhere to Hide (Close my Eyes), Broken Glass and Never the Rainbow. This last track is a favourite of mine with its rollicking rhythm and Findlay's vocals soaring to the heavens; it was the first song I ever heard from the band. There is a brilliant moment where Bryan and Olivia spar off, his guitar battling against her high octave vocals. She can reach the highest notes and it is incredible to hear. This version is one of my favourite MA songs; it is an awesome tour de force of vocal technique and guitar.

Quieter songs follow with Pocket Watch, and the stirring Tearing at the Faerytale from "Glass Shadows". Then melancholy atmospheres in Carpe Diem. The set closes with Heroes Never Die, a vintage classic all MA fans know and this almost 10 minute version is terrific. The lead break is towering, ending the concert on an uplifting mood and bringing the crowd to their feet.

This concert album is best heard with the Part 1 album but is definitely the better of the two due to the song choices and overall atmosphere. The production is pristine and it is fantastic to hear Findlay one more time before she moved on. This is a concert to savour and I am pleased it has been captured so well on this album set.

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 Live 2009 - Part I by MOSTLY AUTUMN album cover Live, 2009
3.46 | 9 ratings

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Live 2009 - Part I
Mostly Autumn Prog Folk

Review by AtomicCrimsonRush
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

3 stars In some ways "Live 2009 Part 1" has the same setlist as the one on "That Night In Leamington". For some reason the band opted to release this in 2 parts but it would have been better as one 2 CD album similar to others such as "Still Beautiful". It opens with the dynamic "Heart Full Of Sky" gem 'Fading Colours'. This is followed by wonderful Heather Findlay taking central vocals on the rocking riff heavy 'Caught in a Fold' from "Passengers". The flute by Olivia Sparnenn is tantalising in the live setting. Josh Bryan's lead break is always worth waiting for and he plays brilliantly as usual. The production of the live performance is stunning; the songs sound great live and have their own atmosphere of excitement and passion.

Josh says "thankyou good evening" to introduce 'Flowers for Guns', well sung by Findlay, one of her last times with the band before moving on the year following to her solo career that has not been as successful as Mostly Autumn sadly. 'Unoriginal Sin' is next from "Glass Shadows", not too bad with its infectious melody and rhythm, and especially the sparring of Olivia and Heather stirring in their harmonius duet. Josh introduces another "Passengers" gem 'Simple Ways' where he gets to take a central role with his David Gilmour tone; unmistakably Pink Floyd inspired. The sparkling keyboards are delightful on this track.

Next up are some of the earlier classics that all MA fans know, namely 'The Spirit of Autumn Past - Part 2', 'Half the Mountain' and stalwart fan favourite 'Evergreen'. These songs have been heard on just about every live album but still hold a special magic, especially when Findlay injects her soul into folk ballad 'Evergreen'.

Really the album should be heard with Part Two as the two are the complete package. This is not as good as other live albums I have heard as its too short and does not have enough to hold my attention outside of other albums. However the clean production and Heather's crystalline vocals are definitely worth pursuing in her last year with Mostly Autumn before handing over the reins to Olivia Sparnenn.

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