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    Posted: February 17 2005 at 21:12

Hey All,

I'm just curious why the great Roy Harper is not featured on this absolutely wonderful site?  I have heard maybe a handful of his albums, and would love to learn more.  He seems like a natural for this site.  Not totally prog all the time, but no less than many other bands/artists featured here.

ROY IS GREAT!!! 

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 18 2005 at 02:53
agreed..Roy is one of the best!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 18 2005 at 05:27

Daft suggestion: a  folk singer for the vast majority of his career, who happened to have Floyd and Zep included amongst his friends. Al Stewart would be ahead of him in the queue with some  prog-like output. And don't suggest John Martyn. Why not Martyn Carthy and Bert Jansch who have had their songbooks and arrangement skills plundered enough time by the rock fraternity  since the mid 60's. Pentangle anybody?

 

Gerry Halliwell anybody??????????????????????????????????????????

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 18 2005 at 05:36

I think there's a good case for Pentangle being included in the archives. 'Jack Orion' is a side long epic off 'Cruel Sister', 'Light Flight' has enough tricky time changes to satisfy any prog fan, the four musicians were all masters of their instruments and they incorporated elements of mdieval music (Lyke Wake Dirge for example) jazz (Danny Thompson's wonderful bass playing, Light Flight) folk, blues etc.

For similar reasons, I'd suggest the early incarnation of Fairport Convention - tracks like 'A Sailors Life', 'Sloth' and just about everything off Liege and Lief sit very nicely in the progressive folk category. They even made a concept album, Babbacombe Lee (not very proggy though).

As for Roy Harper - great performer yes, prog no, even if he did sing 'Have A Cigar'.

But what about some of John Martyn's 70s output?



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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 18 2005 at 05:43
Originally posted by Dick Heath

 

Gerry Halliwell anybody??????????????????????????????????????????



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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 18 2005 at 06:03
Keith Emerson (and The Nice) played on a track on one of Harper's albums.That must be a 'shoe in'
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 18 2005 at 07:36
hats off to roy harper

is he the guy who did vocals on pink floyds "have a cigar"?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 18 2005 at 07:39
Originally posted by Syzygy

For similar reasons, I'd suggest the early incarnation of Fairport Convention - tracks like 'A Sailors Life',

 

I tend to play that track as folk/psychedelia - and perhaps the one obvious link I can just about hear, when some diehards have called Fairport, England's Jefferson Airplane (by which I've had to  imply comparison with the pre-Grace Slick line-up???). BTW have you heard the alternative take on Richard Thompson's triple CD set Watching From The Dark (?) ?

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 18 2005 at 07:39

richardh wrote:

Keith Emerson (and The Nice) played on a track on one of Harper's albums.That must be a 'shoe in'

 

Keith certainly did...''Flat Boroque & berserk'' album,while we're at it Rod stewarts ''An old raincoat won't let you down''a year before & on the double album ''Music from free creek'' in '73

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 18 2005 at 07:49

About as close as you go is Harper's HQ. The HQ remastered CD (Science Friction Records) has the pictures of the Harper Hyde Park free show with John Paul Jones,  Dave Gilmour, and the Edgar Broughton Band's drummer in support. While the studio recording with Bruford and Chris Spedding (who was between Nucleus, The Sharks, and - amazingly - creating one of the best opening riffs for a British punk tune), provided the electric  rock (as opposed prog rock) and rock'n'roll backing for Harper.

 

In passing ,the Oregon-based Obscured By Clouds, well known for semi- unplugged covers of Floyd, can make that songbook sound distantly Harperish.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 02 2008 at 17:59
Originally posted by Dick Heath

Daft suggestion: a  folk singer for the vast majority of his career, who happened to have Floyd and Zep included amongst his friends. Al Stewart would be ahead of him in the queue with some  prog-like output. And don't suggest John Martyn. Why not Martyn Carthy and Bert Jansch who have had their songbooks and arrangement skills plundered enough time by the rock fraternity  since the mid 60's. Pentangle anybody?

 

Gerry Halliwell anybody??????????????????????????????????????????




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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 03 2008 at 03:22
Harper was added to the site this year.
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