Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Folk, Rock
Long out of print album featuring several UK folk stars reliving their youth performing old rock 'n' roll favorites. Cast includes Sandy Denny, Richard Thompson, Trevor Lucas, Dave Mattacks, Pat Donaldson, Linda Peters, Ty... more »
Long out of print album featuring several UK folk stars reliving their youth performing old rock 'n' roll favorites. Cast includes Sandy Denny, Richard Thompson, Trevor Lucas, Dave Mattacks, Pat Donaldson, Linda Peters, Tyger Hutchings, Gerry Conway, Ian
A novelty for British folk-rock completists finally on CD
Michael Crowley | Albany, CA USA | 06/14/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"For years this record was something of a minor holy grail for British folk-rock completists, featuring as it does a sort of Fairport Convention-Fotheringay super-group, including Sandy Denny, Richard Thompson, Dave Mattacks, even Ashley Hutchings on one track, as well as folks like Pat Donaldson and Gerry Conway, and a young singer named Linda Peters, soon to be Linda Thompson. They cover a bunch of rock n' roll oldies, which sounds intriguing. But after a few listenings the novelty wears off, and you begin to wonder if you really need to hear That'll Be the Day or The Locomotion again, albeit sung by Sandy Denny and Linda Peters (Thompson), respectively, with guitar solos by Richard Thompson. It's a little like being stuck at your cousin's wedding reception. Not that it's terrible. Far from it--these guys are professionals, playing the music they probably started out playing, and you can tell they're having a great time playing it again. It's just that they don't do much with it, they don't interpret it or mess around with it, they just play it straight, like some bar band. The one audience who might really enjoy this are hard-core RT fans, as he is all over this CD--playing on every cut, singing on a few--the version of Jambalaya he does is particularly inspired. It's fun to hear the notoriously brainy and angst-ridden Mr. Thompson cut loose on something light-hearted like Sweet Little Sixteen. Be advised that Ms. Denny only sings lead on That'll Be the Day, Love Made a Fool Out of You, Willie and the Hand-Jive, and Learning the Game (a rather heart-rending rendition). Linda Peters/Thompson sings lead on The Locomotion and La Bamba. Hutchings' only contribution is a kind of talking blues vocal on Nadine. Denny's boyfriend Trevor Lucas does bad karaoke-type vocals on Don't Be Cruel and Twenty Flight Rock, and Richard Thompson handles the rest of the lead vocals. The CD's unquestioned high point is When Will I Be Loved, a lovely duet between Denny and Linda Peters, with Lucas and Thompson on acoustic guitars."
JZ52 | Riverside, CA United States | 05/14/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This album contains the rockinest version of Hank Williams "Jambalaya" ever put to wax. The CD is worth it for that song alone. Sandy Denny does a good version of "Willie and the Hand Jive" and Linda Thompson belts out "Locomotion". Much better than most hybrid projects. Unfortunately most of these songs have been recorded by loads of other artists and appeared on a gazillion movie soundtracks. Still "Jambalaya" kicks butt with one drivin' groove."