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Anne Briggs

The Time Has Come - 2021 Reissue

    ‘The Time Has Come’ is an absolute master class on words and guitar twisting into one another - the poetry goes beyond simple observation into deeply personal and profound lore. A timeless document of sweet and haunting melodies. My favorite record of all time.’ Ryley Walker. // "I've never written songs, regularly, because I never considered myself a song-writer. I've only ever really considered myself a ballad singer, which is what is most important to me. The stories... the ancient nature of the situations and the human condition. And obviously, it's changed so much over the centuries that those songs have been sung, but it always retains that essence of something that's universal... to humanity, and I've always wanted to touch that. I think I wanted to understand people; I think I wanted to understand myself. It's a way of finding the truth. I felt I belonged to that music.” Anne Briggs // Offering some of her first original compositions, ‘The Time Has Come’ was a break from tradition in more ways than one for Anne Briggs.

    Where previous recordings displayed the unaccompanied melodies of her voice, this album - originally released by CBS in 1971 - brings additional instrumentation in the form of guitar and bouzouki. The result is that her vocals are not submerged, but heightened - the plucked strings providing the perfect foil for her crystalline inflection. ‘The Time Has Come’ is a mix of Anne’s own songs alongside some notable covers (Lal Waterson, Steve Ashley, Stan Ellison, Henry McCulloch). All are graced with the quietly self-assured elegance of Anne’s playing, with sounds ranging from the breezy ‘Clea Caught A Rabbit’ to the terrible beauty of ‘Wishing Well’ - each song typifying the bouzouki or guitar style. To say that Anne was an accomplished picker is to do her something of an disservice - the intricacy of her finger-work rivals - and more often than not eclipses - any number of her contemporaries.

    TRACK LISTING

    1 Sandman's Song
    2 Highlodge Hare
    3 Fire And Wine
    4 Step Right Up
    5 Ride, Ride
    6 The Time Has Come
    7 Clea Caught A Rabbit
    8 Tangled Man
    9 Wishing Well
    10 Standing On The Shore
    11 Tidewave
    12 Everytime
    13 Fine Horseman 

    Bert Jansch

    The Ornament Tree - 2021 Reissue

      The world renowned guitarist, Bert Jansch, has long been celebrated for his innovative playing style, influencing generations of musicians and fans alike.

      A companion piece to 1966’s Jack Orion, The Ornament Tree gets newly reissued with liner notes from Colin Harper, who wrote the biography of Bert and the new folk Revival, Dazzling Stranger.

      Bert's eighteenth studio album comprises Scottish and Irish traditional songs. Filled with ballads like the title song and instrumentals ‘The Rocky Road to Dublin’ and ‘Lady Fair’. Tradition is threaded throughout with the accompaniment of Celtic fiddles, flutes and bodhran. It features performances from Maggie Boyle, Peter Boyle, Steve Tilston and Michael Klein.

      It’s been over thirty years since The Ornament Tree’s initial release, here Jansch continues to prove his importance in contemporary folk with this timeless and invigorating offering.

      TRACK LISTING

      Side A
      A1 The Ornament Tree (Bonny Portmore)
      A2 The Banks O'Sicily
      A3 The Rambling Boys Of Pleasure
      A4 The Rocky Road To Dublin
      A5 Three Dreamers
      A6 The Mountain Streams

      Side B
      B1 The Blackbirds Of Mullamore
      B2 Ladyfair
      B3 The Road Tae Dundee
      B4 Tramps And Hawkers
      B5 The January Man
      B6 Dobbins Flowery Vale

      Bert Jansch

      Black Swan (RSD21 EDITION)

        THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2021 EXCLUSIVE AND WILL BE AVAILABLE INSTORE ON SATURDAY JUNE 12TH ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVED BASIS, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

        IF THERE ARE ANY REMAINING COPIES THEY WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE ONLINE AT 6PM ON THE SAME DAY (SATURDAY JUNE 12TH).


        1000 copies pressed on Silver vinyl & DL card. 15th Anniversary reissue The Black Swan on silver vinyl for Record Store Day. Originally released in 2006, The Black Swan was Jansch's last studio album bookending his tremendous contribution to music. An important release that sees Jansch's revered style boosted by musical admirers Beth Orton, Devendra Banhart, Otto Hauser, Helena Espvall and Noah Georgeson. Featuring sentimental ode High Days, beautiful title track, instrumental Hey Pretty Girl and the country spirited Texas Cowboy Blues. Beth Orton accompanies with her mesmeric vocals on When The Sun Comes Up, traditional folk song of withered glory Katie Cruel that has been brilliantly rearranged and features Devendra Banhart. Janschís extraordinary perceptive lyricism and exceptional songwriting makes The Black Swan a vital record in his canon. 

        TRACK LISTING

        Side One. 1 The Black Swan 2 High Days 3 When The Sun Comes Up 4 Katie Cruel 5 My Pocket's Empty 6 Watch The Stars.
        Side Two. 7 A Woman Like You 8 The Old Triangle 9 Bring Your Religion 10 Texas Cowboy Blues 11 Magdalina's Dance 12 Hey Pretty Girl

        Bert Jansch

        Edge Of A Dream (RSD21 EDITION)

          THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2021 EXCLUSIVE AND WILL BE AVAILABLE INSTORE ON SATURDAY JUNE 12TH ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVED BASIS, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

          IF THERE ARE ANY REMAINING COPIES THEY WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE ONLINE AT 6PM ON THE SAME DAY (SATURDAY JUNE 12TH).


          1000 copies pressed on Gold vinyl & DL card. Originally released in 2002 Edge Of A Dream will be reissued on gold vinyl and available for the first time as a standalone vinyl for Record Store Day. Following Crimson Moon, Edge Of A Dream is one of Jansch's last studio records featuring original and traditional songs that are modal with his trademark bluesy and folk sound. It features some traditional reworkings including the lesser-known instrumental Gypsy Dave with fiddler Dave Swarbrick and the stunning ghostly track All That Remains with Mazzy Star's Hope Sandoval. Known for his collaborations, Edge Of A Dream sees Jansch accompanied by Bernard Butler, Ralph McTell, Johnny Guitar Hodge, Makoto Sakamoto, Paul Wassif, Colm CÌosÛig and Loren Jansch. 

          TRACK LISTING

          Side One. 1 On The Edge Of A Dream 2 All This Remains 3 What Is On Your Mind 4 Sweet Death 5 I Cannot Keep From Crying 6 La Luna.
          Side Two. 7 Gypsy Dave 8 Walking This Road 9 The Quiet Joys Of Brotherhood 10 Black Cat Blues 11 Bright Sunny Morning

          Trees

          Trees (50th Anniversary Edition)

            Trees classic albums, beautifully packaged as a four-disc anniversary edition includes 12” book with liner notes from founder member David Costa and comedian Stewart Lee - Features two new discs of alternate mixes, early demos, BBC session tracks and 2018 live recordings in London - Includes lost demos of ‘Polly On The Shore’ and ‘Streets Of Derry’ It’s now over fifty years since Trees’ formation and, although ‘Acid Folk’ has now become a sub-category in the lexicon of record dealers and music critics, and although founder member David Costa feels the original noughties reissue helped consolidate a gathering wave of curiosity, they themselves remain in the shadows. Earth’s new Trees collection brings together both albums adding shiny alternate mixes of key tracks along with a selection of radio sessions and demos, all sounding brighter and cleaner than ever before.

            Trees first album, ‘The Garden of Jane Delawney’ (1970) snuggles nicely into contemporary nu-folkies’ idea of the genre, and shares some of the pastoral-whimsy that characterised The Incredible String Band or Donovan, offset by some stunning interpretations of traditional material and Bias’ own songs, which were somehow part of the tradition Trees had adopted. Readings of ‘Lady Margaret’, ‘Glasgerion’ and the old standard ‘She Moved Thro’ The Fair’, and the extended fade of the group’s own ‘Road’, presage the explosive instrumental duelling that would come to characterise the follow up album, ‘On The Shore’.

            There’s a definite shift between the records, the second being darker and more ambivalent. Here Trees don’t tell you what to think. You’re left to formulate your own response to this odd, opaque music. The ‘Streets of Derry’ session version leans into the brain vibrating drone-groove they somehow found at the traditional tune’s centre. ‘Polly On The Shore’, another traditional tune, is one of the definitive moments of English folk rock.

            This special expansive collector’s edition celebrates the bands 50th anniversary.

            “A beautiful hybrid, Trees found a unique space between intimate folk and freewheeling psychedelia. Musically ambitious yet brilliantly balanced, they have left an enduring legacy for those lucky enough to be in on the secret” Edd Gibson, Friendly Fires.

            TRACK LISTING

            Disc One - The Garden Of Jane Delawney (EARTHLP036)
            Side A
            Nothing Special
            The Great Silkie
            The Garden Of Jane Delawney
            Lady Margaret

            Side B
            Glasgerion
            She Moved Thro' The Fair
            Road
            Epitaph
            Snail's Lament

            Disc Two - On The Shore (EARTHLP035)
            Side A
            Soldiers Three
            Murdoch
            Streets Of Derry
            Sally Free And Easy

            Side B
            Fool
            Adam's Toon
            Geordie
            While The Iron Is Hot
            Little Sadie
            Polly On The Shore

            Disc Three - Fore & After (Part 1)
            Side A
            Soldiers Three (Remix 2007)
            Murdoch (Remix 2007)
            Streets Of Derry (Remix 2007)
            Geordie (Remix 2007)

            Side B
            Polly On The Shore (Remix 2007)
            Fool (Remix 2007)
            Polly On The Shore(demo 1970) Previously Unreleased
            Streets Of Derry (demo 1970) Previously Unreleased

            Disc Four - Fore & After (Part 2)
            Side A
            She Moved Thro' The Fair (Demo 1969)
            Pretty Polly (Demo 1969)
            The Great Silkie (BBC 1970) Previously Unreleased
            Soldier's Three (BBC 1970) Previously Unreleased
            Little Black Cloud (demo 1969 )
            Forest Fire ( BBC 1970)

            Side B
            She Moved Thro' The Fair (Live At Cafe Oto 2018)*
            Murdoch (Live At Cafe Oto 2018) *
            Black Widow (2007)
            Little Black Cloud Suite (2007)

            Trees

            The Garden Of Jane Delawney

              Following the recently released and highly praised Trees 50th Anniversary box set on Earth Recordings, Trees reissue their debut album ‘The Garden of Jane Delawney’as a standalone release. It’s now over fifty years since Trees’ formation, a band who helped define ‘Acid Folk’, creating a subcategory in the lexicon of record dealers and music critics alike. “When we are talking about psych folk or acid folk, we are really talking about music like this by Trees” Stuart Maconie, BBC6 Music. Trees first album, ‘The Garden of Jane Delawney’ (1970) snuggles nicely into contemporary nu-folkies’ idea of the genre, and shares some of the pastoral-whimsy that characterised The Incredible String Band or Donovan, offset by some stunning interpretations of traditional material and Bias’ own songs. The record includes readings of ‘Lady Margaret’, ‘Glasgerion’, the old standard ‘She Moved Thro’ The Fair’, and the extended fade of the group’s own ‘Road’, presage the explosive instrumental duelling that would come to characterise the follow up album, ‘On The Shore’.

              TRACK LISTING

              A1. Nothing Special
              A2. The Great Silkie
              A3. The Garden Of Jane Delawney
              A4. Lady Margaret

              B1. Glasgerion
              B2. She Moved Thro' The Fair
              B3. Road B4. Epitaph
              B5. Snail's Lament

              Bert Jansch

              Crimson Moon - 20th Anniversary Reissue

                One of Bert Jansch’s later recordings, ‘Crimson Moon’ is some of his finest work and sees the musician at the top of his game, with appearances from Johnny Marr, Bernard Butler and many more. Earth Recordings revisits the album on its 20th Anniversary with its first standalone cut to vinyl. Originally released in 2000, there is a brooding resonance in ‘Crimson Moon’ centred around his accomplished guitar style that brings his contemplative songwriting to the fore. Traditional ballads have touches of jazz and blues adorned by contributions from guitarists Johnny Marr, Bernard Butler and Johnny “Guitar” Hodge along with guest vocals from Bert’s wife Loren Auerbach (‘My Donald’).

                The addition of electric guitar subtly compliments Bert’s percussive fingerpicking bringing new depth to his compositions. Title track ‘Crimson Moon’ is a take on traditional song ‘Omie Wise’ and was written about his wife Loren, ‘Caledonia’ conjures pastoral images of Scotland alongside covers of The Incredible String Band’s ‘October Song’, Guy Mitchell’s ‘Singing The Blues’ and Owen Hand’s ‘My Donald’. Otherworldly tale ‘Neptune’s Daughter’ sees a mermaid-like creature recount the death of her relatives from a poison in the sea. Passionate about nature, the song carries an underlying ecological message. Released in his 60s, ‘Crimson Moon’ proves Bert Jansch to still be an innovator and a unique talent

                TRACK LISTING

                A1 Caledonia
                A2 Going Home
                A3 Crimson Moon
                A4 Downunder
                A5 October Song
                A6 Looking For Love

                B1 Fool's Mate
                B2 The River Bank
                B3 Omie Wise
                B4 My Donald
                B5 Neptune's Daughter
                B6 Singing The Blues

                Various Artists

                Dennis Hopper's 'The Last Movie'

                  THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2020 RELEASE AVAILABLE ONLINE ONLY AS PART OF THE AUGUST 29TH DROP DAY AT 6PM.
                  LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.


                  Yellow Vinyl.After the incredible success of the film Easy Rider, Dennis Hopper was given complete freedom to direct and star in the bizarre, surrealist The Last Movie ñ released in 1971.Filmed in a drug fuelled haze in Peru with Hopper, Peter Fonda, Kris Kristofferson, Dean Stockwell, Michelle Phillips, Russ Tamblyn, and Samuel Fuller ñ there has never been a soundtrack to this film until now! Featuring the first ever performances of Kristofferson's legendary "Me and Bobby McGee" plus sublime country-folk songs from John Buck Wilkin, Peruvian folk & dance music ñ all recorded live on set in Peru ñ nothing was overdubbed! Plus, provocative movie dialogue from Dennis Hopper, Sam Fuller and others ñ coupled with the ambient sounds of the mountains and villages of South America ñ reissue producer Pat Thomas and Hopper Estate archivist Jessica Hundley have assembled a groovy listening experience that will melt minds.Packaging includes rare vintage photos, detailed liner notes, et al.The Last Movie recordings are being released for the first time ever in any audio format ñ taken from the original movie reels!

                  Bert Jansch

                  Avocet (Expanded Anniversary Edition)

                    Newly expanded audio. New liner notes from Pentangle bandmate and collaborator Danny Thompson. Vinyl only, limited to 500 copies worldwide. Expanded 40th anniversary edition, featuring newly discovered live tracks and notes from Pentangle bandmate (and Avocet collaborator) Danny Thompson. Bert Jansch was often quoted as saying “I’m not playing for anyone, just myself” and this feels no more apparent than on 1979’s ‘Avocet’, his beautifully meditative paean to British birds.

                    This isn’t to say that Jansch was throwing commercial success to the wind, or was unaware of his audience, more that this album feels like a uniquely personal reflection of him. (The subject of British birds is one that Jansch held close to his heart. Indeed, just preceding this album was his 1978 split 7” single with Shirley Collins - with proceeds in aid of the RSPB.) For fans of Jansch this is often the album that is singled out as his best work. The freedoms of a post-Pentangle career are much in evidence; folk rock and even trad folk give way to an album that is not only without lyrical accompaniment but really quite orchestral, classical even, in its composition. There are surprises in particular in ‘Lapwing’ (a dirge-like waltz that wouldn’t be out of place on a Nils Frahm album) and ‘Bittern’ (which speaks of Arthur Russell’s more experimental pieces). Featuring ex-bandmate Danny Thompson, alongside Martin Jenkins (Dando Shaft, amongst others) with sleeve notes by Jansch aficionado Colin Harper (author of ‘Dazzling Stranger: Bert Jansch and the British Folk and Blues revival’). This new edition also comprises three never-before heard tracks, recorded live in Italy in in 1977 (‘Bittern’; ‘Kingfisher’; ‘Avocet’), as well as Danny Thompson’s recollections of the making of ‘Avocet’, recorded by Dave Thompson (Mojo Magazine) in typical style. Remastered by Brian Pyle from original tapes. 

                    TRACK LISTING

                    01: Avocet
                    02: Lapwing
                    03: Bittern
                    04: Kingfisher
                    05: Osprey
                    06: Goldfinch Bonus Tracks ( DL Only ) – Recorded Live In Italy, 1977
                    07: Bittern
                    08: Kingfisher
                    09: Avocet

                    Bagpuss, dear Bagpuss

                    Old fat furry cat-puss

                    Wake up and look at this thing that I bring

                    Wake up, be bright

                    Be golden and light

                    Bagpuss, Oh hear what I sing

                    12th of February, 1974, and for an audience of small children at 1:45pm, a life irrevocably coloured by the wayward wonderings of one saggy cloth cat. Some 44 years later and Earth Recordings opens the door to Bagpuss & Co. once again, revealing for the first time the original music in all its newly-mastered splendour.

                    The 32 tracks that make up the main body of the compositions are – like all good folk music – a patchwork of traditional pieces, half-remembered tunes and pure improvisation. It's testament to Sandra Kerr and John Faulkner's musicianship that the recordings work so well, not only within the context of the television episodes, but as an album in its own right. Of the recording, Oliver Postgate (in his exquisite autobiography 'Seeing Things') says: "Between them Sandra and John could play every sort of instrument from a mountain dulcimer to an Irish fiddle. They knew and could sing every tune in the world and didn't bother with written music, except as a last resort. They were exactly suited to Gabriel the Toad and Madeleine the Rag Doll and in those roles were happy to play whatever music and sing whatever songs would be needed."

                    Those songs manifested themselves as reworkings of familiar tunes ('I Saw A Ship'; 'Row Your Boat'; 'Bucket's Burning'), takes on traditional ballads ('Brian O'Lynn'; 'The Frog Princess'; 'Weaving Song'; 'The Old Woman Tossed Up in a Basket') and delicious flights of fancy ('The Bony King of Nowhere'; 'Turtle Calypso'; 'Uncle Feedle'). The counterpart to Madeleine and Gabriel's more polished ditties are the interludes from the mice; a raggle-taggle chorus that accompanies the creatures' efforts of help (with the mice once famously going on strike when they were not permitted sang as they worked). Again, Postgate muses: "Once I had worked out a few episodes I would make a very rough list of the bits where I though music would be appropriate. I would send it to [Sandra and John] to think about. Then we would borrow a fairly silent room in a remote house and, taking the various articles that we intended to celebrate with us, would spend a happy day with a tape recorder, thinking up and recording whatever songs and tunes came to mind."

                    The outtakes provide an intimate – and often very humourous – insight into the trio's work ethic, if it can be called such a thing. (By all accounts they sound as though they're having a very jolly time indeed.) Highlights include alternative opening words and end music, as well as Postgate sound-checking in character as Bagpuss. This never-before heard audio provides a real treat for fans (and indeed those new to the Smallfilms stable) – affirmation again to the enduring quality of these special recordings, and the beloved programme that inspired them.

                    "An accidental classic of the folk-roots underground that we never dared hope we’d hear with such clarity." -Stewart Lee.

                    And so their work was done.

                    TRACK LISTING

                    1 Opening
                    2 We Will Wash It
                    3 I Saw A Ship
                    4 We Will Rub It
                    5 The Bony King Of Nowhere
                    6 Cat And Bird Tone Phone
                    7 Princess Suite
                    8 The Old Woman Who Lived In A Shoe
                    9 Row The Boat
                    10 We Will Lace It
                    11 Ballerina Music Box
                    12 Porcupine Song
                    13 Here's A Pin
                    14 We Will Fix It
                    15 Turtle Calypso
                    16 The Elephant's Fable
                    17 The Miller's Song
                    18 We Will Find It
                    19 The Town Band
                    20 Song Of The Flea
                    21 We Will Do It (Undo It)
                    22 The Weaving Song
                    23 Charliemouse Weaving
                    24 Bucket's Burning
                    25 Brian O'Lynn
                    26 Lullaby For Cabbages
                    27 We Will Do It (Go Through It)
                    28 The Old Woman Tossed Up In A Basket
                    29 Mouse Ragtime
                    30 We Will Fold It
                    31Uncle Feedle
                    32 Closing
                    33 Opening Words (Outtake)
                    34 Introducing The Characters (Outtake)
                    35 Characters Waking Up (Outtake)
                    36 Bagpuss Soundcheck
                    37 I Saw A Ship A-Sailing (Alternate Version)
                    38 Mermaid Song
                    39 Captain Bagpuss Poem
                    40 Owls Of Athens Story
                    41 Birdsong
                    42 Princess Suite (Outtake)
                    43 The Old Woman Who Lived In A Shoe (Outtake)
                    44 Porcupine Song (Outtake)
                    45 Bagpipes
                    46 Brian O'Lynn (Outtake )
                    47 Agricultural Jig
                    48 Percy Pratt Poem
                    49 End Music (Outtake) 


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