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In February 1977.

In February 1977, “Harvest” label released “The Prospect Before Us”, the debut Albion Dance Band (as The Albion Dance Band) album. It was recorded in 1976, at “Sound Techniques” and “Olympic Studios” in London, and was produced by Ashley Hutchings and Simon Nicol.

Personnel:

  • Ashley Hutchings– vocals, electric bass guitar
  • Simon Nicol- electric and acoustic guitars, piano
  • Michael Gregory – drums, nakers, percussion
  • Philip Pickett- curtals, shawms, recorders, crumhorns, bagpipes, rackets, chalumeux, synthesizer
  • John Sothcott, – vielle, citole, crumhorn
  • Graeme Taylor- electric guitar, piano
  • Shirley Collins- vocals.
  • Eddie Upton – vocals, caller
  • John Tams- vocals, melodeon
  • John Rodd – vocals, concertina, tambourine
  • Dave Mattacks- drums, piano, electric piano

Track listing:

  1. Uncle Berhard’s / Jenny Lind
  2. The Hunt Is Up
  3. Varsoviana
  4. Masque
  5. Huntsman’s Chorus
  6. Minuet
  7. Wassail Song
  8. Picking of Sticks / The Old Mole
  9. Merry Sherwood Rangers (live version)
  10. La Sextie Estampe Real
  11. I Wish I was Single Again
  12. The Whim
  13. Hopping Down in Kent
  14. Horse’s Brawl
  15. On Christmas Night All Christians Sing (The Sussex Carol)
  16. Merry Sherwood Rangers (studio version)

In January 1967.

In January 1967, “Underground Impresarios” label released “Ptooff!”, the debut Deviants studio album. It was recorded in 1967, at “Sound Techniques” in London, and was produced by Jonathan Weber.

Personnel:

  • Mick Farren– lead vocals, piano
  • Sid Bishop – guitar, sitar
  • Cord Rees – bass guitar, Spanish guitar
  • Russell Hunter – drums, backing vocals
  • Duncan Sanderson – vocals, mumbling
  • Stephen Sparks – vocals, mumbling
  • Jennifer Ashworth – vocals, mumbling

Track listing:

  1. Opening – Sid Bishop, Mick Farren, Russell Hunter, Cord Rees, Steve Sparks
  2. I’m Coming Home – Sid Bishop, Mick Farren, Russell Hunter
  3. Child of the Sky – Sid Bishop, Mick Farren, Russell Hunter
  4. Charlie – Sid Bishop, Mick Farren
  5. Nothing Man – Mick Farren, Moore
  6. Garbage – Sid Bishop, Mick Farren, Russell Hunter
  7. Deviation Street – Mick Farren

 

On November 27, 1970.

On November 27, 1970, “Transatlantic” label released “Cruel Sister”, the fourth Pentangle album. It was recorded in 1970, at “Sound Techniques” in London, and was produced by Bill Leader.

Personnel:

  • Terry Cox– vocals, drums, percussion, dulcitone, glockenspiel
  • Bert Jansch– vocals, acoustic guitar, appalachian dulcimer, recorder, concertina
  • Jacqui McShee– vocals
  • John Renbourn– vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, sitar, recorder
  • Danny Thompson– double bass

 Track listing:

  1. A Maid That’s Deep In Love
  2. When I Was In My Prime
  3. Lord Franklin
  4. Cruel Sister
  5. Jack Orion

 

In November 1971.

In November 1971, “island” label released “Babbacombe Lee”, the seventh Fairport Convention studio album. It was recorded August – September 1971, at “Sound Techniques” in London, and was produced by John Wood and Simon Nicol.

  • Simon Nicol– vocals, guitar, dulcimer
  • Dave Mattacks– drums, electric piano, harmonium
  • Dave Swarbrick– vocals, fiddle, mandolin
  • Dave Pegg– vocals, bass, mandolin
  • Trevor Lucas- rhythm guitar
  • Jerry Donahue- lead guitar
  • Sandy Denny– vocals

Track listing:

All tracks by Simon Nicol, Dave Mattacks, Dave Swarbrick, Dave Pegg, Trevor Lucas and Jerry Donahue.

The album story is about the life of John “Babbacombe” Lee, murderer who was condemned to death but reprieved after the gallows failed on three occasions to work properly.

The tracks are listed episodically rather than as discrete tracks, reflecting the structure of the narrative.

  1. John’s reflection on his boyhood, his introduction to Miss Keyes and The Glen, his restlessness, and his struggles with his family, finally successful, to join the navy
  2. This was the happiest period in his life. All locked set fair for a career until he was stricken with sickness and invalided out of his chosen niche in life. Reluctantly and unhappily he turned to a number of menial occupations and finally returned to the services of Miss Keyes
  3. Tragedy now strikes hard. The world’s imagination is caught by the brutal senseless[ness] of the apparent criminal who slays his kind old mistress
  4. John was hardly more than a bewildered observer at his own trial, not being allowed to say more than a few words. The tides of fate wash him to the condemned cell where he waits three sad weeks for his last night on earth
  5. When it comes, he cannot sleep, but when he does, a strange, prophetic dream comes to him, and helps him to bear the strain of his next day’s ordeal as scaffold and its crew try in vain three times to take his life

 

 

In December 1970.

In December 1970, “Philips” label released “Just Another Diamond Day”, the debut Vashti Bunyan album. It was recorded November – December 1969, at “Sound Techniques” in London, and was produced by Joe Boyd.

Personnel:

  1. Vashti Bunyan- vocals, acoustic guitar
  2. Christopher Sykes – piano, organ
  3. John James – dulcitone
  4. Robin Williamson- fiddle, whistle, Celtic harp
  5. Dave Swarbrick- fiddle, mandolin
  6. Simon Nicol – banjo
  7. Mike Crowther – guitar
  8. Robert Kirby- string and recorder arrangements
  9. Joe Boyd- liner notes
  10. Jerry Boys – engineer
  11. John James – cover art

Track listing:

All tracks by Vashti Bunyan, except where noted.

  1. Diamond Day
  2. Glow Worms
  3. Lily Pond
  4. Timothy Grub
  5. Where I Like to Stand – Vashti Bunyan, John James
  6. Swallow Song
  7. Window Over the Bay – Vashti Bunyan, Robert Lewis
  8. Rose Hip November
  9. Come Wind Come Rain
  10. Hebridean Sun – Vashti Bunyan, Robert Lewis
  11. Rainbow River
  12. Trawlerman’s Song – Vashti Bunyan, Robert Lewis
  13. Jog Along Bess
  14. Iris’s Song for Us – Vashti Bunyan, Wally Dix, Iris Macfarlane

In November 1975.

In November 1975, “Island” label released “Pour Down Like Silver”, the third Richard and Linda Thompson album. It was recorded in 1975, at “Sound Techniques” in London, and was produced by Richard Thompson and John Wood.

Personnel:

  • Richard Thompson- guitar, vocals, mandolin, banjo, Appalachian dulcimer, Hammered dulcimer, harmonium, electric piano
  • Linda Thompson– vocals
  • Timi Donald – drums
  • Pat Donaldson- bass guitar
  • Dave Mattacks– drums
  • Dave Pegg- bass guitar
  • John Kirkpatrick- accordion, concertina
  • Ian Whiteman – flute, shakuhachi
  • Aly Bain- fiddle
  • Nic Jones– fiddle
  • Henry Lowther- trumpet
  • Clare Lowther – cello
  • Jack Brymer- clarinet

Track listing:

All tracks by Richard Thompson except where noted.

  1. Streets of Paradise
  2. For Shame of Doing Wrong
  3. The Poor Boy Is Taken Away
  4. Night Comes In
  5. Jet Plane in a Rocking Chair
  6. Beat the Retreat
  7. Hard Luck Stories
  8. Dimming of the Day / Dargai – “Dargai” written by J. Scott, arranged by Richard Thompson

 

In November 1975.

In November 1975, “A&M” label released “Nomadness”, the tenth Strawbs album. It was recorded June – July 1975, at “Sound Techniques” in London, and was produced by Tom Allom.

Personnel:

  • Dave Cousins– lead and backing vocals, acoustic guitar, dulcimer, banjo
  • Dave Lambert– lead and backing vocals, acoustic and electric guitar
  • Chas Cronk– backing vocals, bass guitar
  • Rod Coombes– backing vocals, drums, acoustic guitar
  • John Mealing– piano, organ, electric piano
  • Tony Carr – congas
  • Jack Emblow– accordion
  • Tommy Eyre– piano, clavinet, synthesizer
  • John Lumley-Saville – synthesizer
  • Rick Wakeman– electric harpsichord
  • Tom Allom – cymbalum
  • Vic Gamm – engineer

Track listing:

  1. To Be Free – Dave Cousins
  2. Little Sleepy – Dave Lambert
  3. The Golden Salamander – Dave Cousins
  4. Absent Friend (How I Need You) – Dave Cousins
  5. Back on the Farm – Dave Cousins
  6. So Shall Our Love Die? – Dave Cousins
  7. Tokyo Rosie – Dave Cousins
  8. A Mind of My Own – Rod Coombes
  9. Hanging in the Gallery – Dave Cousins
  10. The Promised Land – Chas Cronk