quinta-feira, 21 de outubro de 2010

Amber - Pearls of Amber (1971 UK Folk Rock Psych)

BANDA CUJOS COMPONENTES ERAM AMIGOS E CONTEMPORÂNEOS DE DONOVAN NA CENA FOLK DO INÍCIO DOS ANOS 60!! DONOVAN RESGATOU AS MASTER TAPES DAS UNICAS GRAVAÇÕES DA BANDA E POR ISSO ESSA EDIÇÃO FOI POSSÍVEL!! A SONORIDADE DOS CARAS ERA UM FOLK ACUSTICO DERIVADO DO BLUES, COM TOQUES PSICODÉLICOS E REGADO PRINCIPALMENTE POR TABLA, SITARA, PERCUSSÃO E VIOLÕES EM ABUNDÂNCIA!! VENENO ALTAMENTE RECOMENDADO!!

Amber were MacLeod and Julian McAllister, both friends and contemporaries of Donovan on the early 60s St. Albans folk scene. This 10" collects the only extant studio tapes of the band, recorded in the early 70s during a period that saw the band playing regularly around London. The strapline on the sleeve reads "acoustic music that derives from folk and blues with a touch of psychedelia" which is true as far as it goes but gives too much significance to the blues, not enough to the occasional immensity of McAllister's vocal and none at all to the importance of the sitar in the mix. The lilting glory of "Sea Shell Rock Me" (appearing in two versions) is the highlight. The song is basically a folk love song which coils in around itself in time to a beautiful winding sitar line and reminds of all the possibilities music seemed to offer 30 years ago.

- Keith "Mac" MacLeod / lead guitar, tabla, sitar, percussion, backing vocals
- Julian McAllister / guitar, lead vocals
- Ray Cooper / tabla

1. Sea Shell Rock Me (4:12)
2. White Angel (4:44)
3. Swan in the Evening (4:35)
4. Sing on the Sunlight (4:11)
5. Sea Shell Rock Me (alt. version) (3:11)
6. Earlie in the Morning (3:02)

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