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Monday, September 04, 2006


English Folk-Rock Supergroup

Morris On was a 1972 folk-rock "super-group" that left behind one self-titled album.Comprised of bassist Ashley Hutchings (Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span,Albion Band),guitarist Richard Thompson (Fairport Convention), drummer Dave Mattacks (Fairport Convention,Steeleye Span), accordionist John Kirkpatrick (Albion Band, Steeleye Span), and fiddler Barry Dransfield (the Humblebums,the Dransfields), the group had a deliberately less-polished, more authentically rough-hewn sound than either Steeleye Span or Fairport Convention, as though proper traditional musicians had suddenly gotten hold of electric guitars, basses, and drum kits.
A beautiful, authentically rustic album, without a trace of elegance, and hardly even an effort at smoothing over the rough spots. The music and the performances have a quiet power and dignity, and a raw, direct nature that is extremely appealing. The record opens up in haunting fashion with Barry Dransfield's fiddle on "Morris Call," and from there things get wilder and woollier, with some downright funny moments as well (check out the false opening on "Princess Royal").Shirley Collins appears as a guest vocalist on "Staines Morris" and "The Willow Tree," and The Chingford Morris Men do stick dances on two tracks as well. John Kirkpatrick's accordion, concertina, and harmonium are the dominant accompanying instruments. None of this was a threat to Fairport or Steeleye Span's success, but all of it is valuable to fans of either band, and the album does have a raw energy that Fairport began losing after 1972 — and "Cuckoo's Nest" alone is almost worth the price of the album, recalling the kind of funny, cheerfully lusty recordings of A.L. Lloyd and sparked by some of Richard Thompson's best playing from this period.

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Anonymous Aveek from India said...

Jun Kamikubo – an obscure musician who released one record in small quantity, ‘Nothingness’ [Express, 1972]. It’s a pretty good album of bluesy acid rock with good guitar playing, with a few tracks featuring great heavy riffing. The
album has been reissued on LP by Shadoks, and more recently on CD by Toshiba-EMI.

12:12 AM  
Anonymous Sam Stone said...

I didn't know this existed, but it's very appeeling (is this still English? :-))
Thanks for sharing!

4:43 AM  
Anonymous Camillo said...

Since 1972 (I was in high school and worshipped Fairport Convention and Soft Machine) I would like to listen to this album. Thanks for sharing!

5:16 PM  
Blogger PROGHOG said...

excellent album i have all of the morris albums. son grandson and so on keep up the great posts thanks

9:58 AM  
Anonymous Bannermike said...

This is a great, very English folk album. Ashley hutchings was a guiding light for the genre. A fine example. Thank you very much for sharing.

5:04 PM  
Anonymous Spider Lady said...

I love british folk like this one.
Many thanks!!!

7:35 PM  
Anonymous darksun said...

before its time

1:05 AM  
Blogger omniares said...

File deleted...can you re-upload it ?

12:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey there- Love your blog, amazing, incredible stuff up here. Any way you could re-up this 1972 Morris On record? I can't find a copy of it anywhere. Thank you!!

3:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

^ Second'd. I'd love to hear this one as it looks like it has so much to deliver.

1:22 PM  
Blogger Compulsive Cybersurfer said...

can't wait to get my hands on this. Please re-up the file.
Thanx 'n happy listening

5:15 AM  
Blogger Compulsive Cybersurfer said...

can't wait to get my hands on this. Please re-up the file.
Thanx 'n happy listening

5:15 AM  

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