Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Steeleye Span: Ten Man Mop or Mr Reservoir Butler Rides Again

It's no surprise that I adore english folk-rock (or electric folk), and I'm particularly fond of the "Fairport family" (Fairport Convention, Sandy Denny, Richard and Linda Thompson, Fotheringay...). But I had never put my heart and soul into listening to the other major british folk-rock ensemble, i.e. Steeleye Span and Pentanle. My bad, of course. Anyway, although I still have some problems listening to Pentangle (because of Jacqui McShee's voice mainly...but I dig Bert Jansch's solo repertoire), I am now starting to love Steeleye Span too.
And the album I love the most (at least until now) is their third, this "Ten Man Mop or Mr Reservoir Butler Rides Again": I think everyone (and I mean EVERYONE) should try and listen at least to When I was on horseback and Gosser Wassail. The work of Martin Carthy on this two songs is simply incredible (the Gosser Wassail lick does sound like new-wave to me...)

Unfortunately I haven't found any video on youtube with Gosser Wassail. But I found When I was on horseback:

Ten Man Mop...

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Warren Zevon: Stand In The Fire

I'm going through a Warren Zevon phase (again). So, I've decided to post this strong live album from the seventies with many of his early careers' classics (Excitable boy, Muhammad radio, Werewolves of London...).
It's also a quite good point to start your own Zevonesque mania (and this is the new 2007 edition with 4 bonus tracks)

By the way: there is plenty of Zevon's gigs @ the Internet Music Archive.

And here is some good advertisment of "Stand In The Fire" by David Letterman:

Stand In The Fire

Thom Yorke: Open the floodgates

What can I say? I absolutely love this new song...