Ron Davies – Silent Song Through The Land
This was the best 33p I ever spent! Bought as 3 for £1 with no idea what I was buying. It was in great condition and recorded in 1970 so it was worth a go. This was one of the goodies (the others were a safe bet Woodie Guthrie and a record by Meal Ticket I haven’t listened to yet)
Track one, side one starts off with some very lovely bluesy slide guitar then goes into It Aint Easy, which it turns out was written by Ron Davies! That was a surprise! The rest of the album is incredibly varied, with more Bowie to be found in the title track (the rif from Andy Warhol is so similar). Ron Davies has a bit of a Dylanny hoover voice sometimes which is my only criticism. There is delicate finger picking, gospel backing vocals, some really sweet harmonies with his sister and like all good albums it resolves beautifully. The order of the tracks has been really well thought out.
I am one happy happy bunny.
- A1 It Ain’t Easy 2:29
- A2 What Life Must Be Like For Some 2:28
- A3 Change 2:51
- A4 The Clown 4:12
- B1 Silent Song Through The Land 2:33
- B2 Yesterday Is All I Want 2:47
- B3 Open Road, The Open Sky 2:55
- B4 Lover And The Loved 6:05
Sandy Denny – The North Star Grassman And The Ravens
Sandy Denny has a voice that makes my spine feel coated in treacle. I had the Optimist as a terrible unshifting ear-worm for weeks after I bought this which was recently for a tenner from a Bristol record shop.
I can’t really hear different versions of Blackwaterside since I know the Bert Jansch one so well so lets just discount that as a viable option on here.
Lovely album but a bit weird that all the tracks just tail off in the studio, it sounds like the band went on for hours after each one and the listener misses out.
- A1 Late November 4:25
- A2 Blackwaterside 4:07
- A3 The Sea Captain 3:07
- A4 Down In The Flood 3:17
- A5 John The Gun 4:35
- B1 Next Time Around 4:20
- B2 The Optimist 3:21
- B3 Let’s Jump The Broomstick 2:40
- B4 Wretched Wilbur 2:34
- B5 The North Star Grassman And The Ravens 3:25
- B6 Crazy Lady Blues 3:21