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  • Audio CD (December 9, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Edsel Records
  • ASIN: B0000011WP
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #651,970 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Seascape
2. Landscape
3. Afterglow
4. A spring air
5. Cantus Firmus to counterpoint
6. Sinfonia for guitar and strings
7. Dolor Dulcis (Sweet Sorrow)
8. Lament to the Earl of Bottesford Beck

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Re-Issue, Eight Tracks featuring a Guest Apperance by Jim Capaldi (Traffic) on Drums and also features Simon Kirke (Free/Bad Company).

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By K. A. Levine on December 27, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This was the last of three recordings made for Island while John David Gladwin was in the group. He did most of the songwriting and carried the lion's share of the vocals during that period. Like the previous two, Evensong and Fantasia Lindum, the accompaniment and especially Galdwin's vocals render the "ancient pop" sound as unmistakably Blondel, but "England" is no retread. This time, the group explores three "pastoral settings" for voices, flute, guitar and orchestra. "Seascape" and "Landscape" are lengthier highly lyrical pieces that bathe the listener in all that is described, a treat for all the senses. My favourite is the subsequent "Afterglow", a transformational account of the passing of daylight. If that weren't enough, the vocal techniques used in this song need to be commented upon by one who knows the proper terminology - they are lilting, uplifting, and much more. The quality falls off for the remaining tracks which constituted side 2 of the original LP. The only piece that really stands out is "Sweet Sorrow" which is akin to "Afterglow" but not quite as good. The other cuts are competent but ultimately bring the rating down to four stars. The departure of Galdwin led to the paring down in the group's style and substance which survived four albums. The last four records made by the remaining duo are not available on CD but, for those who like Beatles influenced soft rock with the softer elements of Bad Company thrown in, "Mulgrave Street", "Inspiration", and "Live in Japan" are well worth seeking out on LP. Just don't expect anything as amazing as England.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michel Laverdière atma@dsuper.net on September 8, 1998
Format: Audio CD
Listening to Amazing Blondel's England is like musical time traveling. I remember the very first time I listened to this recording, it was a cultural shock. The poetry of the strings underlining the crafty sounds of flutes, mandolins, lutes, harpsichord, guitars and the unique voices of the bards... Was I still in the 20th Century? Cheaper than a plane ticket indeed and really worth the time to dive into a colourful universe of inner images. And very British indeed... Be ready for a real musical experience. Enchantment guaranteed.
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I dont know how you would catagorize Amazing Blondels music.This
album sounds like nothing I've ever heard . Its not really even
in the rock/folk catagory. Its kind of classical if anything.
Whatever it is , it's the most relaxing, soothing music i think
I've ever heard - not to be confused with boring by any stretch.
The lyrics are amazing, paticularly on Landscape , Seascape
and Afterglow . I'm not real big on poetry , but these lyrics are
beautifully poetic. You mix these lyrics together with an almost
classical music kind of thing and you've got something really
special. Ive read other reviewers compare this to Pentangle or
Fairport. This album is something completely different , and if
you are into bands like Fairport , Pentangle or Lindesfarne ,
you've got to check this album out, it really is , like i said
something special.
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