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Evensong / Fantasia Lindum Import, Original recording remastered

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Digitally remastered edition of the first two original albums on a single CD from the Medieval folk group.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Pavan
  2. St Crispins Day
  3. Spring Season
  4. Willowood
  5. Evensong
  6. Queen Of Scats
  7. Ploughman
  8. Old Moot Hall
  9. Lady Marion's Galliard
  10. Under The Greenwood Tree
  11. Anthem
  12. Fantasia Lindum Prelude & Theme
  13. Toye
  14. Safety In God Alone
  15. Two Dances: Almaine/Bransle "For My Lady's Delight
  16. Three Seasons Almaine
  17. Siege Of Yaddlethorpe


Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 14, 2004)
  • Imported ed. edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: BEAT GOES ON
  • ASIN: B0001ZXMK4
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #203,235 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By William M. Feagin on March 3, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I first heard of Amazing Blondel when Island released their 40th Anniversary compilation CDs in 1999; Blondel were featured on Vol. 3: Acoustic Waves 1968-1975 with the gorgeous "Pavan," which is the leadoff track on Evensong. After listening a few times, the song really grew on me, and I knew I owed it to myself to check out this group. I can tell you now, it's well worth the effort.

Amazing Blondel were formed in late 1969 when John Gladwin and Terry Wincott left the heavy rock band Methuselah, after working an acoustic set into that group's performances and finding it went down well. Pursuing their muse, they recorded an album for Bell Records, Amazing Blondel & A Few Faces, which was more a sort of general acoustic folk-rock and on which they had the assistance of a number of well-travelled British session musicians (among them Big Jim Sullivan and Clem Cattini). A couple of tracks on that album hinted at the Elizabethan direction their music would take next, when Eddie Baird joined them during 1970. At the suggestion of Andy Fraser from Free, they scheduled an audition at Island Records, which apparently had showed some interest in them; they played "Spring Song" for Chris Blackwell, and when they finished, he asked them how much of an advance they wanted. They got enough for a new PA and a new equipment van, and they set about recording Evensong, of which "Pavan" and "Spring Song" are some of the highlights. This is beautiful acoustic music, on which the three men play between them a total of 40 instruments, and this was their modus operandi in performance as well as in the studio. (In fact, it was no secret that getting all those instruments in tune often took as much as 5 hours, and on the occasions they failed in this task, they didn't perform.
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I had these albums in the 70's on vinyl.. and wore them out. Definitely worth having them again. These three guys from Lincolnshire played amazing lute, krumhorn and other original early music instruments, but the music is all theirs - in the style of the lute songs of John Dowland and other period composers. The vocals have an honest untrained amateur quality of sincerity that is pleasant, but not overly schooled.

"Fantasia Lindum" is a wonderful series of related pieces, containing "Celestial Light" - a beautiful and uplifting song about Lincoln Cathedral. However, hands down the best song on this collection, however is the pilgrim's song, "Safety in God Alone" with its wonderful refrain and uplifting message that life is a pilgrimage, but no matter what, God is with us.
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Another of my favorite, unique bands that write most of their own music in a traditional style, play some traditional classics, and play them on traditional instruments unlike Steeleye Span, my other favorite, who play traditional music with many modern electric instruments.
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Every note of every song they wrote... Have played this CD every day since it arrived! Can't say enough great things about it. Of all the albums that Blondel has done over the past decades- this is by far my favorite. Buy it and enjoy!!!
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The first time I heard the group Amazing Blondel was via the Island sampler "El Pea", which was a showcase of the label's latest releases by various different artists. There was very fine music on this double album, which was also an eyeopener for many other exciting names - including Mott the Hoople.

Amazing Blondel's contribution was the acoustic "Spring Season", which in just a few listenings became a favorite. It is of course impossible to get an overall impression of a group from just one number, the number may prove to be atypical for the group. A good example of this "Original Mixed-Up Kid" with Mott the Hoople which was also on the "El Pea".

I took the chance and ordered Amazing Blondel's first album "Evensong" home from England. I won't say I was disappointed with the album, rather surprised, because the music was somewhat different than I had expected. The group played a completely different kind of folk than popular groups like Fairport Convention and Steeleye Span. In addition, the group was almost completely acoustic.

It should, however, quickly show that "Spring Season" was far from the only memorable number on the album. Actually the songs are on very high level, not least melodically and musically the three group members turned out to be extremely competent and versatile musicians.

Should individual tracks be highlighted on "Evensong" besides "Spring Season", it must be very catchy opening number "Pavan", the optimistic title track "Evensong" and "Old Moot Hall".

The songs are mostly written by lead singer John Gladwin, who shows great talent for writing melodic songs in an old English tradition - at times slightly similar to Ian Anderson's acoustic songwriting.
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