Archive for August, 2008

FRENCH, FRITH, KAISER, THOMPSON ~ Invisible Means FLED 3072

Invisible Means is the second oddball masterpiece from four of the world’s finest experimental master musicians, was originally released in 1990. Together French, Frith, Kaiser and Thompson conjure up a heady mix, covering a bewildering variety of genres, from folk and R&B to avant-garde and comic opera. Underpinning the whole album is the extraordinary level of their musicianship. Fledg’ling Records are proud to present this newly re-mastered, maximum length CD, including a previously unreleased live cover of the Rolling Stones’ ‘Play With Fire’.

“The ensemble playing is never less than inspired”.

Amongst the many highlights are John French’s hilarious ‘Now That I Am Dead’ – in which a deceased musician discovers death is the career boost he’s being waiting for), and Richard Thompson’s remarkable ‘Begging Bowl’ and the simply stunning ‘Killing Jar’.

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FOTHERINGAY 2

Sandy Denny * Pat Donaldson * Trevor Lucas * Gerry Conway * Jerry Donahue

Fans of Fotheringay rejoice – the nine classic performances on their debut album are soon to be joined by eleven more studio recordings. Jerry Donahue has been working for many, many months reviewing all the recordings to finally bring this remarkable project to conclusion.

After several years of careful research in dusty tape archives, the surviving members of Fotheringay have been able to complete their second album begun back in 1970. It is very, very rare that musicians get the chance to complete a project begun 38 years previously. Fotheringay 2 will be released on Fledg’ling Records on 29th September 2008.

Fotheringay remain one of the great might-have-beens of British music. They lasted less than a year, and released just one album, but their disappearance robbed the early-’70s scene of a group of musicians capable of taking folk-rock to new heights of subtlety and musicianship. Now, the nine songs on that debut album; assumed for almost four decades to be their sole testament, are joined by the eleven that would have constituted a follow-up. Sadly they broke up during the recording sessions for that second album. Incredibly all the tapes survived in various record company archives. Guest musicians include Rabbit Bundrick on keyboards and Sam Donahue (Jerry’s father) on saxophone.

Track list: John the Gun * Eppie Moray * Wild Mountain Thyme * Knights of the Road * Late November * Restless * Gypsy Davey * I Don’t Believe You * Silver Threads and Golden Needles * Bold Jack Donahue * Two Weeks Last Summer – Fledg’ling FLED 3066

A previously unpublished photograph of Fotheringay courtesy of Linda Fitzgerald-Moore.