Archive for October, 2012

ANDY ROBERTS ~ Urban Cowboy FLED 3088

With PLAINSONG currently engaged on their 40th Anniversary farewell tour, now is the perfect time to re-acquaint ourselves with this fabulous solo collection from ace guitarist ANDY ROBERTS. URBAN COWBOY was recorded before the formation of, during and just after the dissolution of the original Plainsong. The album was originally released on the Elektra label in 1973. The new Fledg’ling CD edition comes complete with a 12 page booklet, (worth buying just for Andy’s reminiscences from those heady days in the early 1970s!) and has been digitally re-mastered from the original studio master tapes. The album includes guest appearances from Neil Innes, Richard Thompson, Martin Carthy, B J Cole, Zoot Money and Iain Matthews. Roberts formed Plainsong with Iain Matthews towards the end of 1971 and released the remarkable In Search Of Amelia Earhart album the following year. After the group went their separate ways (for a decade and a half), he continued his solo career as a guitarist and a sought-after composer for film and television.

Andy Roberts has been a member of the Liverpool Scene, Grimms, the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band, the Albion Band, Pink Floyd, Roy Harper’s Black Sheep, Hank Wangford’s Lost Cowboys and many other illustrious ensembles. Throughout his career he has continued to work as an accompanist with some of Britain’s leading poets – Roger McGough, Brian Patten, Willy Russell and many others.

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CHRIS McGREGOR ~ Sea Breezes FLED 3081

A long overdue CD release of this remarkable solo performance from 1987 by CHRIS McGREGOR. Sea Breezes was recorded during an emotional visit to his homeland by the great South African composer and pianist. McGregor played “an energetic mixture of Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus and Sun Ra, but always retained a unique feel due to his South African influences and the intelligent arrangements.”

Over the last four years Fledg’ling has been collaborating with the Chris McGregor estate to reissue his most important albums and, through a series of unreleased recordings, help to reveal the full extent of his musical activities: from the small-scale Trio improvisations through to the majestic large ensemble works of the mighty Brotherhood of Breath. Carefully mastered from the original master tapes, Sea Breezes is an exciting opportunity to hear McGregor’s solo readings of repertoire familiar from the acclaimed final Brotherhood of Breath album – Country Cooking.

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