December 12, 2010

Galleries - The Young Tradition [1968]

Gamely vogue-ish album art aside, The Young Tradition seemed suspended between the diverse folk currents of 60s. Neither four square traditional, despite some fine Copper Family type plainsong and a dedication to unearthing the most "authentic" versions of the songs, nor fully immersed in the psych folk zeitgeist, although Galleries enlists mediaevalist du jour David Munrow a year ahead of his stewardship of Shirley and Dolly Collins' Anthems In Eden. Soon their sound would be drowned out altogether by the Mattacks thwack of 4/4 folk rock.

A shame, as this outing by trio Peter Bellamy, Royston Wood and Heather Wood  - the last of their three together - is more than worth the time of day. A blend of traditional material and early music arrangements.

Oddi wrth y brawd
mediaeval mystery tour


wackystuff said...

This is wonderful. Thanks a bunch!

Y Brawd said...

Most welcome WS. Enjoy.

Pastaman Vibration (ye-ah!) said...

I like YT a lot despite Bellamy's voice being what might generously termed an acquired taste (and could be downright annoying at times) and Royston Wood's comb over. A shame their music is not more widely available.

Y Brawd said...

Indeed. S'Why the world needs WB.

Pastaman Vibration (ye-ah!) said...

Warner Bros? Nah!

I keep watching the box to see if Ronco/K-Tel have had the good taste or brass neck to bring out a "20 Weird Brother Greats" compilation for Christmas(remember you can't buy any of this in the shops- too bloody right!) I'd almost be tempted to pay for the advert.

Until then we remain your humble acolytes and keep watching the ether (can you watch ether?)

I'm off to play some Don Vliet as I'm told the good cap'n has finally caught the celestial blimp.

lostatsea said...

Dear weirdbrother -
I'm really interested in hearing the whole of this record, do you think you would mind re-upping? I can't find elsewhere on the internet!