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John Martyn - The Island Years (2013) 17 CD Box Set

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John Martyn - The Island Years (2013) 17 CD Box Set

John Martyn - The Island Years (2013) 17 CD Box Set
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 5.98 Gb | Scans ~ 891 Mb
Label: Universal-Island | # 374 228-8 | Time: 19:46:03
Singer/Songwriter, British Folk, Psychedelic, Folk-Rock, Folk Jazz, Guitar Virtuoso

The Island Years is the most exhaustive career retrospective from one of Britain’s most original and enduring singer/songwriters. Housed in an LP size hard-back slip case, this lavish box set including: 17 CDs featuring 12 key studio albums, recorded for Island between 1967 and 1987, now with previously unreleased mixes, Out-Takes, unheard songs and 2 complete, previously unreleased live solo concerts from 1972 and 1977 and the complete demos for The Apprentice, the last album Martyn delivered to Island. A hard-back book featuring a new essay by The Island Years compiler and researcher John Hillarby plus rare and previously unseen photographs and extensive memorabilia.

Roy Harper - Albums Collection 1966-2013 (16CD)

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Roy Harper - Albums Collection 1966-2013 (16CD)

Roy Harper - Albums Collection 1966-2013 (16CD)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 5 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 1.9 Gb | Scans ~ 3.5 Gb
Genre: British Folk-Rock, Folk, Psychedelic, Art Rock, Singer/Songwriter | Time: 14:02:18

Collection includes: Sophisticated Beggar (1966); Folkjokeopus (1969); Flat, Baroque and Berserk (1970); Stormcock (1971); Valentine (1974); HQ (1975); Bullinamingvase (1977); The Unknown Soldier (1980); Once (1990); Death or Glory? (1992); The Dream Society (1998); Green Man (2000); Counter Culture (2005); The Death of God (2005); Man & Myth (2013).

Fairport Convention - House Full: Live at the LA Troubadour 1970 (1986) Expanded Remastered Reissue 2001

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Fairport Convention - House Full: Live at the LA Troubadour 1970 (1986) Expanded Remastered Reissue 2001

Fairport Convention - House Full: Live at the LA Troubadour 1970 (1986) Reissue 2001
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 338 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 145 Mb | Scans included | Time: 00:53:43
British Folk-Rock, Progressive Folk, Psychedelic | Label: Island | # IMCD 289, 586 376-2

1970 found Fairport Convention reduced to a quartet after the departure of their singer Sandy Denny. They decided not to replace her and recorded FULL HOUSE, a ferocious blend of high intensity rock dynamics with traditional British Isle fiddle-filled forms. With accolades accumulating for both FULL HOUSE and its predecessor, the beloved LEIGE AND LEIF, another tour of America was mounted in the late summer. HOUSE FULL was recorded in Los Angeles at the Troubador. A fine companion piece to its alternately-ordered namesake, these eight songs are a revamped set of the live album released only in the UK. The line-up of the band is extremely impressive, but it was not to last. Richard Thompson left the following year before another studio album was made. UK remastered reissue of 1986 album for Hannibal that's out-of-print in the U.S. with 2 added bonus tracks, 'Bonnie Kate/Sir B.McKenzies' & 'Yellow Bird' both taken from the album Live At The Troubadour (1976).

Fairport Convention - What We Did On Our Holidays (1969) Expanded Remastered 2003

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Fairport Convention - What We Did On Our Holidays (1969) Expanded Remastered 2003

Fairport Convention - What We Did On Our Holidays (1969) Expanded Remastered 2003
XLD | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 248 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 111 Mb | Scans ~ 52 Mb
Label: Island Remasters | # IMCD 294/063 597-2 | Time: 00:48:34
British Folk-Rock, Folk, Folk-Blues, Psychedelic

Digitally remastered edition of the 2nd Fairport Convention LP and the first to include the presence of Sandy Denny was recorded in 1968. It showcases a young group taking pleasure in singing and playing whatever took its' collective fancy, and doing this with surprising sensitivity, authority and musicality. Also evident is the trademark unpredictability and wacky sense of fun which marked their live concerts . Make 'em laugh, make 'em cry, make 'em puzzled; that was early Fairport. Includes 3 Bonus Tracks. "Throwaway Street Puzzle" was released as the b-side of the "Meet On The Ledge" single. "You're Gonna Need My Help" is a rare BBC Radio recording from 1969 and features a virtuoso slide-guitar performance by Richard Thompson. "Some Sweet Day" was originally recorded to be released as a single but was shelved in favour of "Meet On The Ledge".

Fairport Convention - Rosie (1973) Expanded Remastered 2004

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Fairport Convention - Rosie (1973) Expanded Remastered 2004

Fairport Convention - Rosie (1973) Expanded Remastered 2004
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 320 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 139 Mb | Scans included | 00:56:23
British Folk-Rock, Progressive Folk, Psychedelic | Label: Island | # IMCD 309, 982 150-2

"Rosie" is the eighth studio album by folk-rock outfit Fairport Convention, released in 1973. The album was the first to feature Australian singer-songwriter guitarist Trevor Lucas and American lead guitarist Jerry Donahue. Both had previously played with ex-Fairport Sandy Denny, to whom Lucas was married, in the short-lived Fotheringay. Here they had effectively replaced Simon Nicol who had quit Fairport to join another ex-member Ashley Hutchings in The Albion Band, thus leaving the band with no original members until he rejoined in 1976. Remastered reissue includes previously unreleased bonus tracks, 'Matthew, Mark, Luke, & John' (Live), 'The Hen's March Through the Midden…' (Live), 'Rosie' (Live), & 'The Claw' (Live).

Sandy Denny - A Boxful of Treasures (2004) 5 CD Box Set

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Sandy Denny - A Boxful of Treasures (2004) 5 CD Box Set

Sandy Denny - A Boxful of Treasures (2004) 5 CD Box Set
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 1.83 Gb | Scans ~ 97 Mb | Time: 05:56:25
British Folk, British Folk-Rock, Psychedelic | Label: Fledg'ling | # NEST 5002

A Boxful of Treasures is a 2004 compilation box set of recordings by folk rock legend Sandy Denny and comprises solo material and recordings made during her time as a member of Fotheringay, Fairport Convention, and other groups. The fifth CD contains previously unreleased tracks, most of which are demos recorded at Denny's home.

Lindisfarne - The Charisma Years 1970-1973 (2011) 4CD Box Set

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Lindisfarne - The Charisma Years 1970-1973 (2011) 4CD Box Set

Lindisfarne - The Charisma Years 1970-1973 (2011) 4CD Box Set
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.71 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 652 Mb | Scans ~ 96 Mb
Label: EMI/Virgin | # 50999 9 48391 2 8 | Time: 04:44:28
British Folk-Rock, Folk-Prog, Psychedelic Folk

Digitally re-mastered four CD collection from the British Folk icons. The Charisma Years (1970-1973) comprises the five Lindisfarne albums that were released by the Charisma label. The set also includes B-sides, outtakes and several rare tracks taken from foreign LPs, most of which are appearing on CD for the first time. Features the albums Nicely Out of Tune (1970), Fog on the Tyne (1971), Dingly Dell (1972), Roll On, Ruby (1973) and Live (1973).

Pentangle - Early Classics (1992) Reissue 2001

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Pentangle - Early Classics (1992) Reissue 2001

Pentangle - Early Classics (1992) Reissue 2001
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 371 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 155 Mb | Scans included | 01:03:39
Progressive Folk, British Folk-Rock, Psychedelic | Label: Shanachie | # 79078

A 14-song, 63-minute collection (originally a double LP) comprising many of the highlights (but no "Light Flight") of the original group's history from 1968 through 1972. The notes are minimal, and there are no original release dates or any identification of the albums (The Pentangle, Sweet Child, Basket of Light, Cruel Sister, etc.) whence this material originated. The latter are the only flaws in what is otherwise a fine if not completely comprehensive cross-section of the group's work, showcasing their many and varied sides – Bert Jansch's, Danny Thompson's, and Terry Cox's jazz leanings in "Train Song," John Renbourn's more traditional approach in "Let No Man Steal Your Thyme," their forays into medieval music ("Lyke-Wake Dirge") and progressive folk ("House Carpenter," "Bruton Town"), etc., much of it projected by Jacqui McShee's clear, soaring vocals. The CD also highlights their early records' effective use of stereo as a format for their contrasting technique, especially among the guitars and the rhythm section.

Richard Thompson - Watching The Dark (1993) 3CD Set

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Richard Thompson - Watching The Dark (1993) 3CD Set

Richard Thompson - Watching The Dark (1993) 3CD Set
XLD | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 1.15 Gb | Scans ~ 44 Mb | Time: 03:37:27
Singer/Songwriter, Folk-Rock, British Folk, Psychedelic | Label: Hannibal | # HNCD 5303

Watching The Dark contains 3 CDs with 23 live, rare and unreleased tracks spanning the years 1969-1992. Also included is a 24-page booklet with photos, a complete biography and a selected discography. Includes liner notes by Greil Marcus, Joe Boyd and Leslie Berman. This three-disc set contains too many rarities and flouts chronology too blatantly to function as a simple best-of. Rather, it's an eclectic overview that dips deep enough into the archives to appeal to the hardcore fans that make up most of Thompson's audience while featuring enough classics to operate as a de facto "Greatest Hits" for those unfamiliar with the unjustly hitless guitarist/singer/songwriter. Previously unreleased live cuts display Thompson's unrivaled way with his axe ("Can't Win," "Calvary Cross"). Fans of Thompson's folkier side will delight at never-before heard traditional tunes like "Bogie's Bonnie Belle" and "Poor Wee Jockey Clarke." There are even some previously unheard Fairport tracks for those who've been in on Thompson's special gift from the very beginning. If you love Thompson, you must own this.

The Pentangle - Solomon's Seal (1972) Japanese Reissue, SHM-CD 2010

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The Pentangle - Solomon's Seal (1972) Japanese Reissue, SHM-CD 2010

The Pentangle - Solomon's Seal (1972) Japanese Reissue, SHM-CD 2010
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 197 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 82 Mb | Scans ~ 107 Mb
British Folk-Rock, Psychedelic Folk | Label: Universal/Sanctuary | # UICY-20143 | 00:35:39

Solomon's Seal was an album recorded in 1972 by folk-rock band Pentangle. It was the last album recorded by the original line-up, before the band split in 1973. Jacqui McShee has stated that it is her favourite Pentangle album. The album title refers to the Seal of Solomon - a mythical signet ring with magical powers, sometimes associated with the pentagram symbol adopted by Pentangle.

The Pentangle - Basket Of Light (1969) [Non-Remastered, 1988]

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The Pentangle - Basket Of Light (1969) [Non-Remastered, 1988]

The Pentangle - Basket Of Light (1969) [Non-Remastered, 1988]
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 224 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 95 Mb | Covers included
Label: Line Records/Transatlantic Records | # TACD 9.00555 O | Time: 00:40:43
British Folk-Rock, Psychedelic, Progressive Folk, Folk-Jazz

Although Sweet Child is usually cited as the group's high-water mark, Basket of Light finds them at their most progressive and exciting. Highlights of this album – which actually reached the Top Five in the U.K. – include the buzzing jazz dynamics of "Light Flight," their moving rendition of the traditional folk song "Once I Had a Sweetheart," their reinvention of the girl group smash "Sally Go Round the Roses," and "Springtime Promises," one of their finest original tunes.

Pentangle - Light Flight: The Anthology (2002) 2CDs

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Pentangle - Light Flight: The Anthology (2002) 2CDs

Pentangle - Light Flight: The Anthology (2002) 2 CDs
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 730 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 292 Mb | Scans ~ 26 Mb | 02:07:58
British Folk-Rock, Psychedelic Folk, Folk-Prog | Label: Castle | # CAS 72357-2

Two CD set. Pretty much the first UK Folk-Rock supergroup and the inventors of the sound that would later be adopted by Fairport, Trees and others. Pentangle were an unusual agglomeration of seemingly disparate talents, and at their best succeeded in mixing elements of traditional Folk, Jazz improvisation and Pop into a seamless whole. Featuring the brilliant and contrasting guitar talents of Bert Jansch and John Renbourn, against the rhythmic undertow provided by drummer Terry Cox and superb bass player Danny Thompson, and topped off with the bell-like purity of Jacqui McShee's vocals, Pentangle garnered much critical acclaim. This is the perfect introduction to their work. 31 tracks.

Michael Chapman - Looking For Eleven (1980) Reissue 1996

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Michael Chapman - Looking For Eleven (1980) Reissue 1996

Michael Chapman - Looking For Eleven (1980) Reissue 1996
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 295 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 120 Mb | Scans ~ 27 Mb | 00:52:14
Singer-Songwriter, British Folk-Rock, Folk, Psychedelic | Label: Edsel | # EDCD 496

Originally recorded for Criminal Records in 1980, Looking for Eleven finds Rod Clements and Ray Laidlaw of Lindisfarne handling bass and drum duties, rather than Rick Kemp and Dave Mattacks. The resulting set has a somewhat stripped-down sound to it, though the assorted Chapman trademarks are present and accounted for, right down to the offbeat guitar sounds (Chapman, like John Martyn, has always refused to stick with a typical acoustic guitar sound). This album features more than the usual amount of instrumental work, which makes for a particularly engaging listening experience.

Oysterband - Trawler (1994)

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Oysterband - Trawler (1994)

Oysterband - Trawler (1994)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 391 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 137 Mb | Scans included | 00:57:34
British Folk-Rock, Celtic Rock, British Folk | Label: Cooking Vinyl | # COOK CD 078

Oysterband's Trawler is a compilation of favorites from the group's previous seven albums, only newly recorded by the present lineup. Essentially, it's like a "covers" album of The Oysterband covering itself. Long one of Britain's prime synthesists of Celtic and rock, and a thorn in the side of purists everywhere, Trawler takes the group's material one step further away from tradition. Hal-An-Tow is a possessed whirligig of sounds; Oxford Girl reconfirms itself as the group's most memorable melody. One has to admit to slight unease with the "rewriting history" aspect of this re-recording, and a compilation of the original versions would have been far more comfortable.

Maddy Prior & June Tabor - Silly Sisters (1976) Reissue 1994

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Maddy Prior & June Tabor - Silly Sisters (1976) Reissue 1994

Maddy Prior & June Tabor - Silly Sisters (1976) Reissue 1994
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 240 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 109 Mb | Scans included
British Folk, British Folk-Rock, Celtic | Label: BGO | # BGOCD214 | Time: 00:41:50

This was a match made in heaven: Maddy Prior, the sweet-voiced singer for Steeleye Span, and June Tabor, a darker-toned solo performer who was already making a significant name for herself on the British folk scene. The collaboration was blessed by the presence of most of that scene's aristocracy, including guitarists Nic Jones and Martin Carthy, bassist Danny Thompson, and mandolinist Andy Irvine. But the album's most transcendent moments come when Prior and Tabor sing together a cappella, as they do at the beginning of the gentle "Seven Joys of Mary" and the more astringent "Burning of Auchindoon," not to mention the hair-raising "Four Loom Weaver." A few of these songs require a couple of listens before they reveal all of their charms, but all of them are worth the effort.