Dr Strangely Strange - Halcyon Days (Unreleased Folkrock UK 1969-70)

Jumat, 12 Oktober 2012

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Where do we place these refugees from reality in the pantheon of Irish rock? Dr Strangely Strange was born out of TCD in the hippie era of the late 1960s, a particularly Irish strand of the psychedelic folkiness personified by The Incredible String Band. They were whimsical, funny, unfailingly amateurish and loved by a coterie which relished their gentle sense of the bizarre and their ability to harness public school education, mild rebellion, Protestant hymn and blues riff into a unique musical exotica. Nine of these tracks from their two albums hark from that era, resurrected from a record company vault. The discovery led Tim Booth, Tim Goulding and Ivan Pawle back to the studio last year to record three more tracks, including the softfocus memoir that is the title track. Halycon Days is well packaged, with copious sleeve notes. The Strangelys were a one-off remembered with affection, and this epilogue is a timely reminder of innocent days.

Dr. Strangely Strange were an experimental Irish folk group formed in Dublin in 1967 by Tim Booth (vocals and guitar) and Ivan Pawle (bass and keyboards).

Soon they teamed with multi-instrumentalist Tim Goulding (vocals and keyboards), an aspiring painter, and began living and rehearsing in a house owned by Goulding's girlfriend, backing vocalist Orphan Annie, which its tenants nicknamed "The Orphanage." After signing with the Incredible String Band's producer and manager Joe Boyd, they debuted in 1969 with Kip of the Serenes. This was produced by Boyd and the sound shares much in common with the String Band. While on tour with Fotheringay, they enlisted drummer Neil Hopwood, and later in the year appeared on the String Band's Changing Horses album.

After 1970's Heavy Petting, Dr. Strangely Strange began falling apart: Goulding left to enter to a Buddhist monastery, while Pawle and Booth teamed with Gay and Terry Woods for a brief tour. The group soon disbanded, but they reunited in 1973 for an Irish tour, and briefly reconvened again in the early 1980s, Eventually Booth established a second Orphanage which became a springboard for a new generation of Irish rock, helping launch the careers of Thin Lizzy's Phil Lynott, Gary Moore and others.

01. Cock-A Doodle-Doo 
02. Sweet Red Rape 
03. Existence Now 
04. Good Evening Mr Woods 
05. Going To Poulaphouca 
06. Mirror Mirror 
07. Horse Of A Different Hue 
08. Lady Of The Glen 
09. Lady Of The Glen 
10. Cock-A-Doodle-Doo (Acoustic Version) (Bonus Track) 
11. Le Le Rockin Sound (Bonus Track) 
12. Invisible Kid (Bonus Track) 
13. Halcyon Days (Bonus Track) 

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