Electric Muse

The Story of Folk Into Rock


Island/Transatlantic Folk 1001 (4 LP, UK, 1975)


Vale la pena di parlare di questa opera monumentale, un classico per la storia del folk. In essa, Peter Bellamy e gli Young Tradition partecipano con la sola "Lyke Wake Dirge", tratta dal primo album del gruppo. Nella versione CD questo brano è sostituito da "The Fox Hunt". L'opera è articolata in 4 vinili + un dettagliato booklet curato da Karl Dallas, che è anche l'ideatore del progetto. Bellissima e originale la concezione grafica.


Album 1, Side A

From the Acoustic Roots


Introductory Medley:

Steeleye Span: Robbery With Violins

from Parcel of Rogues;

Ian Campbell Folk Group: Tail Toddle (extract)

from Edinburgh Folk Festival;

Fairport Convention: Sir B. McKenzie (extract)

B-side of the single Now Be Thankful; later released on the Full House CD reissue

Leadbelly: The Gallows Pole

Jack Elliott: Pretty Boy Floyd

from Talking Woody Guthrie

Margaret Barry: She Moves Through the Fair

Alan Lomax and the Ramblers: Hard Case

from Alan Lomax and the Ramblers

Jim, John, Bob & Ron Copper: The Banks of Sweet Primroses

previously unreleased BBC recording made on 3.4.1952

Ray & Archie Fisher: The Twa Corbies

from Far Over the Forth

A. L. Lloyd: The Shoals of Herring (extract)

from the BBC radio ballad Singing the Fishing


Album 1, Side B

From Reeling to Rocking


Ian Campbell Folk Group: Campbell's Fancy: The 93rd's Farewell to Gibraltar / Rakes of Kildare / The Drunken Piper / Timour the Tartar

from This is the Ian Campbell Folk Group

The Dubliners: Mason's Apron

The Chieftains: Carolan's Concerto

Gryphon: Kemp's Jig

Fairport Convention: Medley: The Lark in the Morning; Rakish Paddy; Foxhunter's Jig; Toss the Feathers

from Liege and Lief

Morris On Band: Greensleeves

from Morris On

Hedgehog Pie: Drops of Brandy

John Martyn: Eibhlí Gheal Chiún Ni Chearbhaill


Album 2, Side A

Blues, Baroque and Beyond


Davey Graham: Angi

Davey Graham: She Moves Through the Fair

from The Thamesiders and Davey Graham

Davey Graham: Better Git It in Your Soul

John Renbourn: Waltz

Bert Jansch: Veronica

Ralph McTell: Willoughby's Farm

Marc Brierley: Dragonfly

from Marc Brierley

Jackson C. Frank: Blues Run the Game

from Jackson C. Frank

Roy Harper: Forever


Album 2, Side B

Soho, Needless to Say


Pentangle: Waltz

Martin Carthy: Scarborough Fair

from Martin Carthy

Al Stewart: Soho, Needless to Say

John and Beverley Martyn: John the Baptist

New Humblebums: Please Sing a Song for Us

Fairport Convention: Chelsea Morning

from Fairport Convention


Album 3, Side A

Roll Over Cecil (and Tell Vaughan Williams the News)


Shirley Collins, Davey Graham: Pretty Saro

from Folk Roots, New Routes

Bert Jansch: Blackwaterside

The Young Tradition: Lyke Wake Dirge

from The Young Tradition

John Renbourn: Bransle Gay

from The Lady and the Unicorn

Martin Carthy / Dave Swarbrick: Our Captain Cried All Hands

from Byker Hill

Pentangle: Let No Man Steal Your Thyme

Shirley Collins: The Wedding Song

from Anthems in Eden


Album 3, Side B

The Electric Adventure


Fairport Convention: Nottamun Town

from What We Did On Our Holidays

Fairport Convention: Tam Lin

from Liege and Lief

Traffic: John Barleycorn

from John Barleycorn Must Die

Fairport Convention: Lord Marlborough

from Angel Delight

Steeleye Span: The Weaver and the Factory Maid

from Parcel of Rogues


Album 4, Side A

A New Traditon


Bob & Carole Pegg: Rise Up Jock

Mr Fox: The Gay Goshawk

Fairport Convention: Poor Will and the Jolly Hangman

previously unreleased track from the Full House recording sessions; later released on (guitar, vocal)

Lindisfarne: Turn a Deaf Ear

Jack the Lad: The Third Millennium

Richard Thompson: Nobody's Wedding

from Henry the Human Fly


Album 4, Side B

End of a Honeymoon?


Albion Country Band: Albion Sunrise

from Battle of the Field

Albion Morris: Upton-Upon-Severn Stick Dance

previously unissued; later released on Rattlebone & Ploughjack

Fairport Convention: Furs and Feather

from Rosie

Steve Ashley with Tinder Box: The Spirit of Christmas

previously unissued; later released on Stroll On Revisited

Mike & Lal Waterson: The Magical Man

from Bright Phoebus

Fairport Convention: Stranger to Himself

from Rising for the Moon

Albion Country Band: The New St. George / La Rotta

previously unissued; later released on Battle of the Field