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Plainsong
     

Plainsong

by Plainsong
 
Ian Matthews' post-Fairport Convention quartet Plainsong only produced two records (not counting their competent but mediocre 1995 reunion album) before breaking up in the mid-'70s, but both 1972's In Search of Amelia Earhart and Now We Are 3 -- the latter is issued here for the very first

Overview

Ian Matthews' post-Fairport Convention quartet Plainsong only produced two records (not counting their competent but mediocre 1995 reunion album) before breaking up in the mid-'70s, but both 1972's In Search of Amelia Earhart and Now We Are 3 -- the latter is issued here for the very first time -- contain some of the most flawless and emotional country-tinged folk-rock of the era. This eponymous two-disc set from the Water label includes both albums in their entirety, as well as numerous bonus cuts and live tracks. Matthews was blessed with one of the clearest voices in popular music, and he let it shine on the wistful Amelia Earhart. "For the Second Time," "Louise," "Call the Tune," and the epic title cut rank as some his best work, but the group's long-shelved sophomore record was not without its charms. Taken on its own, Now We Are 3 is Amelia Earhart's countrified, less successful baby brother, but the honky tonk-inspired "Swinging Doors," the Randy Newman-esque "Miss the Mississippi and You," and the sparse "Keep on Sailing" and "Old Man at the Mill" -- both of which eventually found homes on Matthews' 1973 solo release -- are top-notch productions that put the more popular and recognizable work of "Take it Easy"-era Eagles to shame. Highly recommended.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/10/2005
Label:
Water
UPC:
0646315714920
catalogNumber:
149
Rank:
66663

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Plainsong   Primary Artist
Steve Ashley   Harmonica
Andy Roberts   Dulcimer,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
B.J. Cole   Dobro,Pedal Steel Guitar
Timi Donald   Percussion,Drums,Group Member
Martin Jenkins   Mandocello
Dave Mattacks   Drums
Ian Matthews   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Vocals,Group Member
Dave Richards   Bass,Piano,Bass Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Bob Ronga   Guitar,Vocals,Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Roger Swallow   Drums
Ray Warleigh   Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Merle Haggard   Composer
John Hartford   Composer
Chris Hillman   Composer
Jimmie Rodgers   Composer
Judy Henske   Composer
Utah Phillips   Composer
Paul Siebel   Composer
Gene Clark   Composer
Richard Thompson   Composer
Rick Cunha   Composer
Plainsong   Arranger
Andy Roberts   Composer,Liner Notes
Jerry Boys   Engineer
Martin Cooper   Composer
Terry Fell   Composer
George Frayne   Composer
Ian Matthews   Composer,Liner Notes
Harry Robinson   String Arrangements
Jimmy Rogers   Composer
Hank Williams   Composer
Jerry Yester   Composer
Tandyn Almer   Composer
Sandy Roberton   Producer,Audio Production
Fred Goerner   Liner Notes
Patrick Roques   Art Direction
Albert E. Brumley   Composer
Henry Whitter   Composer
F.J. Lewey   Composer
Dave McEnery   Composer
Jim Fagan   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Pat Thomas   Producer,Liner Notes

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