Refugees: A Charisma Records Anthology 1969-1978

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
In some ways, this very fully packed triple-CD set is akin to a gift from heaven -- who could have expected, so far into the 21st century, that some producer would assemble the highlights of the Charisma record label in so thorough a manner? Charisma Records wasn't quite like any other record label in England (or anywhere else). Whereas other U.K. companies such as Decca, EMI, and Pye created special imprints devoted to their more adventurous musical acts at the end of the 1960s -- Deram, Harvest, and Dawn, respectively -- Charisma was founded as a progressive rock label from day one; it was never "mainstream" except to the degree -- and revisionists may dispute this, but ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
In some ways, this very fully packed triple-CD set is akin to a gift from heaven -- who could have expected, so far into the 21st century, that some producer would assemble the highlights of the Charisma record label in so thorough a manner? Charisma Records wasn't quite like any other record label in England (or anywhere else). Whereas other U.K. companies such as Decca, EMI, and Pye created special imprints devoted to their more adventurous musical acts at the end of the 1960s -- Deram, Harvest, and Dawn, respectively -- Charisma was founded as a progressive rock label from day one; it was never "mainstream" except to the degree -- and revisionists may dispute this, but they would be wrong -- that progressive rock became mainstream in the first half of the 1970s. The company had its share of future superstars, most notably Genesis, and stars in the guise of Lindisfarne and Van der Graaf Generator, and also a brace of artists that, sad to note in the context of this set, never did find suitable homes elsewhere, following the demise of the company and its founder, Tony Stratton-Smith (an ex-sports journalist with an interest in music). In many instances, the most familiar artists here (Genesis, the Nice, Van der Graaf Generator, et al.) are represented by relative obscurities, such as single edits and B-sides, which gives this set some appeal to completists, while the genuinely obscure people, such as "Topo D. Bill" on "Witchi Tai To" (actually Legs Larry Smith of the Bonzo Dog Band), do manage to get airings amid this august company, all to their advantage. And the makers have left few stones unturned, even including the Monty Python "Spam" song plus other bits of inspired madness and '70s-era U.K. whimsy. All of the expected bases are touched, not only Genesis, Peter Hammill, Peter Gabriel, et al., but also Lindisfarne and their offshoot group Jack the Lad, plus Alan Hull's solo work. And the Nice successor group Refugee gets a good accounting as well. And speaking of progressive keyboard music, Bo Hansson (of Lord of the Rings album fame) commands some space here, along with the first incarnation of Rare Bird. The sound is excellent and producer Phil Smee has not skimped on the annotation on this nicely designed triple-CD, 40-track package. The only caveat might be that, as one might expect, this set is for the already converted -- anyone not already enamored of progressive rock or the more adventurous sides of U.K. folk-rock of the 1970s may remain unmoved by much of what's here (Peter Gabriel's "Solsbury Hill" will be the most familiar track to casual listeners). But as an overview of a label that dominated that field as much as any of the majors, this set is a top choice, if not exactly an ultimate or all-encompassing resource.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/17/2009
  • Label: Emd Int'l
  • UPC: 094637063828
  • Catalog Number: 3706382

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 America - The Nice (6:08)
  2. 2 Witchi-Tai-To - Topo D. Bill (3:31)
  3. 3 Sympathy - Rare Bird (2:34)
  4. 4 Refugees - Van der Graaf Generator (5:22)
  5. 5 Lady Eleanor - Lindisfarne (4:14)
  6. 6 Bed Ain't What It Used To Be (9:30)
  7. 7 Country Pie/Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 - The Nice (5:43)
  8. 8 Reawakening - Peter Hammill (3:58)
  9. 9 Looking For Someone - Genesis (7:08)
  10. 10 High Priest of Memphis - Bell & Arc (3:31)
  11. 11 Doubting Thomas - Jackson Heights (4:14)
  12. 12 The House on the Hill (7:29)
  13. 13 Spam Song - Monty Python's Flying Circus (2:27)
  14. 14 The Black Riders and Flight to the Ford - Bo Hansson (4:09)
  15. 15 City Song - Lindisfarne (3:07)
  16. 16 Theme One - Van der Graaf Generator (2:54)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Hammerhead - Rare Bird (3:33)
  2. 2 Jackdaw (7:31)
  3. 3 Pioneers Over C - Van der Graaf Generator (12:39)
  4. 4 Grass For Blades - Hot Thumbs O'Riley (3:54)
  5. 5 Twilight Alehouse - Genesis (7:47)
  6. 6 United States of Mind - Alan Hull (3:07)
  7. 7 Why Can't I Be Satisfied - Jack the Lad (4:02)
  8. 8 I Am and So Are You - Capability Brown (4:00)
  9. 9 Ritt Mickley (5:58)
  10. 10 Gaye - Clifford T. Ward (3:37)
  11. 11 Freedom Jazz Dance - Keith Emerson (3:06)
  12. 12 Heartfeeder - String Driven Thing (6:37)
  13. 13 Excursion With Complications - Bo Hansson (3:28)
  14. 14 Mrs. Niggerbater - Monty Python's Flying Circus (1:08)
  15. 15 Red Shift - Peter Hammill (8:10)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Steppenwolf - Hawkwind (9:46)
  2. 2 Nadir's Big Chance - Peter Hammill (3:39)
  3. 3 Star of Sirius - Steve Hackett (7:08)
  4. 4 The Cask of Amontillado - The Alan Parsons Project (4:30)
  5. 5 Starving In the Tropics - String Driven Thing (5:19)
  6. 6 Nuclear Burn (6:22)
  7. 7 Arrow - Van der Graaf Generator (9:47)
  8. 8 Attic Thoughts - Bo Hansson (5:33)
  9. 9 Match of the Day - Genesis (3:25)
  10. 10 Psi Power - The Hawklords (6:09)
  11. 11 Solsbury Hill - Peter Gabriel (4:22)
  12. 12 Sun In the Night (4:26)
  13. 13 God Rock - Nik Turner's Sphynx (7:35)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Leonard Bernstein Composer
Stephen Sondheim Composer
Phil Collins Composer
Bob Dylan Composer
Peter Gabriel Composer
Genesis Arranger
Steve Hackett Composer, Producer
Peter Hammill Composer, Producer
Hawkwind Producer
The Nice Arranger, Producer
Van der Graaf Generator Producer
Eddie Harris Composer
Patrick Moraz Composer
Anthony Phillips Composer
Rare Bird Composer, Producer
Graham Bell Composer
Dave Brock Producer
Robert Calvert Composer, Producer
Alan Hull Composer, Producer
Jim Pembroke Composer
Clifford T. Ward Composer, Producer
Howard Werth Composer
Michael Palin Composer, Producer
Bo Hansson Composer, Producer
John Acock Producer
Johann Sebastian Bach Composer
Tony Banks Composer
Graham Chapman Composer
John Cleese Composer
Gus Dudgeon Producer
James Exell Composer
Bob Ezrin Producer
Colin Fairley Composer
Keith Gemmell Composer
Terry Gilliam Composer
John Goodsall Composer
Eric Idle Composer
Bob Johnston Producer
Dennis MacKay Producer
Peter Mew Remastering
Hugh Murphy Producer
Mike Rutherford Composer
Mickey Sweeney Producer
Shel Talmy Producer
Nik Turner Composer
Eric Woolfson Composer
Alan Parsons Composer
Fred Tomlinson Composer
Tony Stratton-Smith Liner Notes
Anders Lind Producer
Kathy Bryan Remastering
David Brock Composer
Hammill Composer
Goodall Composer
Mark Powell Liner Notes, Tape Research
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