Speedy Return

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
There's a little bit of a second-generation British folk-rock feel to Ashley's second album, links to the first generation being the presence of Fairport Convention's rhythm section bassist Dave Pegg and drummer Dave Mattacks on several tracks as well as some orchestration by Robert Kirby who did the same for Nick Drake. It's mild, varied mid-'70s British folk-rock sometimes verging on reflective singer/songwriter stuff, particularly on the tunes with strings, "Broken Wing" one of the better numbers coming almost close to pop. But there are also echoes of several forms of traditional British Isles folk music in the melodies and lilt of some of the rhythms, especially...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
There's a little bit of a second-generation British folk-rock feel to Ashley's second album, links to the first generation being the presence of Fairport Convention's rhythm section bassist Dave Pegg and drummer Dave Mattacks on several tracks as well as some orchestration by Robert Kirby who did the same for Nick Drake. It's mild, varied mid-'70s British folk-rock sometimes verging on reflective singer/songwriter stuff, particularly on the tunes with strings, "Broken Wing" one of the better numbers coming almost close to pop. But there are also echoes of several forms of traditional British Isles folk music in the melodies and lilt of some of the rhythms, especially on "Old John England," which is based on the traditional tune "Pase el Agoa." Ashley's thin, gentle voice doesn't carry his intricate, sometimes abstract lyrics with memorable force or nuance, though, and his melodies are pleasant but not outstanding.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/28/2006
  • Label: Airmail Japan
  • EAN: 4571136371488
  • Catalog Number: 1155

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 None Can Tell (4:11)
  2. 2 Don't Forget (5:05)
  3. 3 Well Well Well (4:40)
  4. 4 Good Enemies (4:46)
  5. 5 Lazy Lament (2:42)
  6. 6 Speedy Return (1:02)
  7. 7 Old John England (2:35)
  8. 8 Cynical Sam (3:37)
  9. 9 Travelling Through the Night (4:13)
  10. 10 Broken Wing (3:09)
  11. 11 Well at the World's End (3:14)
  12. 12 Duke of Cambridge (3:12)
  13. 13 First Thing (4:44)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Steve Ashley Primary Artist, Guitar, Harmonica, Mandolin, Vocals, Human Whistle, 12-string Guitar, Mouth Organ
Maddy Prior Spoons
Lea Nicholson Concertina
Dave Pegg Bass
Simon Phillips Drums
Richard Byers Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Mandolin, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
DeLisle Harper Bass
Robert Kirby Drums
Dennis Lopez Percussion
Dave Mattacks Drums, Tambourine
Royston Mitchell Piano, Keyboards, Marimbas
Technical Credits
Steve Ashley Composer
Karl Dallas Liner Notes
Robert Kirby Producer, Orchestration, Orchestral Arrangements
Roger Quested Engineer
Traditional Composer
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