White Bicycles: Making Music in the 1960s

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
This 23-song compilation, issued as a tie-in to producer Joe Boyd's autobiography of the same name, is sure to attract the attention of Richard Thompson fanatics, who will be drawn to the presence of the previously unissued "Church Mouse" by Dudu Pukwana & Spear; Thompson and Simon Nicol played with the African alto saxman on what was to be a major single release, but one that only made it out in South Africa, and only in partly finished form, as far as Boyd and the artist were concerned. Of course, those who love great guitar playing may also want to give a close listen to "Spanish Ladies Medley" by Dave Swarbrick, Martin Carthy, and Diz Disley, where the plucked ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
This 23-song compilation, issued as a tie-in to producer Joe Boyd's autobiography of the same name, is sure to attract the attention of Richard Thompson fanatics, who will be drawn to the presence of the previously unissued "Church Mouse" by Dudu Pukwana & Spear; Thompson and Simon Nicol played with the African alto saxman on what was to be a major single release, but one that only made it out in South Africa, and only in partly finished form, as far as Boyd and the artist were concerned. Of course, those who love great guitar playing may also want to give a close listen to "Spanish Ladies Medley" by Dave Swarbrick, Martin Carthy, and Diz Disley, where the plucked instruments run thick and rich and reach into Django Reinhardt territory (and why does one get the feeling, listening to this, that if Reinhardt had lived Boyd would have gotten him in on this?). This is also the second major anthology release of 2006 to feature Vashti Bunyan, which must say something about her prominence in the pantheon of British folk artists of the 1960s, putting her alongside the Incredible String Band, Fotheringay, Fairport Convention, Shirley Collins, Nick Drake et al. -- not bad for a singer whose most visible and easily accessible piece of music 15 years ago was a fragment of an unreleased Immediate track on the soundtrack of the documentary Tonight Let's All Make Love in London. Not that this is remotely an all-folk collection -- it opens with the 1966-vintage recording of "Crossroads" by Eric Clapton & the Powerhouse, and also includes tracks by Pink Floyd ("Arnold Layne"), Soft Machine ("She's Gone"), and Nico ("Afraid"). Boyd co-produced this collection, which touches on some of the key points of his career from several angles -- Pink Floyd's debut single, the recording of which got Boyd squeezed out of the business end of their success and off of their subsequent records, even though it was a hit; his venture into jug band music with the Purple Gang's "Granny Takes a Trip"; and the debut single by Fairport Convention, "If I Had a Ribbon Bow," to demonstrate how he and the band accommodated each other's differing approaches to music. From Fairport Convention's Unhalfbricking album -- they had truly started working on all cylinders at this point but the album's material was obliterated from their stage work by the road accident that killed their drummer soon after its completion -- comes the trauma of "Autopsy," followed by "The Deserter," representing the band's new peak achieved on Liege & Lief. The blind alleys and not fully realized pieces are also worth hearing, and not just because they're previously unissued. "I Don't Mind" by Ed Carter and Mike Kowalski -- two members of the Beach Boys' touring band who chose to stay behind in England after a tour there -- is a good example of bluesy, folky progressive guitar-dominated rock with some powerful jazz elements; one wonders, if they'd been able to muster a full album, what these guys might have done both in and to music in 1969-1970. "Church Mouse" by Dudu Pukwana & Spear is worth it, whatever the producer's reservations, Thompson and Nicol's guitars adding some charming embellishment to the sax and trumpet. It all ends on a nicely, zanily bizarre note with the Geoff & Maria Muldaur recording of "Brazil," the old musical chestnut best known for its use in a pair of movies, 1943's The Gang's All Here (in which it first appeared) and Terry Gilliam's Brazil in 1985. The sound is superb throughout, and the annotation by Boyd is nicely personal and enlightening. Indeed, after hearing the CD, you will likely want a copy of the book as well.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/25/2006
  • Label: Fledg'ling Uk
  • EAN: 5020393306126
  • Catalog Number: 3061
  • Sales rank: 157,976

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Crossroads - Eric Clapton (2:20)
  2. 2 Way Back in the 1960s - The Incredible String Band (3:12)
  3. 3 Because It Wouldn't Pay - Johnny Handle (1:46)
  4. 4 Spanish Ladies Medley - Diz Disley (1:37)
  5. 5 Arnold Layne - Pink Floyd (2:56)
  6. 6 Granny Takes a Trip - Purple Gang (2:37)
  7. 7 She's Gone - Soft Machine (2:31)
  8. 8 If I Had a Ribbon Bow - Fairport Convention (2:43)
  9. 9 Seven Yellow Gypsies - Shirley Collins (1:46)
  10. 10 Chinese White - The Incredible String Band (3:40)
  11. 11 Autopsy - Fairport Convention (4:23)
  12. 12 The Deserter - Fairport Convention (4:25)
  13. 13 Poor Boy - Nick Drake (6:08)
  14. 14 The Sea - Fotheringay (5:32)
  15. 15 Flowers of the Forest - Mike Heron (5:46)
  16. 16 Come Wind Come Rain - Vashti (2:08)
  17. 17 Primrose Hill - John Martyn (2:56)
  18. 18 I Don't Mind @@New Nadir (4:15)
  19. 19 Church Mouse - Dudu Pukwana & Spear (2:47)
  20. 20 Andromeda - Chris McGregor & the Brotherhood of Breath (4:08)
  21. 21 Afraid @@Nico (3:30)
  22. 22 Way to Blue - Nick Drake (3:10)
  23. 23 Brazil - Geoff & Maria Muldaur (3:32)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Martin Carthy Guitar
Shirley Collins Vocals
Dave Swarbrick Fiddle, Mandolin
Bill Keith Pedal Steel Guitar
Sandy Denny Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Nick Drake Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
John Martyn Guitar
Geoff Muldaur Guitar, Vocals
Robin Williamson Guitar, Vocals, Hand Clapping, Track Performer, Gimbri
Dudu Pukwana Alto Saxophone
Syd Barrett Guitar, Vocals
Jack Bruce Bass
Fairport Convention Track Performer
Roger Waters Bass, Vocals
Steve Winwood Organ, Vocals
Robert Wyatt Drums, Vocals
Chris McGregor Piano
Harry Miller Bass
Louis Moholo Drums
John Surman Saxophone
Harry Beckett Trumpet
Marc Charig Cornet
Alan Skidmore Saxophone
Maria Muldaur Vocals
Daevid Allen Guitar
Amos Garrett Guitar
Kevin Ayers Bass Guitar, Vocals
Jerry Donahue Guitar
Mike Heron Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Hand Clapping, Track Performer
Ashley Hutchings Bass
Trevor Lucas Guitar
Nick Mason Drums
Simon Nicol Banjo, Guitar
Dave Pegg Bass
Doris Troy Background Vocals
Joe Beard Guitar, Vocals
Mongezi Feza Pocket Trumpet
P.P. Arnold Background Vocals
Eric Clapton Guitar
Gerry Conway Drums
Diz Disley Guitar
Pat Donaldson Bass
Judy Dyble Autoharp, Vocals
Peter Ecklund Trumpet, Human Whistle
Nick Evans Trombone
Pink Floyd Track Performer
Tristan Fry Vibes
Malcolm Griffiths Trombone
Hal Grossman Tuba
Tyger Hutchings Bass
Wells Kelly Drums
Mike Kowalski Percussion, Drums
Martin Lamble Percussion, Drums
Hank Langley Jug
Beverley Martyn Vocals
Dave Mattacks Drums
Billy Mundi Percussion
Ben Palmer Piano
Mike Ratledge Organ, Piano
Alan Spenner Bass
Ray Warleigh Saxophone, Alto Saxophone
Pete York Drums
Geoffrey Bowyer Piano, Washboard
Gerry Robinson Harmonica
Danny Thompson Bass
Billy Wolf Bass
Johnny Handle Vocals, Melodion
Vashti Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Ian MacDonald Vocals
Paul "Blind Man" Harris Piano
Ed Carter Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
Shirley Collins Arranger
Dave Swarbrick Arranger
Nick Drake Composer
Dudu Pukwana Composer
Syd Barrett Composer
John Cale Producer, Instrumentation
Fairport Convention Arranger
Chris McGregor Composer
John Wood Engineer
Mike Heron Composer
Joe Boyd Producer, Sleeve Notes
Jerry Boys Engineer
Jacques Demy Composer
Keith Grant Engineer
Robert Johnson Composer
Robert Kirby String Arrangements, Brass Arrangment
Roger Mayer Engineer
Nigel Waymouth Cover Design
Johnny Handle Composer
Traditional Composer
Vashti Composer
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