A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream

by Oberon

CD

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Overview

Although Oberon's sole, excruciatingly rare album (pressed in a quantity of just 150 in its first release) isn't in first-echelon or perhaps even second-echelon early-'70s British folk-rock, it's agreeable, with the kind of haunting melodic sense typical of the style in those days. Even for a genre as tilted toward mildness as early British folk-rock, this is pretty mild, and its fidelity is a little muffled, at least on the 1995 CD reissue. But it's not lightweight -- the songs have a pleasingly sober, introspective, slightly bittersweet quality, though at times the male vocals tend toward an almost self-parodic stridency and are overly serious. Some flute (in fact "Syrinx" is all unaccompanied flute) adds to the isolated-in-the-forest quality, as if you've come across a field of nomads playing for their own edification rather than a group of musicians making a recording to be distributed. The musical setting's not unlike some of the starkest work of British troubadours like Nick Drake or Sandy Denny, though of course Drake and Denny were much better singers and composers (not to mention recorded with much more professionalism).

Product Details

Release Date: 01/20/2015
Label: Sommor Records
UPC: 4040824084820
catalogNumber: 18
Rank: 115419

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Oberon   Primary Artist
Julian Smedley   Violin,Vocals,Interviewee
Nick Powell   Percussion,Interviewee
Robin Clutterbuck   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Interviewee
Charlie Seaward   Flute,Guitar,Vocals,Interviewee
Jeremy Birchall   Interviewee
Hugh Lupton   Interviewee
Chris Smith   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Bernie Birchall   Bass
Jan Scrimgeour   Guitar,Vocals

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Claude Debussy   Composer
Charles Seaward   Composer
DuBose Heyward   Composer
Robin Clutterbuck   Cover Design
Jeremy Birchall   Arranger
Hugh Lupton   Composer,Lyricist
Chris Smith   Composer
Klemen Breznikar   Interviewer

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