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Various Artists: The Harvest of Gold

The Harvest of Gold (Dejavu Retro Gold R2CD 42-47)

The Harvest of Gold
The English Folk Almanac

Various Artists

Dejavu Retro Gold Collection R2CD 42-47 (2 CD, UK, February 2003)

This is a collection of live recordings from four bands. There is no information provided with this release as to the source of the tracks except that they are shown as being licensed from Music Masters USA. But they are probably from BBC Radio Concert Sessions in the early '70s. Ian and Stephanie Rennie suggested on their (now defunct) Expletive Delighted website that the Fairport tracks are most likely from a “Sounds on Sunday” radio session recorded in early 1971 at the Royal Albert Hall. The Steeleye Span tracks are probably from BBC John Peel sessions in 1972 and early 1973, even though the CD's “20 page booklet with rare photographs” shows pictures of a later Steeleye Span line-up with drummer Nigel Pegrum.

Two of the Fairport tracks (The Deserter and The Lark in the Morning) and the four Steeleye Span songs—but not the reels—have been released in 1987 on the BBC LP Through Bushes and Briar.

Tracks

CD 1CD 2

Fairport Convention

  1. Dirty Linen (3.55)
  2. The Deserter (Roud 493; G/D 1:83) (4.25)
  3. Bridge Over the River Ash (2.17)
  4. The Lark in the Morning (3.46)
  5. Sir Patrick Spens (Roud 41; Child 58; G/D 1:17) (3.27)

Steeleye Span

  1. One Misty Moisty Morning (Roud 20075) (2.57)
    BBC John Peel session rec. January 16 or 12 February 1973
  2. The Banks of Ireland / Lucy Campbell (2.46)
    BBC John Peel session rec. 2 October 1972
  3. Three Drunken Maidens (Roud 252) (2.28)
    BBC John Peel session rec. 16 January 1973
  4. Gaudete (2.34)
    BBC John Peel session rec. 2 October 1972
  5. The Royal Forester (Roud 67; Child 110; G/D 7:1465) (4.09)
    BBC John Peel session rec. 21 February 1972
  6. Reels: Dowd's Favourite / £10 Float / The Morning Dew (2.56)
    BBC John Peel session rec. 21 February 1972 ?

Amazing Blondel

  1. Toye (3.55)
  2. Seascape (4.25)
  3. Dolor Dulcis (2.17)
  4. Pavan (3.46)
  5. Shepherd's Song (3.27)
  6. Celestial Light (3.27)

Magna Carta

  1. Parliament Hill (2.17)
  2. Airport Song (3.46)
  3. My Son's a Prawn (3.27)
  4. Old John Parker (3.27)

Acknowledgements

Thanks to Andreas Narr and to Ian and Stephanie Rennie.