Saturday, March 20, 2010

Bread Love And Dreams - Amaryllis (uk 1971)

Bread, Love and Dreams - Amaryllis (uk 1971, Folk)

Formed: 1969, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Disbanded: 1971 //

Genres: Progressive Folk

* David McNiven (vocals, guitar, flute, mouth-organ, keyboards),
* Angie Rew (vocals, guitar, flute, percussion),
* Alan Trajan (piano, organ, keyboards),
* Phil Grieve (jaw harp),
* Dave Richmond (bass guitar),
* Danny Thompson (bass),
* Terry Cox (drums).

Producer: by Ray Horricks
Engineer: by Derek Varnals
Cover painting: by "knox"

01. Amaryllis, Pt. I: Out of Darkness and into Night
02. Amaryllis, Pt. II: Zoroaster's Prophecy
03. Amaryllis, Pt. III: Light
04. Time's the Thief
05. My Stair-Cupboard at 3 A.M.
06. Brother John
07. Circle of Night

On Bread, Love and Dreams' third and final LP, their approach hadn't changed much since their 1969 debut album, aside from expanding the production some and getting into more ambitious song structures. It still hovered between British folk and British folk-rock, and the genteel pleasantry had an acoustic guitar base, but was sometimes embellished by added instruments like organ, electric guitar, and percussion. The big adventure on this outing was "Amaryllis," a suite of songs that took up all of side one. It sounded much like their other work save for the length and the fairly inscrutable lyrics. It was delivered and constructed in a manner suggesting an epic and/or a journey, yet ultimately in such a vague and impressionistic manner as to be impenetrable as to its specific intention. Side two went back to separate, more standard-length songs, and this worked better, with "Brother John" the most haunting piece on the record. At times, as on "Circle of Night," there's a resemblance to some of the work of Bert Jansch and Pentangle, though the similarity isn't incredibly strong. Ultimately it was pleasant but unmemorable U.K. folk with a few pop and rock touches, the songs sometimes seeming to be trying to bite off more than they could chew in their wrestling with abstract and philosophical images and stories.
~ Richie Unterberger.
Amaryllis is the third and final album by the Edinburgh-based duo of David McNiven and Angie Rew. It was recorded simultaneously with their classic album with the long title The Strange Tale of Captain Shannon and the Hunchback From Gigha. By the time they entered Decca's West Hampstead studio for five days in the summer of 1970, they had enough material to fill two albums, so Captain Shannon were concieved as a double LP. For the sessions, Danny Thompson and Terry Cox of Pentangle joined the duo.Decca baulked at the cost of issuing the albums together, however, so they were separated, with Captain Shannon appering first, in november 1970. Though it recieved warm reviews, when it didn't sell, the label barely bothered to release Amaryllis at all."When it came to deviding up the songs, we decided to put the more mystical songs on Amaryllis", says David McNiven. It also included the 22 minutes long epic title track on the entire a-side of the LP. "It was about the earth being destroyed, but something positive emerging from the calamity", David explains.When it finally was rereased in july 1971, the press was again enthusiastic, but Amaryllis was damned by lacklustre publicity and poor distribution, and when it didn't sell, Decca droped the duo.Amaryllis is now one of the mot sought after psych albums and essential for all fans of psychedelic singer-songwriting.
~ Internet Source.

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