On their second album Amazing Blodel perform short songs in a pseudo-renaissance style which they achieve by playing acoustic instruments of the past. This is really a great album, with no bad song IMHO. The players bring out their qualities, and it is a pleasure to listen to. Great melodies, good lyrics - everything you are supposed to expect from an excellent album! There is hardly an outstanding song because all of them are flowing gently without ever getting boring or flat. I would stronly recommend this album in an extraordinary musical style for any fan of folk music or traditional music.
A boderline inclusion in respect with progressive music. Amazing Blondel is a acoustic duo/trio of guys who play traditional english music , dressed up as bards and had quite a success at it in the early 70's folk circuits.
If I could describe them they would be a cross of France's Malicorne and Ireland's folk rock duo TIR NA NOG. Actually Blondel is not quite as precise or meticulous at reproducing the old folk songs as Malicorne or as powerfull/poignant as Tir Na Nog . Their stuff is actually quite gentile and goes a little too smoothly to my ears. Many melodic repetitions in the course of their first three albums (all I've heard so far).
1. Pavan (3:19)
2. St. Crispin's Day (2:19)
3. Spring Season (3:39)
4. Willowood (3:24)
5. Evensong (3:10)
6. Queen of Scots* (1:39)
7. Ploughman (3:06)
8. Old Moot Hall (2:41)
9. Lady Marion's Galliard (3:41)
10. Under the Greenwood Tree (3:15)
11. Anthem (2:53)
Total Time: 32:03
All compositions written by John Gladwin except * by Edward Baird.
- John David Gladwin / lead vocals, theorbe, cittern, lute, double bass
- Terence Alan Wincott / crumhorn, organ, vocals, pipe-organ, recorders, flute, tabor, harmonium, pharpsichord
- Edward Baird / lute, cittern, vocals
+ Chris Karan / percussion
+ Adam Skeaping / viola da gamba, violone
Format: flac (tracks + cue) = 191 mb = Torrent