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michael chapman’s fully qualified ghosts

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The bitter wailings of the master of regret: Michael Chapman … Since discovering Chapman’s music around 1986, I’ve never taken those people seriously who find Leonard Cohen‘s music depressing. (Cohen has tremendous wit, actually.) Michael Chapman (do not confuse him with Family’s Roger Chapman) has worked with Ronson, Dunbar, Buckmaster … and has recorded his best work for Harvest. After reissues by BGO, C5, Repertoire and See for Miles, the San Francisco label Light in the Attic is the latest to rerelease him. They’re starting with his second album Fully Qualified Survivor (1970). Hopefully, Rainmaker (1969),Window (1971) and Wrecked Again (1971) will follow, and Millstone Grit (Deram 1973),Deal Gone Down (Deram 1974) and some of his lesser known later work (on Decca and beyond) as well. (Meanwhile, Chapman has released twenty-six solo guitar versions of tunes spanning his entire career via the Trainsong: Guitar Compositions 1967-20102cd on Tompkins Square – whose site fails to state the cat. no. or barcode of their release, sadly.)

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if it’s thursday this must be donovan

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2010-09-09 Donovan will play live at De Roma, Antwerp, Belgium; he’s probably on tour. 1967-1968 saw Donovan record release his three most quintessential albums: Wear Your Love Like Heavenand For Little Ones(boxed together as the A Gift From A Flower To A Garden2lp), and The Hurdy Gurdy Man“. The follow-up Barabajagal(1969) and earlier lp’s Sunshine Superman(1966) and Mellow Yellow(1967) are very excellent too. Do taste and try EMI‘s digitally remastered midprice cd’s with bonus tracks (2005) for proof.
http://www.deroma.be/index.cfm?PageID=19253
http://www.mossiehigh.com/Donovan/
http://donovan-unofficial.com/
http://www.donovan.ie/

not trees (bis)

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In the “Wicker man” post below (use the tags to find it), I wrote how, at the end of the eighties, us volatile postmod popsike freaks thought the Wicker Mansoundtrack was by Trees. “Must be. Who else could it be by!” Turned out to be (Paul Giovanni’s) Magnet – totally obscure. Anyhow, in those days, we were also quite nuts (and berries) about this killer track (as collectors and other salesmen like to say): “She looked down” (1988) is off the Fern Hill lp by Mick Wills, and can also be found on the Woronzoidv/a 2lp label sampler, both on Woronzow (1988). Electric guitar extraordinaire by Nick Saloman, of the Bevis Frond / Psychic Circle fame. The image above is the Hipgnosis sleeve to Trees’ On The Shorelp (CBS UK lp 1970, Decal / Charly reissue lp 1987, BGO cd 199X, Sony BMG deluxe 2cd 2007, Sunbeam 2lp 200X) – one of my favourite (psychedelic) folk albums of all time.