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Album Review

Divided about half-and-half between traditional folk covers ("The Great Silkie" is the best) and Tobias Boshell originals, this is very much in the mainstream of 1970 British folk-rock. But the material is often plain, and the arrangements simply too drawn-out, even bombastic at times. The band takes on Fairport head-to-head on "She Moved Thro' the Fair" (sung by Sandy Denny on Fairport's second LP) and loses. The title track, though, is their best song, an atypically light piece for acoustic guitar and harpsichord that has a beautifully haunting melody.

Customer Reviews

Good folk-rock album

This album is better than than the official review suggests. Yes the standout track is The Garden of Jane Delawney, but there are several other good tracks, though Nothing Special is exactly as its title suggests. It’s a more coherent album than some its contemporaries such as Fairport and for me the arrangements and rocky folk feel are just about right. The original seems better than the remastered version for some reason. Finally, if you’ve never heard the more recent band The Eighteenth Day of May, make them your next listen.


Formed: 1968

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s

In 1970, this British quintet released a couple of albums that made no bones about aping the approach of Fairport Convention (then at their peak). A mixture of traditional folk songs and originals, extended electric-guitar heavy arrangements, and a female singer who took many of the lead vocals -- it worked for Fairport. It didn't work as well for the Trees, for several reasons. First of all, Celia Humphris was no Sandy Denny, nor a Jacqui McShee (Pentangle), Maddy Prior (Steeleye Span), or even...
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