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Sunbeam's Rain in the Leaves: The EPs, Vol. 1 collects 19 of Welshman Meic Stevens psych-folk singer's earliest tracks, most of which are culled from a series of EPs (Mike Stevens, Rhif 2, Mwg and Meic Stevens) recorded between 1967 and 1970. The majority of these songs are sparse, thinly recorded affairs that echo early Bob Dylan and Donovan. They are also sung primarily in Stevens' native Welsh, giving them an otherworldly vibe that contrasts with the contemporary three- or four-chord folk arrangements that defined the genre at the time. The collection also boasts numerous rare photographs and an introduction written by Stevens.


Born: 1942 in Solva, North Pembrokeshire, Wales

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Meic Stevens is a legend in his native Wales, even as he remains somewhat unknown outside of that country, due chiefly to his insistence on singing in his native Welsh language. The psych-folk singer and guitarist is often referred to as "the '60s Welsh psych-Dylan" and compared favorably with fellow astral-travelers like Syd Barrett. He was discovered by Jimmy Saville, a DJ who saw Stevens (from Solva, on the West Coast of Wales) performing at the Manchester University folk club in 1965. This discovery...
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