DUST ON THE NETTLES: A JOURNEY THROUGH THE BRITISH UNDERGROUND FOLK SCENE 1967-72 - Various Artists

DUST ON THE NETTLES: A JOURNEY THROUGH THE BRITISH UNDERGROUND FOLK SCENE 1967-72
Cherry Red imprint Grapefruit is proud to announce the release in June of the 3CD various artists anthology Dust On The Nettles: a journey through the British underground folk scene 1967-1972. 

With 63 tracks and a total running time of just under four hours, Dust On The Nettles examines the metamorphosis that British folk underwent during the late 1960s, when the influence of psychedelia and the counterculture saw the idiom being twisted into all kinds of new and exotic shapes, as the finger-in-the-ear folk clubs of yore were inexorably drawn into a brave new world of Arts Labs, free festivals and the nascent college/university circuit. 

Our anthology incorporates the various overlapping strands of the underground folk scene: the acid folk experimenters, the folklorists and trad song updaters, the more metaphysical element of the burgeoning singer/songwriter genre, the newly-electric folk rockers, the elemental paganism exemplified by Comus and The Wicker Man, even the early 1970s Jesus music movement that spawned the likes of the sitar-wielding Parchment. 

Balancing the familiar with the obscure, we feature acknowledged brand leaders like Fairport Convention, The Incredible String Band, Pentangle and Steeleye Span alongside acts who made music purely for the local communities that nurtured them: Shide & Acorn on the Isle of Wight, Folkal Point in Bristol, Music Box in Coventry, Chrissie Quayle in Cornwall. We incorporate a large number of recordings that weren’t issued at the time, sample impossibly rare albums by the likes of Oberon, Dry Heart and Benjamin Delaney Lion, and feature key recordings from a number of bands who underpinned the thriving live scene of the era. 

Housed in a clambox featuring a lavishly illustrated and annotated 36-page booklet, the painstakingly-assembled Dust On The Nettles is surely the most comprehensive and wide-ranging anthology to appear thus far of the UK underground hippie folk movement of the late 1960s/early 1970s. 

Disc One
1. LET NO MAN STEAL YOUR THYME – The Pentangle 
2. WILLOW’S SONG (FROM THE WICKER MAN) - Magnet 
3. COME ALL YOU TRAVELLERS - Wight 
4. LOVE IS A FUNNY THING - Spirogyra 
5. IMAGES OF PASSING CLOUDS – Gary Farr 
6. PEEK STRANGELY AND WORRIED EVENING - Synanthesia 
7. GLASS OF WATER – Bob & Carole Pegg 
8. WINTER IS BLUE – Vashti Bunyan 
9. WINTER IS A COLOURED BIRD - Comus 
10. THE SEAGULLS SCREAM – Chrissie Quayle 
11. STORIES OF JESUS – Clive Palmer 
12. AMANDA - Steve Peregrin Took’s Shagrat 
13. CURIOUS CRYSTALS OF UNUSUAL PURITY - Bridget St. John 
14. ROSES FOR COLUMBUS – Mark Fry 
15. TILL THE MORNING COMES – Dando Shaft 
16. BLACK GIRL – Mary-Anne 
17. THE GARDEN OF JANE DELAWNEY - Trees 
18. WEIRDSONG OF BREAKING THROUGH AT LAST - Principal Edwards Magic Theatre 
19. MINAS TIRITH – Oberon 
20. PRISONERS, VICTIMS, STRANGERS, FRIENDS – Paper Bubble 

Disc Two
1. PILGRIM – Gerald Moore
2. RIVER LANE – Melton Constable 
3. WAY OUT HERMIT - Moonkyte
4. ALL THINGS ARE QUITE SILENT – Steeleye Span
5. UPON REFLECTION - Heron
6. LOVE IS COME AGAIN - Parchment
7. STARGAZER – Shelagh McDonald
8. THERE ARE NO GREATER HEROES - Tony Caro & John 
9. VISIONARY MOUNTAINS – Joan Armatrading 
10. GLOW OF THE FIRELIGHT - Tuesday
11. SEARCHING FOR LAMBS – Warm Gold
12. SAMANTHA CAROL FRAGMENTS - Benjamin Delaney Lion
13. FOTHERINGAY – Fairport Convention
14. YOU KNOW WHAT HAS TO BE – Frozen Tear
15. MEANWHILE BACK IN THE FOREST - Hunt Lunt & Cunningham
16. FIRST GIRL I LOVED - The Incredible String Band 
17. HALFDAN’S DAUGHTER – The Moths
18. THE MUTANT – Trader Horne
19. MEETING BY THE MOONLIGHT MILL – Dry Heart
20. HIGHWAYS (MISTY MIST) - Tyrannosaurus Rex
21. GABILAN – Duncan Browne 
22. SAND ALL YELLOW – Kevin Coyne

Disc Three
1. GARDEN SONG – Bill Fay 
2. MUSIC OF THE AGES - C.O.B. 
3. A SONG FOR THE SYSTEM – Everyone Involved
4. THE COLOUR IS BLUE – Country Sun
5. SILENT VILLAGE – Wild Country
6. WELCOME TO THE CITADEL – Marc Brierley 
7. THE EVIL VENUS TREE - The Occasional Word
8. STANDING ON THE SHORE – Anne Briggs
9. KIND SIR - Agincourt
10. EAGLE – Mick Softly 
11. ROSEMARY HILL – Fresh Maggots
12. THE HAPPY KING – Music Box
13. ME AND MY KITE - Fuchsia
14. WIZARD SHEP - The Sun Also Rises 
15. SCARBOROUGH FAIR – Folkal Point
16. PRISONER – Marie Celeste
17. PATRICE – Simon Finn
18. GIRL OF THE COSMOS – Shide & Acorn
19. ELEGY TO A DEAD KING - Chimera
20. SILENCE RETURNS - Beau 
21. ORANGE DAYS AND PURPLE NIGHTS – Mother Nature


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DISC ONE

1. DEEP FEELING - Pretty Colours

Not originally issued, recorded circa October 1966

2. THE MISUNDERSTOOD - Find The Hidden Door

Not originally issued, recorded June 1966

3. THE IN CROWD - Am I Glad To See You?

Not originally issued, recorded circa October 1966

4. THE DRAG SET - Day And Night

Original release: 7”, Go AJ 11405, 3/67

5. TUESDAY’S CHILDREN - A Strange Light From The East

Original release: 7”, King KG 1051, 1/67

6. THE MIRAGE - The Wedding Of Ramona Blair

Original release: 7”, Philips BF 1571, 5/67

7. THE HI-FIS - Tread Softly For The Sleepers

Original release: 7”, German Star Club 148 578, 4/67

8. SPENCER DAVIS GROUP – Mr Second Class

Original release: 7” U.A. UP 1203 12/67

9. TINTERN ABBEY - Busy Bee

Previously unissued demo version, recorded circa July/August 1967

10. BLOSSOM TOES - I’ll Be Late For Tea

Previously unissued demo version, recorded circa August 1967

11. THE CRAZY WORLD OF ARTHUR BROWN - Devil’s Grip

Original release: 7”, Track 604 008, 9/67

12. SANDS - Mrs Gillespie’s Refrigerator

Original release: 7”, Reaction 591 017, 9/67

13. THE SHAME Don’t Go ’Way Little Girl

Original release: 7”, MGM 1349, 9/67

14. THE PICADILLY LINE - Rosemary’s Bluebell Day

Not originally issued, recorded Autumn 67

15. CROCHETED DOUGHNUT RING - Two Little Ladies (Azalea and Rhododendron)

Original release: 7”, Polydor 56204, 10/67

16. THE MIKE STUART SPAN - Second Production

Not originally issued, recorded 10/67

17. FELIUS ANDROMEDA - Cheadle Heath Delusions

Original release: 7” Decca F 12694, 11/67

18. NEON PEARL - Just Another Day

Not originally issued, recorded late 1967

19. JOHN’S CHILDREN-Jagged Time Lapse

Original release: 7”, Track 604010, 10/67

20. ONE IN A MILLION - Man In Yellow

Not originally issued, recorded circa December 1967

21. JADE HEXAGRAM - Crushed Purple

Not originally issued, recorded early 1968

22. DENIS COULDRY & THE NEXT COLLECTION - I Am Nearly There

Original release: 7”, Decca F 12734, 2/68

23. THE ALAN BOWN! - Story Book

Original release: 7”, MGM 1387, 3/68

24. SIMON’S SECRETS - Naughty Boy

Original release: 7”, CBS 3406, 4/68

25. THE CORTINAS - Phoebe’s Flower Shop

Original release: 7”, Polydor 56255, 5/68

26. THE DEVIANTS - Child Of The Sky

Original release: LP, Ptooff! (Underground Imp IMP 1, 6/68)


DISC TWO


1. THE SPENCER DAVIS GROUP - Morning Sun

Original release: LP, With Their New Face On (United Artists SULP 1192, 6/68)

2. THE MIRAGE - Ebaneezer Beaver

Not originally issued, recorded March ’68

3. WEST COAST CONSORTIUM - Amanda Jane

Not originally issued, recorded mid-1968

4. JASON CREST - Teagarden Lane

Not originally issued, recorded mid-1968

5. THE FLIES - Winter Afternoon

Not originally issued, recorded late 1968

6. THE DEVIANTS - You’ve Got To Hold On

Original release: 7”, Stable ST 5601, 10/68

7. THE CRAZY WORLD OF ARTHUR BROWN - Nightmare

Original release: 7”, Track 604 026, 11/68

8. SUN DRAGON - Peacock Dress

Original release: LP, Green Tambourine (MGM CS 8090, 11/68)

9. PETER HOWELL & JOHN FERDINANDO - Jabberwocky

Original release: LP, Alice Through The Looking Glass (SNP LP 11/12, 1/69)

10. FOREVER AMBER - Bits Of Your Life, Bits Of My Life

Original release: LP, The Love Cycle (Advance M ADV 00101, 1/69)

11. PLEASE - Strange Ways

Not originally issued, recorded 1969

12. THE LIVERPOOL SCENE - We’ll All Be Spacemen Before We Die

Not originally issued, recorded February 1969

13. SERENDIPITY - Castles (full-length version)

Not originally issued full-length version, recorded early 1969

14. THE SORROWS - The Makers

Original release: LP, Old Songs New Songs (Italian Miura MIU 10011, early 1969)

15. SECOND HAND - A Fairy Tale

Original release: LP, Reality (Polydor 583 045, 3/69)

16. INFORMATION - Oh Strange Man

Original release: 7”, Beacon BEA 121, 3/69

17. SHY LIMBS - Love

Original release: 7”, CBS 4190, 5/69

18. HARDIN-YORK - Tomorrow Today

Original release: 7”, Bell BLL 1064, 5/69

19. INFINITY - Venetian Glass

Not originally issued, recorded 1969

20. MIC READ - What The Dickens

Not originally issued, recorded 1969

21. RESPECT - Santa Lucia

Not originally issued, recorded August 1969

22. FAT MATTRESS - Iridescent Butterfly

Original release: 7”, Polydor 56352, 9/69


DISC THREE

1. THE OPEN MIND - Magic Potion

Original release: 7”, Philips BF 1805, 8/69

2. PHIL CORDELL - Red Lady

Original release: 7”, Warner Bros WB 8001, 9/69

3. TAICONDEROGA - Whitchi Tai To

Original release: 7”, Beacon BEA 143, 11/69

4. HAWKWIND ZOO - Hurry On Sundown

Not originally issued demo version, recorded late 1969

5. PRINCIPAL EDWARDS MAGIC THEATRE - Lament For The Earth

Original release: 7”, Dandelion S 4405, 12/69

6. CZAR - Ritual Fire Dance

Not originally issued, recorded February 1970

7. THE FUT - Have You Heard The Word

Original release: 7”, Beacon BEA 160, 3/70

8. PAPER BUBBLE - Fillin’ A Gap

Original release: LP, Scenery (Deram SML 1059, 3/70)

9. THE FOX - Butterfly

Original release: LP, For Fox Sake (Fontana 6309 007, 6/70)

10. COMPLEX - Images Blue

Not originally issued demo version, recorded July 1970

11. OCTOPUS - Rainchild

Original release: LP, Restless Night (Penny Farthing PELS 508, 4/71)

12. T2 - Careful Sam

Not originally issued, recorded late 1970

13. SIMON FINN - Laughing ’Til Tomorrow

Original release: LP, Pass The Distance (Mushroom 100 MR 2, 4/71)

14. BEAU - Creation

Original release: LP, Creation (Dandelion DAN 8006, 6/71)

15. BILL NELSON - End Of The Seasons

Original release: LP, Northern Dream (Smile LAF 2182, 11/71)

16. MARK FRY - The Witch

Original release: LP, Dreaming With Alice (Italian ZSLT 70006, 6/72)

17. KEVIN COYNE - Evil Island Home

Original release: LP, Case History (Dandelion 2310 228, 11/72)

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