Thursday, March 8, 2018

Keith Christmas - 1970 - Fable Of The Wings

Keith Christmas -
Fable Of The Wings

01. Waiting For The Wind To Rise 5:25
02. The Fawn 5:00
03. Lorri 8:25
04. Kent Lullaby 3:45
05. Hamlin 6:13
06. Fable Of The Wings 4:22
07. Bednotch 3:17

Autoharp – Bob Stewart
Bass – Mike Evans, Pat Donaldson
Drums – Gerry Conway, Roger Powell
Piano – Keith Tippett
Piano, Electric Piano, Organ, Mellotron – Ian Whiteman
Vocals – Shelagh McDonald
Vocals, Guitar – Keith Christmas

Keith Christmas recorded his first album 'Stimulus' back in 1969 when he also played the acoustic guitar on David Bowie's first album 'Space Oddity' and appeared at the first Glastonbury Festival. Throughout the seventies he recorded four more albums 'Fable of the Wings', 'Pigmy', Brighter Day' and 'Stories from the Human Zoo' while touring with and supporting acts like the Who, King Crimson, Ten Years After, Frank Zappa and Roxy Music. This was Keith's second album and was released in 1970.

While Keith Christmas' second album was an improvement over his debut, there was still the sense that it was a stretch of his talents to fill an entire record with decent material. In its favor, it had some nicely integrated, varied arrangements that show more imagination than many other British folk-rock recordings of the early '70s: the jazzy piano-dominated vamp of "Waiting for the Wind to Rise," the lovely female backup harmonies on "The Fawn," the languid tempo of "Lorri," the gothic organ of "Kent Lullaby," the Mellotron-acoustic guitar-piano combination of "Hamlin," the rapid whirl of acoustic guitar picking on "Fable of the Wings." About half of the songs were mighty pretty, particularly "Hamlin" and the delicate "The Fawn." Christmas was good at establishing an attractively melancholy musical setting, but his rambling lyrics just couldn't hold up their part of the weight, and he was given to tracks that went on and on for way too long before fading, particularly on "Waiting for the Wind to Rise."

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