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A Candle for Judith

  • 1. King Dick II
    2. Squares
    3. Siderial
    4. Angle
    5. Storm
    6. Willow
    7. Madrigal
    8. Way Ahead, The
    9. Watching White Stars
    10. Marie
    11. Stoney Glory
    12. Let Earth Be the Name
    13. Stairway to the Stars
    14. Most Had Man
    15. Northern City
    16. Big Dinner, The
    17. Watching White Stars (Reprise)
    18. One Eyed Mule
    19. Easier to Say
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 216

  • Credits

    The first time Dandelion label head John Peel heard the Way We Live, courtesy of a demo tape they mailed him, he thought someone was playing a trick on him -- some accomplished superstar band, perhaps. Only when he actually met the duo did he discover that they really were as good as their demo insisted, and A Candle for Judith -- itself comprising exactly the same songs as that original tape -- allows the listener to share in Peel's amazement. Eight tracks find the band drifting across the musical spectrum, sometimes heavy (the opening "King Dick II" sounds almost Sabbath-like), sometimes folky, but never less than fascinating. Comparisons to Pink Floyd, one of the few bands to exercise similar disparate energies over the course of one album, are misleading, however. Although the closing "The Way Ahead" could be allied with certain passages in "Echoes," there is no space rock, or distorted blues in sight here, just a series of ambitiously complex and supremely melodic numbers that marked The Way We Live (the name under which the LP was originally issued) as one of the most remarkable bands of the early-'70s era. ~ Dave Thompson

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