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New Folk Routes

  • 1. Hornpipe - John Locke
    2. She Moves Through the Fair - Fairport Convention
    3. John Barleycorn - Traffic
    4. Road - Nick Drake
    5. Black Jack David - The Incredible String Band
    6. It Suits Me Well - Sandy Denny
    7. I Was a Young Man - Albion Country Band
    8. Seven Black Roses - John Martyn
    9. When I Get to the Border
    10. Peace in the End - Fotheringay
    11. Long Odds/Mr. Cosgill's Delight
    12. Strangely Strange But Oddly Normal
    13. My Girl in the Month of May - Bunch
    14. Matty Groves - Fairport Convention
    15. Audrey - Mike Heron
    16. Nutting Girl - Dave Mattacks/John Kirkpatrick/Richard Thompson/Ashley Hutchings/Barry Dransfield
    17. Man of Iron - Sandy Denny
    18. Siege of Yaddlethorpe, The - Amazing Blondel
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 237

  • Credits
    ProducerAndy Morten; Joe Foster

    Liner Note Author: Andy Morten.
    Whether this is intended to be a best-of for British folk-rock of the late '60s and early '70s is unclear from the packaging, but New Folk Routes is a pretty good 18-track survey of the scene (though one cut is of a fiddler from the early 1900s). As you might expect, Fairport Convention and their spinoffs are the main axis, with selections not only by Fairport, but also Sandy Denny, Fotheringay, Richard & Linda Thompson, the Albion Country Band, and other projects in which Fairporters appeared (like the Bunch). Other major names aren't neglected, though, with selections by Nick Drake, the Incredible String Band (and one of their members, Mike Heron), John Martyn, Amazing Blondel, and the Incredible String Band's Irish counterpart, Dr. Strangely Strange. Traffic's famed "John Barleycorn" is also here, and probably the only cut that's familiar to most classic rock fans, especially in the U.S. If you're looking for the best early British folk-rock compilation, Rhino's Troubadours of British Folk, Vol. 2 remains the top choice; even though it has many of the same artists (and a couple of the same tracks), its range of artists is a little wider and the songs a little more outstanding. But as kind of a second dip into the same well that favors somewhat lesser-known songs (especially Denny's spooky "Man of Iron," for a long time available only on a rare 1972 soundtrack EP), this is a good route for further investigation, with good liner notes by Andy Morten. ~ Richie Unterberger

  • Critic Reviews
    Uncut (p.113) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he how British folk was not only a force in its own right but connected to soul, funk, even dub."
    Record Collector (magazine) (p.105) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he music is folk-based, intelligent and imaginatively performed. As an introduction to that era of music it is quite superb..."
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