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Speedy Return

  • 1. None Can Tell
    2. Don't Forget
    3. Well Well Well
    4. Good Enemies
    5. Lazy Lament
    6. Speedy Return
    7. Old John England
    8. Cynical Sam
    9. Travelling Through the Night
    10. Broken Wing
    11. Well at the World's End
    12. Duke of Cambridge
    13. First Thing
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 118

  • Credits
    ProducerRobert Kirby
    EngineerRoger Quested

    Personnel: Steve Ashley (vocals, guitar, 12-string guitar, mandolin, whistle, harmonica); Richard Byers (acoustic & electric guitars, mandolin, background vocals); Lea Nicholson (concertina); Royston Mitchell (keyboards, marimba); DeLisle Harper, Dave Pegg (bass); Dave Mattacks, Simon Phillips (drums); Maddy Prior (spoons); Dennis Lopez (percussion).
    Recorded at Morgan Studios, London, England in 1975. Includes liner notes by Karl Dallas.
    Personnel: Steve Ashley (vocals, whistling, guitar, 12-string guitar, mandolin, harmonica); Richard Byers (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, mandolin, background vocals); Lea Nicholson (concertina); Royston Mitchell (piano, keyboards, marimba); Dave Mattacks (drums, tambourine); Robert Kirby, Simon Phillips (drums); Maddy Prior (spoons); Dennis Lopez (percussion).
    Liner Note Author: Karl Dallas.
    Recording information: Morgan Studios, London, England.
    There's a little bit of a second-generation British folk-rock feel to Ashley's second album, links to the first generation being the presence of Fairport Convention's rhythm section (bassist Dave Pegg and drummer Dave Mattacks) on several tracks as well as some orchestration by Robert Kirby (who did the same for Nick Drake). It's mild, varied mid-'70s British folk-rock sometimes verging on reflective singer/songwriter stuff, particularly on the tunes with strings, "Broken Wing" (one of the better numbers) coming almost close to pop. But there are also echoes of several forms of traditional British Isles folk music in the melodies and lilt of some of the rhythms, especially on "Old John England," which is based on the traditional tune "Pase el Agoa." Ashley's thin, gentle voice doesn't carry his intricate, sometimes abstract lyrics with memorable force or nuance, though, and his melodies are pleasant but not outstanding. ~ Richie Unterberger

  • Critic Reviews
    Mojo (Publisher) (3/04, p.116) - 3 stars out of 5 - "[R]ichly imbued with textures, gentle wisdom and a sparkle forever young."
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