Jan 17, 2009
DULCIMER - AND I TURNED AS I HAD TURNED AS A BOY (NEPENTHA 1971) Japan mastering cardboard sleeve
Dulcimer is an English mythical folk band in traditional English manor, which offers a pleasant and exceptional style.
The beautiful and magical farout fairyland songs are filled with mandolins, dulcimers, banjo and lush keyboards. Also features the British actor Richard Todd reading evocative poetry over two of the tracks.
Finding a mentor in the form of producer manager Larry Page (yes, the guy who was behind The Troggs), 1971 found the trio signed by the small UK Nepentha Records (Mercury acquiring American distribution rights). Produced by Page, the trio debuted with 1970's oddly titled "And I Turned As I Had As a Boy". Hodge and Eaves-penned material such as "Pilgrim from the City", "Morman's Casket" and "Fruit of the Musical Tree" is full of pretty melodies and a weird series of mideaval and mythological lyrics (check out the bizarre "Ghost of the Wandering Minstrel Boy").
Highlights include the pretty ballads "Glochester City" and "Starlight" (the latter featuring some nice electric bass from North). All told, the set's pleasant and never less than enjoyable...[net]