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 Post subject: MICK STEVENS-70's DIY home recordings-UK fingerstylefolk
PostPosted: Fri Jun 03, 2016 2:38 pm 

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MICK STEVENS

Though no one can compare to Nick, Stevens' home recordings of his fine finger style and soft folk vocals are sometimes compelling and not bad at all....some are just ok, but many are well worth the exploration. Obscure self-published music--check it out.

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AllMusic Review by Fran├žois Couture

The albums the collectors' label Shadoks reissues are hit or miss, but this two-fer by the U.K. singer/songwriter Mick Stevens has definitely more pluses than minuses -- for fans of obscure '70s folk-rock and psychedelic rock, that is. As D.I.Y. as it could get back then, these two albums were home-recorded and originally pressed by the specialty company Deroy, which could make runs as small as ten LPs at a time. Released (so to speak) in 1972, See the Morning is the pick of the two. Featuring only Stevens on vocals, guitars (acoustic and electric), and tambourine, it offers 40 minutes of vibrant, genuine, and raw folk songs. Stevens' lyrics are not particularly original or brilliant, but his heart is in the right place and he sings with passion. His harmony singing is less precise, but he stumbles upon some very nice arrangements. "Smile Again" and "Beech Tree" really have their own character. "Catherine" is strongly reminiscent of Anthony Phillips' songwriting (circa The Geese & the Ghost and Wise After the Event), while "The Wheel" evokes Linda Perhacs' vocal arrangements. But the highlights of this first opus are "Burning" and "Salotan Cinonrever," the latter featuring some multi-tracking miracles for the time. Disc two is devoted to the 1975 LP No Savage Word. Here, by attempting to develop a fuller sound, Stevens loses part of his charm. The bassist, drummer, and second guitarist add little to the music. In fact, their lack of tightness tends to make the amateurishness of the songs more flagrant. There are still a few good songs, namely "Sometimes," "Some Kind of Unholiness," and the closing "Across the Miles," and some strong guitar playing (a cover of Davy Graham's "Angie"). One finds moments in both albums that seem to foretell the American post-folk/neo-folk current of the early 2000s, with hints of the aesthetics that Califone and Christian Kiefer would develop.

Lady Sunrise...some sweetly styled finger style fret work...unreleased 1972
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wrYgY4m5gBA

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 Post subject: Re: MICK STEVENS-70's DIY home recordings-UK fingerstylefolk
PostPosted: Fri Jun 03, 2016 2:42 pm 

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See The Morning/No Savage Word

https://www.lpcdreissues.com/item/see-t ... avage-word

Label: Shadoks-reissue
Genre: Psychedelic

Both are amazing & rare LP?s who where pressed at Deroy studios. THESE ARE THE BEST DEROY ALBUMs so far. Loner vibe, beautiful vocals and the music is just great. Mick passed away sadly many years ago but his amazing music will stay forever. His sweet composition (real compositions on paper) and lyrics have a bittersweet touch and are much darker as they sound at the first place. From the first album only 30 where pressed ever only 3 with hand drawn pictures and writings (in red with his own blood!). From the second album 50 where pressed. If you like Michael Angelo with a Billy Nichols touch, this one is yours. The recording quality is top major studio but made at his home. Half of the tracks on both albums are electric the other half acoustic, a full band behind each song. Those 2 albums are completely unknown so far [sic].. Look out for his 3rd and 4th album soon to be released on Shadoks Music.. -reviews at lpcdreviews

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 Post subject: Re: MICK STEVENS-70's DIY home recordings-UK fingerstylefolk
PostPosted: Tue Dec 06, 2016 12:53 am 

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Downloaded these on the strength of this recommendation. Nice albums, especially the first one. Thanks!


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Rich C Pinder wrote:
Downloaded these on the strength of this recommendation. Nice albums, especially the first one. Thanks!
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