Gallery's sole album is similar enough to enough British folk albums from the 1970s (and onward) that it's hard to say much about it that would distinguish it from the rest of the crowd. That's not a heavy criticism, though; it's decent British folk, sensitively sung and played, with dulcimer, mandolin, violin, and electric bass in addition to the expected acoustic guitar. There's also a nice mix of male and female lead and harmony vocals, particularly on the male-female harmonized duet of the sad "Queen of Hearts," the record's best track. Barbara Seaborne takes a good lead vocal on "Let No Man Steal Your Thyme," though some other artists (such as Pentangle) have done more notable interpretations of this famed tune. While there are more songs with a plaintive folk lilt than there are of any other type, it's broken up by an a cappella vocal number, a violin-dominated instrumental, and a more reel-like instrumental. The CD reissue on Kissing Spell adds a 20-minute bonus track of excerpts from 1969 rehearsals that are too lo-fi and jarringly edited together to give pleasure, though as it's placed at the end of the disc, it's easily ignored if you wish. ~ Richie Unterberger
63578OGallery - The Wind that Shakes the Barley (CD)http://oldies.scdn5.secure.raxcdn.com/i/boxart/large/40/84/4040824084134.jpg?v=319.9817.98USDDiscontinuedGuerssen RecordsCDFolk-MusicGallery-folk2014-05-12
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