Dando Shaft Dando Shaft / Lantaloon
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- Released: November 30, 2002
- Label: Bgo - Beat Goes On
Dirty Linen - 8/03, p.59"...The mix of acoustic instruments, multiple vocalists, and English-Bulgarian folksongs still sounds fresh....Fans of the late 60s and early 70s folk rock will be thankful for the artifacts they left us..."r
- 1.Coming Home to Me
- 3.Whispering Red
- 5.River Boat
- 6.Kalyope Driver
- 7.Waves Upon the Ether
- 9.Till the Morning Comes
- 10.Pass It On
- 12.Road Song
- 13.Is It Me?
- 14.Down to You, Up to Me
- 15.Melancholic Fervour (It's Only Us)
- 16.It Was Good
- 17.The Harp Lady I Bombed
- 18.The Black Prince of Paradise
- 19.When I'm Weary
- 20.I Heard Somewhere
- 21.Magnetic Beggar
2 LPs on 1 CD: DANDO SHAFT (1971)/LANTALOON (1972).
Dando Shaft: Martin Jenkins (vocals, guitar, mandolin, fiddle); Polly Bolton (vocals); Kevin Dempsey, Dave Cooper (guitar, background vocals); Ted Kay (percussion).
Personnel: Dave Cooper, Kevin Dempsey (vocals, acoustic guitar); Martin Jenkins (vocals, fiddle, cello, flute, tambourine); Polly Bolton (vocals); Roger Bullen (double bass); Ted Kay (congas, tabla, bells).
Liner Note Author: John Tobler.
Recording information: PYE Studios.
This straight pairing of the second and third album's from Dando Shaft does at least make them available at a two-fer price, although, with no bonus cuts, it's debatable who the audience might be -- Anthology remains the best buy, with all three studio albums and some bonuses. Perhaps not surprisingly, there was little development between the two discs, although vocalist Polly Bolton sounds more confident on Lantaloon than on Dando Shaft, her debut with the group. They trod the acoustic line, keeping their folk roots firm, as on "The Black Prince Of Paradise" and "Whispering Ned," but without ever being a traditional band. Instead, songs like "Sometimes," "Riverboat," and "When I'm Weary," all leaned more toward acoustic, folk-pop. The nearest comparison would be to Pentangle (although the addition of flute and even harpsichord on Lantaloon saw them spreading their wings just a little wider instrumentally). They never reached the top tier of British folk-rock (or, more appropriately, folk-pop) simply because there wasn't enough distinction to either their sound or their songs, as this illustrates all too clearly. ~ Chris Nickson
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