Monday, October 21, 2013

Various Artists – Loose Routes 1, Music From Holyground (1965-73 uk, amazing jagged folk psych blues rock, kissing spell 2001 release)

Pre 1965, Mike Levon began recording his Shadows covers band in Grantham, Lincolnshire, England. Whilst at college in Yorkshire, 1965-66, he recorded and released a folk LPs and EPs, including Last Thing On My Mind. In 1966, Mike and Dave Wood set up Holyground, recording Number Nine Bread Street during 1966-67. In 1967 Mike moved into Cass Yard, where he set up the studio. All Holyground recordings till 1975 were made in this room, including Mike's first electric session, with Bill Nelson and Global Village. A to Austr was started in 1968, and the name Holyground Enterprises was registered.

In 1971 work had already begun on Astral Navigations. Thundermother came to record in 1970. In the summer Global Village were recorded live in Wakefield's Thornes Park, and in the studio Jumble Lane was started. A to Austr was released in September. 

The rest of Astral was recorded in 1971. Some of this was captured on film by Mike's brother, Kevin, and released as the Astral Windows video in 1991. Jumble Lane was released in July 71. Mike got Bill Nelson in to record what was to be Northern Dream. This period saw the recording of Gygafo's Legend of the Kingfisher, Northern Dream, and the start of the Ode LP. Many local bands were recorded. In 1975 Mike closed Holyground, recording Tears On The Console as its swansong.

In 1988 Mike started to reissue Holyground records, with this soon turning into writing and recording new music. Music from the 1990's was released on And Strangeness And Charm, and a new album, In And Out Of Time was begun in 2000.

Mike Levon, owner of Holyground Records, died peacefully on 4th September 2011.
Tracks – Year - Artists
1. Quite So! (The Trends)  1965 (Mike Levon, Bob Simmonds)
Bob Simmonds & Mick Woodhouse - Guitars, Mike Levon - Drums
2. Don't Think Twice  1965  (Bob Dylan)
Terry Mccann - Vocal, Marilyn Collins - Guitar, John Williams - Bass, Jane Westlake - Tambourine
3. I Still Miss Someone  1966  (J. Cash, R. Cash)
Jane Westlake - Vocals, Guitar
4. I Don't Believe You  1965
5. I Don't Believe You (Live) - 1966 (Bob Dylan, Arranged By The Group)
Dave Nuttall - Vocal, Clive Colling - Piano, John Williams - Guitar , Brian Wilson - Bass, Mike Levon - Drums
6. Recording Corrina, Corrina  1966
7. Corrina, Corrina  1966 (Mississippi John Hurt, Arranged By The Group)
Chris Coombs - Vocal, Harmonica, Jane Westlake - Guitar, Jim Reed - Lute, Richard Smith - Flute, Clive Colling - Virginals, John Williams - Bass, Ian Jones - Drums
8. Song Of Black Glass  1966
9. San Francisco Bay Blues
Bob Hart - Vocal, Jane Westlake - Vocal, Jim Reed - Lute, Clive Colling - Virginals, John Williams - Guitar
10.A Little Bit Of Nelson  (Bill Nelson)
11.Outro To The Friend (Chris Coombs, Bill Nelson)
12.Dear Mr. Fantasy
Al Quinn, Bill Neson, Global Village
13.It's Alright
Chis Coombs
14.Super Judy  1968  (Mike Levon, Brian Calvert)
Chris Coombs - Vocal, Brian Calvert - Guitar, Brian Wilson - Bass, Ted Hepworth - Drums, Chris Heinitz - Brass
15.Working On Between The Road  1969  (Chris Coombs)
Chris Coombs - Vocal, Guitar, Brian Wilson - Bass, Ted Hepworth - Drums
16.I Slept Clear Thru  1971
Paul Travis - Vocal, Other Members Of The Group Sang And Played The Rest!
17.Nearly Home  1971
18.Horse Rehearsing  1971
Chris Roddick - Guitar, Vocal, Pete Ball - Fiddle, Other Musicians Unknown
19.Down By The River
(Steve Channing)
Steve Channing - Vocal, Guitar
20.Those Old Arabian Nights  1970
21.White Knight  1970
(Steve Channing)
Steve Channing  Vocal, Guitar
22.Hold Me In Your Arms  1971
(The John Perfect Jazz Group)
John Perfect - Saxes, Mike Gould - Trumpets, Marcia - Vocal Linda King - Vocal, Martin Snell - Piano, Liam Arthurs - Bass,  Nick Dew - Drums
23.Feed Your Head (Out-Take)  1971
(Unknown Group, Could Be 'Noah')
24.Play The Game  1971
Played By The Group Method - Names Unknown
25.Shabby Tiger  1973
(Andy Diggle, 'Loz' Laurence)
Gemma & Julia - Vocals, Andy Diggle - Guitar, Vocal, 'Loz' Laurence - Piano, Lead Guitar, Vocal, Unknown Bassist & Drummer
26.Boogie Music Version 1  1971
(L. T. Tateman III)
Dave Millen - Vocal, Lead Guitar, Daz - Bass, Fred Kelly - Drums

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