Sunday, November 19, 2023

Virginia Tree - Fresh Out (1975 uk, wondrous melodic acoustic electric folk psych, 2000 edition)

Virginia Tree is the pseudonym of the former Ghost vocalist Shirley Kent. After the demise of Ghost (the British progressive '60s band, not the Japanese band of the same name) in the early '70s, Kent joined former Ghost band members Paul Eastment and Terry Guy to record Fresh Out. This album contains nine original folk- and jazz-styled compositions as well as a cover of Jimmy Dorsey's "I'm Glad There Is You." Only 1,000 copies of the album were originally pressed on the Minstrel label in 1975, and it soon became a collector's item. 

This is the first time this album has appeared in CD format and it has been re-released in a slightly oversize cardboard gatefold sleeve which reproduces the original album's graphics. It also contains detailed liner notes outlining the history of Ghost, including Shirley Kent's involvement with the band and her subsequent solo career. This CD reissue also contains two extra tracks that have been recently recorded by Kent. 
by Keith Pettipas
1. Hiding There (Virginia Tree) - 3:23
2. In My Garden (Virginia Tree) - 3:17
3. Like Morning (Virginia Tree) - 4:57
4. Wicker Basket Weaver (Virginia Tree) - 2:27
5. I’m Glad There Is You (Jimmy Dorsey) - 4:44
6. Make Believe Girl (Mo Lawless, Virginia Tree) - 4:43
7. Harlequin And Columbine (Virginia Tree) - 5:06
8. Comical Wise (Virginia Tree) - 2:30
9. Let Us Go Dancing (Virginia Tree) - 3:19
10.Fresh Out (Virginia Tree) - 4:01
11.I've Got To Get To Know You (Shirley Kent Tipping) - 2:54
12.Forever A Willow  (Shirley Kent Tipping) - 3:55

*Virginia Tree - Vocals
*Malcolm Gibbons - Guitar
*Paul Eastment - Lead Guitar
*Hal Shaw - Piano 
*Terry Guy - Piano
*Paul Eastment - Harmonica 
*Virginia Tree Acoustic - Guitar 
*Derek Hughes - Bass 
*Jeff Pearson - Bass
*Phil Sperring - Drums 

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