Johnstons

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Johnstons - Johnstons Johnstons
Folk New - LP SRM-1-640 Mercury
Sealed 1972 Stereo Gatefold Original. First Domestic Release Of The Group's 1968 Transatlantic Debut. “The Johnstons Alternated Between Strictly Traditional Albums And Outings Containing Some Contemporary Material And Pop-Influenced Arrangements On Their Late-1960s LPs. Their Self-Titled Debut Is All Traditional Folk, And As Such Will Be Favored By Those Listeners Who Favor That Style Above Folk-Rock (Even Of The Very Mild Sort, As The Johnstons Played When They Did Material Of More Modern Origin). The Johnstons Is A Very Versatile Selection Of Twelve Tunes, From Rousing Singalongs Like "They'll Never Get Their Man" And "The Lark In The Morning" To The A Cappella Cover Of Ewan Maccoll's "The Tunnel Tigers" To The Instrumental "O'Carolan's Concerto," Which Has Highly Skilled Interweaving Guitar Work By Mick Moloney And Paul Brady Who Also Wrote The Bulk Of The Music Here). And, Naturally, There Are A Bit Of Jigs And Reels As Well. The Best Numbers Are Those That Stretch Out A Little Bit With More Individuality To The Interpretation: "The Dublin Jack Of All Trades" Has An Almost Country-And-Western-Like Skip, And "'Fhir A' Bhata" Is An Exceptionally Haunting Scottish Gaelic Song.” - Richie Unterberger, All Music Guide... more details
 
Johnstons - Colours Of The Dawn Colours Of The Dawn
Folk Used - LP TRA 231 Transatlantic
1971 UK Original Housed In A Laminated Cover. Record Appears Glossy. Cover Has A Couple Bubbles Under The Laminate And Light Corner Rubbing. “The Johnstons' Fifth Album Was The Last To Include Mick Moloney In The Lineup, And Devoted Half To Original Material (Composed By Paul Brady And/Or Non-Groupmember Chris Mccloud) And Half To Covers Of Songs By Gordon Lightfoot, Leonard Cohen, Peggy Seeger, And Ian Campbell. The Absence Of Any Traditional Folk Songs Gives This A More Contemporary Feel Than Much Of Their Earlier Work, Though The Arrangements Are Pretty Acoustic-Dominated. It's Not An Exciting Album, But It's Nice Close-Harmony Contemporary Folk, Someone In The Manner Of A Hipper Seekers Or British Isles Peter, Paul & Mary. Mccloud's "Crazy Anne" Might Be Of Interest To Leonard Cohen Obsessives As A Song That Bears Extreme Resemblance To Cohen's Early Work, And "Seems So Long Ago, Nancy" Is (Like The Johnstons' Earlier Cover Of Cohen's "The Story Of Isaac") A Very Good Interpretation Of The Noted Singer/Songwriter. “ – Ritchie Unterberger, AMG... more details
 

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