Dust on the Nettles: A Journey Through the British: Dust on the Nettles: A Journey Through the British
Title: Dust on the Nettles: A Journey Through the British
Label: Cherry Red
Product Type: COMPACT DISCS
UK three CD collection housed in a clam box featuring a lavishly illustrated and annotated 36-page booklet. Full title - Dust On The Nettles: A Journey Through The British Underground Folk Scene 1967-1972. With 63 tracks and a total running time of just under four hours, Dust On The Nettles examines the metamorphosis that British folk underwent during the late 1960s, when the influence of psychedelia and the counterculture saw the idiom being twisted into all kinds of new and exotic shapes, as the finger-in-the-ear folk clubs of yore were inexorably drawn into a brave new world of Arts Labs, free festivals and the nascent college/university circuit. This anthology incorporates the various overlapping strands of the underground folk scene: the acid folk experimenters, the folklorists and traditional song updaters, the more metaphysical element of the burgeoning singer/songwriter genre, the newly-electric folk rockers, the elemental paganism exemplified by Comus and The Wicker Man, even the early 1970s Jesus music movement that spawned the likes of the sitar-wielding Parchment. Balancing the familiar with the obscure, this set features acknowledged brand leaders like Fairport Convention, The Incredible String Band, Pentangle and Steeleye Span alongside acts who made music purely for the local communities that nurtured them. Dust In The Nettles incorporate a large number of recordings that weren't issued at the time, sample impossibly rare albums by the likes of Oberon, Dry Heart and Benjamin Delaney Lion, and feature key recordings from a number of bands who underpinned the thriving live scene of the era.