electric eden album

Rob Young’s ‘Electric Eden: Unearthing Britain’s Visionary Music’  (Faber & Faber) was one of my favourite music books of the past few years.

Two years on from its publication, Universal have put together an Electric Eden album.

On two cds, you get 36 tracks chosen by Young to musically illustrate his interesting analysis of folk music in Britain and its roots.

Inevitably his choices have ruffled a few feathers among the purists.

But if you’re looking for a way into the diversity of the folk scene over the past 40 years, this seems to me to be a good starting-point.

The Amazon link for the album has audio samples from all 36 tunes.

Electric Eden album – Amazon link

I’m off to check out John Martyn’s version of ‘She Moves Through The Fair,’ and to enjoy again what Traffic and Fotheringay do with other traditional tunes.

Traffic – John Barleycorn

Fotheringay – Gypsy Davey – live

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