Exposé Online banner

Trees — On the Shore
(Sony Music BMG 8869705 7652, 1970/2007, 2CD)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2008-01-01

On the Shore Cover art

The Trees were a British folk rock band formed in 1969 that sputtered out in 1972, barely leaving a footnote in musical history. Their two albums The Garden of Jane Delawney and On the Shore have become legend and were previously reissued in 1993 on Columbia’s Rewind label. Now in 2007 Sony has reissued a remastered On the Shore with a second disc of remixed selections and bonus music. The Trees were the quintet of Celia Humphris (vocals), Barry Clarke (lead guitar and dulcimer), David Costa (mandolin and electric and acoustic guitars), Bias Boshell (bass guitar, vocals, piano, and acoustic guitar), and Unwin Brown (drums, vocals, and tambourine). They were very close to Pentangle or Fairport Convention in sound, but perhaps a bit rawer and darker. The centerpiece of the album is the Tree’s folk-psychedelic rendition of “Sally Free and Easy” with great electric guitar and Celia’s strong and beautiful voice. One of the reasons for this reissue and its current interest was its sampling by Gnarls Barkley on their hit album St. Elsewhere. The second disc contains remixes of seven of the ten songs from the original LP plus three unreleased songs recorded in 1970-71. The remixes breathe new life into the music providing the perfect complement to the original disc. The two discs come in a lush digi-pack with the original artwork, extensive liner notes, and band photographs. On the Shore is an excellent album and well worth investigating.


Filed under: Reissues, Issue 35, 2007 releases, 1970 recordings

Related artist(s): Trees

More info
http://www.goldilox.co.uk/engfolk/trees.htm

Latest news

2017-09-06
Holger Czukay RIP – Holger Czukay, a musical experimentalist without boundaries who has been involved with expanding the sound palette of rock music since the late 60s, has died at the age of 79. After studying with Karlheinz Stockhausen in the early 60s, he became fascinated with the possibilities of rock music, and was a co-founder of the pioneering group Can. He leaves behind an impressive body of work both as musician and producer. » Read more

2017-08-22
John Abercrombie RIP – Another of the greats of jazz guitar has left us. John Abercrombie plied his way through a beautiful series of albums on the ECM label as well as bringing his talent to bear on albums by many of jazz's greatest artists. From his early work in the group Dreams to Gateway and outstanding work with Billy Cobham, Jack DeJohnette, Kenny Wheeler, and many more to his own trios and quartets, he brought a unique instrumental voice to the world. » Read more

2017-07-27
Yestival Dates Beef up the Beat – Word reaches us that Dylan Howe (son of guitarist Steve Howe) will be joining Yes on their "Yestival" tour, drumming alongside longtime band member Alan White. » Read more

2017-05-19
First ProgStock Festival Set for October – October 2017 will see the inaugural edition of a festival called ProgStock in Rahway, New Jersey at the Union County Performing Arts Center. With a definite slant towards neo-progressive music, the event is sure to please many fans with the inclusion of such artists as Echolyn, Glass Hammer, and Aisles. The festival will take place October 13-15. » Read more

2017-05-05
Clive Brooks RIP – Word reaches us today of another sad passing in the music world. Drummer Clive Brooks, best known as a member of such Canterbury bands as Egg, Uriel / Arzachel, and Groundhogs, has died at the age of 67. Details are sketchy at this point. The news was reported on Nick Mason's Facebook page — Brooks was Mason's drum tech. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Beardfish - Sleeping in Traffic: Part One – Over the years there have been so many “next great things” in progressive rock that the phrase has lost meaning. The world is big enough, and prog varied enough, that there are always good things...  (2008) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues