VA – Tea & Symphony (The English Baroque Sound 1968-1974) (2020)

Posted by Green on February 18, 2020as

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When psychedelia had run its course in Britain at the end of the 60s, the predominant trend was to get hairier and heavier and more long-winded. Many musicians, however, were still hung up on the trappings of psychedelia’s home-grown strain, having found a musical home in its mournful evocations of Victoriana, its village green gentility and its nods to the pleasures of suburbia. They wanted to carry on using woodwinds, cellos and melancholic melodies. As the advent of the singer-songwriter offered another possible avenue for these refuseniks, a new brand of pop was discernible – the English Baroque sound. First compiled by writer and Saint Etienne member Bob Stanley almost 15 years ago, the original Tea And Symphony CD now sells for between Ј50 and Ј100. This new and improved edition will be the first time the title has ever appeared on vinyl and features several tracks that haven’t been reissued before; Lora Findlay’s distinctive artwork has similarly been given a fresh lick of paint. A definitive collection of English Baroque, this compilation includes familiar classics such as Colin Blunstone’s Say You Don’t Mind and Honeybus’ I Can’t Let Maggie Go, as well Vigrass and Osborne’s original recording of the Justin Hayward hit Forever Autumn and master of the observational, homespun pop Clifford T Ward’s Coathanger. In-demand rarities include Jon Plum’s gothic tale Alice, Mike Batt’s exquisite Fading Yellow and Bombadil’s When The City Sleeps, a rare Barclay James Harvest spin-off single. To the delight of people who thought the mine of great 60s and 70s 45s had been exhausted, previously undiscovered gems by the likes of Matthew Bones (the Kinks-like parlour piece Two Sugars), Erasmus Chorum (the epic Mary Jane) and Les Payne continue to be unearthed. Here are more than 20 of baroque pop’s finest moments. Make yourself a pot of tea, find yourself a comfy armchair, place a ginger cat on your lap and sit back. Compiled and annotated by Bob Stanley.


01. Ray Brooks – Pictures
02. The Honeybus – I Cant Let Maggie Go
03. Lea Nixon – Off to Find a New Land
04. Jon Plum – Alice
05. Bombadil – When the City Sleeps
06. Mike Batt – Fading Yellow
07. Colin Blunstone – Say You Dont Mind
08. Gordon Waller – The Seventh Hour
09. Erasmus Chorum – Mary Jane
10. Tandem – Shapes and Shadows
11. Nirvana – Please Believe Me
12. Vigrass And Osborne – Forever Autumn
13. Richard Henry – Oh Girl
14. Les Payne – Very Well
15. Sunchariot – Youre Lovely
16. Mike Sedgewick – Pollution Song
17. Bill Kenwright – Epitaph
18. Clifford T Ward – Coathanger
19. Christopher – The Race
20. David McIvor – Closing My Eyes
21. The Bliss – Lifetime
22. Matthew Bones – Two Sugars


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