Peter & John Ferdinando Howell - Ithaca Agincourt & Other Psych-Folk Fairy Tales(RSD 2019)
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If one is aware of high prices on online music sites or is a part of any worldwide record collectors' circles, albums from groups such as Ithaca and Agincourt might sound familiar. Producers, composers, singers and multi-instrumentalists Peter Howell and John Ferdinando are two English musicians who started their partnership in the mid-1960s. From 1968, with the release of their soundtrack for the play Alice Through The Looking Glass, until the release of a project called Friends in 1974, they put together a total of five albums, Ithaca (1973) and Agincourt (1970) being the two most expensive and collectable of all of them. Incredibly rare and highly sought-after for years, the records contained a magical world brimming with folk music, soft psychedelia, psych-pop and progressive overtones; their music is absolutely exquisite and truly unique. It is predominantly folk, but very far from its traditional format. The longer one listens to their legacy, the longer one is going to find peculiar elements of classical gestures plus many flourishes of soft psychedelia, idiosyncratic progressive overtones, acid-folk and a taste that one is always entering the enchanting toy world of psych-pop. It does make total sense that the word "cult" is frequently applied to describe their creations. On Ithaca, Agincourt And Other Psych-Folk Fairy Tales (a 21 track double LP accompanied by a 19 track CD of totally distinct material), one also has the chance to read their own words. Both of them were interviewed for the liner notes, where they reveal their secret influences and their simple but unexpected ways of creating and composing. Be subtle, be daring, and be immersed in the magic world of Peter Howell and John Ferdinando.
2LP: A1. Journey (Destruction/Rebirth - Patterns Of Life) A2. Questions (Did You Know? - Will We Be Alive?) A3. Dreams (Story Of Our Time - Beneath This Sky) A4. Journey II (A Game For All Who Know) B1. Though I May Be Dreaming B2. Going Home B3. All My Life B4. Lisa B5. Barn Owl Blues B6. Kind Sir C1. Times (Seven Seasons - The Path - Given Time) C2. When I Awoke C3. Get Together C4. Joy In The Finding D1. Title Theme D2. Bluebottle Stripe D3. Fishing D4. Love Theme D5. Honesty D6. Windfall Wood D7. Tomorrow Come Someday CD: 01. March Of The Chessman 02. Mirabella 03. Dance Of The Talking Flowers 04. Dum And Dee 05. Get Together 06. Joy In The Finding 07. Take Me There 08. Dawn 09. Through The Eyes Of A Lifetime 10. You Need Friends 11. A Tale Of Your Life 12. One Sweet Day 13. Lonely Road 14. In The Morning 15. Take A Walk 16. Once In A Winter Town 17. Time To Run 18. Someone Like You 19. Feelings (Look Around You - I Want To Feel You)