Another of my most favourite labels is HolyGround.
It was very amteurish, poorly distributed and relatively short lived, but some of its publications are truly works of hearts.
I unfortunately do not know all taht was issued, but have some and love them, especially A to Austr, Astral Navigations and Gygafo. The latter was actually published in the late 80's with the original 70's record housed in a new (and splendid) cover by a record dealer in Balham, from whom I bought the reissues (now rarities themselves!).
Bill Nelson was much involved in the HG adventure and his solo album was originally issued on the Smile label, which I think was a spin-off of HG.
Blue Epitaph and Gagalactyca are interesting but less exciting.
Anybody more expert than me who has/knows all the records issued and/or stories on the label and label owners?
Or simply anybody loving the three LP's above like me?
On the same label, I have also:
Tears on the Console (very poor)
Loose Routes (interesting double compilation).
I think I have also two or three original issues in good nick of the local Yorkshire underground publication STYNG (disappeared after 7 issues) with some nice articles and promo adverts of the HG publications..
Can anybody tell me something about Jumble Lane and Number Nine Bread Street? Apart from being monster rarities in their original very ltd issue, are these of any interest musically? Or are they simply folksy, amateurish and not particularly inventive?
HG: Psych to Prog to Folk ?
Both Jumble Lane and No. 9 Bread Street are very good indeed.
(Seem to recall No 9 being the more folky of the two, although Jumble starts off very trad. instrumental.)
Probably Ditching Players "Alice Thru the Looking Glass" would be up your holyground/amateur-sound tree.
This has definite music school project-sound and I think is quite good for the artifact it is.
The private press article in the old wotsit(RC) magazine cites this Tomorrow Comes Sunday (or something to that tune) as having some connect to the two Holyground blokes.
Have you heard A To Aust.?
I dont particulary care for this private press.
You might want to give this a try:
HAVENSTREET "END OF THE LINE"
Here is a review I made at Galactic Zoo back in 2006:
Finally get to hear this '77 UK lp (which sounds of '70).
Very rare lp and not often listed anywhere. When listed ,Wallace has
seen it at least twice described as Canterburyish -Soft
Nothing could be further from the truth. (Yet another example of one
catalogue copying another's flawed description.)
The music is sensitive UK folk; vocals-based. But without the
traditional element. (Okay -ONE track does stand out from the rest
and it is trad. sung to the rowdy background of some English pub.)
Mainly flute and acoustic guitar (sometimes sounding of lute) and
piano. One track has some violin/viola, another has a few seconds of
female vocal accompaniment. Brief sax on a track or two.
The male vocals are delicate and soft.
The themes are of town walks & rememberances & observations. Rain in
the nightgarden. Castle ruins. The village madcap.
Pretty fine short tracks lp.
Sort of reminds of Duncan Brown's "Give Me,Take You".
My favs are:
Jumble Lane, Thundermother: No Red Rowan
Thundermother: No Red Rowan
First time Im hearing this name.(And Im a Prog Masterman!)
I've long been a big fan of this label, since I started collecting in the mid-late 80s. I purchased nearly all of the reissues from Hugo Chavez (no, not *that* Hugo Chavez,) and when he skipped out with all the cash, the guy who took over the Magic Mixture shop made good on the order. At least that's how it was presented to me. I don't recall his name, but I have all of the correspondence in a box in the attic, along with the old catalogs, etc.
I picked up the rest along the way later, as well as an original Skybird. Some of what I have is of necessity on CD, like the Junction 32 stuff, which I think is only on CD, perhaps not complete. Also on CD only I have 'Last Thing On My Mind', 'Jumble Lane', and 'Number 9 Bread Street.'
My favorites are Gygafo, Astral Navigations & Gagalactyca, the latter 2 for the Light Years Away material on side 1 of both records.
Thundermother -'No Red Rowan' is a post-humous CD released in the 90s. It may have also had a vinyl issue, but it is archival. Wasn't actually put out by Holyground, but rather by Kissing Spell, iirc.
Thundermother was the Heavy Rock/Prog band on side 2 of 'Astral Navigations' and 'Gagalactyca.'
It's worth mentioning that some of the latter day stuff is also well worth picking up. Aeon -'Strangeness And Charm' a CD only issue fron 1999 is one of those. Kind of hard to classify, it has Folky stuff, it's Proggish, has an 18+ min track. Very good, much involvement from Chris Coombs, who was in Light Years Away. Chris Coombs -'Up To McGill's' is also recommended, especially if you like the LYA material. This is much more sparse, being just him, not a full band, but the magic is still there. Realeased 2001. Lastly, probably only for hardcore label fans, 'The Last Goodbye' CD + DVD is a nostalgic sendoff to Bretton Hall, where the earliest stuff originated, such as 'Last Thing On My Mind.' Plenty of Folk here, but not Psych-Folk, though Chris Coombs is involved. Dik Cadbury who I think was in Steve Hackett's band makes an appearance, and a Pete Howells is credited. Whether it's *that* Pete Howells, I have no idea. I suppose I should write Mike and ask him. Anyway, these are all 60s veterans long in the tooth now, looking back fondly. It's pretty nice. Recent release.
The Holyground main man was/is Mike Levon, the man behind the console. Not really a musician himself, but the glue that holds everything together.
" Whether it's *that* Pete Howells, I have no idea"
Peter Howell of above-mentioned Alice In The Looking Glass"?
Here is the complete "original" Holyground listing :
HG 111 LAST THING ON MY MIND LAST THING ON MY MIND 1966
HG 112 NUMBER NINE BREAD STREET NUMBER NINE BREAD STREET 1967
HG 113 A / AUSTR A / AUSTR 1970
HG 114 ASTRAL NAVIGATIONS ASTRAL NAVIGATIONS 1971
HG 115 JUMBLE LANE JUMBLE LANE 1971
HG 116 BILL NELSON NORTHERN DREAM 1971
HG 117 BLUE EPITAPH ODE 1974
HG 118 SKYBIRD SUMMER OF ‘ 73 1974
HG 119 JUNCTION 32 JUNCTION 32 1975
HG 120 CHICK SHANNON AND LAST EXIT TEARS ON THE CONSOLE 1975
HG 121 V . V . A . A . LOOSE ROUTES 1991
Hi Paxton Quilgley , in answer to your question. THAT Pete Howells is the same Pete Howells who, along with Jim Gordon,were Blue Epitaph - their album ODE(circa '74 - Holyground)
You may or may not be aware that,sadly, Mike Levon died, whilst halfway through an album he was making with Pete Howells, towards the end of 2011. He will be missed by many.
Sad news Pete.......i'll be spinning something from the Holyground stable as a mark of remembrance.As for your own private recordings and releases among my faves are Ithaca and Friends,2 very good albums indeedy.THanks for those!!