Never the Same
||"Never the Same" Lal Waterson
||"Annachie Gordon" Nic Jones
Having already exposed us to terrific calypso, reggae, soul,
Cuban, and Afrobeat sounds, London's Honest Jons label now turns
its attention to the British folk revival. The Never the Same
compilation is comprised of tracks from some of the greatest LPs
on the Trailer imprint, one of two labels run by Bill Leader.
Leader began his career during the early days of the folk revival,
engineering and doing odd jobs for the Topic label in the mid-1950s,
recording one of Anne Briggs' earliest sessions, and taking a
young Bob Dylan around to the clubs during one of his first visits.
Later, he worked for Transatlantic and recorded now legendary
artists, including Bert Jansch and John Renbourn.
In 1969, he and his wife started their own pair of record companies.
The Leader label would focus exclusively on traditional folk music
of the sort that Alan Lomax had collected, totally authentic material
that would be purchased, as Bill writes in the disc's liner notes,
by people like "the Professor of Ethnomusicology at Vladivostk
University." Trailer, on the other hand, would release more
commercial folk music by contemporary performers whose repertoires,
nevertheless, were made up of almost entirely of the UK's traditional
songs. In spite of the labels' manufacturing and distribution
dial with EMI via Transatlantic, the LPs were released in small
pressings and are today almost impossibly rare.
This collection gives a wonderful overview of the Trailer label's
short history with beautiful tracks from Nic Jones, Lal Waterson,
master fiddler Aly Bain and his group the Boys Of Lough, Dave
Burland, Tony Rose, who accompanied himself on the harmonium,
concertina player Alistair Anderson, Dorothy Elliott, and the
sheepish Dick Gaughan, who had to be coaxed into the studio by
his friends Robin and Barry Dransfield. The songs on Never
the Same are simple, intimate, and timeless; this disc is
a must-have for anyone with any interest at all in the genre.