Mr. Fox

Mr. Fox

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Mr. Fox's debut LP was merry British folk-rock in the classic Steeleye Span mold, although they lacked the emotional depth of that band or a vocalist on the order of Maddy Prior or Sandy Denny. Well, merry on the surface, anyway: "The Hanged Man" is the story of the death of a hiker in the Yorkshire Dales. The use of organ, melodeon, tin whistle, terrapin, fiddle, cello, flute, clarinet, and bassoon gave them extraordinary instrumental depth, even as they avoided incorporating an electric guitarist into their lineup. It's more standard folk-rock than their more adventurous second album, The Gipsy, although most of the material was written by band members Bob Pegg and Carole Pegg. Interestingly, they covered a Dave Mason tune, "Little Woman," and British folk-rock maestro Ashley Hutchings wrote the lyrics to a couple of tunes.

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