Rave On [Edsel]

Various Artists

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Rave On [Edsel] Review

by James Christopher Monger

Rave On paints a rich, sepia-toned picture of the late-'60s English folk revival. Focusing primarily on legendary acts like Steeleye Span, Martin Carthy, and Shirley Collins, the compilation is by no means thorough -- between Tim Hart, Maddy Prior, Carthy, and their prolific folk-rock supergroup, there are only three non-Steeleye Span related tracks on the record. This is a minor gripe, as "Marrowbones" and "Lovely on the Water" are among their best. The inclusion of "Banks of the Bann" by Collins and "Let No Man Steal Your Thyme" by Shelagh McDonald are landmarks of the era and provide reason enough to check out what the jacket describes as a "connoisseur's" collection item.

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