This CD contains what is arguably the best of Tim Hollier's output across his first three LPs, for United Artists, Fontana, and Philips. The material ranges from the late-'60s album Message to a Harlequin, with its ornate and often nearly enveloping accompaniment, to the leaner and more restrained early-'70s sounds of Tim Hollier and Sky Sail. Hollier at times sounds like Duncan Browne and at other times like a more melodious rival to Donovan, even utilizing the same arranger, John Cameron, used by Donovan on his early psychedelic folk albums. The sound is excellent and the annotation is very thorough, and the collection is a beautiful artifact of a period in which folk music intersected with psychedelia.
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