The Silkie

You've Got To Hide Your Love Away

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The Silkie's sole album was unobjectionable but bland mid-1960s harmony pop-folk, similar to Peter, Paul & Mary and the Seekers, but lacking as strong a repertoire and as much vocal power as Peter, Paul & Mary (and to a lesser degree the Seekers). No less than eight of the twelve songs were covers of early Bob Dylan songs, none of them particularly creative. The two group originals were also in the anodyne pop-folk mold, making their hit Beatles cover -- itself no match for the John Lennon-sung original -- the highlight of the LP. The CD reissue on One Way strengthens the record considerably with the addition of all four songs (three of them group originals) from their two 1966 singles. While similar to the material on the album, there's a little more grit and pop sensibility to the melodies and arrangements, although in the virtual absence of percussion, it doesn't quite cross into full-fledged folk-rock.

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