Enticing and musically salient, tender, dreamscapes of country and folk, whose eloquent blend of reflective sensitivity and life affirming delicate poignancy, would blend with rock and were seen in the same light, and of the same critical calibre, as Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell.
Four Strong Winds - VRS - 9133
Play One More - VRS - 9215
So Much For Dreaming - VRS - 9241
Four Strong Winds is considered a classic, an absolute treasure of the folk scene. Brimming with with old word romanticism, a real and poignant blend of melancholy with yearning and very human empathy, evocative of nature. Reviewed by Dave Glackin who considered that "their singing is vigorous, spirited, powerful, and obviously deeply felt." Furthermore, on the velvet and sensual allure of the sound, "the honest, heartfelt performances on this album are evocative of a simpler time, and they will draw you in to a varied and colorful musical space."
Play One More is generally considered infallible, an album notorious and unsurpassed in it's excellence. Perfection may not exist on Earth, but on this album the sound on display is truly something unearthly. They blend Country with Folk to create something seamless and as identifiable and yet as ancient as the yearning for meaning by humankind. Ian and Sylvia at the peak of their powers.
So Much For Dreaming, Ian and Sylvia's 1967 album, is a rich tapestry blending a meditation on the enigma of pain, with sobering reflections on the irrevocability of distance and time lost, all stylised with a lavishness and innovation pertaining to their growing talents.
Vinyl in fine fettle with minimal dust and no scratching. Boxes are worthy, smart and staid.