Mr. Fox – The Gypsy (1971)

FrontCover1.jpgMr. Fox was a septet formed in 1970 by Bob Pegg (vocals, guitar, bass, keyboards) and Carolann Pegg (then known as Carole Pegg) (vocals, fiddle). Contemporaries of Steeleye Span and Fairport Convention, Mr. Fox was unusual in that they avoided relying on electric guitars and their music’s deep origins in the folklore of the Dales. Mr. Fox, whose other members were Alun Evans (drums), Barry Lyons (bass, dulcimer), Andrew Massey (cello), John Myatt (winds), Richie Bull (banjo), and Nick Strutt (multiple instruments), started out with a self-titled debut album on Transatlantic that generated a massive amount of enthusiasm and controversy, over their mix of traditional folk forms and experimental touches in the rhythms and other embellishments. They were serious rivals to acts like Steeleye Span for a time, especially upon the release of their second album, The Gipsy, which featured a smaller line-up and a more experimental approach to their material. Multi-instrumentalist Nick Strutt, in particular, was heavily showcased along with the Peggs on that album. This was to prove their last album, however, as the group splintered soon after. Bob Pegg and Carolann Pegg cut one album together on the Trailer label in 1971, and later emerged on separate solo albums on Transatlantic. (by Bruce Eder)

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Mr. Fox’s second and final album was lively British folk-rock from the halcyon days of that genre. They lacked the one or two vocal or instrumental personalities that would have lifted them to the Fairport Convention/Steeleye Span/Pentangle level, but anyone who likes the early 1970s recordings of those bands will like this too. The group really shone when they favored the moodiest material and let a spooky drone come to the fore, as on the lengthy opener, “Mendle,” where the unnervingly shrill organ and Carole Pegg’s vocals established an uneasy yet seductive atmosphere. It should be said, though, that it was an admirably diverse album as well, with sparsely arranged numbers that sound much like gypsies of centuries-old vintage, more straightforward and modern folk-rock treatments of traditional songs, and the upbeat finale “All the Good Times,” where the Gridley Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra join in on the chorus.

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Important note: although this was reissued as part of the apparent two-for-one CD of their two early 1970s albums on Transatlantic, that release is missing “Mendle” — a vital omission, as that’s the best track on The Gipsy. Don’t despair, however, as all of the songs, “Mendle” included, are on the 180-gram gatefold LP reissue of the album by Get Back in 2001. (by Richie Unterberger)

And we here again ,exquiste acid folk tunes and marvellous male/female vocals and harmonies including a composition of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart !!!

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Personnel:
Bob Pegg (vocals, organ, accordion, tin whiste, guitar, piano, bass drum)
Carole (Carolanne) Pegg (vocals,fiddle)
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Alan Eden (drums, percussion, vocals)
Barry Lyons (bass, vocals, dulcimer, recorder, tambourine)
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The Gridley Tabernacle Choir And Orchestra (on 06.)

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Tracklist:
01. Mendle (C.Pegg) 7.14
02. The Gypsy (Mozart/B.Pegg) 12.58
03. Aunt Lucy Broadwoo (B. Pegg) 2.22
04. House Carpenter (Traditional) 5.13
05. Elvira Madigan (B.Pegg) 4.20
06. Dancing Song (B. Pegg) 3.06
07. All The Good Times (B.Pegg/Traditional) 5.28

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And this albums you can hear both Mr. Fox albums from the early Sevenies:

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I got this rare item from Mr. Sleeve — and I had to say thanks again !

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