St. John, Bridget - Dandelion Albums and BBC Collection 4 x CD box

Bridget St John was one of the first acts signed to John Peel's legendary Dandelion Records. Cherry Red are re-releasing her first three albums with several bonus tracks. The first two albums also feature John Martyn playing guitar on some tracks.

Ask Me No Questions:
"Ask Me No Questions was originally released in 1969. 'The music within was a treasure trove -- friendly, poetic, organic, a little sparse maybe but played and sung for all the right reasons. John Peel served as producer and guide after hosting Bridget at the BBC studios. The album opened with the two songs chosen for her debut 7" and both were staples of her live repertoire. 'Curl Your Toes' was exactly what it said, sung in that sunny low register one always associates with Bridget. The album's title track was its piece de resistance -- a magnificent sound picture of pastoral England and a fine companion piece to the Floyd's 'Grantchester Meadow' -- an amazing number with harmony vocals and second guitar by John Martyn, with its middle section full of the sounds of the countryside before the guitars come back a second time. Sadly, Ask Me No Questions did not sell in huge quantities but it certainly gained her a small but dedicated following and laid the foundations for her albums that followed in the 1970s -- and its naive and minimal production values, delicate playing and heartfelt singing make it an album I return to often especially when I want to evoke the atmosphere of the late '60s.' -Nigel Cross

Songs For The Gentle Man
"If her debut album had shown little in the way of 'production values,' then her second LP tipped towards the other end of the scale. Recorded at Sound Techniques in Chelsea, where everybody from Fairport to Nick Drake had made albums, this was a far more sophisticated work than its predecessor. And a more confident and outward-looking Bridget had emerged from its shadows too! The album opened with 'A Day A Way,' with Bridget's gentle lilting voice and guitar gliding in and out of the lush woodwinds. Organized around a small chamber orchestra, Songs For the Gentle Man was replete with strings, horn and piano. As critic and author Kim cooper, writing about it in Lost in the Grooves, so eloquently expressed, this is 'a set of cool, pastel originals garnished with a pinch of John Martyn or a splash of Donovan... Imagine a Nico of the buttercups, all sunshine, smiles and cautious optimism... a small record, yet one that fills the room and lingers.'"-Nigel Cross

Thank You For...
"Thank You For... was the closet Bridget ever got to full-fledged folk rock and was the album that should have finally established her as one of the leading singer/songwriters of her generation. The early '70s saw an explosion of solo performers armed with just a guitar or piano make their mark and 'soft rock' was the order of the day -- listening now to this record and her previous ones, it remains a mystery as to why she didn't go beyond a cult following. She definitely wrote and performed material that was the equal and at time even better than that of the late Nick Drake or Sandy Denny. The third album began on an upbeat note with 'Nice' and for the first time on a Bridget record there was a delightful country undercurrent as Matthews Southern Comfort's Gordon Huntley added some very attractive pedal steel guitar." -Nigel Cross
Live At The BBC (1968-1972)
  • LabelCherry Red
  • UPC5013929101708
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