Oyster Band (The) - Wide Blue Yonder (Music CD)

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The Oyster Band's second album, 1987's WIDE BLUE YONDER already finds the British folk-rockers moving away from the more traditional sound of their full-length debut, STEP OUTSIDE. This is particularly notable in this expanded CD reissue, which includes several tracks from that first album, including the traditional "Hal-an-Tow" and the band's own "Another Quiet Night in England". On many of the tunes from the original vinyl version, there's a sharply political viewpoint, in both the originals and the well-chosen covers. The scathing "The Generals Are Born Again" is one of John Jones and Ian Telfer's most pointed attacks, and versions of Billy Bragg's Depression-era lament "Between the Wars" and Nick Lowe's uncharacteristically somber anti-Falklands War tale "The Rose of England" give the songs an even greater bite than the originals had possessed. The soaring "The Early Days of a Better Nation" is a highlight not only of this album, but of the Oyster Band's entire career.

1. Generals Are Born Again
2. Pigsty Billy
3. Oxford Girl
4. Following In Father's Footsteps
5. Lost And Found
6. Coal Creek Mine
7. Rose Of England
8. Careless Life
9. Early Days Of A Better Nation
10. Lakes Of Coolfin
11. Between The Wars
12. Hal An Tow (CD only.)
13. Flatlands (CD only.)
14. Another Quiet Night In England (CD only.)

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Catalogue No: COOKCD006