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Martin Best Consort [Martin Best (singer, guitar lute), Edward Flower (guitar, lute), Jeremy Barlow (flute, renaissance & baroque recorder, piano, organ), Christophe Lebon (cello, treble & tenor viol, tabor), Colin Bilham (double-bass, viola da gamba)]
Recording site and date:
Unknown [1974 or prior]
Gramophone (Vol./#-p.): 52/615-406 (august 1974)
Comments: Information from owned LP. Very probably the
first recording by the Martin Best Consort, although Martin Best
recorded previously an LP with Edward Flower
(Grosvernor GRS 1013: The Art of
The Gramophone said in August 1974: "An exciting debut ...there are many treasures ... Excellent recording". For sure the reviewer wasn't wrong for the future.
The same year or in 1975, according to information courtesy of Rob Smyth, he recorded another LP with the Consort (excepting Edward Flower): To Carl Michael with Love. In this LP, Julian Byzantine plays guitar.
Comments from Rob Smyth: The first Martin Best Consort album, mixing folksong, early music and some original compositions. Bellman's 'Song at Nightfall' foreshadows Martin's later albums devoted entirely to the music of Sweden's great 18th century troubadour. 'The Warwickshire Lad' sounds as fresh today as it did upon its release: a young man's work, which fearlessly seeks (and often finds) a common thread between music of different ages.
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