Boomkat Product Review:
**Collected outtakes, rarities and live recordings by the legendary acid folk trio** "Fans of the classic 1972 acid folk LP 'All On The First Day' by Tony Caro & John rejoice! Yes, if you have one of the hundred or so copies of the original UK private press (with the hand-spray-painted cover, then you are probably a millionaire), or you purchased the ultra- limited Shadoks label reissue with EP in 2001, or the Gaarden Records reissue of said reissue. Drag City Records, Gaarden Records, and Galactic Zoo Disk have united forces to bring 'Blue Clouds', a collection of the band's outtakes, rarities and live recordings spanning 1972 - 1977. There are full band head-rockers here, as well as quiet, stripped down home recordings, plus a little drum machine sprinkled among the folky whimsy. Even casual fans of 60s psychedelic folkiness will enjoy this odds and sods compilation, as it stands up as a great lost album, and certainly serious fans of English pastoral folk like Incredible String Band, Bert Jansch, Left-Handed Marriage, The Holyground collective, Dr. Strangely Strange, Forest, etc. will need to act fast. Highlights include a live version of the classic lament 'There are No Greater Heroes' with an augmented line-up featuring sizzling lead guitar, and a unique take on the classic 'Sally Go 'Round The Roses'. Most of these recordings are in fact the expanded Tony Caro & John group, then featuring Simon Burrett on lead guitar, Jonny Owen on harmonica and Rod Jones on keyboards. Tony Dore and John Clark (the late John Clark - R.I.P.) were childhood friends in Derby, and played the folk circuit together, reuniting after university in London, where they met Caroline Clark. The rest is history... or as Tony explains it: "... at the time we had no idea that we were in some kind of historical transition. We were just being there. For all we knew, the Eighties and Nineties were going to be equally radical, or maybe there was not going to be any Eighties and Nineties at all. Vietnam was still raging, the Cold War was at its height, and nuclear destruction was just around the corner. But man, did we have a lot of fun. The only rule was anything goes, everything is equally valid.""