Boomkat Product Review:
An oft-overlooked British folk-rock icon, Bill Fay's work is given a proper airing on this double-disc edition by Coptic Cat, the label run by Current 93's David Tibet. Current 93 themselves have been known to play 'Time Of The Last Persecution' live and the likes of Wilco and Jim O'Rourke have also given Fay's songs an airing, and it's easy to hear why so many contemporary artists admire Fay's work. With this edition you get an awful lot of music for your money, with forty-three songs running up to over two hours of music. "The first CD, 'Piano, Guitar, Bass & Drums 1970-71', consists of studio recordings sourced from archival 7 ½" tapes and cassette from 1970 and 1971, with Ray Russell on guitar, Alan Rushton on drums and Daryl Runswick on bass. The 1970 tracks are prior to the recording of 'Time of the Last Persecution', and contain alternative versions of songs on that album, two tracks from Bill's first album 'Bill Fay' as well as previously unreleased songs. There are also previously unreleased songs from 1971. The second CD, 'Still Some Light', is a home-recorded studio album from 2009."