Audio Visual Transmission Guide #13/52a: Midwinter’s The Skater

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    This is #2 in a series revisiting of some of the acid/psych, underground and/or privately pressed folk from the late 1960s to around the mid 1970s that I have repeatedly returned to during A Year In The Country and often that were also early touchstones and inspirations.

    Midwinter’s Skater is from the album The Waters Of Sweet Sorrow, which as far as I know did not have an official release when it was recorded in 1973 and was not officially released until 1993 by Erewhon/Kissing Spell as part of their “Underground Folk Rock Series 1968-1978).

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    The the band later evolved into Stone Angel, who released a privately pressed album in 1975 which became a highly thought of underground folk record).

    The Skater is the first track on the compilation album Early Morning Hush, subtitled Notes From The UK UK Folk Underground 1969-1976, which was a collection of such things by Pete Wiggs (and is also a companion to his interconnectedly themed Gather In The Mushrooms).

    When I start the song playing, the first few notes seem to announce the start of A Year In The Country and the song conjures some other parallel indefinable time and its folk music explorations.

    Quite frankly it’s lovely stuff.

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    It has had various reissues over the years, most recently by Prog Temple in 2016 and unlike some other previously unavailable underground/privately pressed folk along these lines that has been reissued and sold out, you can still buy new copies on CD and vinyl at quite reasonable prices.

    (File Under: Cathode Ray & Cinematic Explorations, Radiowave Resonations & Audiological Investigations)

    AVT Guide listing: Midwinter’s The Skater

     

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