The Weavers Green | Both Sides Now

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Both Sides Now

by The Weavers Green

A collection of well known songs from the 60's and 70's in an easy listening style, by this British vocal harmony instrumental trio.
Genre: Easy Listening: Harmony Vocal Group
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1. From Both Sides Now
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2. Feelin' Groovy
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3. Why Do You Treat Me Like You Do
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4. Windy
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5. Mr Pseudo Fabulous
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6. You Ain't Goin' Nowhere
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7. Walk Right In
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8. Gentle On My Mind
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9. Reminiscing
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10. Up A Lazy River
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11. Sittin' Here (Lovin' You)
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12. Fool On the Hill
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
In celebration of 40 years since its first release on Phoenix Records, the British group “The Weavers Green” have now re-released their album, originally recorded at Pye Recording Studios in London and produced in 1970. Drawing its title from the first track on the “A” side of that vinyl Long Playing record, it is now entitled “Both Sides Now”. The traditional CD version has an attractive disc and label design and the full colour insert includes some brief notes about the group’s background.

Consisting of vocalist Jane Hugg - a cousin of Mike Hugg of the popular '60's pop group “Manfred Mann” and now with “The Manfreds” - and two brothers, Peter and Patrick Phelan, both singing and playing Hagstrom acoustic 6 and 12 string guitars, “The Weavers Green” began as a traditional folk group called The Southern Folk. And in common with many folk groups of the time, their original line up and style of music was influenced by leading contemporary folk groups such as “The Seekers” in the UK and “Peter Paul and Mary” in the USA.

However, having won a leading talent contest, turned full time professional and been signed up by a London Agent, the group played increasingly mainstream venues. As a result, their musical style and repertoire broadened considerably. And the group quickly evolved into a sophisticated, vocal harmony instrumental trio, whose colourful stage performances included well known songs from the music charts of the period, songs from Broadway shows, country music and even comedy songs; performed by Peter and Patrick and often involving a variety of props and audience participation!

Nevertheless, despite the brothers’ immaculate black suits and formal shirts, and Jane’s smart dresses and gowns worn on stage, they always retained some elements of their roots in folk music. The most notable was the continuing use of acoustic guitars. And they always brought a unique “Weavers Green” flavour to any song! For example, when appearing live and performing well known songs made famous by other artists, many groups try to emulate as closely as possible, the style and sound of the original hit song. Some groups even market themselves as a “covers band” to emphasise this fact.

By contrast, "The Weavers Green’s" approach and indeed speciality, was to do exactly the opposite! However well known the song, or indeed the original artist who made it famous, they always brought their own unique interpretation to any song. And you’ll hear this clearly demonstrated on this album which contains well known songs from such singer song writers as Lennon and McCartney, Bob Dylan, Hoagy Carmichael and Donovan.

The diversity of their music was matched by the range of the venues in which they played. These included the top clubs of the period, smart country clubs, luxury hotels, a wide range of American military bases both in the UK and throughout Europe, together with theatres and cabaret clubs in London’s fashionable West End. They also appeared as a supporting act to many well known entertainers including singers Shirley Bassey and Lulu.

Well known names were also to be found in their audiences at times. Whilst appearing at the Corinthia Palace Hotel in Malta for example, the group found themselves entertaining British comedians Frankie Howard and Ernie Wise - of comedy duo Morcambe & Wise. The trio also appeared on UK radio and national television programs including the popular talent shop window show “Opportunity Knocks” - the “X factor” show of its day! The group also recorded several “singles” and the album mentioned here.

In addition to bringing their own interpretation to well known songs of the day, the group also included some of their own original material in their live performances. Both Patrick and Jane were prolific song writers and this album features two of Jane’s songs; “Mr Pseudo Fabulous” and “Reminiscing”. Patrick’s talents lead him to be in demand as a composer of advertising jingles and theme tunes; he wrote the theme music for the UK television series “Midnight is a Place” for example.

Many years later, they are all still involved in the music business in one way or another. Jane continues to write her songs, most of them nowadays being of a broadly religious nature. She also continues to sing, play guitar and perform in local venues in and around her home town in Hampshire. Patrick is also still playing his guitars and the piano. And he too, continues his song writing work. Indeed, he has recently formed another new music publishing and production company that has already been commissioned to write the music for a large international company’s corporate video presentations.

Meanwhile, his brother Peter has forsaken his guitars and moved on to become one of the leading professional commercial and editorial photographers in the UK. However, his musical connection remains strong, since his editorial work now includes photographing guitars and musical equipment for review each month by two of the UK’s top music magazines.

And although no longer playing professionally, building upon his early classical piano training, Peter is now an accomplished and enthusiastic electronic keyboard player. He also designed and produced the new Weavers Green album artwork, the group’s new web site and designed, edited and produced the video featured there.

Despite being recorded many years ago, long before the advent of computerised music and recording studios, the Weavers Green’s music remains as fresh and polished as it was then. We therefore hope you’ll enjoy this selection of well known songs with a unique “Weavers Green” flavour!

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John McCulloch

Still sounding great
This is an outstanding CD that defies the fact that it was originally recorded over 40 years ago ... it just goes to prove that good music never goes out of style!
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Di

Feeling groovy....
Normally, I *like those 'covers' bands who try to make the song sound like I expect it - there is something jarring to me about an old favorite made to sound "wrong." WG, however, has my heart on this one - they make the songs their own in a way that remains comfortable. Familiar songs, with a new sound, but a sound that is as comfortable, relaxing, and easy to listen to - actively, or absently in the background - as the original. WG has a great feel overall, and brings back the best elements of the music I love from the time period, including that feeling that the world is/was a simpler and less stressful place.
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