Saturday, 14 May 2011

Bigger Than The Beatles - Liberty Horses

Neill MacColl is one of those great supporting artist. He was guitarist in the Bible and Boo Hewerdine's best stuff seems to involve him in some form or the other. He was in the awfully named but great band King L with Gary Clark of Danny Wilson and has played on lps by among others David Gray, Chris Difford and regularly with Eddi Reader and Kathryn Williams. Son of Ewan MacColl he seems just at home with folk and pop music giving each an element of the other (his son is keeping the family tradition going as he is a member of Bombay Bicycle Club)

For one lp though he got to play the leading man. The Liberty Horses (formed with his brother and another ex Bible Callum) released one lp Joyland. Neill hasn't got the strongest of voices but the years of singing backing vocals pays dividends as it fits the songs perfectly. It is one of those lps where the songs have a crafted feel. There isn't a stand out track but that is because the quality of all the songs is high.

Colours of Spring - Liberty Horses

XXX - Liberty Horses

You can buy Joyland from here

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