Originally released on Pye’s alt-label Dawn, Trader Horne’s ‘Morning Way’ is widely agreed to be one of the unsung musical treasures of the 70s. Judy Dyble (ex Fairport Convention / Giles, Giles & Fripp, amongst others) and Jackie McAuley (Them) formed Trader Horne in 1969, naming their group - so the legend goes! - after John Peel’s Nanny.
By turns folk (‘Jenny May'), pop (’Sheena’) and something altogether more esoteric (‘Velvet To Atone'), Trader’s only album is a shining example of the cult British psychedelic era.
Sunset red vinyl, limited to 1000 copies worldwide. Comes with high quality download, which includes two additional non-album tracks, ‘Here Comes The Rain’ and ‘Goodbye Mercy Kelly’. (CD includes all tracks.)
It's easy to see why an album like this could get overlooked when the artist responsible for it is a titan like Bert Jansch. Easy to see, but still in excusable.
Draw a straight line and you can connect Nick Drake's Pink Moon to Johnny Cash's American Recordings via this album.
Jansch's guitar work is always sublime, but on his, his singing really shines. So passionate and so alive.
Most artists would give their right arms to make this; Jansch barely released it. Astonishing. Michael Mueller