Summertime - Pete Smith,
Country Music Roundup, March 2003
Terry Friend’s ‘Summertime’
baffled me somewhat for the album has a single
performer’s name and this would lead
one to believe that this was a solo offering,
yet there are three singers other than Friend
and he is not credited with playing any instrument.
Terry, a noted folk composer, did in fact
write ten of the 13 songs. Having cleared
that one up we can now enjoy an album of music
called today ‘Americana.’ Terry
blends country with folk, a touch of the blues
with occasional punk audacity to present an
interesting and entertaining programme that
sits comfortably alongside anything in the
current Texas scene. The songs have male leads,
female leads, duets, and on ‘Memory
Lane,’ an intriguing male narrative
accompanying a female voice. Terry’s
vocals are assisted by Ryan Sharp (who wrote
three songs.) Cheryl Murphey and Rebecka Larter.
Contact. 01462 674854.
The Alamo - Pete Smith,
Country Music Roundup, June 2004
Terry Friend ‘The Alamo’ (New
Morning Recordings.) At long last Terry Friend’s
labour of love has come to fruition. Terry
worked on this epic for years desperate to
find the right lyrics, lyrics that would be
interesting and truthful yet have a commercial
appeal. You will not hear this on radio because
track one, 'The Alamo' runs for over twelve
and a half minutes and track two, ‘The
Alamo Narrative’ runs for a further
four plus minutes. There are two vocalists.
Terry (narratives) and the beautiful Cheryl
Murphy (singing) and the long song is actually
several songs played at various tempos and
blended into one. Jason Ward handles the guitars,
John Saltwell, the bass and piano, Martin
Langshaw, the drums and Ryan Sharp, the harmonica.
History brought to life on one little disc.
History’s most courageous episode made
accessible for all. www.alamosong.com.
Strange Journey - Pete Smith,
Country Music Roundup, July 2004
Terry Friend ‘Strange Journey’
(New Morning Recordings.) This is a most interesting
album that charts the career of singer/songwriter
Terry Friend over a period of thirty years.
The former professional soldier teamed up
with Rob Van Spyk and Brian Balster in 1974
to form the folk outfit Stonefield Tramp.
Rob emigrated to America in 1977 so Terry
and his mate Colin Johnson formed New Morning.
Working in bands and as a solo, writing songs
and promoting good causes has brought the
Friend career up to date. His epic single
‘The Alamo’ (see CMRU June) was
inspired by a visit to that historical location
in 2001 and ‘Eternity,’ the last
of 21 tracks on this album was recorded then,
in San Antonio. One can definitely detect
a shift in style as this programme progresses.
The early songs are urban folk. ‘When’s
it Gonna Stop’ has echoes of Country
Joe and the Fish and ‘Social State Blues’
is pure Woody Guthrie. The later songs take
on a more commercial feel such as with ‘Catch
the Wind’ (not the Donovan hit,) ‘True
Love ways’ (not the Buddy Holly number)
and ‘You.’ A little of Terry’s
military background is evident, though not
explicit in ‘Land Fit For Heroes.’
The Ulster Songbook - Pete
Smith, Country Music Roundup, January 2006
The troubles in Northern Ireland look all
but over. As we enter the year 2006 we have
the brightest hope in a century that life
in Ulster will at last be normal very soon.
The troubles have been analysed and explained
by all sorts of people and groups; the innocents
caught up in the violence, the clergy, politicians,
the loyalists and the republicans, in fact
just about everybody but the men and women
caught up in the middle-the Army. ‘The
Ulster Songbook’ (New Morning Recordings)
has 14 songs written and performed by Terry
Friend, a former professional soldier who
experienced the violence that was Ulster and
who was affected by it. In his songs Terry
expresses the concerns he had for his colleagues,
for the innocents in the street and for the
province itself. This is not a macho stand
for the Army but the deepest feelings of a
caring soldier expressed in song. Sales of
this album will benefit The Northern Ireland
Veterans Association. www.anothercountrysong.com
The Ulster Songbook - Soldier
Magazine December 2005.
A gifted-ex soldier turned country-and-western
singer has been hitting the right notes for
charity with the release of an album for The
Northern Ireland Veterans’ Association.
Terry Friend recalls the years of service
and sacrifice in the province in ‘The
Ulster Songbook’ a collection of 14
tunes telling an often harrowing tale of conflict.
Friend told soldier that he had decided to
tell the Army’s story in Northern Ireland
through the record. Adding that he had included
many of his own personal reflections
He said. ‘I was one of the lucky soldiers
who survived their tour of duty in Ulster.
Many did not return at all and many returned
damaged physically or emotionally.’
‘They need our help-‘The Ulster
Songbook’ is my charity album and a
large percentage of the money raised from
the sales will go to NIVETS, so please give
‘The Ulster Songbook’ has been
receiving positive reviews from the country
music press and is available through Friend’s
website at www.anothercountrysong.com Further
information on NIVETS is available at www.nivets.co.uk
Pete Smith - Country Music
Round-up May 2006
Terry Friend 'Natural Noise' (New
In a way this could be sub-titled 'Best of
Friend' for it is if one takes a country perspective.
This is the most country album Terry has recorded
to date but in my humble opinion 'The Ulster
Songbook' will remain his finest hour and
I am totally convinced that in the future
it will become a folklore classic. However,
'Natural Noise', as I have already stated,
is country and is original. You will not find
any references to the American tradition only
life's observations in a world-wide or UK
setting. 'Someone', the opening track is a
real feel good number dealing with a positive
relationship, 'In a Wind Swept Cemetery',
is a beautiful, though gloomy, tale that most
of us will have experienced at some time or
another, and 'Poacher's Pie', typically British
by virtue of its title, is a vocal and fiddle
delight. The fourteen songs, twelve of them
written by Terry, have strong lyrics and equally
strong melodies, the latter credited to musicians
Maurice Hipkiss (steel, Dobro, electric fiddle).
Phil Beer from Show of Hands (fiddle) and
Rob Van Spyk (acoustic guitar) and Brian Balster
(guitars, backing vocals) of Stonefield Tramp.
Check out also; 'Wild Blows The Wind', 'Damascus',
'Minstrel Boy' and the first seasonal offering
of 2006 'Tis Christmas Time Again' (strangely
not out of place in May!). www.anothercountrysong.com
Natural Noise www.wovenwheatwhispers.co.uk
Terry’s most recent album, Natural
Noise, was released earlier this year and
is described as ‘contemporary folk with
country leanings’. He is joined here
by old friends Rob Van Spyk and Brian Balster,
who of course were his partners in Stonefield
Tramp. There is also a guest appearance here
from Phil Beer, the must have session fiddle
player and front man for Show of Hands.
Three songs have been selected by Terry to
give you a flavour of this album. The first
of these is the opening track, ‘Someone’,
a fine love song with excellent pedal steel
guitar by Maurice Hipkiss and effective sweet
backing vocals from Sarah Warren.
‘Moonshiner’ is an interesting
contemporary arrangement of a traditional
American song. The rise and fall vocals bring
prime 1960’s Bob Dylan to mind and the
song benefits from understated but effective
keyboards and faultless fiddle playing. The
third selection is ‘The Sun Shines Over
Bredon’, a beautifully observed song
that uses the ‘quicksilver’ organ
sound in the instrumental break, to again
bring classic Zimmerman to mind. This country
rock and folk fusion has much to offer, and
although I’m aware that many folk music
fans have something of an aversion to music
styles from across the Atlantic, I’d
suggest you give ‘Natural Noise’
a try. Terry’s expressive vocal style
gives the album a unique edge and the lyrics
and melodies are all well crafted.
The Ulster Songbook www.wovenwheatwhispers.co.uk
In 2005 Terry released the Ulster Songbook,
a 14 track collection of songs produced for
the benefit of the Northern Ireland Veterans
Association. Having served in Ulster during
the early 1970’s these songs are frequently
born out of personal experience and he has
this to say of his time there and the organisation
that he is supporting. ‘I was one of
the lucky soldiers who survived their tour
of duty in Ulster. Many did not return at
all and many returned damaged physically and
emotionally. They need our help. The Ulster
Songbook is my charity album and a large percentage
of the money raised from the sales will go
to NIVETS, so please give generously.’
Most of the songs here are self penned, but
four of them are co-written with long time
friend and Stonefield Tramp colleague Rob
Van Spyk. In style most fall within the contemporary
folk style, but there are also country rock
edges to some numbers and even the odd excursion
into hard, growling rock music. This description
certainly fits the first track you can sample
below. ’25 Years’ has a bitter
and snarling lead vocal, snaking electric
guitar and a solid drum/bass back line. Take
a minute to listen to the lyrics of this song.
This comes straight from the gut.
‘Tell it to the People’ was written
back in 1974 and is a great plea for peace,
whose message still rings true. 30 years ago
the hope of peace and normal life returning
to Northern Ireland seemed nigh on impossible,
but in the 21’st century it would now
appear to have been achieved. You don’t
have to look far though to find similar conflicts
so this universal message of hope is still
most valid. The finale selection, ‘Lady
Death’ fuses country fiddle music with
a punk attitude and the nearest comparison
I could make is suggesting that this is the
sound the Pogues might have made if they had
been brought up in Nashville.
Strange Journey 1970 to 2004
Those record collectors amongst you will
no doubt know the name Terry Friend. For over
30 years he has been releasing albums under
his own name, in collaboration with others,
or as part of renowned British band, Stonefield
Tramp. Terry has just agreed to make a selection
of his music available for download and we
feel privileged that he has chosen Woven Wheat
Whispers to distribute these. The first album
on offer is Strange Journey – Volume
1 and is an anthology of songs recorded between
1970 and 2004. The first three tracks here
were recorded by Terry and long term creative
partner Rob Van Spyk in 1970, just after leaving
the army. These tracks were part of an album
(Going Nowhere) made solely for promotional
purposes and never commercially released,
so through Strange Journey they got their
first wider general release. The tracks are
simply recorded with Terry’s lyrics
and Rob’s vocals being added to folk
style acoustic guitar. The self penned numbers
range from angry protests at state racism
in the USA, through pleas for peace and onto
gentle and fragile music that was so in tune
with the spirit of the age.
By 1974, Terry and Rob had met Brian Balster
and as a trio they released the album ‘Follow
the Sun’ for the studio label, Acorn.
This was swiftly followed by ‘Dreaming
Again’, an album issued on their own
Tramp label. For this album the trio were
enhanced by additional musicians Chris Sutoris
(Bass) and Dave Lloyd (Electric Guitar). To
reflect their new sound the band adopted a
new name and Stonefield Tramp were born. Strange
Journey contains five tracks from this period.
Some of the tracks from this era show a strong
Bob Dylan influence while others lean stronger
towards the style we have now come to know
as acid folk.
Through 1975/1976, Stonefield Tramp gigged
regularly, playing clubs and festivals around
the country. A drummer was added to the group
and Terry taught himself guitar, but with
the band moving more in a rock direction,
Terry decided to leave. This was shortly followed
with Rob emigrating to the USA and after three
short but enjoyable years, Stonefield Tramp
were no more. In 1977 Terry released ‘Come
the Day’ by Terry Friend and Friends,
his first solo LP, on the private Tramp label.
Of the two tracks from the period that are
on this release, the first (Sweet Talking
Lady) has something of a country rock edge,
while the second (Song to Brian) is reminiscent
of some of the harder edged Dylan compositions
of the era. Shortly after, Terry put together
a band called New Morning and in 1981 met
Dave Simpson with whom he recorded a handful
of songs. When New Morning ground to a halt
in 1983, Terry and Dave recorded an albums
worth of material entitled ‘Lazy River’
in cassette only format. These were well received
and quickly sold out, so the pairing released
‘Follow the Dots’ in 1985. Strange
Journey contains five tracks from each of
these albums and the material was some of
the warmest and most dynamic Terry had recorded
up to that point. Alongside Folkier numbers
there were those that stemmed from rock roots
and listeners will also detect shades of punk
sensibilities and shades of power-pop.
In 2004 Terry paid a visit to Rob, who is
still in the USA. A little recording session
obviously ensued and one track, ‘Eternity’
is offered here bringing the album full circle.
So there you have it. 21 tracks from one of
Britain’s most versatile songwriters.
The parent albums for all these tracks are
available direct from Terry through his excellent
and informative website listed below.
Natural Noise - Doug Parish,
DJ for Isca Radio and Culmvally FM July 2006.
I have just recently received the latest album
from singer/songwriter Terry Friend, 'Natural
Noise', which was recorded at the FFG Recording
Studio, near Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire.
In a phone in interview Terry told me. 'This
album is a return to my contemporary folk
writing roots, which I seem to have forsaken
lately, as my recent recordings have leaned
slightly more towards a country type of music
style.' 'I was also highly honoured to have
a guest appearance by non other than Phil
Beer from Show of Hands, who joined me on
two of the tracks on this album.' 'Likewise,
it was a real pleasure to be joined by my
two old friends from my 'Stonefield Tramp'
days, Rob Van Spyk and Brian Balster'.
I have been playing tracks from this album
on my Isca Radio Country Scene programme and
in my view, this is the best country album
Terry has recorded with very strong melodies
and very strong moving lyrics. I did enjoy
'Poachers Pie' with some fine fiddle playing
from Show of Hands Phil Beer. This is a good
country album with some folk roots coming
to the fore on some of the fourteen songs,
twelve of which were written by Terry. My
pick of the album is the opening track 'Someone',
sang well with a nice country feel to it and
some good pedal steel picking from Maurice
Hipkiss. For more information go to
Phil Adams U.S.A. From the forum
of www.wovenwheatwhispers.co.uk November 2006
The Ulster Songbook is a fairly somber and
serious disc, but is one of the most genuine
records I've ever heard; Natural Noise, and
Summertime are also excellent folk/country-influenced
adult singer-songwriter without the mush.
The Ulster Songbook sounds very topical to
me, since it portrays a soldier's view of
warfare and its consequences-it could be anywhere
in the world today. These records really grow
on you after several listens, and I don't
know of much other music from the UK in this
vein. It's the kind of music you wish they'd
play on the US country music radio stations.
The Alamo Allen Wiener Washington
I love your Alamo song and enjoyed listening
to both versions. However, I do prefer the
more recent (2006) version, where you are
doing most of the vocal yourself. It is somehow
'grittier' and more compelling than the 2004
version and, frankly, easier to understand
the words. This is really an epic poem/song
about the Alamo and I understand it was developed
from a poem you had written earlier. Thus,
it is a more detailed and engaging account
of the Alamo and its participants than almost
any other Alamo song I've ever heard (and
I think I've heard just about all of them
by now). So, my congratulations on adding
something truly unique and compelling to the
body of musical work about the Alamo. I am
very happy to be able to add these CD's to
my Alamo music collection.
Strange Journey-The CD Years
We have been fans of this artist for as many
years as we remember. From the Stonefield
Tramp days in the 1970s, through to today,
he is an enduring talent. His first six albums
were compiled on the first anthology album,
also available from our service. This second
anthology actually brings together a number
of projects recorded over the last few years.
The recordings are all recent and so this
forms a completely new album by the artist
which is always welcome.
Terry's music sits between folk, rock, pop
and even country. His solo music has always
combined melody with insightful lyrics. We
open with 'Underneath the Parish Lantern'
the sound is a breezy up-tempo folk pop merging
piano, organ and acoustic guitar, a combination
also used well on 'Flesh of my Flesh'. 'The
Ballad of Robert Curtis' is a Celtic folk
song with pulsating drums and whistle. The
lyrics tell of the waste of life in the Northern
Ireland troubles, an issue Terry explored
on his album 'The Ulster Songbook'. Terry
is known for his ability to tackle political
subjects without hectoring, seeing the folly
at the heart of our behaviour such as on 'Bunch
of Fools' here.
The album is quite varied such as on 'We get
along just Fine' which has a light rock touch
and evokes George Harrison. The rock aspect
comes more to the fore on 'You'll Never Know'
which has strong electric guitar on a moody
mid-tempo song. 'In Texas' has a distinctly
USA rock feel, with a fast up-tempo rock beat
and electric guitar riffs. We then drop back
with 'Miss You' to hand percussion and acoustic
guitar. Although this might appear to be a
romantic ballad. Lyrics such as 'I miss you
like the desert misses the rain, I miss you
like a broken man misses his pain'. So perhaps
the protagonist has mixed emotions! There
is a wonderful soaring electric guitar solo
'Now That I've Found You' has a slight country
twang to its chiming rock sound. The American
feel of the album is explicit on last track
'The Alamo', a charming guitar instrumental
with a spoken narrative telling the historic
story before the song becomes up-tempo modern
Western swing. This last track then carries
on telling the story with female backing singers
and electric guitar over its epic thirteen
These recordings bring Terry's story up to
date before his recent work with the reformed
Stonefield Tramp. It's good to know he's continuing
to make music and seems as passionate as always.
It seems you really can't keep a good man
Beneath a pale moon www.wovenwheatwhispers.co.uk January 2008
Terry Friend is the former member of Stonefield Tramp in the seventies who has continued to work in the folk and roots rock area. In 2002 he started to work with John Saltwell and his band Alter ego. This was Terry's first foray into a more country sound but the resultant 'The Alamo' received acclaim in the U.S.A. and was endorsed and went on sale in San Antonio, Texas. Here is their latest album with eight country-rock songs and four bonus songs drawn from the 1970's to today. Terry clearly has a lasting appreciation of country music, the band and his songs working well together.
It starts on the first two songs on country ballads with slide guitar and a warm production. However it's not all country shuffles. 'Just One Step At A Time' is a scorching country rock epic with heavy guitar and a propulsive drum beat. 'How' is the kind of adult pop that Prefab Sprout or Miracle Mike specialise in. Do my ears deceive me! 'Smile To My Eyes' even has a lazy Caribbean beat. 'For A While' has gentle guitars and tinkling piano with a Byrds like melody. The bonus songs are cleverly picked to show Terry's gradual evolution towards this area of music via Dire straights like pop-rock and acoustic pop.
The Alamo www.wovenwheatwhispers.co.uk January 2008
Terry Friend was a member of Stonefield Tramp in the 1970's and has continued to make folk influenced and roots music since that time. This version of his Alamo song was recorded with the same team that worked on his 2006 album 'Natural Noise' Including Brian Balster from 'Stonefield Tramp' and Phil Beer from 'Show of Hands'. This thematic release considers the Alamo and the volunteers defence against Santa Anna, ruler of Mexico. For over eighteen minutes Terry sings the story to effective country backing from the band. As it progresses and the tension mounts, sound effects are introduced to heighten the sense of it happening as we listen. The second and finale piece has a narration of key letters sent from the Alamo over music from Alter Ego. This was a founding event for the U.S.A. and these letters a vital artefact from their history.
Red Sky Descending www.10radio.org
One of this years nominees for a Mercury prize, Red Sky Descending is a twelve song, plus four bonus tracks, album of songwriter Terry Friend. Terry, for me, has always written songs with lyrics that are interesting and yet still have a commercial appeal. The grooves produced on this album might not offer anything drastically different or new, but it is always good to hear musicians paying homage to their era and doing songs proud, none more so than my five choices from this album starting with tracks two and three-The Birds and Here's to the South, with fine pedal steel playing from Maurice Hipkiss. On the folk style of The Man With No Voice you find yourself caught up in the lyrics of the song and Terry's haunting vocals. After All These Years is a faster number with a catchy tune and sad lyrics that speak of leaving and letting someone go rather than changing their mind, but the pick of the album for me is Old Flame with special guest Phil Beer from Show of Hands on fiddle.
This is a well-produced album with musicianship that sits well with Terry's rough country-folk voice and, all in all, is one of Terry's best albums to date. It was recorded by David Pick at his FFG studio in Bredon and special guests on the album are Phil Beer from Show of Hands, Pete Kiely and Brain Balster from Stonefield Tramp and slide guitarist Kevin Brown.
Strange Journey-The Anthology-Part Three-The Archive Phil Adams U.S.A
Hi Terry-The Anthology 3 cd arrived friday, and I really enjoyed hearing it. Some very powerful and thought-provoking songs on there. Highlights (for me) were the two 1971 songs, presumably from the Acetate LP, and the 1985 songs, which capture the feel of what I recall of living in Thatcher's Britain at the time. The two 1974 songs, with the added drummer, do sound punchier than the original versions. By the way-Factory is almost punk before it hit two years later-spitting out contempt for the shit we all have to deal with at some point in our working lives, and the drums help Bitter World move along better-nice minor chord 12-string guitar in this, also the songs play off one another as you play through the cd, which is something I always listen for in records.
The few songs I've heard from the 1971 Acetate on this and the other Anthology cd's should go down very well with today's audience, if they end up being re-issued in their entireity. There's nothing else I know of that covers similar subjects-what makes it interesting is you have the acoustic guitar picking, flute, and almost Minstrel-like singing-but the subject matter is a 180 degree opposite to the other 'acid-folk' stuff from that time-this is one bad trip through hell!
Stonefield Tramp - Dreaming Again ...(Riverman - CD; Guerssen - LP),
Jeff Penczak, Terrascope Reviews, May 2011
These Korean and Spanish reissue labels have unearthed some real treasures in the last few years - mostly private presses so obscure even the collectors don't know about them! Stonefield Tramp were an Oxford quintet named after the town (Stonesfield) where the studio in which they recorded their debut was located. Terry Friend met Rob van Spyk in 1964 whilst both were members of the All Arms Junior Leaders Regiment stationed in Tonfanau in North Wales. After the service, they reunited in Letchworth and began writing and recording songs. In Easter 1974, joined by Brian Balster, they recorded their debut album in four hours for the princely sum of £16. Follow The Sun was privately released and released on Acorn Records as by R.J. Van Spyk and Friends. Five months later they recorded a follow-up with friends Dave Lloyd and Chris Sutoris, although Friend says he only contributed lyrics and was not involved in the recordings. They rechristened themselves Stonefield Tramp and released the album privately on their own Tramp imprint.
The album is a pleasant collection of politicised, Dylanesque folk, with van Spyk's quivering vocals recalling Barry McGuire's gruff bark. There is a homegrown, almost amateurish quality to the proceedings, which occasionally sound like demos, as if the tracks were all recorded live and the first take was a keeper. But that imbues the songs with an intimacy that would otherwise have been lost in a big studio on a major label's budget. The album's centrepiece is the powerful 10-minute anti-war sentiment, ‘Bitter World’, which castigates politicians for sending young men off "to take their brother's life". There's a hallucinatory, Buckleyesque quality to van Spyk's improvisational vocal exhortations, with Lloyd's crisp guitar soloing serpentining throughout, although you'll have to judge for yourself whether there's any weight to the suggestion that the bassist was woefully out of tune. Regardless, this would've gone down wonders at a Terrastock gathering.
‘Oh Mothers Tell Your Children’ continues the band's anti-war stance and is even more vitriolic than ‘Bitter World’, while ‘Jaded Jane’ (about Ms. Fonda?) completes the trilogy of peacenik tunes that suggests the band were listening to a lot of Joan Baez, Arlo Guthrie, Tom Rapp, and other similar minded folkies. Friend's lyrical venom also targets the government responsible for the reprehensible conditions that envelop our heroes in ‘Social State Blues’ and force them to spend their days in drudgery working for the man in the ‘Factory’. However, the album ends on a more positive note with ‘Doing Things Naturally’, a tender ballad that invites comparisons with Dr. Strangely Strange, while inviting listeners to "Take things nice and easy/Smile and turn the other cheek". An insert allows you to sing along (although you may need a magnifying glass to decipher the handwritten lyrics) and you may just find yourself transported back to the mid-70s, singer-songwriter folk scene when politics filled young men's hearts and minds more than silly love songs. There's a naive wholesomeness and honesty to the recordings - the band certainly were serious in their attempts to attract a wider audience, and while it's not the long lost British Folk masterpiece some have suggested, it's certainly worth a listen now that you don't have to shell out £400 for the original vinyl!
Note:Terry Friend continues to write and record and has released over a dozen albums in the ensuing decades, including several with assistance from his old Stonefield Tramp mate, Brian Balster. He has an excellent website here, where you can buy the CD and check out current photos of the old Tramps!
Stonefield Tramp - Dreaming Again ... James Allen, August 2011
The U.K. folk scene was exploding with ambitious young singer/songwriters and acoustic pickers in the early '70s, when Rob Van Spyk first banded together with some similarly inclined pals to form a group that mixed rootsy sounds with often-political lyricism, the latter mostly supplied by Terry Friend. They self-released their first LP in 1974, under the name R.J. Van Spyk & Friends, but after expanding the lineup and their sound, they changed their name to Stonefield Tramp and unveiled another D.I.Y. album, Dreaming Again, that same year. The album shifts back and forth between two modes. One has a folk-rocky, all-for-one collective feel, with the group's acoustic -- and occasionally electric -- axes riffing at length over the same vamp, while rough-hewn vocals deliver intense, socially conscious lyrics mostly written by Friend. The other is a more balladic folk singer approach, typified by "Social State Blues", a straightforward political folk song of the sort that had been filling coffeehouses all over England a few years earlier, but were likely in shorter supply by 1974. The penultimate track on Dreaming Again is the mostly instrumental "Theme from Follow the Sun", the sort of tune tailor-made for riding off into the sunset, with its keening, cowboy harmonica and "happy trails" feel. Things close out with the low-key acoustic picking of "Doing Things Naturally", a kind of anti-anthem for the post-hippie era. In the end, there's an endearingly amateurish quality to the whole affair that imbues Dreaming Again with an amiable underground vibe even when the subject matter turns gloomy.