The End of the Line/Perspectives (Lp)
Double LP version. The genesis of Havenstreet goes back to 1969, when Phil Ridgway and Jeff Vinter played in The Gas, an experimental psychedelic band heavily influenced by Barrett-era Pink Floyd.
The two friends started to write songs their own songs, ending up as a
folk duo. With the offer to record some of their material at a friend's
studio, they recruited more musical friends, so Havenstreet was born.
The influences had expanded now to bands and artists such as Peter Hammill, Strawbs, Traffic, Procol Harum, Stackridge, Keith Tippett, Bert Jansch,
etc. In the early-mid '70s they recorded a couple of albums which
circulated as private cassettes among friends and relatives. In 1977,
Havenstreet released The End of the Line, a self-released album
in a private edition of 250 copies. It was a collection of very English
songs with evocative, literate lyrics and a stunning progressive
folk-rock sound. It featured one of the earliest known tributes to Syd Barrett
on the song "When the Madcap Meets the World." This expanded double
set reissue of Havenstreet's sought-after album includes: the original The End of the Line album from 1977, a new album called Perspectives, which presents the best tracks from the privately-pressed cassettes The Autumn Wind (1974) and Transition (1976), plus rehearsal recordings for The End of the Line
(1975/1976) and previously-unreleased recordings for the group's
projected fourth album (1979), which was never completed. These amazing
tracks range from electric acid-folk to Barrett-esque psych-pop,
pastoral folk and Caravan-styled prog-rock. Includes a 16-page
LP-sized booklet with photos and detailed liner notes. Remastered from
the original master tapes.
Cat. number: SOMM016