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Roy Harper
Valentine (1974/1989)

Roy Harper — Valentine (1974/1989)                 Roy Harper — Valentine (1974/1989)
♣   Eccentric, prolific British genius, a folk–rock cross of Bob Dylan’s troubadourism and Syd Barrett’s freewheeling spirit.
Location: London, UK
Album release: 1974, 1989
Record Label: Awareness Records [AWCD 1015]
Genre: Folk Rock, Progressive Folk
Duration:     57:58
Tracks:
01. Forbidden Fruit     2:35 
02. Male Chauvinist Pig Blues     3:37 
03. I’ll See You Again     4:58 
04. Twelve Hours Of Sunset     5:05 
05. Acapulco Gold     4:02 
06. Commune     4:35 
07. Magic Woman (Liberation Reshuffle)     6:34 
08. Che     4:04 
09. North Country     4:35
10. Forever     2:53 
Bonus tracks:
11. Home (Studio Version) 
12. Too Many Movies 
13. Home
Credits:
♣   David Bedford Arranger
♣   Colin Curwood Photography
♣   Mike Gibbs Brass Arrangement
♣   Roy Harper Arranger, Audio Production, Bass, Composer, Guitar Electric, Producer, Vocals
♣   Hipgnosis Cover Design
♣   Peter Jenner Audio Production, Producer
♣   John Leckie Audio Engineer, Engineer
♣   Max Middleton Piano
♣   Keith Moon Guest Artist, Percussion
♣   Jimmy Page Guest Artist, Guitar, Guitar (Electric)
♣   Pete Sears Bass, Guitar (Bass)
♣   Marty Simon Drums
♣   Traditional Composer
♣   Tim Walker Guitar
AllMusic Review by Brian Downing;  Score: ****
♣   Valentine, released on that day in 1974, is a collection of tracks that Roy Harper recorded during the early ‘70s but did not include on either Stormcock or Lifemask. The fact that this album somehow gels is testimony to just how talented Harper was at this point in his career. All Harper albums have stellar cameos, and this one is no different. Jimmy Page adds devastating lead guitar to “Male Chauvinist Pig Blues,” even though the acoustic version the duo released on Flashes from the Archives of Oblivion is still superior. In addition, David Bedford continues his streak of outstanding string arrangements on Harper albums with particularly winning versions for “I’ll See You Again” and “Commune.” The instrumental  “Che” is a reminder of Harper’s astounding and influential acoustic guitar technique, while “Twelve Hours of Sunset” rivals “Waterloo Sunset” as one of most beautiful songs in the English language. Like most Harper releases, this one has a few weak songs, especially the jazz throwaway “Acapulco Gold,” but even the extra tracks from Flashes from the Archives of Oblivion, included on the CD reissues, seem to fit in. While not as high–profile as Stormcock or HQ, Valentine can be numbered among Harper’s best work during his heyday. ♣   http://www.allmusic.com/
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Roy Harper
Valentine (1974/1989)

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