WOODEN HORSE were one of the BEST folk bands of all time, allthough not many have heard their 2 lps as they are rather obscure, the music ranges in sound mostly from PETER, PAUL, and MARY, also the VELVET UNDERGROUND, GORDON LIGHTFOOT, FAIRPORT CONVENTION, LEONARD COHEN, etc. ........the lps are straight ahead acoustic folk with variations here and there if u are a fan of FOX then we'd say these lps are essential to see the kind of SUSAN aka NOOSHA sang in before FOX....
1st lp - Noosha Fox (vocals) Graham Vick () ( not sure of the rest of the lineup for the 1st lp )
'Wooden Horse' (72)
Crazy thoughts / Wake me in the morning / Trees / Northern beaches / This is a song / Broken bottles / Eastbound train / Gentle mind / Come around / Feel / Letter / Loving man
' WOODEN HORSE' '72
NOOSHA's vioce sings beautifully along with the guys in this C,S, and N, type folk song which opens the lp, our copy had the first 20 seconds or so missing so here are some lyrics after that time period ' WHEN YOUR GONE THINK OF ME AND THIS ROOM WE KNEW U WELL', and 'IM LEAVING TO GO FIND MY FRIENDS TO PLAY AND TALK WITH THEM AGAIN, AND TURN YOUR LEAF TOWARDS THE DOOR, I'D KNOW I'D SEEN THIS FILM BEFORE'......
' WAKE ME '
soothing number, GREAT guitar playing 'WAKE ME IN THE MORNING YOU WILL FIND ME THOUGHJ OUR LOVE's LOST IT's BEAUTY COMING TRUE, I CAN SEE THE WINTER's SUN TELLING ME THAT OUR TIME IS DONE, ASKING ME WHAT I COULD FIND IF II LEAVE IT ALL BEHIND, WANNA COME BACK, BUT I DON'T KNOW HOW TO CHANGE MY MIND...MMMM MMMMMM
GREAT PETER, PAUL, and MARY flower child sound with chiming guitars,'THE TREES ARE SO TALL AND I CAN'T SEE THEM AT ALL, AND I CAN'T FEEL MY FEET ON THE GROUND, PEOPLE THAT I MEET WALKING IN THE STREET, THEY DON'T KNOW WHERE I'M BOUND'.....
NOOSHA begins this one solo, the bands backs her up on backing vocals later, this one is dark and atmospheric, beginning very quietly NOOSHA sings 'DRIFTING THRU A CLOUD OF SMOKE AND MUSIC, KNOWING THAT IT's SLOWLY GETTING TO ME, HOLDING ONTO TEA I THINK ANOTHER YEAR I NEED', and 'ON THE NORTHERN BEACH AS WE HAD TIME TO SING, GRASS GREW TALL AND ALL AROUND US', and ' AND NOW I'M HERE I'LL NEVER BE THE SAME AGAIN, IN THE MIDDAY SUN, THERE'S NOTHING LEFT TO DO BUT RUN'.....
'THIS IS A SONG'
this one is in a PETER, PAUL, and MARY, FAIRPORT CONVENTION style.......'THIS IS A SONG HOPING WE CAN LOVE ONE ANOTHER, HOPING WE CAN LOVE ONE ANOTHER, TO LET U KNOW I'VE BEEN WITHOUT A DAY, WHY I LET U KNOW I FEEL A DAY', and 'THIS IS A SONG TO GREET THE DAY'
this song closes the lp side 1, the band decides to play a lively blues, almost country sound with piano playing, sings NOOSHA and the male singer - 'NEVER HAD MY FORTUNE TOLD I CAN'T IMAGINE WHY, THE LADY TELLS IT LIKE IT IS SHE'S NEVER SEEN ME CRY', and 'IT's 2.a.m. AND I HAVE NO TEA TO EASE MY SORRY HEAD ' the song gets livelier as it goes along 'THE LORD HE MUST BE PUNISHIN' ME FOR THE CRAZY THINGS I'VE SAID', and 'I CAN BE GLAD CASUE HE's A CHRISTIAN'.............later NOOSHA says 'I'VE MADE A FRIEND HE's ALWAYS DOWN, I OFTEN BRING HIM THE NEWS, HE ALWAYS FEELS MUCH BETTER WHEN I SING HIM THE BLUES'..........piano keeps playing ( fades)....
- lp side 2 -
traditional folk C, S, and N, type tune, NOOSHA and male singer begin - 'PASSING TIME ON AN EASTBOUND TRAIN, WATCHING THE SKIES FOR A SIGN OF RAIN, MY FEET ON THE ARMREST'....., and ' LOOKING AT THE LADIES FROM 1 TOWN TO THE NEXT RIDING ON A CREST OF A WAVE, and 'SIGN ON THE WALL SAYS JESUS SAVES'......
a GORDON LIGHFOOT style folk song, slow and soft acoustics, -'HERE I HAVE A GENTLE MIND AND WHEN I WALK I TAKE MY TIME A ROOM TO MYSELF AND TRY TO KEEP IN GOOD HEALTH TO PASS THE DAYS IN SIMPLE WAYS......
this one reminded us of JAMES TAYLOR, .....'YOUR HOME AGAIN , I KNOW I'M WELL, TWAS A YEAR FOR MAKING CHANGES, I HAD BEEN DOWN FOR QUITE A WHILE', and 'AND SAY HELLO, I'D LIKE TO SEE U 1 MORE TIME AND IT SEEMS LIKE EVERYDAY I'M FALLING
after those 2 quiet numbers comes a much more experimental folk song close in sound to C, S, and N, but probably closer to NEIL YOUNG......dark and atmospheric with some GREAT rythme playing, 'HEY BABY STAY WITH ME, LIKE WWWWINE, SO FAST IT WILL NEVER LAST, SO FAST IT WILL NEVER LAST RRRRED ROSE........REMEMBER NOW I'M FEELING HOW IT USED TO BE , NOW THERE's a LIFE FOR U AND A LIFE FOR ME', and 'WE CAN SMILE TOGETHER AGAIN'.....
this one is more a VELVET UNDERGROUND folk-pop song NOOSHA singing lead once again ' 2 MORE DAYS AND I'LL BE THERE TO SEE U WITH YOUR TORN DOWN HAIR, U LEFT YOUR CHANGE AND ALL YOUR STRANGE EASTERN BEADS ON MY CHAIR', and 'I SPENT THE DAY ALONE TO WRITE, BUT THERE's NO MORE TO DO'........
the closing song to the first WOODEN HORSE lp sounds like PETER, PAUL, and MARY musically, and kinda like the VELVET UNDERGROUND stylistically, '2 PEOPLE IN THE DOORWAY WATCHING THE EVENING SUN GO DOWN AND THE CONCRETE PATH TO THE WATER IS STILL WET FROM THE MORNING RAIN', and 'WITH TIME ON MY HANDS I COULD BE A REAL LOVING MAN'............the band sings in unison and closes the lp with a comforting folk sound....... taken from Flower Childern
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