Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Rock Revival Mix Tape #15: Pastoral Rock


Definition of 'Pastoral' ?
  • pastorale: a musical composition that evokes rural life
  • bucolic: relating to shepherds or herdsmen or devoted to raising sheep or cattle; "pastoral seminomadic people"; "pastoral land"; "a pastoral economy"
  • a literary work idealizing the rural life (especially the life of shepherds)
  • arcadian: (used with regard to idealized country life) idyllically rustic; "a country life of arcadian contentment"; "a pleasant bucolic scene"; "charming in its pastoral setting"; "rustic tranquility"

There is quite a tradition of this in rock, in British folk-rock, primarily, but also in the more relaxed prog of Wishbone Ash, Camel, Barclay James Harvest; great music to sit back and relax, have a read of Gerard Manley Hopkins and Keats, well.. if your into that sort of thing

1 Albatross Fleetwood Mac
2 Summertime in England Van Morrison
3 Leaf and Stream Wishbone Ash
4 Light Flight Pentangle
5 Scarborough Fair Simon and Garfunkel
6 Jersey Thursday Donovan
7 Autumn Strabs
8 Jack in the Green Jethro Tull
9 First Girl I loved Incredible String Band
10 The Hunter Clannad
11 On the Frontier Rennaisance
12 No One Knows Where the Time Goes Fairport Convention
13 Dogs Pink Floyd
14 Mocking Bird Barclay James Harvest

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