John Wesley Harding recommends Duncan Browne (1947 – 1993)

John Wesley Harding and Duncan Browne

John Wesley Harding and Duncan Browne

John Wesley Harding’s recommendation: “I would unreservedly recommend the music of Duncan Browne. The first album Give Me Take You is more baroque in its folky champer-pop, whereas the second Duncan Browne is a little more straightforward. If your tastes run towards The Zombies, or you can imagine that crossed with folk music, then I think you’ll relish Duncan Browne. He also made some completely different late seventies album, popular in Europe, that were sexier and disco-ier. I kinda like them but you can ignore those. (He also co-wrote Criminal World that Bowie covered on Let’s Dance, a song from that latter period of his career.) Stick to those first two albums: ethereal yet quirky, a cross between sixties pop and folk-psyche, sung in a beautiful Blunstone-esque voice, accompanied by stellar classical guitar and strings. One particular track to recommend is The Final Asylum, one of the otherwise unreleased tracks on Journey a two CD anthology that was released recently. If you like any of it, then Colin Blunstone’s first solo album One Year is a fitting companion-piece and a masterpiece in its own right.”

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About the guest author, John Wesley Harding: We’ve been fans of John Wesley Harding (born Wesley Stace) since the 1990 release of his pop masterwork Here Comes the Groom. Since then, JWH has released a slew of smart, hook-filled recordings and three novels. He’s shared the stage with the likes of Iggy Pop and Lou Reed and was hand-picked by Bruce Springsteen to open his shows on the Ghost of Tom Joad tour. The Boss is set to join John as he hosts the Fairleigh Dickinson University Words and Music Festival (WAMFEST) in May. Yup…John Wesley Harding has a lot going on. Catch up with him on his official web site, http://www.johnwesleyharding.com/