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Authored by Ashley
Produced by Hutchings!
FRCD 53

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"To Produce ( v ) - 3) [in the media] - to have overall responsibility for the creation of a particular media product."

Ever since the first Fairport gig and album (for which he received the most composer credits!), Ashley has been the man behind an amazing number and astonishing variety of creations:   from songs to shows; written word to dance; huge bands to solo performances.

This CD focuses on two oft-overlooked aspects of Ashley's career, his work as a songwriter and as a producer. Certainly, the description "singer-songwriter " seems startling when applied to him in the Geoff Wall & Brian Hinton biography - yet it is totally valid. Many of his admirers cite By Gloucester Docks as his greatest single achievement, but they tend to sideline the fact that it is an album he both wrote and produced in its entirety.   When one considers other "rock operas ", none can make such a claim to singular authorship.

In recent years, Ashley has produced (in both senses!) whole albums of original songs on which he barely performs. While this might seem surprising, it merely continues a tradition of production of albums for himself, his bands and others, which dates back to the early 1970s. It places him in a tradition that stretches from Phil Spector to contemporary hip-hop producers, wherein to say a record is someone's album does not necessarily reflect any performance contribution. We end the CD, therefore, with a selection of tracks bearing Ashley's hallmark as a producer.

Guests on this CD include rarities, live cuts and long-lost LP classics from: Shirley Collins, Fairport , a wealth of Albions, Ashley's Dance Band, Ridgeriders , and some AH -produced titles featuring Martin Carthy, Keith Christmas, Judy Dunlop and Nasreen Shah :   sources include Ashley's Archive , Cambridge Festival, 50 th Birthday Bash rarities, - and selections from John Keats, Albion Heart, Street Cries, Demi Paradise and more!

But we start this album with yet another dimension of Ashley's talent ? his poetry.

1 On seeing Grace Slick Ashley Hutchings, from: Live Recording, 1990
2 If it feels good You Know it Can't be Wrong Fairport Convention, from: Live Session Out-take, 1969
3 Dancing to the drummer's beat AH Dance Band, A Batter Pudding for John Keats, 1996
4 Crocodile Line Albion Band, from: Albion Heart, 1995
5 When my son has grown Albion Band, from: Road Movies, 2001
6 Head-smashed-in-buffalo-jump Albion Band, from: The Guv'nor's Big Birthday Bash, 1995
7 The rose and the rock Albion Band, from: Live Recording, 1988
8 Press Gang Albion Band, from: 5, 1999
9 Nothing can turn the tide Albion Band, from: Xmas Album, 1985
10 The Shipwreck Albion Band, from: Live recording, 1988
11 Our stolen season Emily Slade, from: Human Nature, 2003
12 We lie Albion Band, from: Guv'nor version, 1993
13 Brief Encounters Chris While & Polly Bolton, from: The Guv'nor's Big Birthday Bash, 1995
14 Ivory Tower Albion Band, from: Demi Paradise, 1996
15 Kitty come down the lane Albion Band, from: Give me a saddle, I'll Trade you a Car, 1989
16 Brambles on a Hill Rainbow Chasers, from: from "Some Colours Fly", 2004
17 Along the downs Ridgeriders, from: Ridgeriders, 1999
18 I'm a poor dress maker Nesreen Shah, from: Street Cries, 2001
19 Lovely Joan Martin Carthy, from: Because it's there, 1979
20 Bargees (excerpt) Keith Christmas, from: Love Beyond Deals, 1996
21 The crow in the cradle Judy Dunlop, from: My Arms are a Cradle,
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