There are some albums that just should never, never be deleted (a la Nick Drake) - and here are at least two of them, plus another that is debatable and one that was barely released in the first place...
The Bothy Band - The Bothy Band (1975)
The Bothy Band were, quite simply, the best instrumental Irish traditional folk band ever - and that includes The Chieftains (I won't say the best Irish traditional band because their songs didn't always live up to the tunes and I'd have scores of Planxty people on my tail). Not content with three stunning lead instrumentalists (fiddle/pipes/flute), the rhythm section of guitar/bouzouki/harpsichord creates - when in full fling - the most incredible clattering racket this side of Jack Off Jill (I know, I said that about the Dresdens as well). Some of the climaxes to these sets of tunes are just mind-boggling.
I saw them in concert a couple of times and actually did a gig with them once, at the National ballroom in Kilburn some time around 1976, followed by a couple of hours jamming with them afterwards. I played a bit of bouzouki myself in those days, though it was probably a bit of a cheek to sit there playing it with Donal Lunny in the session as well...
I'm *staggered* that this is deleted. If there is a good response and demand I'll post the other two albums as well.
01 - The Kesh Jig & Give Us A Drink Of Water & The Flower Of The Flock
& Famous Ballymote
02 - The Green Groves Of Erin & The Flowers Of Red Hill
03 - Do You Love An Apple
04 - Julia Delaney
05 - Patsy Geary's & Coleman's Cross
06 - Is Trua Nach Bhfuil Me In Eirinn
07 - The Navvy On The Line & The Rainy Day
08 - The Tar Road To Sligo & Paddy Clancy's
09 - Martin Wynne's & The Longford Tinker
10 - Pretty Peg & Craig's Pipes
11 - Hector The Hero & The Laird Of Drumblaire
12 - The Traveller & The Humors Of Lissadell
13 - The Butterfly
14 - The Salamanca & The Banshee & The Sailor's Bonnet
Post script: apparently this album *is* available, from the Mulligan Web site in Ireland - so no download, sorry. Link below goes to the Mulligan site instead.
Modern English - After The Snow (1982)
Another CD that I'm staggered to find deleted is the second album from Modern English. I know that people generally say that their first is the classic (and it *is* very good) but this is the one I come back to time and time again. Of course, it features 'I Melt With You', which was a minor hit, but there are some other fantastic songs as well. For some reason I like to have 'Tables Turning' blaring out of my car as I drive up and down Green Lanes on my way to and from Sainsburys in Harringay. Truly great stuff, and not at all what you might expect from 4AD.
Again, if there's a good response I'll post the third album and some 12" mixes.
01 - Someone's Calling
02 - Life In The Gladhouse
03 - Face Of Wood
04 - Dawn Chorus
05 - I Melt With You
06 - After The Snow
07 - Carry Me Down
08 - Tables Turning
Arlo Guthrie - Arlo (1968)
Something that I'm slightly less surprised to see unavailable is Arlo Guthrie's second album. After Alice's Restaurant I guess the label wanted something similar, so this live album has its share of stoned comedy raps alongside the more serious 'Meditation' and one of my favourite songs 'Wouldn't You Believe It'.
01 - The Motorcycle Song
02 - Wouldn't You Believe It
03 - Try Me One More Time
04 - John Looked Down
05 - Meditation (Wave Upon Wave)
06 - Standing At The Threshold
07 - The Pause Of Mr Claus
Le Cheile - Lord Mayo (1975)
Finally, an album that has almost certainly never been released on CD and almost certainly never will. While The Bothy Band were doing their thing in Ireland, a whole slew of pubs in North London were hosting small-time amateur bands of Irish ex-pats. One of these, The Favourite in Holloway, was the long-time haunt of the great Jimmy Power (ooh, the nights I spent there...), and I *think* this lot hung out there as well. Beware, though, this album has a *banjo* on it... and a *concertina*...
And I don't have their other album. Does anybody?
01 - Lord Mayo & The Green Groves Of Erin
02 - The Bucks Of Oranmore
03 - Grannies' Gravel Walks
04 - Oh Hag You Kill Me & The Drink Of Water
05 - Oliver Goldsmith's Lament
06 - The Broadway Hornipe & The Bunch Of Keys & The Boys Of Ballisodare
07 - Slievenamon & Colonel Fraser
08 - Swedish Jig
09 - Thatched Cabin Air And Reel & Master Crowley's Reel
10 - The Moyasta Reel & Trim The Velvet
11 - The Old Bush & The Galty Reel
12 - Connemara Jig & Over The Hills To America & Paddy Fahey's & Buckley's Fancy
Oh - and lest you thought that Raymond Roland, John Roe, Kevin Boyle, Danny Meehan, Liam Farrel and P. J. Crotty were a bunch of goodfernuttin hippies...