New Release: Lal And Mike Waterson – Fine Horseman

Last month, it was announced that Bright Phoebus – songs by Lal and Mike Waterson – would be remastered and reissued on 4th August. This is the first time since its release that the album will be widely available

The 1972 folk-noir masterpiece has long been recognised as one of British music’s legendary lost records. Following the parting of ways of The Watersons and freed from the strictures of folk orthodoxy, Lal and Mike Waterson’s love of words allowed them to serve the needs of their songs in ways that weren’t possible when singing already written songs

This week sees the release of Fine Horseman, another track to be unveiled from the record…

Featuring performances from Lal, Mike and Norma Waterson, Martin Carthy, Richard Thompson, Ashley Hutchings, Dave Mattacks, Tim Hart and Maddy Prior, amongst others, Bright Phoebus is recognised as a forward-thinking benchmark for the genre

Alongside the reissue of the original album, there will be a deluxe version containing 12 demos for the album, themselves tinged with their own mythology and previously unreleased. The standard single-disc CD and LP editions replicate the original artwork with lyrics; the deluxe editions of both are double-disc and contain sleeve notes by Pete Paphides