Vinyl Record & CD
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Limited edition etched vinyl double LP
CD of the album included
Uncut's Album of the Month
Man And Myth, Roy Harper's first studio album in 13 years, isn't just proof that one of the leading, most erudite and passionate orators of the British folk rock renaissance hasn't lost an iota of his gifts, but also timely evidence for anyone who has wondered why so many musical luminaries have been lining up to praise this enigmatic and legendary singer-songwriter.
In 2011, Harper performed a special show at the Royal Festival Hall in celebration of his 70th birthday, where those who joined him on stage included Joanna Newsom, Jonathan Wilson and Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin, who once penned a tribute called ‘Hats Off To Harper.' David Gilmour not only played on record and stage for Harper, but Pink Floyd engaged him to sing ‘Have A Cigar' on the band's landmark album Wish You Were Here.
Four of the seven tracks that constitute Man And Myth were recorded with Jonathan Wilson at his studio in Laurel Canyon. The recently discovered keeper of the West Coast rock flame had been assembling a Harper tribute album and the two struck up a friendship after meeting backstage at Wilson's show — Bella Union boss Simon Raymonde was also present — at London's Borderline in 2012. "Heaven Is Here" and "The Exile," the album's epic closing tracks, and "January Man" were subsequently recorded back in County Cork.
Man And Myth is incontrovertible proof to everyone of Roy Harper's persisting brilliance, with many hallmarks of what has singled him out since his first album 47 heady years ago.
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