An Introduction to 

                  Shindig !


A new CD format only series aims to collect together a lot of long sold out releases and unavailable recordings from their roster of artists. Swedish acid–folkster's Us And Them kick off the series with An Introduction To, for this album they have collected a number of singles and other sundry tracks together on a single disc. Many of these are long sold out so this is great place to get acquainted with their oeuvre.

I mean what's not to love about an album that states "Us and Them sing Sandy Denny, Pink Floyd and The Wicker Man". Britt Rönnholm has a voice to die for and it is fair to say that if you like Sandy Denny then you will like Britt, although she definitely is no copyist, she is always accompanied instrumentally by her partner in the duo Anders Håkansson.

The record begins with an ethereal version of Floyd's Julia Dream which was originally released as a 7" single in an oversized cover with its attendant b side Home To Stay a cover of a Tudor Lodge song. Another early gem was their interpretation of a few of Wicker Man songs and here two of them 'Corn Rigs' and 'Willow's Song' gently impress. They get to grips with the Hollies classic 'Butterfly' and Sandy's 'By The Time It Gets Dark' too. We are then treated to a couple of originals in 'Do I Know You' and 'We Are Sacred'.

More Sandy Denny next with Winterwinds and The Banks Of The Nile taken from there excellent Fading Within The Dwindling Sun 10" EP. They narent frightened to stretch out too as evidenced by the nearly ten minute Annabel Lee written by Poe. Just to entice us further, if needed, the disc also features four songs not put out by FdM, concluding with a stunning 'Evening Song' from their rare as hens teeth album '...and I observed the blue sky'.

Hey Day

Us and Them / Julia Dream Of All The Petty Little Horses (from the CD 'An Introduction To...) This was the first song I heard by Us and Them when it was released as a single on FdM back in 2009. I've liked everything I've heard by the duo since, but this track has always been my favourite. It's a beautiful version of the Pink Floyd song, but the addition of the old American lullaby 'All The Pretty Little Horses' really makes for an inspired pairing. This is the lead track on the first of a new series of CD only releases by FdM, and is perfect for anyone wishing to hear the dreamy duo's recordings for the first time. Lose yourself in the reverie!

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