Label: Awareness Records - AWCDD 1012,Outline Records - OLCD 9.51049 X • Format: CD Album, Reissue • Country: Europe • Genre: Rock, Folk, World, & Country • Style: Folk Rock, Art Rock
By the time Flashes From the Archives of Oblivion was released inRoy Harper had already Pretend Were Dead - Various - Grunge - Original Album Series seven albums and had even opened for Led Zeppelin during their ninth American tour.
Nonetheless, Harper was still a virtual unknown in the States, and only a minor figure in England, albeit one with an impressive name-dropping list. While Flashes did not change Harper's obscurity, it did serve as an effective summation of his stunning live work. Numbers like "Commune," "Me and My Woman," and "South Twelve Hours Of Sunset - Roy Harper - Flashes From The Archives Of Oblivion all highlight Harper's beautiful voice, poetic lyrics, and startling acoustic guitar technique.
The liner notes are not forthcoming as to the origin of the tracks, stating they were recorded at various concerts in England at one time or another. While this lack of information is mildly irritating, it does not diminish the effectiveness of the songs. Two of those songs were Untitled - (((Microwaves)))* - System 2 on Valentine's Day in and are rather sloppy, despite featuring Keith Moon and members of Led Zeppelin.
The third song is a studio cut with Ian Anderson on flute. Completists can find these three tracks on the CD reissue of Valentine, where they aren't quite as incongruous. Harper's next two efforts, HQ and Bullinamingvase, included working bands and were much more rock-oriented than his solo efforts. But as an introduction to Harper's acoustic era, Flashes From the Archives of Oblivion is an ideal choice.
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