Nowt wrong with Marquee Moon, which apparently was a rehearsal take, at least as far asa drummer Billy Ficca was concerned. Another wonderful long exploratory piece of space-folk well worth a listen (if you love A Sailor's Life) is 'Sally Free and Easy' by Trees, another 10-minute plus piece with some wonderful almost-psychedelic guitar
An enormous groundbreaking beautiful masterpiece of a tune. beautifully sung and played by all - obviously Sandy's voice is a wonder, Thompson and Swarb go exploring magnificently, the rhythm section push it all along masterfully, but I want to make a special shout for Simon Nicol's rhythm guitar (an often overlooked art) that really shines, especially at the 'plateau' then wind-down that occurs from round about the 10:00 point. The track, although an old, old song is taken to almost mystical, cosmic proportions here, kind of space-folk almost. Can you tell that I absolutely love this song?
Yup, I join the consensus. This track ticks all the boxes. A strong lament, voiced exquisitely, backed by exceptional instrumentalists, all fitting into a structure which slowly builds and then finally subsides. I don't see how this could have been improved.
It is one of the very best songs. The beginning, quietly, easy, the begging of the girl to her father for a boat to find the one she loves, the the departure with the heaving of the anchor brilliantly performend by the use of the cymbals and the climax when the girl finds out that her lover is dead and Sandy with a tearchocked voice sings "How can I live now my sweet William is gone........."and her "little boat against a rock did sail"and comes in the true folk/rock part of the music finally ending in a calm sea...Superb
Dirk Scholten, Netherlands, Friesland