Easily the greatest British songwriter ever. Possibly the most important musician to come out of England. As far as the sexual charges against Roy, I have seen the interviews and the anger Roy had from the beginning about being charged, there is absolutely no way a man such as Roy Harper would ever do such things. Certainly just an attempt to gain fame on the girls part. This is not Bill Cosby. Hopefully many more albums to come.
"Few survivors from the golden age of British folk-rock have kept their reputations intact." Indeed. Dropped by to say his new album is fantastic, only to find Harper's legacy and integrity as a person in jeopardy via charges of pedophilia in the 70s. The music will indeed always be great, but you have to wonder if the charges are true (take a look at the lyrics of "Forbidden Fruit" after all).
Oh my word. every time I listen to a Harper song the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end. First saw him at Newcastle City Hall when I was 13 - and most recently saw him at the Royal Festival Hall where he was joined on stage by none less than Jimmy Page.
Harper has been a constant companion of me for nearly 40 years from the Half Moon Putney, to the Suffolk and Good Festival, to the Sheffield Lead Mill and the 100 Club on Oxford Street. I've seen him with past girlfriends, my wife and my kids.
It's been an absolute pleasure and a source of immense joy.
Hats off Sir!
So... You listened to his compilation of love songs (which is, undoubtedly, very good) and then moved on to one of his most complex and thought-provoking albums? I'm really not sure what to recommend to you. Stormcock is a masterpiece.
Quote "...everyone seems to rate 'Stormcock' so highly, I made that my next port of call...but found it to be overly portentous..." Umm...That sounds like a recommendation to me. It's an album full of looming portents & omens, it's not a light hearted listen, although it has breaks in the clouds. Try 'Sophisticated Beggar' next...it's not portentous ;-D
I bought - and was blown away by - the 'Songs of Love and Loss' compilation. SInce everyone seems to rate 'Stormcock' so highly, I made that my next port of call...but found it to be overly portentous and, ultimately, a bit of a disappointment. I am sure that this assessment will earn me a public stoning, but instead I would like to hear anyone's recommendation of what would be a good Roy album for me to try next? Thanks, folks.
Seen Roy more times than I can count (including being lucky enough to see him at his 70th birthday bash at the South Bank). A most underrated man who has written some of THE most beautiful songs and whose live guitar playing is outstanding (especially when he's playing with his son
I still can't believe how little his music has permeated the masses since he entered the scene. This beautiful man has been pumping out quality music in huge volumes since the mid-60's and still people don't even recognize his name, let alone his music and the profound influence this folk juggernaut has had on so many famous (and obscure) artists. His guitar work is nothing short of masterful and his carefully crafted, thoughtful lyrics should have long captivated a broad audience, but alas, it is not so.
It is a shame that there is a good chance that I will never see him perform live before he dies. Roy Harper is getting old and although he is as sharp as ever, time will take its toll and the world won't even notice when he's gone. An absolute shame. Here is to hoping he decides to tour around Canada, or here's to hoping I eventually make enough money to be able to afford a flight to the UK just to experience this man's genius in person. That would be an a joy. Hats off to Harper.
A supreme musician, highly underated both as a lyricist and guitarist, those of us that were fortunate enough to 'get' Roy Harper have lived off his prolific output for many years, and still do. My favourites are South Africa, Me and My Woman, and once the poets corner buit is over - The Lords Prayer. How he ever remembered the chords and lyrics never ceased to amaze me, but then I guess that was just another of his talents :) Yeah Hat's Off to Roy Harper, a living Legend!