J.S.D. Band - Country Of The Blind (1971, UK, folkrock, Regal Zonophone vinyl rip, single wav + cue, DR16, artwork)

 *** Reviewed by great fellow Adamus67 ***

The JSD Band was an influential Scottish+-based celtic+ and folk rock+ band primarily active from 1969 to 1974 and then again briefly from 1997 to 1998. The band released five full-length albums, and numerous singles and special releases, many of which are still sought after by collectors from around the world.

At times their sound is reminiscent of newer versions of these works by bands like Deaf Shepherd, Four Men & A Dog ...
Very expressive Its debut album 'Country Of The Blind', later, however, they began to play with more expression (recalling some bands Fairport Convention and Steeleye Span), which formed the basis for a spectacular game and skills Chuck Fleming. JSD Band CD showing the dynamics of their live performances remains the most popular album of the band, while the 'Travelling Days' was received with disappointment.

Following the release of 1973's album, ''Travelling Days'', the group issued three singles+: "Sarah Jane/Paddy Stacks" (1973), "Sunshine Life For Me (Sail Away Raymond)/Reel Call" (1974), and "Hayes and Harlington Blues/Cuckoo" (1974). In July 1974, pressure from various sources took its toll departure of several members, including Fleming, proved to be fatal. Despite coming to a band that changed at the end of the existence of the name to The New JSD, Iain Lyon (formerly My Dear Watson Group) group broke up in 1974

The JSD Band reunited for a short stint from 1997 to 1998 and released two additional albums on KRL Records (a Glasgow+-based label specialising in Scottish traditional music): 1997's ''For the Record'' which consisted of newly recorded acoustic versions of previously released material and 1998's ''Pastures of Plenty'' which consisted of new material featuring long-time friend of the group, Rob Mairs, on five-string banjo. 
Thank you so much Adam for that effort

Country Of The Blind is the Debut Album by the Scottish Celtic Rock Band J.S.D. Band.
The J.S.D. part of the name comes from the initials of the three former members of the Band, who formed J.S.D. Band in Glasgow, Scotland in 1969. They played the Folk Circuits in Glasgow, as most Bands from the time did. Their Debut was released in 1970, by Regal Zonophone, a subsidiary of EMI. It managed to reach National interest and grabbed the attention of one particular person, whose opinion was very well regarded, DJ John Peel. DJ John Peel would later write the sleeve notes for their next two Albums. Country Of The Blind, is composed mostly of Irish, Scottish, American and some English Traditional songs, but also some Original compositions. They were invited to play in several TV Shows including Old Grey Whistle Test, Radio 1 "In Concert" and the John Peel Show. They played for several musicians and Bands such as Status Quo, Sly and the Family Stone, Johnny Winter and Lou Reed, and some of the musicians participated on the recording of David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust... The Band would end in 1974, after 5 years together, leaving their name in the history of the Folk Revival movement.
Best Tracks - "Country Of The Blind", "Cooleys", "Nancy-Jenny Picking Cockles", "Wonders Of Nature", "Don't Think Twice It's All Right", "Darling Corey" and "Cousin Caterpillar". The Cover is very Banal but it manages to grab our attention an it does look like it is different from the others while it is not.

The JSD Band were one of the leading folk-rock bands of the early seventies. Following a split up, they reformed to produce two further albums due to the large amount of interest in their early albums. The band were very influential on the folk scene during the boom years.

The band took its name from the initials of the three members who formed it in 1969, Jim Divers, Sean O’Rouke, and Des Coffield. They were also joined by Chuck Fleming and Colin Finn, who completed the standard JSD Band line up - the exception being the temporary addition of fiddle player Lindsay Scott, who deputised for Chuck Fleming around the time of the JSD Band (or The Black) Album.

When the JSD Band started, they played the folk club circuit with the likes of Billy Connolly and Gerry Rafferty (the Humblebums) and Barbara Dickson. After getting noticed for their lively electric rock approach to traditional Scottish folk music when they won the 'Scottish Folk Group Championships' at Edinburgh's Usher Hall, they made appearances on BBC Radio with John Peel and TV's Old Grey Whistle Test with ‘Whisperin’ Bob Harris. In 1972, they were invited to be the support band for David Bowie in his British tour of Ziggy Stardust.

side one:
A1. Country of the Blind
A2. Cooleys
A3. Childhood Memories
A4. Sara Jane
A5. Old Time Heartaches
A6. Nancy / Jenny Picking Cockles
A7. Wonders of Nature
side two:
B1. Don't Think Twice It's All Right
B2. Darling Corey
B3. Morning Dew
B4. Cousin Caterpillar
B5. Over and Over / Hope

JSD Band [UK] - Country Of The Blind, 1970

J.S.D. Band:
Jim Divers - Guitar, Cello, Bass, Vocal
Colin Finn - Percussion, Glockenspiel
Des Coffield - Piano, Banjo, Guitar, Vocal
Sean O'Rourke - Fiddle, Banjo, Guitar, Vocal
Chuck Fleming - Fiddle

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  1. found the orig. LP about 15 years ago or so...didn't know anything about them but loved it right away!

  2. Thank you for all your hard works!!!


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