J.S.D. Band - Travelling Days (1973, UK, folkrock, WB vinyl rip, single flac + cue + splitter, DR12, artwork)

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.

The JSD Band formed in 1969 and derived its name from the first letter of the first name of each of its three founding members: '''J'''im Divers, '''S'''ean O’Rourke, and '''D'''es Coffield.Peel, John, (1971), Sleeve notes for album JSD Band Chuck Fleming and Colin Finn also joined the group rounding out the five-member lineup. Additionally, fiddle+ player Lindsay Scott temporarily filled in for Chuck Fleming in 1972.

Initially, the band played the folk-club circuit with other artists such as Billy Connolly+ and Gerry Rafferty+ of 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 1+ with DJ+ John Peel+ and on BBC Two's+ ''Old Grey Whistle Test+'' hosted by "Whispering" Bob Harris+. In 1972, they were invited to be the support band for David Bowie+ during his UK-leg+ of the Ziggy Stardust Tour+.

In 1971, the JSD Band released its first album entitled ''Country of the Blind'' on the Regal Zonophone+ label. Two albums on Cube Records+ would follow: ''Black Album'' (1972) and ''Travelling Days'' (1973).

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 and the band disbanded.

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+.

side one:
A1. Gallway Races
A2. Fishin' Blues
A3. Sarah Jane
A4. Travelling Days
A5. King's Favorite
side two:
B1. Cuckoo
B2. Dowie Dens Of Yarrow
B3. Down The Road
B4. Young Waters
B5. Green Fields (Of America)

JSD Band - Dowie Dens Of Yarrow (1973)
Very old ballad from the region of the Scottish border.
 A beautiful young woman is courted by nine gentlemen and also a simple plowboy, whom she loves above the noblemen. She therefore dresses up her lover to look like a knight, and to then fight for her against the others on the dismal dens of Yarrow. The plowboy fares well in the battle, but is stabbed in the back by the maiden's own brother. The maiden has an ominous dream, which proves accurate, as her lover has been killed. She collects the body, then curses her own family, including her treacherous brother John, and declares that the plowboy was the "fairest flower" among them all. Pretty sad stuff!
Jim Divers - Bass, Cello, Vocals
Colin Finn - Drums, Percussion
Chuck Fleming - Fiddle, Mandolin
Sean O'Rourke - Flute, Piccolo Flute, Fiddle, Banjo [5-string], Vocals
Des Coffield - Mandolin, Slide Guitar [Bottleneck], Twelve-string Guitar, Harpsichord, Accordion, Piano, Vocals

[Rip and Scans by gigic2255]
(vinyl VG shape A1+B1 => waves)

'Somebody was trying to tell me that CDs are better than vinyl because they don’t have any surface noise.
I said, “Listen, mate, 'life' has surface noise'
(John Peel , DJ, 30.08.1939 - 25.10.2004)

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  1. Love the blog. JSD Band Travelling Days - Link Not Found! Any chance of a re-upload, Bill


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