Paradise And Thorns: Gloucester Docks Revisited And Other Tales Of Love (2LP)

Ashley Hutchings

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Folk, Folk-Rock
Talking Elephant
November 2, 2018

Format: Vinyl (LP)



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"Ashley Hutchings is the single most important figure in English folk-rock"
- Bob Dylan (2015)

In 1987 Ashley Hutchings released By Gloucester Docks I Sat Down and Wept, an album that told a very personal love story. It was unusual in that the story was not told from a 'looking back' perspective, Ashley had written the songs, the poems and letters as the story itself was unfolding. Only later did he realise that all those fragments could come together to tell some of the story. But it was an unfinished symphony - there was more to tell and there was no real end as Hutchings was to discover many years later when he finally re-established contact with the heroine of the tale.

Hutchings' new double CD 'Paradise and Thorns' is all about love and its consequences. Disc One - 'Gloucester Docks Revisited' - adds more detail to the unfolding relationship Hutchings depicted in the original album and brings into focus other scenes not previously described. It includes several brand new songs, 'Devil May Care in Our Dancing Shoes and 'Thirty Two Years and A Lifetime' both of which were inspired as a consequence of Hutchings and his love having found each other again after so many years.

As on the original album Hutchings' writings have drawn inspiration from all aspects of the arts; from rock and traditional music, through poetry, history, storytelling and folklore, photographs and cinema. A true romantic at heart, Hutchings - playing the part of the main character, relives the scenes from those writings to create with his paramour their own screenplay. The result is an unfolding drama one might watch on television or at the cinema. The story is 'theirs' but the images conjured by the words and music become a personal screenplay that many people will identify with.

Disc two is Hutchings' personal selection of love songs and stories demonstrating the many faces and types of love and what it means in different contexts. 'And Other Tales of Love' - illustrates the inevitable unfolding path of a love affair. The symbolic description of 'angels, air and flight' convey a lightness and ephemeral state experienced during the first months of a new found love.

Followed by the turmoil of impending break-up juxtaposed to war and the thoughts of serving soldiers dwelling on the ones they have left behind. And finally to the fleeting memories of that early love, and the confusion of bowing to the inevitable before the grief of final parting.

Ashley's references and influences act as a guide throughout and invite exploration below the surface of these two albums. The contrast of ideals in the title itself 'Paradise and Thorns' the bliss and the pain - provokes more than just a single listen - and the listener is justly rewarded for spending time in its company.

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Key Value
Catalogue number TELP410
Barcode 5028479041015
Number of items 2
Imported No
Weight 482g
Dimensions (LxWxH) 31mm x 6mm x 31mm

Disc 1

Track Listing — Disc 1, Side 1

Song Title Time
1. Elegie XII -
2. Kitty Come Down The Lane -
3. The Meadow -
4. Art Nouveau -
5. St Valentine's Day Sonnet -
6. Trip To Bath -
7. Sultana Cake -
8. Cul-de-sac -
9. Our Stolen Season -

Track Listing — Disc 1, Side 2

Song Title Time
1. Has This Hotel So Many Secrets ? -
2. Evil-may-care In Our Dancing Shoes -
3. Eugene Onegin -
4. It Was My Heart -
5. I Dreamed A Dream -
6. Thirty-two Years And A Lifetime -
7. Epilogue / French Catholic Wedding Tune -

Disc 2

Track Listing — Disc 2, Side 3

Song Title Time
1. Avona And The Giant -
2. Above The Angels -
3. Aire And Angells -
4. If There's No Other Way -
5. If Love Has Wings -
6. The Swift -

Track Listing — Disc 2, Side 4

Song Title Time
1. Such A Crazy Marriage -
2. Polly On The Shore -
3. I Remember Every Detail -
4. I Was Thinking Of Clarissa -
5. Welcome To The World -
6. Sykaleshe -
7. Lost In The Haze -
8. Romeo And Juliet Excerpt / Song From Cymbeline -