A World Of Our Own
(Aus: 33O2X 7753/UK: 33JSX1722/US: JSX 1722)
Peter Kington’s Notes: This album is
curious. In the
Liner Notes: "When The Seekers asked
me to write some notes for the LP, I said I'd be very glad to, but when I sat
down to do it, I couldn't think of any way of starting off, apart from saying
the usual thing about what nice people they are, and what a pleasure they are
to work with. So I'll just say what nice people they (sic) (are - included on
BRUCE WOODLEY: Has a grave expression which hides a goonish sense of humour. Apart from playing guitar and banjo, he sings quite a few solos on this LP, and the group also feature two of his compositions.
KEITH POTGER: The one with the grin. Excels on 12-string guitar, in which he specialises, but can also be heard on mandolin here and there. Sings lead voice on "This Land".
ATHOL GUY: Facially, has been compared to Peter Sellers, Groucho Marx, Sophia Loren, etc. Plays the bass and has proved himself an all-round entertainer by playing an entire number without his glasses.
kick off with a rousing version of the well-known We Shall Not Be Moved/
The group kick off with their second big hit (
The Bob Dylan number, already becoming a classic of its kind, with Bruce leading the group in a simple and effective arrangement.
A beautiful and apparently very old ballad of Irish or Scottish origin, depending on whether you're Irish or Scottish.
One of the best-known songs by the much-imitated Woody Guthrie. There's no real reason why an Australian group should sing this very American song, except that it sounds so good when they do.
Judith leads the boys in this haunting song composed by Bruce with some very effective Latin-style guitar playing in the background.
A rousing version of the Bob Dylan hit. The Seekers sound as though they've been singing it for years but in fact they worked out the arrangement only a few minutes before they recorded it, which must prove something.
A showcase for Judith, with the boys providing a trad-style backing. The last time I saw them perform it live, it stopped the show, and is one of (sic) (my-UK) personal favourites.
The second of Bruce's songs, it's a lively travelling
type number with a strong
This was originally a pop hit in the early 'fifties by Jo Stafford, but is sounds so like a folk-song that it fits the group like a glove.
Written fairly recently by Canadian Ian Tyson (it has a very moving quality and is fast becoming a favourite recording piece for albums).
This is one from The Seekers' large collection of gospel-type songs, which they sing with such infectious vitality.
We hope this will silence those purists who have suggested that The Seekers don't take their folk-music seriously enough. To hear their version of this lovely old melody is an emotional experience.