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These Trails ‎– These Trails

These Trails
S.T.
Style: Folk
Label: Drag City
Catalog Number: DC 463
Released: 1973, 70's
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These Trails were the Hawaii based couple Margaret Morgan and Patrick Cockett. They never played a show and recorded their sole album in 1973. They were joined in the studio by singer-guitarist Carlos Pardeiro who lends a couple songs to the album, and Dave Choy, who along with producing the album and arranging the songs, ornamented the acoustic pieces with an Arp synthesizer, a state-of-the-art instrument at the time. The songs on These Trails celebrate the idyllic Hawaiian surroundings of the songwriters, and for the most part feel naive and innocent. Songs like “Our House in Hanalei” describe a simple life in tropical paradise. Margaret’s high lilting voice harmonizing gently with the two men in the group over soft acoustic guitars, dulcimer, tablas and slack guitar. What makes this album truly special though, are some otherworldly elements that spike the hippy brew. Choy’s Arp bubbles in the background and some of Margaret’s songs have an eerie and haunting vibe to them, creating a rich psych-folk masterwork that will cast a spell over you.

– Cole Kinnear

Recommended: A2 Our House in Hanalei, A3 Of Broken Links, A5 Psych I & Share your Water

Tags: Acid Archives / Cult Classic
Tracklist:

A1 These Trails
A2 Our House In Hanalei
A3 Of Broken Links
A4 El Rey Pescador
A5 Psyche I & Share Your Water
A6 Hello Lou
B1 Rusty’s House & Los In Space
B2 Psyche II
B3 Sowed A Seed
B4 Rapt Attention
B5 Waipoo
B6 Garden Botanum

Credits:

Dulcimer, Guitar, Vocals – Margaret Morgan
Guitar – Eric Kingsbury
Guitar, Sitar, Vocals – Carlos Pardeiro
Guitar, Tabla, Vocals, Slide Guitar – Patrick Cockett
Percussion [Ipu] – Ron Rosha
Performer [Feet] – Boogie Kalama
Synthesizer, Recorded By, Arranged By, Mixed By – Dave Choy
Engineer – Wayne Carvalho
Liner Notes – Rob Sevier
Photography By – Joseph Martin
Producer – Peter Coraggio
Transferred By – William C. Wysock

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