Ed Askew

A Child In The Sun: Radio Sessions 1969-1970

Drag City DC670LP
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If you, the discerning record collector, has even a passing interest in the posthumously named genre “acid folk”, surely the name Ed Askew is in your golden pantheon. Askew recorded the sublimely gorgeous LP Ask the Unicorn in 1968 for the legendary proto-DIY label ESP records, which has now been recognized as a god-damn underground classic. Armed only with a tiple (sort of a South American mandolin) and his lilting neigh of a voice (and bearing superficial resemblances to labelmates Pearls Before Swine, and heady UK acoustic folkers Incredible String Band), Askew spun tales of doomed sisters, crashing universes, budding gay love, and a serious fondness for roses on his rare, precious and beautiful album.

After this lone release, Ed Askew seemingly vanished in the romantic mists of time until a second, previously unreleased album, surfaced in 2003, Little Eyes recorded but a few years after Ask the Unicorn, and every bit as honey-dipped by the musical gods. Since then, Askew has undergone a rightful resurgence, and surely everyone that ever dug a Donovan or Devendra tune has taken notice, so Ed’s obscure 1984 cassette Imperfiction was also reissued by Galactic Zoo Disk/Drag City in 2011 and quickly sold out! But don’t you worry copies of the precious second pressing are still sweetly available.

Ed has since resumed making music, and has released several albums over the last decade but meanwhile, it appears the Askew historical goldmine had not been fully tapped! To wit, Ed unearthed four reels of radio sessions taped in 1969–70, performing songs from his first two albums (and the totally previously unreleased track, “Green Song”)! The tapes were meticulously studied by Galactic Zoo Disk honcho Plastic Crimewave (of Galactic Zoo Dossier, er, fame), and the best versions were extracted for this release absolutely stunning renditions of Askew standards like “Fancy That” (with a sense of propulsive urgency not on the LP version, we’d say!) or “Red Woman” and “Mr. Dream”?—?which are perhaps even more gooily gorgeous than the originals.
In short folks, this new archival Ed Askew release A Child in the Sun, which features never-before-seen vintage photos, is friggin ASTRAL FOLK GOLD, ie., historical sonic riches we could have never imagined existed. We’re (literally) psyched and as for you, you’re welcome!

Ed Askew: A Child In The Sun: Radio Sessions 1969-1970

Fancy That Ed Askew
Red Woman Ed Askew
Purity Chat Ed Askew
Mr Dream Ed Askew
Peter & David Ed Askew
Accordian Man Ed Askew
Green Song Ed Askew
Marigolds Ed Askew
Tiple Talk Ed Askew
Oh The Lovely Face Ed Askew
Reasonable Man Ed Askew

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