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Bridget St. John.

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I have her first two records. She sounds like Nico, yet she is not German; does she have a speech impediment? Her Chickfactor-centered ascendance seems to forebode a rapprochement between hippies and hipsters. That sentence had too many big words. What do you think? What are her later records like?

Amateurist (amateurist), Friday, 28 February 2003 17:58 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

What ascendence?

The MP3 of "Ask Me No Questions" is my most shared-requested thing on Soulseek, and was before than on Kazaa. I never have the time to actually share it though, I should take it off my list. But on the other hand it is excellent. I got it off Mike Daddino, a long time ago.

Tom (Groke), Saturday, 1 March 2003 00:35 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

i only know "jumblequeen", that's a great album. tell me some more about her other stuff

duane, Saturday, 1 March 2003 03:58 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

what ascendence?


I was half-kidding. Her records have been reissued, she's been written up in Chickfactor and a few lesser-known zines. And she actually was something of a reference point at WESU and WFMU a few years back. That's about the extent of her "ascendance" but she's certainly been recovered from the land of the hopelessly obscure.

Duane: When I have a chance I'll listen to those records and try my best to describe them. Is Jumblequeen good?

Amateurist (amateurist), Saturday, 1 March 2003 05:13 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I got Jumblequeen recently, expecting to love it, but it left me underwhelmed. Nothing really stood out, so I got rid of it.

Joe (Joe), Saturday, 1 March 2003 14:32 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

'Seagull Sunday Morning' is nice

Paul R (paul R), Saturday, 1 March 2003 20:39 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

two years pass...
...

Amateur(ist) (Amateur(ist)), Tuesday, 3 May 2005 03:30 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Didn't she perform at the most recent Terrastock?

Tim Ellison (Tim Ellison), Tuesday, 3 May 2005 03:33 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I recommend her collaborations with Kevin Ayers & The Whole World from 1970: Jolie Madame, The Oyster & The Flying Fish (both credited to Ayers), If You've Got Money / Yep (1970 single credited to St.John, the latter being an Ayers/Daevid Allen co-composition).

mike t-diva (mike t-diva), Tuesday, 3 May 2005 08:14 (twelve years ago) Permalink

eight months pass...
REVIVE!

Dustygroove makes her albums sound RIGHTEOUS! (obviously). should i search her out?

jaxon (jaxon), Tuesday, 17 January 2006 07:12 (eleven years ago) Permalink

1st album "ask me no questions" is great, mostly just her & guitar. title track is one of my favourite ever songs.
2nd album "songs for a gentle man" has good songs but terrible arrangements by ron geesin, too sugary & twee for my tastes esp. the donovan cover. ugh.
later albums have some good songs but more of a 70s singer/songwriter vibe about them.

zappi (joni), Tuesday, 17 January 2006 08:39 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Trough ebay you can see any albums sometimes. She was edited in Dandelion John Peel's label. I list St. John with another interesting female folk singers from that era: Linda Perhacs, Anne Brigs, Vashti Bunyan, Judee Sill, Karen Dalton...

antonio, Tuesday, 17 January 2006 23:15 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Or alternately: "Songs for the gentleman" is astonishingly gorgeous. At least to my ears it is.

Here's a link to my review from the Lost in the Grooves book:
http://lostinthegrooves.blogspot.com/2005/12/bridget-st-john-songs-for-gentle-man.html

Kim Cooper, Saturday, 21 January 2006 08:01 (eleven years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

night before a big presentation and paper due and this is mellowing me out a lot

end of "i like to be with you in the sun" so quietly amazing, with the brief echoed fade out

lol cool j (donna rouge), Tuesday, 9 December 2008 06:49 (eight years ago) Permalink

six months pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2aDhlvPXD_I&feature=related

velko, Tuesday, 9 June 2009 07:53 (eight years ago) Permalink

Thanks!

ian, Tuesday, 9 June 2009 14:30 (eight years ago) Permalink

four years pass...
four years pass...

I'm listening to her a lot at the moment - seems to fit the premature August autumn. Ask Me Know Questions is a gorgeous track from the first album but it's Songs for the Gentle Man that I keep going to most. Lazarus off the third album is astounding too.

The shard-borne beetle with his drowsy hums (Chinaski), Thursday, 10 August 2017 21:33 (two months ago) Permalink

I think you can now get everything pre Jumblequeen on a box set dedicated to her Dandelion years. Think it also has a lot of Peel radio sessions etc.
That is to differentiate Peel as radio DJ from Dandelion label head.

I think Jumblequeen is still out through Hux.

I've been meaning to pick up physical copies of both

Stevolende, Friday, 11 August 2017 07:19 (two months ago) Permalink


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