Home Service had been away from performing for nearly a decade when the tapes for LIVE 1986 were discovered and the album released in 2011. As the first reviews began to appear, both the band and label were heartened and humbled to receive so many five stars:
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This incandescent, incendiary, and absolutely magnificent performance
is a totally essential purchase: no argument. David Kidman, Net Rhythms
Expect this to be in the ‘Best of 2011’ and make no mistake.
Make it the soundtrack of your summer y’hear. Simon Jones, fRoots
Warning: this report may contain added hyperbole.
Briefly during the 1980s the finest rock’n’folk ensemble in the known universe were the mighty HOME SERVICE. All those who attended their performances fondly remember the power and the glory of this majestic band in full flight. Recently some previously unheard live recordings made by their former sound engineer on a couple of cassette tapes came to light. The tapes have languished in the back of his wardrobe for the last 25 years. These recordings, made at the Cambridge Folk Festival in 1986, exhibit a power and commitment that was never fully captured in the studio, so a live album release immediately became inevitable.
The resulting CD – LIVE 1986 – (FLED 3085) will be released on Monday July 4th.
“A magnificent incendiary performance.”
CD track list = 100% classic Home Service repertoire:
01 Alright Jack 6.05
02 Walk My Way 4.27
03 Battle Pavanne / Peat Bog Soldiers 5.50
04 Galliard / Bramsley 3.43
05 Snow Falls 3.36
06 Dublin Bay 1.53
07 My Bonny Boy / Scarecrow 6.01
08 The Brisk Young Sailor 1.30
09 Rose Of Allendale 5.42
10 The Lost Lady Found 2.10
11 Lewk Up 4.07
12 Sorrow / Babylon 8.25