Sunday, September 5, 2021

VA - Milk of the Tree, An Anthology of Female Vocal Folk and Singer-Songwriters [2017] (3 x CD's)



VA - Milk of the Tree, An Anthology of Female Vocal Folk and Singer-Songwriters [2017] (3 x CD's)

Notwithstanding one or two isolated exceptions, it wasn't until the mid 60's that independent female voices really began to be heard within the music industry. Over the course of four hours and sixty tracks, Milk Of The Tree focuses on the music made in the late 60's and early 70's in both Britain and North America by either female solo artists or acts with featured female vocalists. Along the way, we encounter San Franciscan psychedelia, LA folk rock, Swinging London pop-folk, electric folk, progressive folk and even folk club folk as well as (of course) a plethora of singer- songwriters (including Various ladies of the Canyon) from the movement's golden age. As well as featuring most of the leading figures from both sides of the Atlantic, Milk Of The Tree includes many performers who received little attention at the time but who now have a cult reputation amongst collectors. A significant number of tracks were unreleased at the time, while the set also includes the first-ever appearance by pioneering female rock duo Emily Muff, two American girls who were based in England during the period in question but failed to land a recording contract. With a 44-page booklet crammed with rare photos and details of the Various acts featured, the clambox-housed Milk Of The Tree is not only a fascinating social document but, we hope, a hugely entertaining snapshot of a particular time, place and frame of mind that produced some enduring, spellbinding music. (Amazon)

A superb compilation of female folk and singer-songwriter tunes, thoroughly annotated and good sound considering diversity of sources and the obscurity of some cuts.



Track list


01 Melanie Do You Believe 5:26

02 Joan Baez Blessed Are... 3:05

03 Pentangle Light Flight 3:16

04 Dana Gillespie Foolish Seasons 2:13

05 Judy Roderick Someone to Talk My Troubles To 2:42

06 John & Beverley Martyn Auntie Aviator 6:03

07 Serpent Power Flying Away 4:29

08 Joan Armatrading It Could Have Been Better 4:20

09 Jude Morning Morgantown 2:39

10 Mandy More If Not By Fire 4:26

11 Laura Nyro Upstairs By a Chinese Lamp 5:36

12 Susan Pillsbury I Thought I Knew the Answers 2:27

13 Jaki Whitren Give Her the Day 2:47

14 Wendy & Bonnie By the Sea 4:04

15 Jackie DeShannon Come and Stay with Me 3:06

16 Marianne Faithfull Something Better 2:53

17 Spirogyra An Everyday Consumption Song 4:29

18 Polly Niles The Milk of the Tree 1:53

19 Nico Chelsea Girls 7:26

20 Mary-Anne Reverie for Roslyn 1:16


01 Stone Poneys Diffrent Drum 2:39

02 Eclection Please (MK. II) 2:58

03 Jade Five of Us 4:08

04 Simon Sisters Who Has Seen the Wind? 2:20

05 Judee Sill Jesus Was a Cross Maker 3:29

06 Woods Band January's Snows 4:24

07 Trader Horne In My Loneliness 2:25

08 Janis Ian Society's Child (Baby I've Been Thinking) 3:14

09 Lily & Maria I Was 4:00

10 Mellow Candle Feeling High 2:22

11 Tomorrow Come Someday Tomorrow Come Someday 2:30

12 Julie Covington My Silks and Fine Array 4:58

13 Norma Waterson Red Wine and Promises 3:05

14 Mr. Fox Mr Fox 5:45

15 Buffy Sainte-Marie The Dream Tree 2:37

16 Academy Munching the Candy (feat. Polly Perkins) 2:56

17 Sandy Denny Late November 4:30

18 Hendrickson Road House Tomorrow Your Sorrow 3:43

19 Chuck & Mary Perrin Mornings 3:28

20 Lesley Duncan Mr Rubin 6:53


01 Chimera Come Into the Garden 5:38

02 Diane Hildebrand Early Mornings Blues and Greens 3:15

03 Susan Christie Rainy Day 3:11

04 Bridget St. John Autumn Lullaby 3:00

05 Principal Edwards Magic Theatre Ballad (Of the Big Girl Now and a Mere Boy) 2:45

06 Ruthann Friedman Windy 2:29

07 Design The Lonely 3:02

08 Shelagh McDonald Mirage 4:04

09 Mary Hopkin Aderyn Llwyd (Sparrow) 3:11

10 Vashti Bunyan Love Song 2:00

11 Bonnie Dobson Winter's Going 2:42

12 Anne Briggs Sandman's Song 5:03

13 Bunch When Will I Be Loved 3:16

14 Carolanne Pegg The Lady and the Well 4:36

15 Margo Guryan Think of Rain 2:26

16 Ithaca Story of Our Time/Beneath This Sky 3:00

17 Trees Murdoch 5:10

18 Sallyangie Banquet On the Water 4:46

19 Emily Muff Pass the Night 7:22

20 Mimi Farina Morgan the Pirate 5:41




  1. thanks... it makes my Sunday really groovy

    1. Hi Unknown,
      It should always be a groovy Sunday...
      I will probably be adding a box set each Sunday (my) together with the great MY COMPILATION series.

  2. Thanks really looking forward to listening, so many tracks I'm not familiar with

    1. Hi Marley,
      This set is not only rewarding but is entertaining too.
      The music here certainly should receive multiple listens.


  3. Indeed and not exaggerated "a superb compilation" and always nice memories and great surprise which songs I missed during these years, which especially still deserve attention today, in this respect again thanks a lot, very much appreciated!

    1. Thanks WOODY,
      This is a seriously good set to listen too. Glad you are enjoying it.


  4. Replies
    1. Hi helio58,
      It pleases me that you hold this set in such high esteem. Enjoy!


  5. Thanks and more Muchas Gracias butter..Vielen Dank. Stay well amigo

    1. Thanks Professor,
      You stay well too. Enjoy this wonderful Box set.


  6. Knew this was coming and a good one BB. You obviously made ProfessorCalculus happy with his prior request.

    1. Hi mrRadio,
      Its was int the box ready to go, so it seemed right.
      Its a beautiful box set.


  7. Great collection! Thanks a lot for sharing