Frank Tovey & The Pyros – The Liberty Tree (12″)

A rare occurrence for me is when a tune sticks in your head and the hairs on your neck stand on end and you get a lump in your throat. This is in my top 5 tracks and seeing this in Whitby it was snaffled up immediately.

From 1991 and when Tovey (Fad Gadget) was playing around with different styles of music. This is folky but in way that does not over sentimentalizes but sticks in the brain for ages after. Off their debut album “Grand Union” and a collaboration between Tovey, John Cutliffe (bass) and Paul Rodden who provided the 5 string banjo on this. It has an Irish lilt to the guitar playing and as you’d expect from Frank, social commentary in the lyrics. Nicely extended with a bonus acoustic/ambient mix “Roots Mix” as well. B-side “Victoria Falls” was an unexpected treat, more uptempo with anti-monarchy lyrics, in a mock blues stylee!!


Mute ‎– 12 MUTE 121

A The Liberty Tree 5:28
B1 Victoria Falls 5:21
B2 The Liberty Tree (Roots Mix) 4:08

4 responses

  1. Thanks for your great blog, apart from the rips it’s always cool to read some subjective impressions to every track. Could you re-up this “Liberty Tree” 12inch ?
    Take care !

    1. Of course one of my personal favourites…

  2. Great, never heard this version before. One of my Tovey favourites too, “Cities of the plain” being the other. Thanks again !

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