the North Wind Blew South
Media Condition: M
Sleeve Condition: VG+
Genre: Rock, Folk, Psychedelic
Notes: 1970 release. Still in shrink wrap, shrink wrap has some rips from shelf wear and age.
If you like: British psych folk, especially that with the lyrical charm of Nick Drake, this album is for you.
About: Philip Kinorra (born Robert Cromwell Anson), also known by his other stage names, Julian Covey, Julien Covey, and Philamore Lincoln, is a British drummer, singer, songwriter and record producer.
Born in Nottingham, he performed in the early 1960s with Brian Auger and the Trinity, Graham Bond, and Don Rendell, devising his stage name as a combination of the names of fellow drummers Phil Seamen, Tony Kinsey and Bobby Orr. In the mid-1960s he formed his own band, Julian Covey & The Machine, for which he drummed and sang.
Deciding to go solo, he adopted the pseudonym “Philamore Lincoln” and was signed to the US label Epic Records. His only solo album, The North Wind Blew South, was released in 1970 and includes his song “Temma Harbour”, which was a hit when recorded as a single by Mary Hopkin in the same year. In the UK he was signed to Brian Epstein’s NEMS label and issued one single, “Running By The River” b/w “Rainy Day”, before NEMS folded. *
Why it’s worth your time: In my endless search for the best folk and folk-adjacent albums, I stumbled across The North Wind Blew South on accident–at a tempting price, in the midst of a late-night Ebay romp–without high expectations. Sleep deprivation caused me to forget my purchase until it showed up at my door and I got it on the turntable. I laid on the floor and listened completely in awe. This album had everything I ever wished for–the rare charisma of Nick Drake, the perfect blend of folk and psychedelic rock, the hushed, floating vocals, a sonic balance between airy and grounded. Everything....a recipe that usually leads to commercial success. Unfortunately, it didn’t seem that way for Philamore Lincoln. I decided then to at least vie for its cult status so I shared the album with just about everyone I knew and I even gave my original copy away (a huge regret I still have). Finding this one seems to be sheer luck and a reinstating of my original efforts. This album is, without a doubt, special and a rare find that I will have a hard time letting go of (again).
A favorite track: When You Were Looking My Way