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Electric Eden compilation incoming

A compilation of music from The Wire's contributing editor Rob Young's Electric Eden book is being released on 13 August. Electric Eden: Unearthing Britain's Visionary Music is a two disc compilation (an "Acoustic Eden" and "Electric Eden"), which features folk music from Archie Fisher, Meic Stevens, Bill Fay, Comus, and Mick Softley, plus David Bowie, Bert Jansch, Richard Thompson, John Martyn, The Incredible String Band, Nick Drake and others.

Rob Young says: "I've tried to include a mixture of rarities, unheard versions, familiar names and unjustly neglected heroes and heroines. I'm particularly proud of including a rare original version of "A Sailor's Life" by Fairport Convention, literally the first time a rock drum kit was ever used on a traditional folk song."