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Thread #142803 Message #3294474
Posted By: Howard Jones
22-Jan-12 - 11:47 AM
Thread Name: Brand new Albion Band track - FREE!
Subject: RE: Brand new Albion Band track - FREE!
I'm aware that Blair is Ashley's son, and I can see in one sense why he'd want to carry on that legacy. My point is that the musicians in the new lineup are all more than capable of standing on their own merits.
I'm not sure there was an Albion Band "way of playing". To my ears the various incarnations had their own sounds. The one thing which linked all the previous versions of the Albion Band was Ashley's distinctive bass playing. Without him, to have a new lineup from a new generation of musicians isn't an Albion Band, whatever their legal rights to the name.
It's a tough world for folk musicians to make a living and I guess they can't be blamed for taking advantage of the situation, and neither can Ashley be blamed for wanting to boost his son's career. To me it just seems faintly dishonest (in an artistic sense) for them to be laying claim to that legacy and goodwill, rather than earning it in their own right.