Bull In A Ming Vase Indeed
I'd listened to most of Roy Harper's albums throughout my later teens and early twenties but only really loved HQ because it was full of rock band instrumentation and left the simple guitar and voice on just a few tracks. Ya see, I really, really hated singer songwriters at that stage of my life, even one as out of place and individual as Harper.
Then, just recently, I read a good review of the '74 comp of early material "Flashes from the Archives of Oblivion" and thought I'd give it a go. Ofcourse, I found out I loved the damned thing from start to finish and so acquired all his releases. Not all of them are great but every single one contains many, many fine songs. I think I like them so much because of the combination of the high sweet voice with such off centre melodies. And he's not maudlin - there are many moments when his quirky humour takes over.
Here's a few good ones:
mp3: Don't You Grieve
mp3: Forget Me Not
mp3: One Of Those Days In England
mp3: One Man Rock and Roll Band
mp3: South Africa
You can buy all his albums + lots of BBC material (he was a perennial Peel favourite) at his own web site.