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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
HASLP2083 Isolation (19) Isolation(LP, Album) Riverside Recordings HASLP2083 UK 1973 Sell This Version
Fanny 140892 Isolation (19) Isolation(LP, Album, Ltd, RE) Fanny Fanny 140892 Belgium 1993 Sell This Version
HMP CD-028 Isolation (19) Isolation(CD, Album, RE, Unofficial) Hugo-Montes Production HMP CD-028 Europe 2004 Sell This Version
DL001 Isolation (19) Isolation(CD, Album, RE) Desolation Records DL001 UK Unknown Sell This Version

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thymis

thymis

September 3, 2017
referencing Isolation, LP, Album, Ltd, RE, Fanny 140892
Does anyone possess the original from 1973 on "Riverside" Label?
Naturality

Naturality

July 4, 2017
referencing Isolation, LP, Album, Ltd, RE, Fanny 140892
This album is to my ears one of the best folk releases of the 60s-70s and that's competing with quite a huge library of other artists (unfortunately not on vinyl as I have only recently started collecting). By no means a happy album, Isolation sounds constantly desolate with light sprinklings of hope which is most likely owed to the recording/production value alongside the general structures and themes of the songs themselves. Not exactly an album for group listening either, this seems to be a very personal and introspective album that I'd personally say was best suited to listen to alone.

Unfortunately it would seem that the Fanny repressing isn't of the highest quality; either that or the originals haven't aged too well. The vinyl itself isn't exactly horrendous - not heavyweight by any means but certainly isn't horrendously flimsy. The issue lies with some pops and cracks which I can only imagine were present on the remaining copies of the 1973 mentioned by black-shuck below. The issue doesn't occur due to static, poor quality audio-setup or general wear as I'm using a quality system, just recently unsealed album and anti-static methods. It seems the digital versions uploaded to Youtube also show these issues. That being said, it's hardly a distracting factor and isn't overly present to an extent that it removes major listening pleasure; I'd never find myself in a position to get rid of this album now, it's just too gorgeous. I'd be over the moon for a better quality copy of the original to surface in hopes for another repress though.. I'm still dumbfounded by the fact that with only 500 pressed that there are still multiple copies of this available for $40 or so; this is an absolute masterpiece and a lost gem. It would just seem that not enough have been exposed.. This is sure to become a cornerstone of the acid folk genre in years to come, or perhaps we're at the date now where the acid folk fan base is not expanding at such a rate that it seemed to be during the 90s, supply is exponentially decreasing as rich collectors are able to pay incredible sums for albums they never plan to sell so it's a difficult ladder to start climbing. We can only hope that represses come about for such scarce and beautiful pieces..

I've rambled on enough now. Just listening to this album for the first time in a few weeks and felt the need to talk on it a bit. Really magnificent piece that will only continue to develop listening value for myself.
black-shuck

black-shuck

November 15, 2016
referencing Isolation, LP, Album, Ltd, RE, Fanny 140892
the above are reissues of a british private pressing originally issued on riverside in 1973, original pressings have plain white sleeves with ISOLATION stencilled in black capital letters across the top of the front sleeve, and included stapled a4 lyric sheets. the belgian issue is a bootleg, the other two may also be unofficial. i owned the first example found and sold it to a belgian collector in 1992 or 1993, the bootleg appeared shortly after this, the artwork is not original to the lp.
moecurlythanu

moecurlythanu

March 9, 2015
referencing Isolation, LP, Album, Ltd, RE, Fanny 140892
This is not the "real name Clinton Francis" Isolation, lol.
music_emporium

music_emporium

May 16, 2014
referencing Isolation, LP, Album, Ltd, RE, Fanny 140892
Delicate, melancholic folk in the vein of Nick Drake and Stone Angel, with sober and jazzier arrangements. The album is impressively light and discreet, think of a more relaxed, disillusioned and jamming "Astral Weeks."
I've made two big comparisons but I really think Isolation's LP is on their level.