I can do this one. And I can do it without naming four Fairport Convention albums (I’m taking records to mean albums, in this case), I think. I do love Fairport Convention, though. 
1. Fairport Convention: Liege & Lief. First things first. This album is a masterpiece. There are at least five Fairport albums that could contend for a list like this (What We Did On Our Holidays is right there, too, plus Unhalfbricking, Full House and the self-titled), but L&L has a certain majesty to it that puts it just a thin slice above. “Tam-lin” is probably my favorite British folk-rock track.
2. Pentangle: Basket of Light. Reflection and Sweet Child are both excellent as well, but Basket of Light has a special aura around it that gives it the nod here. Opener “Light Flight” suggests a pretty poppy, uptempo album, but it simmers down from there, and “Lyke-Wake Dirge” may be the most majestic thing they recorded.
3. Trees: On the Shore. The opener of this album, “Murdoch,” is pretty stunning, and this band made very fine use of electric guitar in an English folk context. They’re on a tier below Pentangle and Fairport, but this band could have been a contender if it had survived long enough to make more than two albums.
4. Comus: First Utterance. I should be very clear in warning anyone expecting a pleasant listening experience that this album is completely batshit nuts, and the wailing male and female vocals are definitely something you have to get used to, but if you want a totally unique record that’s rooted in British folk music, this is the one.
Rounding out a top ten without repeating any artists: Donovan: A Gift From a Flower to a Garden, Fresh Maggots: Fresh Maggots, John Martyn: Solid Air, Roy Harper: Folkjokeopus, Steeleye Span: Parcel of Rogues, Synanthesia: Synanthesia 

I can do this one. And I can do it without naming four Fairport Convention albums (I’m taking records to mean albums, in this case), I think. I do love Fairport Convention, though. 

1. Fairport Convention: Liege & Lief. First things first. This album is a masterpiece. There are at least five Fairport albums that could contend for a list like this (What We Did On Our Holidays is right there, too, plus Unhalfbricking, Full House and the self-titled), but L&L has a certain majesty to it that puts it just a thin slice above. “Tam-lin” is probably my favorite British folk-rock track.

2. Pentangle: Basket of Light. Reflection and Sweet Child are both excellent as well, but Basket of Light has a special aura around it that gives it the nod here. Opener “Light Flight” suggests a pretty poppy, uptempo album, but it simmers down from there, and “Lyke-Wake Dirge” may be the most majestic thing they recorded.

3. Trees: On the Shore. The opener of this album, “Murdoch,” is pretty stunning, and this band made very fine use of electric guitar in an English folk context. They’re on a tier below Pentangle and Fairport, but this band could have been a contender if it had survived long enough to make more than two albums.

4. Comus: First Utterance. I should be very clear in warning anyone expecting a pleasant listening experience that this album is completely batshit nuts, and the wailing male and female vocals are definitely something you have to get used to, but if you want a totally unique record that’s rooted in British folk music, this is the one.

Rounding out a top ten without repeating any artists: Donovan: A Gift From a Flower to a Garden, Fresh Maggots: Fresh Maggots, John Martyn: Solid Air, Roy Harper: Folkjokeopus, Steeleye Span: Parcel of Rogues, Synanthesia: Synanthesia 

U.K. Prog, Volume 7: 1971a Halcyon Days

U.K. Prog, Volume 7: 1971a Halcyon Days

The first of two volumes focused on 1971. Download here.

1. Electric Light Orchestra: 10538 Overture 5:32

2. Audience: Jackdaw 7:28

3. Still Life: Don’t Go 4:37

4. Uriah Heep: Look at Yourself 5:09

5. Jan Dukes de Grey: Mice and Rats in the Loft 8:21

6. Motiffe: Analogy 6:17

7. Kevin Ayers: There Is Loving/Among Us/There Is Loving 7:23

8. Kingdom Come: No Time + Internal Messenger 6:15

9. Fuzzy Duck: Country Boy 6:04

10. Wishbone Ash: Vas Dis 4:46

11. Spring: Gazing 5:51

12. Dr. Z: Summer for the Rose 4:36

13. Egg: Contrasong 4:25

14. Atomic Rooster: Tomorrow Night 4:00

15. Fields: A Place to Lay My Head 3:41

16. Comus: Diana 4:34

Volume One: Mix.  Notes

Volume Two: Mix.  Notes

Volume Three: Mix.  Notes.  

Volume Four: Mix. Notes.   

Volume Five: Mix.  Notes.  

Volume Six: Mix.  Notes