Roller Coaster / Lawlands Away / What Do You Do? / Waves / Losers Blues / Drowsy Maggie / Ash Plant / Lady Of Pleasure / Make It Easy / The Gold Ring / Summer Sways / Bushes and Briars
No Right Turn, from Derbyshire, combined elements of folk musics from all across the United Kingdom, beginning as an acoustic trio, but with the addition of a fine rhythm section and the clarion vocals of the late Jayne Marsden they began to expand their sound, bringing in progressive rock elements, combining extremely catchy vocal tunes and instrumentals. After a period of development and refinement through live performance, their self-titled first album was recorded in 1982-83 in the studio of Fairport Convention’s Dave Pegg, with engineer Mark Powell capturing the well-rehearsed band’s energy and freshness in a minimum of takes and adding some decidedly un-folk synthesizer in spots. Despite the band’s evident musical prowess and the appearance of a number of fine instrumental tracks on the album, with some surprisingly fleet and crunchy playing from electric bassist Cooper, it is the pure, beautiful, often double-tracked voice of Jayne Marsden that allows No Right Turn to rise above being merely a local band. Fans of great folk singers like Vashti Bunyan and Linda Perhacs will find much to love here. Some of their later songs are presented here as bonus tracks. Life aplenty is what the listener will find here, all the joy and sadness, the beauty and mystery and love.