As a fiddler and vocalist, Carolanne Pegg (then billed as Carole Pegg) was an important part of Mr. Fox, a notable if cultish early-'70s British folk-rock group.
On her 1973 self-titled album, however, she simply sounds both out of her element and ill-equipped to carry a record as a solo artist. Her voice is thin and wavering, and the material is often far less folk-oriented than Mr. Fox's, veering toward mainstream early- to mid-'70s singer/songwriting with some country-rock touches and a mystical air. While a song title such as "A Witch's Guide to the Underground" might whet the appetite for something truly hellacious, in the event it turns out to be a prissy tune, sung with all the confidence of a woman stepping onto a frozen pond whose ice may or may not hold.
More of her folk roots surface in the dark British melodies of "The Sapphire" and "Fair Fortune's Star"; "Man of War," which sounds like a Sandy Denny song with lousy (and very un-Denny-like) vocals; and the fiddle-driven "Mouse and the Crow." Those are more satisfying than the straight and unmemorably ordinary rock tunes here, but are still way short of outstanding.
|Open the Door (Song for Judith) / Judy Collins||Carolanne Pegg||4:26|
|A Witch's Guide to the Underground / Carolanne Pegg||Carolanne Pegg||3:48|
|Mouse and the Crow / Carolanne Pegg||Carolanne Pegg||2:54|
|The Sapphire / Carolanne Pegg||Carolanne Pegg||4:01|
|Fair Fortune's Star / Carolanne Pegg||Carolanne Pegg||10:03|
|Clancy's Song / Carolanne Pegg||Carolanne Pegg||4:01|
|The Lady and the Well / Carolanne Pegg||Carolanne Pegg||4:36|
|Wycoller / Carolanne Pegg||Carolanne Pegg||2:53|
|The Lizard / Carolanne Pegg||Carolanne Pegg||3:19|
|Man of War / Carolanne Pegg / Humphrey Weightman||Carolanne Pegg||3:22|
|Winter People / Carolanne Pegg||Carolanne Pegg||5:03|