Fresh Maggots – Fresh Maggots (1971)

Fresh Maggots – Fresh Maggots (1971)

Long lost UK folk rock album from 1971. Fresh Maggots were just two people, Mick Burgoyne and Leigh Dolphin, (they came from Nuneaton, Warwickshire, England) and they played melodic acid folk-rock with electric (heavy on the fuzz side) and acoustic guitar mixed with glockenspiel, tambourine, violin, tin whistles and harmony vocals. The results are stunning particularly on the evergreen “Rosemary Hill” which features some beautiful harmonies. The electric fuzz guitar kicks in at various points on the record to startling effect, particularly evident on “Everyone’s gone to War”. If there was such a genre as garage folk then this it. The original vinyl is very much sought-after today and almost impossible to find.

Long established as a cult classic and collector’s grail, Mick Burgoyne and Leigh Dolphin’s sole album is presented here with their full co-operation. Recorded in 1971 when they were just 19 years old and fresh to the studio, “Fresh Maggots” is one of the best distillations of folk and psychedelia ever recorded. Varying in tone from heavy rock (‘Frustration’) to protest (‘Everybody’s Gone To War’), social commentary (‘Dole Song’) and pastoral (‘Rosemary Hill’), it’s a highly unusual and powerful record that enjoyed extravagant acclaim on release but sold poorly and has never been officially issued since. Original pressings are notoriously badly pressed, so this reissue is sure to be rapturously welcomed by all lovers of acid folk.


1. Dole Song
2. Rosemary Hill
3. Quickie
4. Everyone’s Gone To War
5. And When She Laughs
6. Spring
7. Balloon Song
8. Guzz Up
9. Who’s To Die
10. Elizabeth R
11. Frustration

Fresh Maggots – Fresh Maggots (1971)

22 Responses

  1. gammon says:

    Very nice ,

  2. gilgamo says:

    great folk-rock
    other recommendations: Eclection, Jan Dukes De Gray, Tony, Caro & John, Chimera, Caedmon, Pearls Before Swine, Extradition…

  3. Anonymous says:

    love Fresh Maggot and Subway. Keep up the acid folk!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Holy smoke part deux! Awesome, awesome awesome. If you have any other great lps of this acid folk style please enlighten us! Bonus points for non-English singing acid folk. By the way, damn if that Aktuala lp is tops. What a weird trip. Best, J.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Beautiful record. Second Bread Love & Dreams lp anyone?

  6. Anonymous says:

    thanks a lot for introducing to us these masterpieces!!!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Awesome. Cheers from Spain

  8. Andy says:

    Hey there,

    I really enjoy your posts. Andy.

  9. Ras says:

    Fantastic Stuff.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Maggots rock!

  11. gomonkeygo says:

    Fresh Maggots and Subway are too of the best folk/psych albums I’ve ever heard. Yours is my favorite site!

  12. Anonymous says:

    So good !! Thanks your blog is one of the best !!

  13. Strange Folk says:

    If you are interested in exploring the delights of Acid/Strange Folk further, you may wish to look into the following at my msn spaces:

    As I’m not really a blog user, I haven’t added a great deal to this space and I haven’t added anything at all to my space. I’m currently in the process of building a site and contribute to others, so time is at a premium. However, I noticed this blog and the comments and thought if you are just getting into Strange/Acid/Psych Folk, then some of the LP’s I’ve put up temporarily at the msn space aboove will definately be worth your while.

    Most of these are available on re-issue if you can’t afford the originals. Typically, Radioactive and Kissingspell do most as well as some dubious far eastern labels. None quite match the fragility of the original vinyl pressings. That said, a few monsters were badly pressed due to their limited runs; Fresh Maggots being one of them and notoriously the Linda Perhacs Parallelograms was so bad that she gave up recording as a result. Fortunately for us, that masterpiece of US Psych is now available on re-issue too.

    For me, I’m mostly into UK original pressings of all the major Acid Folk rarities and have been for a number of years. I have broader interests in Folk and contribute to spreading the word where I can.

    Keep it up!

  14. drling1 says:

    I come from Nuneaton. I had no idea that anything as interesting as Fresh Maggots comes from my hometown.

    Love as always

  15. booblikon says:

    beautiful unknown record

  16. Anonymous says:

    Great selection of music on your share,Does the Fresh Maggots link still work, Thanks

  17. Anonymous says:


    Great Blog.

  18. Eric says:

    The review got me really excited !

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