Bill Fay

Bill Fay

Obscure British singer/songwriter Bill Fay made a couple of albums in the early '70s that matched Dylanesque songwriting with unusual arrangements. Fay had actually done his first single, "Some Good Advice"/"Screams in the Ears," for Deram back in 1967, produced by early Donovan co-manager Peter Eden. The single introduced his characteristic downbeat melodies and scrambled impressionistic lyrics, though with somewhat more pop-oriented production and melodies than those heard on his albums.

It wouldn't be until 1970 that his self-titled debut appeared. Bill Fay is an odd and not particularly good record, in large part because his songwriting has the obvious ambition of song-poets like Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen, but not nearly as much talent. His hoarse, thin singing is also obviously Dylan-influenced, but like fellow Dylan acolyte David Blue, he had the tendency to go distressingly off-key. There was a bit of the British lilting storytelling style to his songwriting, in the path of Al Stewart, Donovan, and Nick Drake, but these traits were far subordinate to the inchoate Dylanisms. Twee orchestral arrangements figure strongly on the record, as if to cover up for some of the artist's vocal deficiencies. His second LP, Time of the Last Persecution (from 1971), was similar in its songwriting, but far more straightforward and rock-oriented in its production, and more conventionally accomplished in its vocal delivery. Though still not noteworthy, it was definitely better than its predecessor, and sometimes enlivened by unexpectedly gnarly rock guitar.

Title Album Genre Tools
Dust Filled Room Time Of The Last Persecution Folk
Client:
Era:
1970s
Genres:
Folk
Instruments:
Bass, Drums, Electric Guitar, and Piano
Keywords:
Acoustic/Unplugged, Campy, Quirky, and Sentimental
Scene Descriptions:
Best Friends, Morning After, Rainy Day, and Road Trip
Tempo:
Medium Fast
Vocal Types:
male
CD/Track #:
Time Of The Last Persecution, #4
Release Year:
1971
Track ID:
41356
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'Til The Christ Come Back Time Of The Last Persecution Folk
Client:
Era:
1970s
Genres:
Folk
Instruments:
Bass, Drums, Electric Guitar, and Piano
Keywords:
Climactic, Sentimental, and Spiritual
Scene Descriptions:
End Title/Credits, Goodbye, and Make-Up
Tempo:
Moderate
Vocal Types:
male
CD/Track #:
Time Of The Last Persecution, #5
Release Year:
1971
Track ID:
41357
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Release Is In The Eye Time Of The Last Persecution Folk
Client:
Era:
1970s
Genres:
Folk
Instruments:
Bass, Drums, Electric Guitar, and Piano
Keywords:
Atmospheric, Campy, and Moody
Scene Descriptions:
End Title/Credits
Tempo:
Moderate
Vocal Types:
male
CD/Track #:
Time Of The Last Persecution, #6
Release Year:
1971
Track ID:
41358
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Laughing Man Time Of The Last Persecution Folk
Client:
Era:
1970s
Genres:
Folk
Instruments:
Bass, Drums, Electric Guitar, and Piano
Keywords:
Quirky and Sentimental
Scene Descriptions:
End Title/Credits and Rainy Day
Tempo:
Moderate
Vocal Types:
male
CD/Track #:
Time Of The Last Persecution, #7
Release Year:
1971
Track ID:
41359
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Inside The Keepers Pantry Time Of The Last Persecution Folk
Client:
Era:
1970s
Genres:
Folk
Instruments:
Bass, Drums, Electric Guitar, and Piano
Keywords:
Moody and Sentimental
Scene Descriptions:
Goodbye and Heartbreak
Tempo:
Medium Slow
Vocal Types:
male
CD/Track #:
Time Of The Last Persecution, #8
Release Year:
1971
Track ID:
41360
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Tell It Like It Is Time Of The Last Persecution Folk
Client:
Era:
1970s
Genres:
Folk
Instruments:
Acoustic Guitar and Piano
Keywords:
Acoustic/Unplugged, Campy, Sentimental, and Spiritual
Scene Descriptions:
Goodbye and Rainy Day
Tempo:
Slow
Vocal Types:
male
CD/Track #:
Time Of The Last Persecution, #9
Release Year:
1971
Track ID:
41361
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Plan D Time Of The Last Persecution Folk
Client:
Era:
1970s
Genres:
Folk
Instruments:
Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Drums, Electric Guitar, and Piano
Keywords:
Campy, Feel-Good, Sentimental, and Spiritual
Scene Descriptions:
End Title/Credits and Make-Up
Tempo:
Moderate
Vocal Types:
male
CD/Track #:
Time Of The Last Persecution, #10
Release Year:
1971
Track ID:
41362
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Pictures Of Adolf Again Time Of The Last Persecution Folk
Client:
Era:
1970s
Genres:
Folk
Instruments:
Bass, Drums, Electric Guitar, Guitar, and Piano
Keywords:
Acoustic/Unplugged, Moody, and Spiritual
Tempo:
Medium Slow
Vocal Types:
male
CD/Track #:
Time Of The Last Persecution, #11
Release Year:
1971
Track ID:
41363
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Time Of The Last Persecution Time Of The Last Persecution Folk
Client:
Era:
1970s
Genres:
Folk
Instruments:
Bass, Drums, Electric Guitar, Piano, Saxophone, and Strings
Keywords:
Dark, Moody, Ominous, and Quirky
Scene Descriptions:
Goodbye and Rainy Day
Tempo:
Moderate
Vocal Types:
male
CD/Track #:
Time Of The Last Persecution, #12
Release Year:
1971
Track ID:
41364
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Come A Day Time Of The Last Persecution Folk
Client:
Era:
1970s
Genres:
Folk
Instruments:
Bass, Drums, Electric Guitar, Piano, Saxophone, and Trumpet
Keywords:
Campy and Moody
Scene Descriptions:
Victory March
Tempo:
Moderate
Vocal Types:
male
CD/Track #:
Time Of The Last Persecution, #13
Release Year:
1971
Track ID:
41365
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Let All The Other Teddies Know Time Of The Last Persecution Folk
Client:
Era:
1970s
Genres:
Folk
Instruments:
Bass, Drums, Electric Guitar, Flute, Guitar, Percussion, Piano, and Strings
Keywords:
Campy, Dark, Ominous, and Quirky
Scene Descriptions:
End Title/Credits and Rainy Day
Tempo:
Moderate
Vocal Types:
male
CD/Track #:
Time Of The Last Persecution, #14
Release Year:
1971
Track ID:
41366
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Omega Day Time Of The Last Persecution Folk
Client:
Era:
1970s
Genres:
Folk
Instruments:
Bass, Brass, Drums, Electric Guitar, Guitar, Horns, Piano, and Trumpet
Scene Descriptions:
Best Friends, End Title/Credits, Make-Up, Sunny Day, and Victory
Tempo:
Medium Slow
Vocal Types:
male
CD/Track #:
Time Of The Last Persecution, #1
Release Year:
1971
Track ID:
41353
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Don't Let My Marigolds Die Time Of The Last Persecution Folk
Client:
Era:
1970s
Genres:
Folk
Instruments:
Acoustic Guitar and Electric Guitar
Keywords:
Acoustic/Unplugged, Campy, and Sentimental
Scene Descriptions:
Goodbye, Heartbreak, and Rainy Day
Tempo:
Slow
Vocal Types:
male
CD/Track #:
Time Of The Last Persecution, #2
Release Year:
1971
Track ID:
41354
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I Hear You Calling Time Of The Last Persecution Folk
Client:
Era:
1970s
Genres:
Folk
Instruments:
Bass, Drums, Electric Guitar, and Piano
Keywords:
Acoustic/Unplugged, Campy, Sentimental, and Spiritual
Scene Descriptions:
Goodbye, Make-Up, and Rainy Day
Tempo:
Slow
Vocal Types:
male
CD/Track #:
Time Of The Last Persecution, #3
Release Year:
1971
Track ID:
41355
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Goodnight Stan Bill Fay Rock
Client:
Era:
1970s
Genres:
Rock
Instruments:
Guitar, Percussion, and Violin
Keywords:
Climactic, Dark, and Sentimental
Scene Descriptions:
Goodbye and Heartbreak
Subgenres:
Folk-Rock
Tempo:
Slow
Vocal Types:
male
CD/Track #:
Bill Fay, #10
Release Year:
1970
Track ID:
44489
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Cannons Plain Bill Fay Rock
Client:
Era:
1970s
Genres:
Rock
Instruments:
Guitar, Percussion, and Piano
Keywords:
Climactic, Dramatic, Feel-Good, and Romantic
Scene Descriptions:
Ballroom Dance, In Love, and Wedding
Subgenres:
Folk-Rock
Tempo:
Slow
Vocal Types:
male
CD/Track #:
Bill Fay, #11
Release Year:
1970
Track ID:
44490
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Be Not So Fearful Bill Fay Rock
Client:
Era:
1970s
Genres:
Rock
Instruments:
Percussion, Piano, and Strings
Keywords:
Dramatic, Romantic, and Sentimental
Scene Descriptions:
Goodbye, In Love, and Morning After
Subgenres:
Folk-Rock
Tempo:
Medium Slow
Vocal Types:
male
CD/Track #:
Bill Fay, #12
Release Year:
1970
Track ID:
44491
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Down to the Bridge Bill Fay Rock
Client:
Era:
1970s
Genres:
Rock
Instruments:
Guitar, Percussion, and Strings
Keywords:
Feel-Good, Romantic, and Spiritual
Scene Descriptions:
In Love
Subgenres:
Folk-Rock
Tempo:
Medium Slow
Vocal Types:
male
CD/Track #:
Bill Fay, #13
Release Year:
1970
Track ID:
44493
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Garden Song Bill Fay Rock
Client:
Era:
1970s
Genres:
Rock
Instruments:
Guitar, Percussion, Violin, and Wind Instruments
Keywords:
Bright, Dramatic, Epic, and Sentimental
Scene Descriptions:
End Title/Credits and In Love
Subgenres:
Folk-Rock
Tempo:
Medium Slow
Vocal Types:
male
CD/Track #:
Bill Fay, #1
Release Year:
1970
Track ID:
44473
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The Sun is Bored Bill Fay Rock
Client:
Era:
1970s
Genres:
Rock
Instruments:
Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Strings, and Wind Instruments
Keywords:
Climactic, Dark, Dramatic, and Epic
Scene Descriptions:
Victory and Victory March
Subgenres:
Folk-Rock
Tempo:
Medium Slow
Vocal Types:
male
CD/Track #:
Bill Fay, #2
Release Year:
1970
Track ID:
44475
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We Want You To Stay Bill Fay Rock
Client:
Era:
1970s
Genres:
Rock
Instruments:
Acoustic Guitar, Percussion, and Wind Instruments
Keywords:
Bright, Feel-Good, and Romantic
Scene Descriptions:
Ballroom Dance, In Love, and Wedding
Subgenres:
Folk-Rock
Tempo:
Moderate
Vocal Types:
male
CD/Track #:
Bill Fay, #3
Release Year:
1970
Track ID:
44476
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Narrow Way Bill Fay Rock
Client:
Era:
1970s
Genres:
Rock
Instruments:
Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Percussion, and Violin
Keywords:
Dramatic, Sentimental, and Spiritual
Scene Descriptions:
Goodbye and Rainy Day
Subgenres:
Folk-Rock
Tempo:
Moderate
Vocal Types:
male
CD/Track #:
Bill Fay, #4
Release Year:
1970
Track ID:
44478
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We Have Laid Here Bill Fay Rock
Client:
Era:
1970s
Genres:
Rock
Instruments:
Guitar, Percussion, Strings, and Wind Instruments
Keywords:
Bright, Feel-Good, and Romantic
Scene Descriptions:
In Love, Make-Out, and Sunny Day
Subgenres:
Folk-Rock
Tempo:
Moderate
Vocal Types:
male
CD/Track #:
Bill Fay, #5
Release Year:
1970
Track ID:
44479
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Sing Us One of Your Songs May Bill Fay Rock
Client:
Era:
1970s
Genres:
Rock
Instruments:
Percussion and Piano
Keywords:
Dark, Dramatic, Sentimental, and Spiritual
Scene Descriptions:
Goodbye
Subgenres:
Folk-Rock
Tempo:
Moderate
Vocal Types:
male
CD/Track #:
Bill Fay, #6
Release Year:
1970
Track ID:
44483
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Gentle Willie Bill Fay Rock
Client:
Era:
1970s
Genres:
Rock
Instruments:
Guitar, Percussion, and Strings
Keywords:
Dark, Dramatic, Ominous, and Sentimental
Scene Descriptions:
Goodbye
Subgenres:
Folk-Rock
Tempo:
Medium Slow
Vocal Types:
male
CD/Track #:
Bill Fay, #7
Release Year:
1970
Track ID:
44484
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Methane River Bill Fay Rock
Client:
Era:
1970s
Genres:
Rock
Instruments:
Percussion and Wind Instruments
Keywords:
Bright, Epic, and Feel-Good
Scene Descriptions:
In Love, Sunny Day, and Victory
Subgenres:
Folk-Rock
Tempo:
Medium Slow
Vocal Types:
male
CD/Track #:
Bill Fay, #8
Release Year:
1970
Track ID:
44486
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The Room Bill Fay Rock
Client:
Era:
1970s
Genres:
Rock
Instruments:
Guitar, Percussion, Piano, and Saxophone
Keywords:
Dark, Dramatic, Epic, and Romantic
Scene Descriptions:
Goodbye and Heartbreak
Subgenres:
Folk-Rock
Tempo:
Moderate
Vocal Types:
male
CD/Track #:
Bill Fay, #9
Release Year:
1970
Track ID:
44488
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Take Me Back