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Allan Fraser & Daisy DeBolt met in the summer of 1969. They had both been working individually on the coffeehouse circuit in their native Canada; over the next five years, as the duo of Fraser & DeBolt, they created a sublime body of work that still sounds remarkably fresh decades later. They recorded two albums for Columbia which garnered rave reviews at the time, but saw little commercial success. Both have since become cult classics in psychedelic folk circles; the first, With Ian Guenther, being particularly beloved amongst a coterie of die-hard fans. Their combination of ragged-but-right salt & pepper harmonies, evocative lyrics, beautiful songs shot through with occasional dissonant grace notes, and careful arrangements that still managed to sound off-the-cuff made for some of the most beguiling music of its era. Now, Roaratorio is proud to present This Song Was Borne, a double LP collection of previously unreleased demos, studio outtakes, radio sessions, and live recordings from Fraser & DeBolt’s archives, spanning their entire career, in a deluxe tip-on gatefold jacket with detailed liner notes from Allan and Daisy. Download coupon included.

“Doors Will Appear (…And Swing Open)”

“Daisy Sky”

“…top-shelf songwriting and dreamy harmonies throughout. Roaratorio does Fraser & DeBolt a huge service with its new collection…the previously unheard “Abide With Me” captures the quintessence of Fraser & DeBolt’s sound: intimate, plaintive acoustic folk backed by just an open-tuned guitar that moves from finger-style clarity to slightly strummed menace in its chord structure…the sheer volume of original material, excepting a sole Dylan cover, which is a great fit, is impressive, and merits close inspection… the duo can take their place alongside great male/female folk-rockers like Richard & Mimi Farina or Richard & Linda Thompson.” – Alex Stimmel, Ugly Things