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Ancient And Modern
Alan Clayson
Think Like A Key Music
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Release Date
December 1, 2023
  • CD

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    • 350g cardboard digipack
    • 12-page booklet with essay and rare photos
    • Remastered by Prof. Stoned

Ancient and Modern: Highlights of Half-a-Century is a testament to Alan Clayson's five decades of musical brilliance. Known as the charismatic frontman of Clayson and the Argonauts and as a remarkable solo artist, both entities are characterized by their distinctive recorded output and stage performances that defy succinct description. This compilation showcases the breadth of Clayson's style, from psychedelic gems like “Pagan Mercia” to introspective folk tracks like “The Moonlight Skater,” co-written with Jim McCarty of the Yardbirds. Since 2011, he has also been touring with Clayson Sings Chanson, a presentation that coincides with the new edition of his Jacques Brel biography, La Vie Bohème - just one of thirty books he has authored. This handpicked collection adds to his already remarkable discography and provides an excellent entry point for newcomers.

The Beat, 12/23

"...troubadour perpetuator of a stage act said to elude succinct description, where his compositions have been highly individual in approach - with a wide range of ideas filtered through decidedly maverick thought processes..."


Hawkwind, Frank Zappa, John Otway, Donovan, The Moody Blues

RnR, 5/24

"In a career defying succinct description, Alan Clayson's 'Ancient And Modern' is a cornucopia of eclectic imaginings, blending clear, clever lyrics with visceral performance energy."

Digital Tracklist

  1. 1 Sol Nova 4:37 Buy

    Sol Nova

  2. 2 Pagan Mercia 4:08 Buy

    Pagan Mercia

  3. 3 The Local Mister Strange 4:52 Buy

    The Local Mister Strange

  4. 4 Landwaster 3:21 Buy


  5. 5 Eleanor In Bondage 3:03 Buy

    Eleanor In Bondage

  6. 6 Rebel Rocker 2:52 Buy

    Rebel Rocker

  7. 7 Run Kalwinder 4:21 Buy

    Run Kalwinder

  8. 8 Heedless Child 2:33 Buy

    Heedless Child

  9. 9 Days In Old Rotterdam 2:53 Buy

    Days In Old Rotterdam

  10. 10 The Rake's Progress 3:54 Buy

    The Rake's Progress

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