Folk musician Ed McCurdy
was not only a singer, but a humorist and social observer as well. Having no time for the hypocrisies of the day, he set about recording a brief series of albums for then-embryonic Elektra Records called When Dalliance Was In Flower
. Primarily aimed at the collegiate market, these records were collections of extremely suggestive -- and sometimes flat-out randy -- folk songs. Set in Elizabethan musical backdrops, with some wonderful chamber playing, McCurdy
sings and recites 16 tales of sexual delight, such as "Uptails All," "My Thing Is My Own" and several others. It's all very funny and a little naughty, but extremely safe and enjoyable. One of the earliest Elektra sides, When Dalliance Was In Flower, Vol. 2
showed that, even in this early stage, Elektra had an irreverent side.