Kevin Bryan delivers his verdict on some of this week's CD releases.

Paul Siebel,"Woodsmoke and Oranges / Jack-Knife Gypsy" (BGO Records)-This splendid CD re-issue focusses attention on the two critically acclaimed albums that New York born Paul Siebel recorded for the Elektra label during the singer-songwriter boom of the early seventies. This criminally under-rated performer remained very much a "musician's musician" however, and the creative muse seemed to desert Siebel after the release of "Jack-Knife Gypsy" in 1971. Little has been heard from him since those days but these historic offerings still repay closer investigation, and country-tinged melodic gems such as the classic "Louise" have since gone on to be covered by luminaries such as Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt and Ian Matthews to name but a few.

Snowy White,"Lucky Star-An Anthology 1983-1994" (Esoteric / Cherry Red)- This unassuming character enjoyed a brief glimpse of solo stardom when the evocative "Bird of Paradise" soared into the higher reaches of the UK singles charts in 1983, but the Devon born guitarist is probably best remembered these days for his fruitful collaborations with Thin Lizzy and the various incarnations of Pink Floyd. This richly rewarding retrospective from the good people at Cherry Red concentrates on Snowy's solo output, bringing together half a dozen highly listenable albums along with a generous helping of expertly crafted bonus tracks.

Mr.Fox,"Mr.Fox / The Gipsy" (BGO Records)-The latest addition to BGO's excellent roster of digitally remastered re-issues explores the distinctive folk rock sound of Mr.Fox. The husband and wife duo of Bob and Carole Pegg were the driving forces behind an outfit which immersed itself in the folklore of Northern England in general and the Yorkshire Dales in particular to create a complex and often rather experimental musical landscape which leaned heavily on Carole's eerie vocals and unique fiddle style for much of its appeal. The band's 1970 debut set,"Mr.Fox," earned the accolade of Melody Maker's "Folk Album of the Year," and still repays closer investigation half a century later.