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The Transports: The Silver Edition Of Peter Bellamy's Classic Ballad Opera (Long Box)

The Transports: The Silver Edition Of Peter Bellamy's Classic Ballad Opera (Long Box)

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DISC 2: THE TRANSPORTS 2004: DISC 1: THE TRANSPORTS 1977: Overture Black And Bitter Night - (with Cockersdale) Raking The Embers - (with Jim Lawton) Ballad Of Henry & Susannah Us Poor Fellows Ballad Of Henry And Sussanah Us Poor Fellows - (with David Jones) Robber's Song Ballad Of Henry & Susannah Robber's Song Ballad Of Henry And Sussanah Leaves In The Woodland Ballad Of Henry & Susannah Mother's Song (Leaves In The Woodland) - (with Grace Notes) Ballad Of Henry And Sussanah I Once Lived In Service I Once Lived In Service - (with Witches Of Elswick) Norwich Gaol Sweet Loving Friendship Norwich Gaol - (with Chris Sugden) Sweet Loving Friendship - (with Laura Hockenhull/Pete Morton) Ballad Of Henry & Susannah Ballad Of Henry And Sussanah Black And Bitter Night Humane Turnkey Black And Bitter Night Humane Turnkey Plymouth Mail Plymouth Mail Humane Turnkey Green Fields Of England Green Fields Of England - (with Coope Boyes & Simpson) Roll Down - (with Kimber's Men) Roll Down Still And Silent Ocean Still And Silent Ocean Ballad Of Henry And Sussanah Ballad Of Henry & Susannah Dance: The Convict's Wedding - (with Fairport Convention) Convict's Wedding Dance Black Concertina - (with Tim Moon) Roll Down

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Peter Bellamy - The Transports
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 24/02/2008 06:18:27
I know that the opening few bars may sound like an outtake from Ivor The Engine (just a quirk of fate I suppose) but once you're into the music full on 'The Transports' has to be one of the most ambitious folk music projects of the 70's. Given the financial green light from Free Reed Records main man Neil Wayne Peter Bellamy was able to flex his not inconsiderable musical muscle on one of the main folk opera's of the day. The cast list of singers and musicians at the time read like a who's who of the folk community including Dave Swarbrick (a replacement for the original violinist!) Nic Jones, A L Lloyd and Martin Carthy and providing the backdrop was perhaps one of the most inspired castings, arranger Dolly Collins whose approach to the subject matter provided the music with it's English-ness. A quick reference point - if you were looking for one - would be the film The Wicker Man where the same kind of instrumentation was employed. Casting my mind back I must admit to forgetting how enjoyable some of the solo vocal performances were on the original recording. Two prime examples are 'Us Poor Fellows' by Nic Jones and a particularly jaunty 'Robber's Song' from Bert Lloyd. On this digitally re-mastered first disk they are a joy to reacquaint oneself. It's obvious that a lot of time and effort from Mr Wayne has gone into re-mastering this classic album as the recordings are totally clean and blemish free making it sound as fresh and exciting as it was back in the 70's. Unfortunately, and without meaning to sound uncharitable, I'm sorry to say that the 2004 version sounds a little disjointed. As just stated, and this is meant as no disrespect to the musicians and singers involved, each marks their own territory with an individual performance that is just that, an individual performance taking away from the cohesive concept of the original recording. I suppose that given the situation (gathering a large cast together in one studio) the practicalities were insurmountable but this does leave the listener with a feeling that the slight variation in recording quality is a bit of a distraction. If I was to put aside what I've just said, two of the best tracks (individually speaking) on the album are 'The Still & Silent Ocean' beautifully arranged and sung by Steve Tilston with fiddle accompaniment from Tom McConville and a polished performance of 'The Green Fields Of England' by Coope Boyes & Simpson. I'm sure that all of the artists involved each had a valid reason for wanting to contribute primarily as 'friends' or in tribute to a much missed fellow singer/musician and I can't fault their commitment. On a more positive note; the accompanying book written by Nigel Schofield (with help from Neil Wayne) has become a welcome addition to these Free Reed box sets and is required reading. All in all, it's a pretty impressive package! Pete Fyfe Note: This Review was made by Play.com customer: celtic3 on Rakuten’s Play.com on the date shown.

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