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Shirley Collins & The Albion Country Band - No Roses
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 23/02/2008 10:15:59
What a welcome return. I hadn't heard this album in its entirety for about ten years and although I hadn't forgotten how good it was it brought back many happy memories. This recording is influential in so many ways. There's the instrumentation for a start. At the time it was pretty innovative utilising bassoon, hammered dulcimer and hurdy-gurdy alongside drums and electric guitar etc and the membership of the band consisted of a who's who of the folk scene. Apart from Shirley there are Ashley Hutchings, Barry Dransfield, Richard Thompson, Simon Nicol ... the list goes on! Perhaps overall the album is best summed up with the track 'Murder Of Maria Marten' where the repetitive flow of Dransfield's fiddle introduces the song and the ending where the overdubbed sound of a horse and cart lend to a deliciously theatrical and Gothic conclusion to the hanging. I know this review may come across as something of a nostalgic indulgence but who cares? There's not a duff track here and an essential purchase!
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