The Early Days Of A Better Nation
When I'm Up I Can't Get Down
By Northern Light
The Soul's Electric
The Oxford Girl
What Wondrous Love Is This?
Angels Of The River
Shouting About Jerusalem
The Lakes Of Cool Flynn
The False Knight On The Road
Put Out The Lights
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Oysterband - The Oxford Girl & Other Stories
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 23/05/2009 06:42:11
Thirty years down the road and still going strong here is a band that doesn't age much like the seemingly indestructible nature of some of their songs. I thought, on first hearing the opening track "The Early Days Of A Better Nation" that I'd stumbled across a long lost recording by Peter Gabrial but then again Oysterband have that knack of throwing you every which way musically. And that's what makes this album so interesting with re-arrangements (or re-imaginings as the band would have it) in a more acoustic setting than we're used to hearing. Fronted as ever by the strident vocals of John Jones this is a band that takes no prisoners and makes no apology for getting down and dirty in a display mixing raw passion and subtle moments in equal measure. For those Oyster anthem seekers the cello driven take on Tim Hart & Maddy Prior's version of "The False Knight On The Road" will I'm sure have the audience chanting along in customary fashion and who wouldn't want to when it's performed with such unbridled power. With copious pounding rhythms providing the backdrop to much of the band's material, if you're feeling down in this present climate then buy this CD and revitalise your pleasure organs. Cracking stuff!
Note: This Review was made by Play.com customer: celtic3 on Rakuten’s Play.com on the date shown.
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 20/04/2009 23:01:41
I got my copy at one of their shows. Reworkings of some great songs, and some unexpected ones as well. Wonderful, catchy stuff, with a truly magical new version of Cool Flynn. It's definitely one for the collection!
Note: This Review was made by Play.com customer: LittleRock on Rakuten’s Play.com on the date shown.
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