Recorded in 1975 after a hiatus of several years from the studio, this might be a high point for the vocal quartet (usually a capella, but backed by several instruments here). From the full-throated joy of "Country Life" to the occult enigma of the ballad "Tam Lyn," this is a glorious celebration of the English tradition by some of its best, and most ardent, practitioners as the harmonies come together with a natural, glittering brilliance.
By Steve Hochman on 04.22.11 in Reviews
The cover echoes early Beatles shots, fitting since this group is often termed the Beatles of English folk music. That's an odd designation for a quartet (Mike Waterson, his sisters Norma and Lal and their cousin Joh...
By Chris Nickson on 07.29.13 in Reviews
In folk circles, any new album from Martin Simpson is an event, and the beauty is that he never disappoints. Co-produced by his Sheffield neighbor Richard Hawley, this strips everything back to just vocals and guitar, an...
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The metal legends talk about their history through the prism of eight songs.
By Robert Ham on 02.25.15 in Features
From Shania Twain to Patrick Wolf, these musicians couldn't leave well enough alone and rerecorded their work.