The Watersons, For Pence and Spicy Ale

Chris Nickson

By Chris Nickson

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

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.