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English & Scottish Folk Ballads
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English & Scottish Folk Ballads [CD]

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  • Audio CD (18 Jun 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Topic
  • ASIN: B00000591A
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 57,432 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Henry MartinA.L. Lloyd 3:20�0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. The Baron of BrackleyEwan MacColl 5:06�0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. ReynardineAnne Briggs 2:57�0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. The Bramble BriarLouis Killen 5:03�0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Jack OrionA.L. Lloyd 3:59�0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. The Cruel Ship's CarpenterMike Waterson 4:41�0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. The Cruel MotherA.L. Lloyd 6:41�0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Lord RandaEwan MacColl 3:34�0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. The Bitter WithyA.L. Lloyd 2:45�0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen10. The ForesterNorman Kennedy 3:56�0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Willie O' WinsburyAnne Briggs 5:30�0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen12. The 'Sweet Kumadie'Ewan MacColl 4:24�0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen13. The Demon LoverA.L. Lloyd 3:55�0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Young Edwin in the LowlandsLouis Killen 3:11�0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Hughie the GraemeEwan MacColl 4:41�0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen16. DrumdelgieNorman Kennedy 2:13�0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen17. The Prickly BushA.L. Lloyd 3:30�0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen18. The Beggar ManEwan MacColl 6:07�0.89  Buy MP3 

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This amazing album, originally released in 1964, was put together as an overview of the folk ballad in Britain, the cornerstone of what we collectively think of as folk music. The original album was expanded on its original CD release in 1996 with seven extra tracks by such wonderful singers as Anne Briggs, Mike Waterson and Louis Killen. The great folk ballads are here in definitive renditions. A.L.Loyd writes detailed notes placing the folk ballad in context, along with a history of each of the 18 songs. "The folk ballad is a folk tale put into verse and set to music. Among British ballads are some of the oldest as well as the greatest folk songs we have." – from the sleeve notes by A.L. Lloyd.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Folk ballads 21 Jan 2011
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This recording is an excellent variety of folk ballads from England and Scotland. The selection of songs on this recording show the wonderful poetry of British Ballads.
And it is possible through these tales and stories to gain a flavour of the ordinary people and their lives throughout the ages.
The stories are of family loyalties, moralising symbology, pride, love, farming, feuding, raiding, jealousy and all sorts of elements of ordinary life.
Some Ballads are genial peasant improvisations on religious legends, such as "the bitter withy". Others are adventures or romances, such as "demon lover". And others deal with crime and tragedies such as "Hughie the Graeme and the baron of Brackley".
This is a fantastic disc that collects together some remarkable songs of British heritage. And these are performed by some important figures from the world of folk song performers. We get A. L. Lloyd, Ewan MacColl, Ann Briggs, Louis Killen, Mike Waterson and Norman Kennedy. And each track is pure magic.
This album is a traditionalist album with some great performances of English and Scottish traditional folk songs. The sound recording is excellent despite the fact that the tracks date from the early 1960s. It is a great album and a great concept that is an essential addition to the collection of folk recordings.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, though not always melodic... 13 Jun 2002
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I love traditional music and would recommend this album to anybody who feels the same way. The songs all tell stories and compel you to listen again. This is an album that really grows on you.

Although I admire A.L. Lloyd (AKA Al Lloyd, AKA Bert Lloyd) as a song collector, he left much to be desired as a singer. Traditional music demands good intonation, which was something Lloyd simply did not have. Some of his renditions on this album and others are so dreadfully off-key as to be nearly painful. But aside from this poor choice of singer, it's an interesting album.

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