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A Tapestry of Carols [CD]

Maddy Prior Audio CD
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  • Conductor: none
  • Composer: Various
  • Audio CD (10 Oct 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Saydisc
  • ASIN: B0000245U6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,456 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. The Sans Day Carol (Cornish traditional) 3:360.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. In Dulci Jubilo (German 14th century) 3:000.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. God Rest You Merry Gentlemen (English traditional) 4:340.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. It Came Upon the Midnight Clear (English traditional) 3:410.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. The Holly and the Ivy (English traditional) 3:150.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. The Coventry Carol (English 16th century) 3:250.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Ding Dong Merrily on High (French 16th century) 2:300.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. The Angel Gabriel (Basque traditional) 2:460.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Angels from the Realms of Glory (French traditional) 3:120.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Infant Holy (Polish traditional) 1:250.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. A Virgin Most Pure (English traditional) 5:160.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Unto Us a Boy Is Born (German medieval) 2:560.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Rejoice and Be Merry (English traditional) 2:050.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Joseph Dearest (German 16th century) 3:530.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Personent Hodie (German 14th century and Piae Cantiones 1582) 2:550.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. On Christmas Night (Sussex Carol) (English traditional) 2:310.99  Buy MP3 

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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Tapestry of Carols 6 Dec 2003
Format:Audio CD
If I could only have one Christmas recording then this would be it and Maddy Prior's voice is so well suited. The carols are mostly well known but are given 'the treatment' which can only enhance them. 'Angels From The Realms Of Glory',for instance, gets you moving and your feet tapping - a contrast to the very often 'dirgy' redition we hear so often. The medieval sound provided by The Carnival Band really do give the songs an authentic feel which I think is how they should sound and not the sterile renditions which you often get from choirs.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite Christmas album 26 Nov 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I've been listening to this every Christmas for the last eighteen years and haven't got tired of it yet. The bouncy, folky style of performing carols is much more to my taste than the more solemn choral recording of carols that you generally get.

This album has a nice mixture of carols, some well-known, some less well-known, some merry and some quiet, but all beautifully performed. I have yet to find another christmas collection that I like better than this one. If this doesn't put you in the mood for Christmas, nothing will.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic christmas album 23 Dec 2010
Format:Audio CD
Tapestry of Carols is one of the best folk Christmas albums. After a lot of success as a solo artist and as a member of Folk Rock group Steeleye Span, Maddy Prior teemed up with the Carnival Band for a BBC Radio folk on 2 Christmas special. The Carnival Band had not long been formed and they were to perform popular medieval, renaissance and traditional music. They cover folk, early music, classical and contempory music. This was so successful they got together to produce an album of Christmas music called "Tapestry of carols".
Tapestry of carols is a digital recording by Saydisc Records. And it was recorded at the Quaker Meeting House near Bristol. This is an 18th Century building,
Maddy Prior is at her best on this recording with her wonderful vocals. She sings with passion and serenity, her vocals are harmonious and enthusiastic. It is a perfect performance from someone who is a champion of traditional music.
In their performance The Carnival Band give us lots of energy and fun.

In the spirit of folk music, this album blends traditional elements with other elements. Since folk music is a living tradition it is always changing and bringing in new interpretation and influences. This album offers a wide mix of influences but always in a traditional and tasteful way.
The album has a medieval feel to it. The use of instruments such as gitten, mandochello, double bass, tabors, basel trammel, glockenspiel, cowbell, triangle, cymbals, tambourine, violin, bassoon, clarinet, Shawms, curtal, recorders, bagpipes, fiddle, tin whistle, lute, mandolin, banjo, bells and vocals help to give us that flavour. It is a rich sound.
The vocals give a sometimes sacred feel and sometimes a rousing uplifting sense of joy. There are English and European influences.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Maddy Prior's voice is a Christmas gift! 25 Sep 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is the first album Maddy Prior, until recently the main vocalist for the folk-rock band Steeleye Span, recorded with The Carnival Band, in an old country church. Her voice is clear, like a boy treble, and simply amazing, and must be heard to be believed. She tours England with the band during the Christmas season each year. Maddy has several other albums with The Carnival Band listed in the Popular Music listings.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Maddy Prior-made for singing Christmas caols 5 Dec 2009
By Richard
Format:Audio CD
Whether Steeleye Span,Hart & Prior,the Carnival Band or Maddy Prior solo the same level of brilliance can be found especially her interpretations of English folk songs or Christmas ones which in her case means the traditional or medieval carol
Using rock music as a background to 13 albums from 1969 was done tastefully and in spite of only 2 hit singles and a low profile American career you could say Maddy Prior is one of the big guns of this area of music.
English folk music began with Shirley Collins who was paired with folk song collector Alan Lomax at one time when they visited the States but it was a specialist area until the end of the 60s.
America's folk music scene went back to Woody Guthrie and had a huge revival both in the mid 50s via the Weavers and again in the 60s with Dylan and his contemporaries finally phasing out into folk rock.
Which is the road that both Fairport Convention and Steeleye Span travelled with the former beginning as a rock band a la the Jefferson Airplane.
There's now a lot of Steeleye Span associated collectables including 2 albums of Nursery Rhymes by Tim Hart & Friends where Maddy Prior is a backup singer.
This though as a collection of Christmas songs is the real deal and a World away from all the mass market stuff heard in supermarkets at this time of the year
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Standing the test of time 30 Nov 2012
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Still one of the best Christmas carol collections: Maddy's clear vocals alongside the Carnivals' inventive and varied arrangements with a mediaeval flavour. My favourite is the Cajun "angels from the realms of glory".
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Tapestry of Carols 1 Feb 2012
Format:Audio CD
I am never disappointed by Maddy Prior and Carnival Band. I love the sound of traditional instruments and this album is a refreshing change from the usual carol singing you hear during the season.
The carols are foot tapping and good fun to sing to. If you like their sound try their West Gallery album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars old time carols
I bought this just before christmas, it was lovely to listen to, especially as i have now moved to a period property and it created a bygone feel of things passed
Published 5 months ago by Miss J M HILL
5.0 out of 5 stars Updated my old tape version.
Great Christmas music performed in folk styles, superb listen always puts me in the mood for Christmas. Can you beat Maddy Priors voice - I think not.
Published 5 months ago by peter allton
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful
Perfect for Christmas time. not the usual jingle bells etc tunes which get played everytime in shops and restaurants etc. Read more
Published 6 months ago by R.Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best
I had this on tape ages ago and needed to replace it because it is almost the best Christmas music that I can play and without the rest of the household moaning about too many... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Exlibra
4.0 out of 5 stars My wife likes it
My good lady asked me to purchase this for her. I haven't listened to it but she says that she is very pleased with it.
Published 7 months ago by Peter Cornish
5.0 out of 5 stars As expected
Maddy Prior at her best - varied and traditional with the expected Maddy Prior / Carnival Band treatment and high standard
Published 7 months ago by Mike Eaton
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating Carol Album
This is now one of my favourite Christmas music albums. The vocals are enthralling and the rythms and music are captivating, breathing fresh life into some very well known carols... Read more
Published 7 months ago by PHILLIP EDWARDS
5.0 out of 5 stars A Tapestry of Carols
Great Album Ideal at Christmas brings a Mediaeval flavour to the holiday with a fine collection of carols beatifully
Published 7 months ago by Vincent P. Swift
5.0 out of 5 stars A great collection
Like the other album 'Sing lustily and with good courage', this is a brilliant way of re-creating past glories in singing that would otherwise be forgotten. Read more
Published 8 months ago by JEB
5.0 out of 5 stars Pefect
Only point of contention is favourite track.Mine is the incredible :Rejoice and be merry.Perfect and full of profound feeling.Has given years of enjoyment.
Published 8 months ago by r bourne
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