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Anthology Of English Folk [Box set]

Various Artists Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (27 Nov 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Clearance Sale
  • ASIN: B000IMV46E
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 200,942 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. The Foxhunt BRASS MONKEY
2. The Drowned Lovers NIC JONES
4. Swansea Town MIKE WATERSON
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Disc: 2
1. Striking For Another Land THE ALBION BAND
2. The Blacksmith ANDREW CRONSHAW
3. I Will Put My Ship in Order JUNE TABOR
4. The Wife of Usher’s Well MARTIN CARTHY
See all 18 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. A Calling Song STEELEYE SPAN
2. Fisherman’s Wife STEELEYE SPAN
See all 16 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
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Disc: 5
See all 10 tracks on this disc

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All of Déjà Vu's English folk material concentrated into one great set. Featuring material from the best specialist labels all the great artists are represented: Richard Thompson, Maddy Prior, Martin Carthy, The Watersons, Steeleye Span, Incredibile String Band, Sandy Denny, Fairport Convention, Lindisfarne, Renaissance, Magna Carta, Amazing Blondel…

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3.0 out of 5 stars Don't start from here 18 Sep 2008
By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This box set comes in one CD case, but not for long as the box collapses as soon as you open it. The first two disks contain some 'traditional' folk songs sung either with modern arrangements or the usual hand-over-the-ear, howl-like-a-dog mode. There's a lot of good material on these disks, and they are worth forking out £8.50 or whatever the price is these days.

The remaining three disks are live material by Lindisfarne, Steeleye, Fairport, Renaissance and those hippy-dippy favourites, The Amazing Blondel, plus some studio material from Sandy Denny, Shirley Collins and the Incredible String Band. But this material is all either minor work not reflecting the best of these artists, or it's poor quality live material (or in the case of the Fairport songs, both).

So look upon this as a two-disk set with 36 eclectic songs suitable for experienced folkies. It's not a good place to start for anyone trying to learn about the folk tradition, or trying to pick up on why this is some of the most exciting music being played today.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 5 cds of mostly English Folk Music 21 Jan 2009
By Mister Charlie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Budget sets like this are almost always frustrating in one way or another, and this Anthology of English Folk is no exception. You pay a ridiculously low price for a wealth of music, and then are given almost no context in which to place said music. What if I was a complete newcomer to this music? I would have to take their word for it that, say, the 11 minute prog-rock epic "Kings and Queens" by Renaissance is actually "English Folk Music".

The first 2 cds are what you might expect from an anthology, bouncing all around from Rennaisance Fair-esque music to straight-up rock (of ALL the Richard Thompson tracks they could have chose, they pick the electric "Time to Ring Some Changes". He's got DOZENS of actual acoustic folk music tunes, and they pick THIS?). Most of this you'd consider folk music... pastoral, haunting, stirring. Several a capella tracks, including a heart-wrenching "The Flying Cloud" sung by Louis Killen. You get Martin Carthy, Dave Swarbrick, Albion Band, June Tabor, Ewan MacColl, John Tams, Oak, Tarras, and others. WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE? WHEN DID THEY RECORD? ARE THEY OBSCURE, OR AT THE TOP OF THEIR FIELD? There's nothing here to tell us.

Discs 3-5 include several tracks each from Steeleye Span, Lindisfarne, Renaissance, Tim Hart/Maddy Prior, Fairport Convention (MAJOR disappointment on these FC tracks, live ones that sound almost like they're an electric American zydeco band), Sandy Denny, Incredible String Band, Shirley Collins/Albion band, Amazing Blondel, Magna Carta.

The compilers of this anthology MUST have had some kind of access, at the very least, to WHEN these songs were recorded or copywritten. To my ears, though, it sounds like it doesn't go back earlier than the '60s and probably ranges up into the '90s. What's so hard about providing recording dates? All of CD5 appears to be live tracks from 2 different bands from the same performance... what was it?

Then there's the matter of the song selections, like the RT song and the Fairport songs.... and others, I'm sure.... perhaps the compilers knew that, say, Fairport Convention was "big" in the English Folk world, but they couldn't get the rights to use representative tracks, so they grabbed what they could find, "genre" be damned! That's a shame, and renders this comp perhaps not the best place to start understanding English Folk.

Also, several photos were shown in the booklet, but guess what? No captions saying who was IN the photos! Doh!

Anyway, if I dug deep enough on-line I'm sure I could come up with a more complete picture of this music. But that's the compilers' job, isn't it?

But when it comes down to it: you just can't beat the price. 3 stars overall, but 4th star is for the great price to music ratio!
3.0 out of 5 stars Partial Retread 25 Mar 2012
By Paul Hite - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
In 2003 a two CD anthology called "The Harvest of Gold" (subtitled "The English Folk Almanac") was issued. The first CD was Fairport Convention and Steeleye Span while the 2nd CD was Amazing Blondel and Magna Carta. The 2nd CD of that set is included here as CD number 5. I bought this set and I bought the earlier set mainly for the Amazing Blondel content. So I am out of luck. The earlier Fairport Convention and Steeleye Span content is not recycled in this set. The other 4 CDs seem to excerpts from various albums. Renaisance's Kings and Queens is lifted from the first album. Northern Lights is from "The Other Woman". I doubt that there is an original note of music anywhere on this 5 CD set. But it is a lot of music for the price. The packaging, while clueless, is at least attractive. So I give it 3 stars mostly due to the value for money.
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