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"One of Britain's most emotive voices - in a category of one" (Mojo)

Born in Warwick, educated at Oxford University, by profession first librarian, then restaurateur but always a singer of songs where words matter as much as music, June Tabor is renowned as an explorer of a song's soul and a performer of gripping commitment. Her ... Read more in Amazon's June Tabor Store

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  • Audio CD (9 Aug 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Topic Records
  • ASIN: B00002471R
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,353 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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An absolute classic recording from June Tabor, the first lady of British folk song. June Tabor is one of Britain's national treasures. A singer of unrivalled majesty and beauty, she has been recording since the early 1970s, collecting an ever-growing audience without compromising her artistic integrity. Her legions of admirers include contemporaries like Elvis Costello and Richard Thompson, and the film-maker Ken Russell. Aqaba, June Tabor's compelling and dramatic album from 1988 includes, amongst the many highlights, June's classic reading of 'The King Of Rome', 'Verdi Cries' and the splendid Bill Caddick composed title track.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By J. Julian on 11 Mar 2001
Format: Audio CD
Although classified as "folk" music this album will grace the collection of any serious music listener. Every track is strong. The words, the backing muscians and of course that remarkable voice. Many have said that June Tabor is possibly the greatest female singer of our time. This album reflects how true that statement could well be. One of those that you will listen to over and over again. If you are not familiar with the work of June Tabor this is a great place to start and if you think of folk music as being performed by someone wearing a cable pullover with their finger in their ear this album will also dispell that myth forever. A great album from a towering talant.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
June Tabor - England's best folk voice 29 May 2001
By Cowboy Bill - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This might not be Ms. Tabor's most popular recording, but it's by far my favorite. The tone of the entire CD is quiet and melancholic -- the arrangements are simple, a perfect setting for Tabor's magnificent voice.
I'm not necessarily one for sentimental songs, but tunes on this album like "The King of Rome" (about a poor man and his prized homing pigeon), "Where Are You Tonight?" (a plaintive cry to a lost love) and "Seven Summers" (about a child who looks forward to summer but misses out due to inclement weather) just break my heart.
Just as good are the traditionally English-sounding numbers like "The Reaper" and "The Banks of Red Roses," as well as an unforgettable Jewish song, "Mayn Rue Plats" (I'm not sure what it's about but the melody is haunting). And the title track about Lawrence of Arabia's dying moments is killer.
Seriously, I have had to buy this album three times because every time I lend it out it doesn't come back. And I don't mind -- I love turning people on to this outstanding disk.
23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
A Brilliant showcase for a stunning voice 18 Dec 2001
By KSG - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
June Tabor's vibratoless voice will haunt you. It seems to come from a well deep inside her soul. This collection of songs is hard to classify, she sings 10,000 Maniac's Verdi Cries and then moves onto a 19th century Yiddish dirge about the plight of sweatshop workers. The instrumentation is sparse, sometimes jazz, then folk and then silent as she sings acappella. At times I think of June Tabor as a troubadour and then she becomes a jazz crooner. I highly recommend her to fans of Joni Mitchell.
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Contemplating the world 27 Sep 2001
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I first heard June Tabor sing the music of this album live, at a little folk venue near my town. The place holds about 200 people, but there were about 400 packed in to hear her, and the entire audience (including me) was rapt. With only a sparse piano accompaniment, she was spellbinding. These are moody, quiet songs but June's voice and presence hold your attention completely. June is one of very few artists of folk music origin who can sing both traditional and contemporary tunes on the same album with equally high quality. You don't have to be a folkie to love this music.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
The poetry of the songs. The poetry of that Voice. 12 May 2001
By bergman@xekmail.pt - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This album was my first acquaintance with June Tabor's work. Chronologically it was an odd place to start, but it proved to be my everlasting favourite. From the titlesong 'Aqaba' with its Lawrence of Arabia references to a hauntingly beautiful yiddish song, to tributes to racing pidgeons, through murder ballads (as in 'The Banks Of Red Roses') - this is the folk record that touches many branches of our cultural tree. And then there is the voice. It can dispense with any other instruments altogether, and in the precious moments it does so, there is such a rich contralto texture to it that it seems its vibrations are echoing within you. Your pulse follows its tempo. Your heart stirrs, soars, dies as the words gain new meanings when June sings them. This one is a must. A must.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
All my life turns on you... 29 Oct 2005
By Marius Gabriel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Isn't she wonderful? The title track is the one that gets everybody and it is really an amazing piece of music. It captures the stark essence of T.E. Lawrence much better (in my opinion) than the movie soundtrack by Maurice Jarre (although that is a splendid score, it seems to have little to do with Lawrence the man).

This album, almost unclassifiable due to its varied content, is an enduring classic, an intimate portrait of one of England's great folk singers. Highly recommended!
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