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  • Audio CD (9 Aug. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Topic
  • ASIN: B00001NFGI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,418 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Raggle Taggle Gipsies
2. The Bay Of Biscay
3. Sheffield Waltz, Waltz Clog, The Wounded Hussar
4. The Lion’s Den
5. Fare Thee Well Cold Winter
6. Rowling Hornpipe, Our Cat Has Kitted, Bleaton Gardens, Sportsman’s Hornpipe
7. The Forsaken Mermaid
8. We Poor Labouring Men
9. The Ditchling Carol, Dorrington Lads, Adam A’ Bell
10. The Royal Forester, The Bald Headed End Of The Broom

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Powerful 1999 collection from the first family of folk - Eliza Carthy, Norma Waterson, Martin Carthy and Saul Rose. 'Broken Ground' was the third album from the mighty Waterson:Carthy. Saul Rose (who had recently married into the family) joined award-winning Norma Waterson, Martin Carthy and their daughter Eliza Carthy – four musicians caught at the peak of their powers - to record a powerful set of traditional tunes and songs. The album highlights their individual and ensemble virtuosity and originality.

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"Dripping with passion and vitality."
-- MOJO

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By "elad_al" on 27 Sept. 2002
Format: Audio CD
The carthy-waterson ensemble/family never fail to touch one's heart with their music. If you're a fan of Norma Waterson or Eliza Carthy, you will not be disappointed. The same applies for all those who enjoy english folk music. The "Raggle Taggle Gypsies" is an incredible song, one of my all-time favourites by this wonderful family. All those who have already heard other albums released by Norma, Eliza or Martin will surely be swepy away by this wonderful album. For those of you who have not heard them yet, this album presents a great oportunity to tune into the world of folk music.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By GlynLuke TOP 100 REVIEWER on 10 Oct. 2013
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I have all the Waterson:Carthy albums, and the wonder is that each is essential, with a quality and atmosphere of its own, some being more boisterous or flamboyant than others.
This is perhaps the family's most sheerly beautiful record to date, though A Dark Light runs it close. There's a slightly more pensive feel to many of the numbers, though the trio of hornpipe tunes that break the spell halfway through would get a corpse up dancing.
Joined by Saul Rose - a new family member back in 1999 - they've decided to begin the set with two slower numbers, both wonderful: Eliza singing an idiosyncratic version of Raggle Taggle Gipsies (I'm a sucker for anything with 'gipsies' in the title, however it's spelt) and Norma's lovely reading of The Bay Of Biscay, a song about which Martin Carthy, in his as ever excellent, witty booklet notes, rightly declares 'There is no other song quite like it'. He's right.
There's the usual smattering of instrumentals, along with more songs to die for in the shape of The Wounded Hussar, The Lion's Den, Fare Thee Well Cold Winter, We Poor Labouring Men, and The Forsaken Mermaid, this last sung by Eliza, already in her mid-twenties showing what a force of nature she can be.
This rewarding selection ends on an uproarious note with a catchily eccentric song called The Bald Headed End Of The Broom, sung with huge panache by Martin - who in other settings can occasionally sound a touch earnest, dare I say it - who here sounds like he's having a whale of a time, backed as he is by the massed brass and drums of the Phoenix New Orleans Parade Band. (I'm not making this up.) It's a tremendous song, and made me want to get up and do that ol' folk boogie - whatever that might be.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
an embarrassment of riches 26 Feb. 2000
By Jerome Clark - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Waterson:Carthy is the best English folk band going -- period -- and of its three releases to date, this is its finest yet. Which is to say a mouthful. Of course, the excellence of Broken Ground is hardly surprising, given the towering and honorable roles Martin Carthy and the Waterson family into which he married have played in the British folk revival since the 1960s. Here Carthy, his wife Norma Waterson, and daughter Eliza, with the gifted young melodeon player Saul Rose, outdo themselves in a stirring set of traditional ballads, songs, and dance tunes. Not the least of these is Eliza's moving, distinctive version of "Raggle Taggle Gipsies" -- surely, if one counts all its variants ("Black Jack Davy," "Gypsy Davy," "Whistling Gypsy," and many more), the most recorded of all of Prof. Child's ballads. She also sings, to powerful effect, the less familiar "The Forsaken Mermaid." She and her mother join up on "Fare Thee Well Cold Winter," a variant of the nineteenth-century American parlor weeper "I'll Be All Smiles Tonight." Martin fronts a brass band on a terrific "Bald Headed End of the Broom," a wry song of marital strife usually associated with old-time Southern string bands. I could go on and on, but you'll find your own favorites here. Here's an embarrassment of riches, if ever there was one.
Five Stars 23 April 2015
By G. - Published on Amazon.com
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Great album!
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