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  • Audio CD (9 Mar. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Topic
  • ASIN: B00000591I
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,726 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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As Martin Carthy points out in the sleeve notes to this second husband/wife/daughter collaboration, there's no such thing as a pure English folk song. But misplaced liberalism shouldn't deter us from the fact that a certain tradition does remain distinct from Scottish and Irish folk music. It's this tradition that Carthy and The Watersons have already mined, not only in their artistry, but in their continued work to unearth and restore hitherto forgotten old folk songs. Even by their own standards though, Common Tongue boasts some real finds--in particular, the gorgeous "Claudy Banks", rescued by Norma Waterson and Martin Carthy from a 1908 cylinder recording from Southampton; and a similarly obscure gypsy ballad "American Stranger". While there's always been a tendency for folk historians to create austere art out of such virtuous work, the best thing about Waterson: Carthy is the loose informal ambience that pervades even the closing Baptist hymn. Of course, that's not altogether surprising, given the set-up. What is perhaps more surprising though, is the relatively paltry acclaim Waterson: Carthy's albums have garnered next to Norma Waterson and Eliza Carthy' more overdone solo efforts. --Peter Paphides

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Piers Cawley on 28 Nov. 2000
Format: Audio CD
A long time ago when I were a lad, the Waterson family bestrode the English folk scene like colossi. Mike, Lal and Norma, along with Norma's husband, Martin Carthy produced fantastic albums of muscular unaccompanied harmony singing that which were guaranteed to raise the hairs on the back of your neck and (if you were that way inclined) to have you belting out the choruses along with them.
Then things went a bit quiet.
On Common Tongue Martin, Norma and their daughter Eliza carry on that tradition in style. Of course they're not going to sound the same so they don't try. Instead we get a set of tunes and songs that benefit from Martin and Liza's instantly recognizable accompaniment weaving through and around the material, always supporting, never limiting the singer... heady stuff.
And it's all glorious. Standout moments are Norma's haunting rendition of _The Lowlands of Holland_, and the Waterson family reunion on _Stars in my Crown_, which is stunning. This is not genteel, mimsy folk music, but a thing of majesty, produced by three of England's finest at the height of their powers.
You owe it to yourself to hear this album.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Burke on 27 July 2013
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I have and love all the Waterson:Carthy albums and I know they are albums I will keep listening to again and again when I'm older. However, this is, in my opinion, the best. There is a refreshingly wide range of styles and tunes which are weaved together to create a classic and timeless folk album. There are three very distinct and unique voices in Waterson:Carthy; Martin Carthy's quirky style (Rackabello), Norma's inimitable sorrowful voice (Lowlands of Holland) and their daughter Eliza's own heartbreaking vocals (Maid Lamenting). If you want to buy just one of their albums then this is the one.
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By GlynLuke TOP 100 REVIEWER on 2 Dec. 2014
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Recorded on their home patch at Robin Hood's Bay, E. Yorks in 1997, this was the second album by the democratically named Waterson:Carthy, who are folk luminary Norma Waterson, her legendary husband Martin Carthy, and their highly, but hardly surprisingly, talented daughter Eliza, who isn't merely a mean fiddle player but quite possibly one of the finest who ever lived. She can sing a blinder too.
Their debut - simply entitled Waterson:Carthy - was excellent, though slightly less intriguing than this marvellous and eclectic selection of folk songs plus one hymn, the robust Stars In My Crown, which crowns proceedings by ending this unpredictable 55-minute folk song treat from Topic Records, legendary in their own right.
Norma, Martin & Eliza share out the vocal duties, while Martin plays his usual tasteful, idiosyncratic guitar backing for both wife and daughter, as well as the songs he sings himself. Meanwhile, Eliza dazzles on fiddle.
There is such diversity of mood, melody and tempo on this beautifully programmed recording that it comes to seem like an informal primer of British folk music. It is dedicated to both traditonal folk singer Walter Pardon and playwright Dennis Potter, a man much occupied with Englishness, class, displacement, and some of the themes explored in the songs this family sings.
Saul Rose, Barnaby Stradling, MacLaine Colston, the now sadly late Lal Waterson, and a brace of other Watersons, join the family on some songs.
I won't give a track by track rundown, simply because it's supremely unnecessary, since there isn't a foot put wrong or a misplaced note on this very fine set of thirteen songs from these three marvellous musicians and singers.

As the man said - it's all good.
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By Clare on 28 July 2013
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Great mixture of all three musicians performing in various combinations. If you like folk music and are fans of these performers you'll love it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
JEALOUS! 11 May 1999
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i want to be a waterson/carthy and sing those song with them- with the same emotion and ease! There's a real sense of love & belonging to the music here- a rare chance to hear what perhaps our ancestors did for ages- get together and sing their favorite tunes.
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