Although this is an early collection by the Waterson Family, I think it represents the peak of their achievement. The harmonies are slick and close, despite being "folky", and the songs themselves, being of "ritual and magic", have a haunting and mysterious quality absent from much of the "laddy -i -o" type of folk music. The songs follow the passage of the year, from the opening "Here we come a-wassailing" at Christmas, on through "Hal-an-tow" (sung at the Helston Flora Day in May)and the Autumn "Souling song". The voices have great power and authenticity, and the whole album has a satisfying unity. If you like unaccompanied voices, performing at the top of their form, buy this. Since this was recorded in the mid sixties, we have lost Lal Waterson, and it is marvellous to remember her singing solo. Also, of course, Norma has gone on to become Mrs Martin Carthy and found a dynasty of folk royalty! Interesting from every conceivable angle, a wonderful album.