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Frost and Fire (Re-mastered) [Original recording remastered, Special Edition]

Watersons Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (7 May 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Special Edition
  • Label: Topic
  • ASIN: B000NVLA5U
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 93,047 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Product Description

First released in 1965, Frost and Fire, A Calendar Of Ritual and Magical Songs was the debut album from the then new group on the folk scene. Originally from Hull, two sisters, their brother and cousin had been singing family songs all their lives and as a new folk group had been attracting attention for their powerful and exciting performances. They were taken into the studio by Bill Leader to record an album for Topic Records and what came out of the sessions was incredible. Frost and Fire was essentially a concept album, the songs following the passage of the year. It's effect was seismic, standing the folk scene on it's head and influencing not just folkies but the ever growing and eclectic rock scene as well, particularly Traffic whose magnificent "John Barleycorn Must Die" came directly from Frost and Fire. Sympathetically and carefully re-mastered from the original master, the resulting sound on this new release of Frost and Fire is nothing short of a revelation. Belying it's years, the power and sonority of the voices hits the listener just as hard now as it did in 1965. To accompany such an incredible sonic upgrade, the packaging has been enhanced with a slipcase and an expanded booklet which has many photos of English folk traditions and is a visual treat.

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars real roots 12 Nov 2009
By cerrig
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There's interesting things happening in the British folk music world at present, not least recent work by Waterson:Carthy. And yet it's greatly refreshing to go back to this album. It was one of the definitive recordings of the "folk revival" of the 60s. When I first heard it, as a student and well into the Stones, blues and soul music and jazz,it stopped me in my musical tracks. I'd never heard anything like it - so uncompromising, and utterly different from everything around it, and I include other "revival" groups and singers - Ian Campell, Ewan McColl, whoever. It still sounds entirely unique. It takes fragments and oddments of custom and ritual from a past not so long ago in historical time but now, culturally, light years away, and it makes it something we can make part of our lives. Even the best folkies can sometimes try a bit too hard to be folky. For all his integrity and power, Ewan McColl sometimes seems to me a very mannered performer. He's got designs on you. This recording is utterly sincere, simple and direct. They are taken up entirely by their material, they make it their own, and they pass it on to us. What a great gift. Thanks to them.
So after hearing this, I went to see them live in a pub near Sheffield. I was late, and as I came up the stairs, I could hear a mighty sound sweeping towards me. Gooseflesh time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars English rituel and customs through the year 1 May 2011
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There are many traditions throughout england that have been celebrated through Folk music. This Debut album by the Watersons takes us on a journey of a year of celebrations from December to January.
The Watersons were an English folk group who performed mainly traditional songs with little or no accompaniment. Their distinctive sound comes from their closely-woven harmonies. The Watersons at the time of this debut recording were Norma, Mike, and Lal Waterson, with their cousin John Harrison. This release was their first album. Frost and Fire was recorded and released in 1965. It was a tremendous success and was awarded the "Melody Maker" Album of the Year. This was rare for a debut album.
Frost and Fire is an incredibly strong album. It begins in Winter with "Here we come a wassailing" a traditional song sung at midwinter as ploughing time was near and plough workers sang and danced through the village in return for money, food or drink in the hope of luck for all. The next song "The Derby Ram" was a song used in the custom of worshiping gods in the form of animals. Then "Jolly old Hawk" is a song discovered by Cecil Sharp and represents songs used for the customs of keeping demons away during the period around the twelve days of christmas when the light from the sun was at its weakest. The recording moves on to Spring with "Pace egging song". This song represents the songs that were used to celebrate the new sign of life through spring. The pace eggers begged for eggs a symbol of new life. Sometimes this was accompanied with the Mummers death and aresserection play. "Seven virgins or the leaves of life" is a christian based ballad carol for the eastertime. And "The holly bears a berry" is a carol also for easter.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Frost and Fire The Watersons 12 May 2013
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Excellent service and a wonderful cd at the heart of the Folk Song Revival. I would recommend it to anyone with a love of and interest in English folk music
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5.0 out of 5 stars Almost perfect 4 April 2013
By Bill P
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This is a wonderful collection of traditional songs, beautifully arranged and sung. I recommend it as an antidote to ...well pretty much everything that bothers you...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic and educational British folk music album 28 April 2013
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Though not quite as fine as their all time classic Early Days (if we could give half stars, I would give this four and a half,) this is still an excellent and classic folk album, which is also virtually a work of folklore scholarship: subtitled A Calendar of Ritual and Magical Songs, the selections are traditional folk songs reflecting (including the ostensibly Christian ones) the ancient pagan calendar round, as is explicated by the excellent liner notes, making this album of great interest not only to folk fans but also to anyone interested in paganism and its survivals. It also includes what I assume is the original of what became the title song of the classic Traffic folk-rock album, John Barleycorn Must Die. All in all, a CD that anyone interested in one or more of the aforementioned topics will want to have.
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5.0 out of 5 stars cd purchase 24 Mar 2013
By bx/by
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Received prompty in perfect condition. Excellent first class recording. Would recommend this CD to anyone who likes this type of folk music
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