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  • Audio CD (30 Oct. 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Topic
  • ASIN: B000IFRR2Q
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 117,732 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is an album that Waterson:Carthy have been wanting to make for a very long time. Songs and carols celebrating all the seasons of the year is a very English concept. The Watersons' first album in 1965 was the groundbreaking, highly revered and very successful 'Frost And Fire (A Calendar Of Ritual And Magical Songs)' and the concept continues to fascinate them. With this new release Waterson:Carthy have eclipsed even that seminal album. These songs celebrate the diversity of the seasons as well as the religious, physical and economic impact each had upon people's lives and still resonate today with all the power they had in our past. Waterson:Carthy has one of the most acclaimed lineups of any group in the world: Eliza Carthy, Martin Carthy, Norma Waterson & Tim Van Eyken. Each member is a leading solo artist in his or her own right and each has individually won many awards. The sound on this album is a resoundingly full blooded one: the resonant sounds of ensemble singing bolstered by the young and exciting new vocal trio, The Devil's Interval, are further accompanied by guitar, fiddle, mandolin, melodeon, brass and percussion. Here Waterson:Carthy have produced their best album to date. This is an album for everybody, glorious music on all levels with a sound at once contemporary with the "new folk" movement and as timeless as the subject matter itself.

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Thomas H. Moody on 5 Dec. 2006
Format: Audio CD
always look forward to a new Waterson:Carthy recording because I love the genre of music they choose to record and I `m a big fan of their interpretive styles, skills and sound.

Their latest release, "Holy Heathens and The Old Green Man", is obviously a "Christmas' recording, but I use the word "Christmas" here with hesitation because the overall impression left by the work is much more expansive than the singlular idea of Christmas day. In the world of Waterson:Carthy, this time of year is time to have some merriment, some spiritual reflection, a look at one's moral compass, and to partake in some darn good music!

The choice of material is (as usual for this gang) truly inspired and it's hard to pick favorites. Martin Cathy's take on the unusual "Christ Made A Trance" and Eliza Carthy's reading of her uncle Mike Waterson's "Jack Frost" are two tracks that leave big impressions. Also Norma's leading of the troupe in the opening "Residue" makes for a grand entrance.

Martin Carthy and Norma Waterson have always appeared to be generous to those younger musicians following in their footsteps and it's never shown more clearly than here. Tim Van Eycken, who has been part of their group for the last few years, makes his farewell performance with them here. (He released a wonderful solo album just a few months ago.) His performance of "On Christmas Day It Happened So" is another high point of the recording. Van Eyken delivers this bleak, blunt song in a manner reminiscent of June Tabor's approach to this kind of piece - placing sentimentality in back of the notion of letting the story and song speak for itself.

Waterson:Carthy also introduce the trio The Devil's Interval into their fold for this recording. (The Devil's Trio didn't just appeared out of nowhere.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Mark Cathcart on 15 Dec. 2006
Format: Audio CD
You have to buy this album for 1 reason amongst others!

Gloryland (track 17):

There is a land beyond the stars

Glory land, Bright Glory land

Beyond the sunset's crimson bars

Glory land, Bright Glory land

A Land of Peace without alloy

Of Joy beyond all earthly joy

And Naught its calm can e'er destroy

Glory land, Bright Glory land!

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2)THe City of our GOD is there,

Glory land, Bright Glory land

It's Jasper walls with beauty fair

Glory land, Bright Gloryland.

It's Gates of Pearl like silver gleam

It's Skies with fadeless sunlight beam

And Through it flows life's crystal stream

Glory land, Bright Glory land!

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3)WE lift our eyes By Faith and see

Glory land Bright Glory land,

Where Christ Himself the Light shall be

Gloryland , Bright Gloryland

There songs of praise glad hearts shall sing

THe radiant air with music ring

Each voice proclaim our Saviour King

Glory land, Bright Gloryland!

This is the best track on the album and really gets under your skin, humming it and singing it like an infectious disease, the music and singing is superb and I defy anybody to produce a better folk album this year. Jolly old hawk (Track 16) is true vintage Christmas fare done magnificantly as are all the other tracks, this CD has been playing for 2 weeks in my car CD player and I now look forward to going out for a drive irrespective of the road conditions and traffic as I can hear Lisa sing Gloryland some more.

Keep up the good work folks.

Thanks for your recent concert in Enniskillen, it was sheer magic!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By The Geordie Pig on 6 Feb. 2007
Format: Audio CD
If you missed the Waterson/Carthy/Devil's Interval tour at the end of last year, you missed a treat - but fear not, this album is a wonderful memento of some amazing music-making. The wide-ranging choice of songs is impeccable, covering the folk alamanac, and producing an expanse of near-perfect music.

About 40 years ago, the Waterson's produced "Frost and Fire", a landmark album that influenced generations of traditional music lovers. This album will undoubtedly have the same effect on further generations.

It would be invidiuous to pick out favourites - there are some real belters here, performed with the same Waterson/Carthy mix of authority, respect, love of the music, and sheer joy.

Did I mention The Devil's Interval? - they more than hold their own in this exalted company.

The First Family of Folk Music continue to produce exceptional music. Buy it - you won't be disappointed.
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1 of 8 people found the following review helpful By George Maguire on 14 Dec. 2012
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I won't be shopping with tax cheats like Amazon this christmas or any other time in the future and invite you to do the same.
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5 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A. Simpson on 20 July 2007
Format: Audio CD
I know that everyone has their style but I came to the folk genre via Coope Boyes and Simpson and so I would urge those people who have given this CD rave reviews to buy 'What we sing is what we are' and you will understand why I found Holy Heathens such a disappointment. The vocal quality was poor in comparison and none of my nerves tingled.Hey ho!
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