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Lark Rise To Candleford
 
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Lark Rise To Candleford

30 Mar. 2009 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 30 Mar. 2009
  • Release Date: 30 Mar. 2009
  • Label: Talking Elephant Records
  • Copyright: (C) 2008 Talking Elephant Records
  • Total Length: 48:34
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  • ASIN: B00261NR9W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,171 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Richard Batty on 19 Sept. 2006
Format: Audio CD
If like me you are a fan of electric folk music you will be familiar with Ashley Hutchins legendary status in the genre. His vast work with the Albion band has spanned over 4 decades. This work is a landmark in as much as it contains much traditional music interspersed with readings from Flora Thompson's wonderful account of Hamlet life in Oxfordshire in the years leading up to the First World War.

The music is treated with great respect, in spite of purists saying that an electric guitar and drum kit have no place in the world of Folk. Without such albums these wonderful tunes would in all probability die. The playing is of a high order, the vocals created in an authentic 'local' style and add such true original character to the songs. The end result is a sympathetically digitally remastered copy from the Late 1970's original.

This album has been out of print for years, and I have been trying without success to find a copy, so to discover this re-issue has truly been a pleasure.

If you enjoy folk music, this is an essential part of any collection.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A. J. Rabet on 1 Feb. 2007
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Contrary to a reviewer stating this is an early 1970's album it actually dates from the late 1970's/early 1980's and is in effect a soundtrack to a National Theatre production of Flora Thompson's Candleford Trilogy. I went to see the production in the Cottisloe Theatre and the show was done in the round i.e. the audience were an integral part of the show.

The music at the time was stunning and remains so and even though I still have the LP of this album I had to buy it once it became available again.

All in all it shows Ashley Hutchings and the rest of the Albion Band at their most creative with some truly great songs both old and new. This is a must have for all lovers of modern folk.

If you have time please read the books whic are a paean to a lost age
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Malcolm holmes on 18 Jun. 2008
Format: Audio CD
I originally had this album on LP in the early 80's, a real gem from the past. Having unrwapped this little package of delight I was pleaseantly surprised to see the wonderful way it has been lovingly restored and presented in digi form. True to its original release all of the old artwork has been restored plus new bits added. As for the music itself at the time it was stunning and remains so to this day. The highlights have to be The Girl I Left Behind Me, Speed The Plough and Abroad for Pleasure.

All in all it shows Ashley Hutchings and the rest of the Albion Band at their most creative with a real who's who of people from the folk world. This is a must have for all lovers of modern folk.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By James B. Spink HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 Oct. 2008
Format: Audio CD
Talking Elephant have issued a deluxe version of this CD in June 2008. I have the deluxe version myself and it is really nicely packaged, although all the music is the same as on this release. Amazon's Product Description for the new disc explains the history of this album, and what you get with the new release. So you can check it out I quote from it here:

"Album Description
LARK RISE TO CANDLEFORD was originally
released in 1980 on vinyl and had a very brief short release on CD in 1991. Since then it has become one of those traditionally British gems hidden away in the closet of time..... UNTIL NOW.
The album was re-issued on Talking Elephant in July 2006 and now all of the artwork has been lovingly restored in this special deluxe version which include a note from original playwright Keith Dewhurst, who's National Theatre adaptation of Flora Thompson's classic trilogy of hamlet life in the 1880's and early 1900's, became a long lasting success on the South Bank in the 80's.

Featuring a who's who of stars of the folk world including Martin Carthy, Shirley Collins, John Kirkpatrick, John Tams and Martin Simpson, to name but just a few.

The books, already established as the masterpiece of a lost way of life, and an unforgettable impression of the transitional state between the old, stable, work-pleasure England and the modern world. The Music has a deliberate period flavour, with many traditional melodies and saw its first appearance at the National Theatre in 1978 and 1979."

Both versions deserve five stars, but do check the new edition for it's superior presentation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marcia TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 Jan. 2011
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Flora Thompson wrote three books that made up the trilogy of books based on Candleford. "Lark rise to Candleford", The Trilogy, was based on the childhood and young years of Flora Thompson. They are an important account of a way of life of old England before the First World War. The books mention traditional English folk songs that were enjoyed by people of Candleford. These were the songs and tunes and customs that were passed on in families in the English tradition.
This recording is based on a two plays written and performed in the late 1970s. They were in turn based on the trilogy of books by Flora Thompson. The recording conveys through music, the atmosphere of the plays and the whole world that is Lark rise to Candleford and traditional English life.
The Albion Band present 21 pieces of English folk music. They also add narration by Keith Dewhurst (the playwright) between the pieces to transport the listener to Candleford. It is a concept album and a unique project.
There are some impressive musicians involved in this line up of the Albion Band. For example there is Ashley Hutchings, Martin Carthy, Shirley Collins, John Kirkpatrick, John Tams and Martin Simpson.
They present a wonderful project that is rich in tradition and is full of the flavour of the books by Flora Thompson. The performance has a strong traditional rustic folk flavour but there is also a Folk Rock element in the interpretation.
This was recorded many years ago and is not directly related to the BBC TV series "lark rise to candleford" but if you like that TV series and the music in it you will like this album too. It is highly recommended.
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