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Oak Ash And Thorn [CD]

Peter Bellamy Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (23 May 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Talking Elephant
  • ASIN: B004UBB3BK
  • Other Editions: Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 101,647 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Frankie's Trade
2. Poor Honest Men
3. Cold Iron
4. Sir Richard's Song
5. The Looking Glass
6. Oak, Ash & Thorn (A Tree Song)
7. King Henry VII and the Shipwrights
8. The Brookland Road
9. A Three Part Song
10. The Ballad of Minepit Shaw
11. Our Fathers of Old
12. Philadelphia

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A collection of songs from the "Puck" stories by Rudyard Kipling, set and performed in the traditional idiom by Peter Bellamy. Peter Bellamy, one of the original members of the Young Tradition went on to a successful solo career before tragically taking his own life in September 1991. Among his most famous were his connections with Rudyard Kipling. Bellamy started his exploration of Kipling as a source for songs, from Kipling's Children's books, (Puck of Pooks Hill and Rewards and Fairies) from which he produced two albums, 'Oak Ash and Thorn' and 'Merlyn's Isle of Gramarye'. Talking Elephant are proud to be re-releasing both of these albums in their finery starting with 'Oak, Ash and the Thorn'.

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Peter BELLAMY Oak, Ash And Thorn CD

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just excellent Folk, but . . . . 28 Feb 2012
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I know of few albums as good as this in any field, let alone simply Folk (and I bought my first vinyl LP in 1960!) . . . . BUT have a listen (on the Amazon MP3 site) and decide if you can live with Peter Bellamy's voice. It's a deal-breaker for many people - he described it himself as like the "bleating of an asthmatic sheep". If you can cope with it then I think you'll enjoy these songs with lyrics by Rudyard Kipling (taken from his wonderful children's books "Puck of Pook's Hill" and "Rewards and Fairies" - and don't laugh at those titles until you've read the books) and music by Peter Bellamy - although he states that most of these are subtle variants on traditional English folk tunes. For me it all comes together in one glorious whole (which has rightly been the subject of a tribute album - also called "Oak, Ash and Thorn" - by the likes of Jon Boden, The Unthanks etc - look that one up too).

The Bellamy album is the first of two he recorded in the early 1970s based on Kipling's poems - the other is "Merlin's Isle Of Gramarye" - and any serious fan of English music should have both. To sum it up here is the history of England told in song from points of view as various as Kings, Priests, Pirates and pre-historic man. Huge thanks are due to the Talking Elephant label for having the sense and the courage to re-issue this classic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Recording 15 April 2012
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This is really one of my favourite music CD's, especially the 'Oak, Ash and Thorn' track. Peter Bellamy has essentially captured the very essence of folk music. He is sadly missed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oak Ash & Thorn - Peter Bellamy 9 July 2011
By jB
Format:Audio CD
Great album! Definitely one of Peter Bellamy's finest - I think I am right in saying that this is the first of PB's "Kipling albums" & what a cracker it is! It is described on the back cover of the LP as a collection of songs by Rudyard Kipling but of course the music is all Peter Bellamy's (though drawing, as always, on his extensive knowledge of traditional music forms) From the opening call & response of "Frankie's Trade", through the wonderful sparseness of "Poor Honest Men" & "Cold Iron" on to the haunting & beautiful "Sir Richard's Song" every song is a treat & then on to the unaccompanied "The Looking Glass" & echoes of The Young Tradition with the title track - the wonderful "Oak & Ash & Thorn" then "King Henry VII and the Shipwrights" (sung to the familiar tune of "Rounding The Horn" or "The Gallant Frigate Amphitrite" if you prefer) & with Barry Dransfield providing a perfect fiddle accompaniment. "Brookland Road" is another unaccompanied song - there's not many singers that I enjoy listening to unaccompanied but Peter Bellamy is one of the few - "A Three Part Song" exactly that in more ways than one, is described as "A simple hymn in praise of Sussex". "The Ballad of Minepit Shaw" sees Peter accompanying himself on guitar for the second time on the album. Then "Our Fathers Of Old" is the last unaccompanied song & the final song, "Philidelphia" sees PB accompanying himself wonderfully on his trusty concertina. English folk music doesn't come much better than this & it is a shame to think that Peter Bellamy was somewhat shunned (& misunderstood) by many in the folk community towards the end of his life, & by all accounts, found it hard to find anywhere to play. Genius is probably too strong a word (& certainly over-used these days) but it's hard to see how this album could have been made any better & imho it comes close to being a somewhat neglected masterpiece.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Tom Waits... and so do we... 30 May 2014
Format:Audio CD
Ok... Nice... So where does Tom Waits come into it all? Star rating is obviously arbitrary, same as the TW connection...
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