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Once In A Blue Moon [VINYL] Limited Edition, Original recording remastered


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  • Vinyl (1 Oct. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Three Black Feathers
  • ASIN: B002VXW3DQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 529,972 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. At First She Starts
2. Flight of the Pelican
3. Stumbling On
4. How Can I Leave
5. Altisidora
6. Dazed
7. Phoebe
8. Cornfield
9. Midnight Feast
10. So Strange is Man
11. Wilson's Arms
12. Her Snow White Gown
13. Some Old Salty

Product Description

Sealed / 180g / strictly limited edition / insert with archive photos / stereo / made in England / remastered at Abbey Road

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Pseudonymous on 18 Feb. 2010
Format: Audio CD
This is a really special album, Lal had received flak from her audience when she and Mike Waterson released Bright Phoebus, their album of original compositions, and the negative response as good as silenced them for years. Once In A Blue Moon broke that silence when Lal invited us into her world, and yet whilst she shared this with us, Lal's lyrics don't necessarily communicate openly with us but often read like encrypted messages or fragments of a text cut and spliced back together out of order.

Lal sings with a dark, grainy, weary, lived-in voice, sometimes of relationships gone wrong, or observations of pieces of perfection. Sometimes she is away with her memories, sometimes she's a seer, at others a beggar. On Wilson's Arms she references places on the eastern edge of the North Yorkshire Moors, and I am drawn back, because I too lived in, and was overwhelmed by, Robin Hoods Bay years ago. Some songs have a jolly lilt to them, yet they are coloured sepia and tinted with melancholy.

I am very fond of the albums of The Watersons, Martin Carthy and Waterson:Carthy, and would probably never have discovered this album but for my love of their music, though this is something very different. Lal's son Oliver plays a crucial role in building sympathetic and imaginative spaces for the lyrics to reside in, drawing on a background in rock and jazz but referencing folk and other textures. Guests, including Jo Freya and Martin Carthy, and Coope Boyes And Simpson on the resounding Some Old Salty, add further depth, but most pieces are focused around Lal's voice and Oliver's guitars. There is magic to be found in the strange cryptic imagery and the poetry of the instrumentation.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Nov. 2003
Format: Audio CD
This is an absolutely stunning album - for me one of the very finest ever!
Firmly rooted within the folk tradition, the tracks are almost all written & arranged by Lal Waterson and Oliver Knight.
Lal sings with Oliver on guitar; some tracks have varying degrees of help from Norma Waterson/Jo Freya/Martin Carthy to mention but a few but the whole revolves round Lal's wonderful vocals with instruments never becoming too obtrusive.
Every track is a corker - personal favorites include Phoebe, Altisadora (arranged by Jo Freya) and Some Old Salty - the fine conlusion to the album with Coope Boyes & Simpson joining in.
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By Dstokem on 28 Nov. 2011
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Lal had the greatest voice in the world and this CD portrays it in its beauty and power. Flight of the Pelican is one of the best songs ever written.
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By T. Barwood on 14 Sept. 2013
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"Midnight Feast" just sends me somewhere else. Worth buying for that track alone. I did. And then there is the rest of the album....
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Stands on its own while recalling the best of British folk 18 Jun. 1998
By "icb" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Occupying that hazily defined area (chamber folk?) populated by works like Van Morrison's Astral Weeks, Nick Drake's Five Leaves Left, Joe Henry's Shuffletown, and vintage Ronnie Lane, Once in a Blue Moon is a triumph of songwriting and performance. While Lal Waterson's background is in the British traditional folk scene, the album branches in many different directions from those formidable roots. It retains the rough-hewn vocal beauty that makes hers one of Britain's greatest voices, but instrumentally it is a shadowy, minimal affair, with her son's fluid electric guitar playing to the fore, building from valley to denouement in nearly complete sympathy with the lyrics and vocal. It is a "blue" album much like Abbey Lincoln's Abbey Is Blue, in that it is quiet, reflective, lyrically inventing and challenging, and ultimately joyful because of these things. It is the closest thing to a perfect album that I've heard in the 90s, one that will be whispered about reverently in 20 years.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I'm stunned! 21 Oct. 1999
By Jay Matthews - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Nico's starkness, Marianne Faithful's rough edges and Sandy Denny's warmth. Brilliant!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A lost masterpiece 29 Jan. 2007
By D. Mason - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This album gets labeled as folk but that is an unfairly narrow categorization.Every track on this album is unique and melodic and they defy easy labeling,Lal's voice is strong and soaring and the music supplied by her son Oliver with additional accompaniment from a selection of other fine musicians and singers works perfectly.One of the most honest,inspired and beautiful records you will ever hear.The fact that Lal Waterson died not long after this incredibly vibrant and life affirming recording was released shows us in a way that is not easily grasped the mystery and enduring power of the human spirit.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
haunting 11 May 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
this music wraps around me. I can't say exactly what it is that makes it so special- lal's raspy expressive voice (a highland's billy holliday!) or the odd, simple arrangements- with their birdlike swoops and eccentric phrasings. both i'd guess- the prophetess chanteuse from the sacred well!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
haunting 11 May 1999
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this music wraps around me. I can't say exactly what it is that makes it so special- lal's raspy expressive voice (a highland's billy holliday!) or the odd, simple arrangements- with their birdlike swoops and eccentric phrasings. both i'd guess- the prophetess chanteuse from the sacred well!
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