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|1. Bonny Bunch Of Roses|
|2. That Was My Veil|
|3. Son David|
|4. Love Will Tear Us Apart|
|5. (When I Was No But) Sweet Sixteen|
|6. Judas (Was A Red-Headed Man)|
|7. If My Love Loves Me|
|8. The Hills Of Shiloh|
|9. Fountains Flowing|
|10. 1The Leaves Of Life|
|11. Seven Curses|
|12. The Dark End Of The Street|
Most reunions or visitations to the past are doomed to failure and - invariably tackled for the wrong reasons - run the risk of tarnishing the reputation of the original. No such cynicism surfaces here as the relish, joy and mutual understanding clearly invested by all concerned contribute to an immaculate performance and presentation that surely surpasses even its celebrated predecessor.
On her second album of 2011 (her solo album, Ashore, is a tour de force in its own right) Tabor sings better than ever, responding to the simmering power of the band behind her to bring real depth and intensity to familiar traditional songs like Bonny Bunch of Roses, Son David and (a particularly fine version of) Fountains Flowing. These appear along with more leftfield choices like PJ Harvey's wonderful That Was My Veil, Shel Silverstein's The Hills of Shiloh and Bob Dylan's Seven Curses.
Tabor's anguished duet with John Jones on Joy Division's Love Will Tear Us Apart has been a showstopper on the rare occasions they've performed it in the past, and it is no less moving here - the Oysterband singer's own empathetic vocal interplay with Tabor throughout the album is another key reason why it works so well. It feels like a genuine union which takes both Tabor and the Oysters beyond their normal realms, with stimulating results for them and us. Later, there's almost a Byrds-like quality to the jangling rhythms driving The Leaves of Life.
From Ray Cooper's raging cello on Seven Curses, to the majestic, ceremonial arrangement of The Dark End of the Street and the eerily humming backing vocals on the otherwise unaccompanied (When I Was No But) Sweet Sixteen, this is an album that constantly scores on almost every level.
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Some unusual songs (to me). Good vocal range and good arrangement.Published 5 days ago by mr d j culley
June Tabor's voice really shines in this album. The best song is probably 'Son David', in my opinion, but not just because my name is David! Read morePublished 8 months ago by davedavedave45453533
On their own I can take or leave The Oysterband and June Tabor, and often rather leave June Tabor when she becomes too miserable. Here the sum is so much greater than the parts.Published 13 months ago by C McKee
June Tabor and the Oysterband are inspirational musicians individually but wonderful together. A real mixture of tracks ranging from PJ Harvey to some great traditional Child... Read morePublished 14 months ago by K. Cowin
It is an album for those that like folk music. There's a good balance of Oysterband and June Tabor's performance.Published 14 months ago by aneta nadrzycka
If you like this artist then you will probably love it; the talent shines through. if some of the tracks are your favourites then you may not. Read morePublished 18 months ago by A C Lorimer
The product arrived on time and was functional, packaging was good and protected the product, good value for money spent, I will use this supplier again. Read morePublished 20 months ago by cyril
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