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Red Rice Double CD

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Describing herself simply as a "modern English musician" Eliza Carthy, is only now beginning to reach the height of her musical powers. During a 20-year journey/career she has become one of the most dazzling and recognised folk musicians of a generation. She has revitalised and made folk music relevant to new audiences and has captured the most hardened of dissenters with canny, ... Read more in Amazon's Eliza Carthy Store

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  • Audio CD (19 May 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Topic
  • ASIN: B000006N8Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 134,791 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Accordion Song (Accidental Saturday Night Kitchen Mix)
2. 10,000 Miles
3. Billy Boy/The Widdow's Wedding
4. Time In The Son
5. Stumbling On
6. Stingo/The Stacking Reel
7. Greenwood Laddie/Mrs. Capron's Reel/Tune
8. Walk Away
9. Adieu, Adieu
10. Russia (Call Waiting)
See all 11 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Blow The Winds/The Game Of Draughts
2. The Snow It Melts The Soonest
3. Picking Up Sticks/The Old Mole/Felton lonnin/Kingston Girls
4. Miller And The Lass
5. Herring Song
6. Mons Meg
7. Tuesday Morning
8. Haddock And Chips
9. The Americans Have Stolen My True Love Away
10. Zycanthos Jig/Tommy's Foot/Quebecois
See all 13 tracks on this disc

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Eliza Carthy is one of the rising stars of the British "new roots" scene. An excellent fiddler and a pretty good singer, she seems to have inherited her well-known musical parents' (Norma Waterson and Martin Carthy's) dual focus, striving to proclaim her country's rich folk heritage while also looking towards popular music for revitalization. Red is the more aggressive of the two CDs in this set. Her band uses reggae, jazz, 90s rave and 60s folk-rock to spice up old folk songs and a few originals--some strongly imitative of early Steeleye Span and Fairport Convention. The winners of this set are actually the ones that stray as far from tradition as they can--mom's "Stumbling On" has a nice barrelhouse groove, and Eliza's own "Russia (Call Waiting)" pushes the electronic limits--and it's a grand time. Rice is the more solid folk set, and possibly the better of the two CDs. Backed by Saul Rose on accordions, the mysterious "Fontenots" on guitar and vocals, Ed Boyd on guitar, and Eleanor Waterson and Lucy Adams on vocals, this is straight ahead power folk, with lots of attitude and energy. Anyone who doubts this young artist's right to be in the British folk literati need only listen to the medley "Zycanthos Jig" to feel her grace, skill, and understanding of the music. Red Rice is an adventurous project for a young artist; and two full hours of music may have been a stretch, but the magical high moments are many and well worth the exploration. --Louis Gibson

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 May 2000
Format: Audio CD
Eliza Carthy belongs to that group of so-called 'folk babes', as the media has procliamed (Hey, they're female, they play folk music, let's coin an original term). Cynically I could suggest that being an attractive young female and having famous folk parents helps to shift an album, but all cynicisim here should be left at the door. This is a thoroughly stunning album, which mixes folk with electronica and a tiny bit of popular music. The first CD, Red, is the more poppy of the two, but contains some excellent catchy tracks, such as her cover of Ben Harper's 'Walk Away' and the gloriously upbeat 'Stumbling On'. Whilst Carthy may not have the best voice in the business, it fits perfectly with the folk tunes and juxtaposes brilliantly with the more contempory music. If any album can lay claim to being the best folk release ever, this is quite possibly it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By keith@bushwacker.co.uk on 28 Oct 1999
Format: Audio CD
Red Rice is as exotic and wholsesome as its name suggests.Eliza Carthy has brought British folk music out of the beer-and-ponytails doldrums where it has rested for the last twenty or so years and brought into the digital age. Snappy arrangements meld traditional music with a variety of styles. Divided into two sets,Red and, not surprisingly, Rice, the result is the most convincing British folk album since the demise of the classic, Sandy Denny/Richard Thompson incarnation of Fairport Convention. This is dance music with full nutritional value. There is even a drum & bass workout that is more than a sad attempt to appear 'contemporary' whilst at the same time compromising the integrity of all involved. I like this album, and I hope it shows. Listen to it soon!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jimi jac on 9 Oct 2012
Format: Audio CD
Great double Mercury Music Prize nominated album from Carthy
Now if you like Fairport, Pentangle & Steeleye you will love the second disc"Rice", Eliza paying full tribute to her influences & then some.
But then we return to the first Disc, " Red", and the dance/folk fusion section of the album.
The only problem that I have with Red, is that it's simple not experimental enough, apart from the final two tracks "Russia" & "Red Rice" which she really lets rip, ala Primal Scream or The Chemical Brothers, the rest of the record is quite safe, with Carthy created the dace beats & rhythms using mostly traditional folk instruments.
What would have been far more interesting is that if the songs from Red had been handed over to a dance producer like Andy Weatherall, to dissect & recreate some virtually new.
Saying all that, it is still a fascinating listen, although not as successful as Rice, but that's not the point of recording something that is experimental & challenging, especially within the folk music genre, which to be honest isn't really renowned for its innervations.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A beautiful reminder of the richness of traditional music. 17 Oct 1999
By Jerome Langguth - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Carthy's album is a beautiful reminder of just how rich and mysterious traditional folk music can be. Carthy's understanding of this music is evident on every track. Even in her more "experimental" mode, she stays true to the material. There is a reason people still want to play and listen to music like this, and Carthy never allows her own desire for musical innovation to obscure the timeless virtues of the tunes themselves.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Totally Superb. This Is A Must Buy 17 Jan 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Eliza Carthy IS the future of traditional English music, and the future of it's advance into the next century. Rice takes you through the traditions that she has learnt in her native Yorkshire, while Red advances into new ground, taking in many interesting fusions. This girl has so much talent its just not fair! I PLEAD WITH YOU TO BUY THIS, IT WILL ENRICH YOUR LIFE AND BEING.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
DON'T LEND OUT THIS CD!!!! 25 Sep 2002
By T. Semonik - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I was introduced to Eliza through a magazine review of "Angels and Cigarettes", and have been gobbling up since the first chords of that album. This one, an earlier CD, would have been more appropriate to start with: If you like more modern-poppy disc "Red", then buy her newer stuff. If you like folky-traditional "Rice", then step backwards. Neither is the wrong way to go. Just don't try to get this CD back after lending it- that won't happen. The tunes are infectious and fun on both discs, and people tend to whine if they have to give them back. (Only really problematic due to them being imported)
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
An excellent look at both sides 21 April 2004
By spiral_mind - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Don't be fooled by the punkette look - behind the bright red (later blue/white) hair and piercings, Eliza Carthy has a deep love for the English musical tradition, a refreshing skill a blending it with the modern, and a remarkable touch on the violin. Add a rich singing voice with a subtly alluring accent and you've got a rare treat. With her previous albums and her latest (Anglicana) Eliza shows a beautiful talent to add to the English folk tradition; with the in-between Angels & Cigarettes she stepped into the realm of modern pop with some folky touches. 2000's Red Rice made an interesting compromise.
Red is the half that brings some of this material into the present day, whether she's rendering traditional tunes ("Greenwood Laddie," "The Stacking Reel") with an electric guitar/bass/drum treatment, covering Norma Waterson and Ben Harper, spicing up some folky originals in a rock context, or backing her fiddle with electronic buzzes and techno beats (as on the title track and the addicting "Russia"). For those interested not just in folk music but also its various adaptations, this set is indispensable.
And yet it's impossible to say which disc is stronger, since the Rice set is every bit as enjoyable & accomplished in its own way. This collection is taken along the traditional road, the kind of thing Steeleye Span did in the 70s brought to new life. The slow earthy "Blow the Winds" shows off her voice the most with just a minimal guitar backing. "Miller and the Lass," "Tuesday Morning" and the "Zycanthos Jig" medley are mid-tempo pub dances, bouncy and infectious even though they're mid-tempo. If there's one thing I'd change it's probably the fact that nothing really speeds up until the last track, but that's only a minor quibble. From reel to jig to ballad, every song is a gem.
Angels & Cigs also makes a good pick for the merely-curious pop fan, but I say Red Rice is Eliza's finest and widest-ranging album to date; if you want a real taste of the traditional in a couple different forms, start right here.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
an amazing talent 15 Aug 2001
By L. DePhillips - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I bought this album on a whim because the packaging seemed interesting -- and now it is one of my favorite albums. Eliza Carthy is an amazingly talented young artist -- she's an amazing fiddler and accordian player, a great vocalist and a truly gifted interpreter of traditional folk music. The album actually contains true seperate discs. Red which is more "modern" and incorporates electronic sounds, and Rice which sticks to more traditional compositions. While both contain mostly traditional material Carthy also writes a few songs -- which blend effortlessly with the traditional stuff. Carthy's voice is perfect on every track. And the instrumental tracks are equally beautiful -- I love the way she blends traditional fiddling and programmed in electronic sounds on songs like Russia (Call Waiting). It sounds very organic -- not at all new agey and she also proves that she is a talented musician on solo fiddle tracks like Haddock and Chips (which she composed). I can't rave any more about this album -- I would recommend it to anyone who likes traditional and folk music especially Celtic folk and English roots music.
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