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Ringing The Changes

10 Dec. 2007 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 10 Dec. 2007
  • Release Date: 10 Dec. 2007
  • Label: Park Records
  • Copyright: (c) 2009 Park Records
  • Total Length: 47:27
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  • ASIN: B0029VXVRC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 160,561 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Marcia TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 Dec. 2010
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Wake up; Wake up, There's a new beginning, Wake up, Wake up. These are the words of the chorus of the first song on this release by the ever impressive Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band. It is a rousing start to a very original Christmas themed album.
Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band first released a Christmas album in the mid 1980`s with "Tapestry of Carols" and that album and their third to sixth albums all centred on established or traditional Christmas music.. Then on their eighth release, also a Christmas album "Gold,Frankincense and Myrth" Gold Frankincense and Myrrh they offered us an album of mostly their own songs. All with a very strong European traditional Christmas feel.
This album was released in 2007, it's their ninth album and it also contains mainly songs written by Maddy and the Band with a traditional religious theme.
Some of the songs had been introduced during the 2005 Christmas live tour, but this is the first time they appeared in studio recording.
The result is a contempory reflection on the festive season. The album illustrates that in the modern world there is still time for contemplation, for peace, for quiet, for a carol and for Christmas.
The track "Wake up!" tells the story of the three wise men of the Christmas story. "Blue Pearl" is a profound visualisation of our place in life and the world. Other Christmas themed stories are found throughout the album. Maddy provides words for "the gift" and "the changing face of Christmas".
Not everything is contempory though, there are words credited to Anon from the 15th Century on "Bring us in good ale" put to a fantastic tune by Jub Davis.
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By Denise on 11 Feb. 2014
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Bought this around Christmas on recommendation of friend. Amazed to find it has the tempo of 'Steelye Span' a group I listened to many moons ago, but this doesn't detract from the music and wonderful words of the hymns. Am tempted to buy more.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By woulfie on 15 Mar. 2013
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I enjoyed it. I am am a fan of Maddy Prior and The Carnival Band. They are always just that little bit different.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Music well done, however may dissappoint some listeners. 23 Jan. 2010
By G. Davis - Published on Amazon.com
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I write this review as someone who does not care much for contemporary and commercial holiday music. I am also not that much into the choral format of holiday music. The holiday music of Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band is both traditional and vibrant; and yet modernly relevant. It is music for both the masses and for courtly kings and queens. It evokes images of Christmas times long passed. Maddy Prior has the voice of an angel and is well suited to the singing of carols.

Overall, the music on "Ringing the Changes" is extremely well done. However, my main disappointment is with the songs themselves for which I have docked the CD 1 or 2 stars. My complaint is that I prefer the format of Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band's first two holiday CD's ("Carols and Capers" & "Tapestry of Carols") which are exclusively comprised of traditional carols. Instead, Maddy Prior and company are now mostly writing their own holiday songs with social commentary. This can be risky as I feel that the best holiday songs have all been written and it is very rare for anyone today to write a genuine carol in the traditional fashion that will endure. It is as though time itself chooses which songs have endured of which many are anonymous.

Of the songs on "Ringing the Changes", my favorites are "Bring Us In Good Ale" and "Ring the Bell, Watchman" which (although both traditional) are only holiday songs in an indirect sense. The best original songs I believe are "Bright Evening Star" and "The Gift". "Stuff" is more of a comedy piece with a touch on Monty Pythonism which may appeal mostly to a British audience. The rest of the album is recorded well but over all it does not give me that transcendent feeling of being in another time and place when Christmas was a seriously festive and magical time. Their other holiday CDs do accomplish this transcendence. I will give this CD more of a listen next Christmastide and maybe I shall revise my review for the better.

In the meantime, I hope that Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band continue to record together but I would prefer and recommend that their next holiday CDs be comprised mainly of the many traditional carols that they have yet to record. Their medieval, renaissance and Old World/New World traditional treatments will only enhance the majestic pageantry of such songs as "Auld Lang Syne" "Deck the Halls", "Hark the Herald Angels Sing", "Good King Wenceslas", "First Noel", "O Holy Night", "Bring a Torch Jeanette Isabella", "On Come All Ye Faithful", "Silent Night", "We Three Kings of Orient Are", "Carol of the Bells", "Angels We Have Heard on High" and even the "Twelve Days of Christmas" in which I would love to hear Maddy's voice belt out the "five golden rings" part. There are also plenty of more traditional songs that have fallen out of use that good be tapped into such as "March of the Kings", "Wexford Carol", "The Wren", "Leaping and Dancing", "Bitter Withy" to name a few. In addition, the live CD's include "Masters in Hall", "This Endris Night", "The Truth From Above" and "Sing, Sing All Earth" that appear nowhere else but are worth having.

My point above is that there is much traditional music they can still record and I believe the general audience would prefer this approach over original material. I originally purchased "Capers and Carols" on a whim and I was greatly impressed with its contents and was looking forward to more. I was not disappointed with "Tapestry and Carols" and I even enjoyed "Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh" which only contained one or two traditional carols. I liked their interpretation of the Magi traveling to Bethlehem but I still prefer the previous two releases. I understand the need for artists to explore and the need to create their own but they also need to be aware of their audience. In this case, the audience are people who want hear traditional Christmas carols performed in a traditional but refreshingly vibrant manner which this band does best...and these CD's will sell under that approach.
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