For me this is a more acomplished album than L&L by the Fairports. I know that said album came first by about two years, but the real spirit of English folk music is summed up by the stuff on this album. I must admit I purchased this with some misgivings. If I'm honest I wasn't sure that Shirley Collins with an amplified backing band would work. In reality I should not have worried - because it most definitely does.
There's nothing slick or refined about the songs here. They have a ragged, woosy, English charm, which is insightful and charming. As you will see from the cover there is a cast of thousands here. The likes of Ashley Hutchings, Nic Jones, John Kirkpatrick, Mady Prior et al, are all here and playing together ensemble for the benefit of the song rather than egos.
Standout tracks, well basically all of them. 'Banks Of The Bann', 'Hal and Tow', 'Dieman's Land', I could go on. I have not stopped playing this record!!!!!.