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Jim Moray is an English folk singer, producer and multi-instrumentalist. He first came to attention with his debut album Sweet England, released at the age of 21, which crashed the barriers of folk blending traditional music, electronica and neo-classical orchestration to startling effect. Over the subsequent years he has proved to be one of the most inventive and unpredictable talents working ... Read more in Amazon's Jim Moray Store

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • ASIN: B0000TI3LE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Canny Quine on 13 April 2006
Format: Audio CD
They say that Jim Moray created this album on his own laptop. He must be pretty good with the laptop - but that's not the whole story. I actually bought the album just after it won the "Best Album" prize in the Radio 2 awards in 2004. My daughter and I were both captivated by it. To me "Early on Morning" was a song we sang at school in a dreary arrangement, and Jim's treatment is fresh and exciting.

My favourite track is a spell-binding performance of the Child ballad "Lord Bateman". I had never really connected with this ballad before (not even the Nic Jones performance had made much impression), but Jim Moray puts heart and soul into the telling of the story, and now I can't get it out of my head.

And it's not just the laptop, because I've heard Jim live as well. And it's just as good as the album. It's great to hear one so young breathing fresh life into English traditional songs, and keeping the tradition alive.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Ms J. Brace on 21 July 2003
Format: Audio CD
"Folk music? That's all finger in the ear and hey nonny nonny stuff isn't it?" laughed a man I met recently.
How I wish he could hear this album. He'd have a job dismissing folk in those terms if he did. And an even harder job describing this unique new approach to traditional English music.
Jim Moray, just 21 and a recent graduate of Birmingham Conservatoire, is making mischief in the folk world,turning it on its head and injecting it with colossal new life.By adding the word "techno" to "traditional" he could be the best hope yet of taking folk/roots to a mainstream audience.
He made his mark as runner up in Radio 2's Young Folk Awards with a haunting version of "Poverty Knock" and hearing him on the radio some time afterwards was one of those rare moments when you literally stop what you're doing and listen. The only word for it is "arresting".
Now, after his EP "I am Jim Moray" comes "Sweet England", a collection of 10 songs, including some of our best known ballads. The recording started life in his bedroom, created by equipment largely paid for by a student grant and took on a life of its own. Few folk singers walk on stage with state-of-the-art music software ready to sample snatches of songs that are then brought back into play to huge effect throughout the number. Don't ask me how it works - you'd have to ask him. But those echoing vocal samples are mesmorising, especially when you see him live.
This is an "into the future" slant on ancient songs about love and longing, heroes and villains, squires and maidens - and the odd colley bird thrown in for good measure!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. D. Ellis on 14 Oct. 2003
Format: Audio CD
I first heard the name Jim Moray when at Oysterband's recent tour for their cd, 'Rise Above' (also a worth while buy!). As a die-hard Oyster fan I was initially dubious about other artists stealing the show, but by the end I was in awe of the fantastic tones of Jim's voice and his talent for shedding new light on such classic material.
Sweet England doesnt have a single weak track, and will keep you captivated from start to finish. Favourites of mine include 'One Early Morning' (there could not have been a better chosen opening track), 'The Seeds of Love' (an absolute masterpiece), 'The Suffolk Miracle' (Id never heard this wonderful ghost story before, and it was very moving) and 'Longing for Lucy' (an excellent demonstration of song writing skill).
This is without a doubt the best cd that I own, and I thoroughly recommend it to everyone, especially newcomers to folk music. If you can only have one cd this Christmas then make it this one!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Dec. 2003
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Sweet England is nothing short of brilliant - not only because it has breathed new life into some of the most worn out songs from England's traditional back catalogue by gently but most effectively rearranging the songs using the best that modern-day technology has to offer while resisting the temptation to overuse 21st century sounds for the sake of it, but also because in creating this beautiful album Jim Moray has stirred up a debate which has revealed the true colours of many in the folk world.
Staid folk message boards which used to trundle out uninspiring threads about meeting times at the next folk festival have, have come alive with debates on whether this album is an afront to folk music or a revolution we should all join. Quite a feat for an album made by a 21 year old in his bedroom on equipment he was learning to use while recording.
The most traditional of traditionalists have balked at the media coverage the album has received - arguably the most coverage ever received for a debut album of English folk music. It has been everywhere - Guardian, Telegraph, Times, you name it, they seem to love it. But this it would seem means that Mr Moray has 'sold his soul', no longer qualifies as a true folk musician, and as such should be criticised for everything from his voice to his live performances, anything that will stop you thinking that this may in fact be as important a record as everyone from Radio 2's Stuart Maconie to Billboard's Paul Sexton say it is.
Personally I think that people outside the folk world are better qualified to judge this record as they are not bound by unwritten rules which hold that world together, ensuring the status quo in a community whose unchanging image reflects its approach to music as a history rather than as an art.
But if you are someone who eagerly anticipates the next Bowie, Radiohead or John Cale album because you want to see what new boundaries they are challenging this time, then you need to buy Sweet England.
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