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The Best Of British Folk CD

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  • Audio CD (11 Feb. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sanctuary
  • ASIN: B000A14OQK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,425 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Streets Of London - Ralph McTell
2. Colours - Donovan
3. Light Flight - Pentangle
4. Needle Of Death - Bert Jansch
5. Her Father Didn't Like Me Anyway - The Humblebums
6. Mirrors - Sally Oldfield
7. Candy Man - John Renbourn
8. The Times They Are A-Changin' - Ian Campbell Folk Group
9. I'm So Confused - Mick Softley
10. Boadicea - Dave Swarbrick
11. Both Sides Now - The Johnstons
12. The Alchemist and The Pedlar - Dransfield
13. Bright Phoebus - Mike Waterson, Lal Waterson
14. Timeless And Strange - Keith Christmas
15. Stargazer - Shelagh McDonald
16. Breakdown Of The Song - Decameron
17. When I Was On Horseback - Steeleye Span
18. Fiddler's Green - Tim Hart & Maddy Prior
19. Mary Skeffington - Gerry Rafferty
20. Matty Groves - Fairport Convention

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4.3 out of 5 stars

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By M. McCann on 5 Jun. 2009
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Quite a variety of tunes on this from "Streets of London" through to "Colours" and "Matty Groves". No surprises- most folk acts you can think of are represented although some like Billy Bragg are notable by their absence. The chances are this would suffice as a good introduction to folk, since most people into the genre will have nealry all of these tracks in some form or another.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Terry Gallagher on 31 May 2009
Format: Audio CD
At £2-98, how can one go wrong with this? It is my favourite CD to play on my computer as I work. There are so many great tracks with a few I often skip. My favourites are the Alchemist and the Pedlar (I often play that over again - a really great song!) The streets of London, Matty Groves, and the Needle of Death, to name the very very best, but this CD will not, in my view, disappoint at all!
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Guardian of the Scales on 8 Jun. 2010
Format: Audio CD
A great collection of folk songs from the 60's and 70's, which was a very productive time in British folk. There's hardly a bad track among the 20 here.
All the big names are here: Donovan with "Colours", Bert Jansch with "Needle of Death", Ralph McTell's "Streets of London". But it's not just acoustic guitars, they also include plugged-in band performances: Steeleye Span are represented by a great track called "When I was on Horseback". It's an old traditional tune, but one I had never heard before getting this album. It's played at a slow, mournful pace, with a droning guitar accompaniment and an outstanding vocal. Atmospheric and haunting. I love this song, and for me the album was worth getting for this song alone.
Another excellent track included is Pentangle's "Night Flight", the least folky-sounding song of the collection. Fairport Convention are also included with "Matty Groves."
The Watersons "Bright Phoebus" is here, too, with lead vocals from the unmistakeable Mike Waterson, who has a great and extremely distinctive voice.
Another highlight is "The Pedlar and the Alchemist" by Dransfield, who I had never heard of, but it's a very well-constructed and thoughtful lyric, both a compelling narrative and searchingly philosophical. Nice delivery, too.
There's also a song by the Humblebums, comprising Billy Connolly and Gerry Rafferty, called "Her Father Never Liked me Anyway": a pleasant enough song, if slight.
There's a few less successful inclusions. The Ian Campbell Folk Group's cover of "The Times they are A-Changin", for example, was too reverential and hymnal for my tastes.
I'm a semi-fan of folk, and have a few collections of this sort, and I think, song for song, this is the best one. It was cheap, too. It's great music, well crafted and truthful and including most of the best folk artists of the time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr Brandybuck on 17 Aug. 2011
Format: Audio CD
All-in-all, a pretty good compilation. It introduced me to a number of artists who have never quite made my playlists and who will need further exploration e.g. Steeleye Span and Bert Jansch.

One major disappointment though. With all of the fantastic versions of 'Matty Groves' that are available, why on earth choose one that misses out the crux of the story (Matty fighting Lord Darnell)? (The singer is Vikki Clayton and the recording is available on the Cropredy Box from 1997.) If this were to tie in with the late 60s/early 70s theme then why not a version from any of the line-ups of that era? It seems like a missed chance.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P. Trapp on 8 Oct. 2013
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To someone who grew up during the Folk Revival of the 60's and 70's this is a 'must have' album. It showcases songs by most of the major elements of the Revival, including The Watersons, Pentangle, Speeleye Span and Fairport Convention, and many others. As a Brummie I particularly enjoyed the inclusion of The Ian Campbell Folk Group's "The Times They Are A-Changin", having spent many happy evenings at the Jug o' Punch - the Ian Campbell Group's home base.
A great compilation and a great introduction to a magnificent period in UK musical history.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Taylor on 6 Feb. 2011
Format: Audio CD
A games compendium for grown ups with good taste in British folk music. There's traditional stuff presented in a way that brings it kicking and screaming into the 21st century. This music is where we came from, people. Let's celebrate other cultures, and enjoy them, but by listening to stuff like this we'll never see our own heritage swept under the carpet. Amazing stuff.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A 70's Old Fart on 10 Nov. 2009
Format: Audio CD
I purchased this as a present for a friend. She said it's an exellent CD but she is a big folk music fan, while I am more into blues and rock. In her opinion if you like folk music you'll love this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. E. Hunt on 16 Aug. 2010
Format: Audio CD
I bought this as an intro to the British folk scene of years gone by and its great. I thought for the price there would be a few dodgy recordings but this is a genuine bargain. You can't go wrong for the price. Recommended.
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