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  • Audio CD (10 Dec. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Park Records
  • ASIN: B00A4J8K0E
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 76,458 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. While Shepherds Watched
2. Angels From The Realms Of Glory
3. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
4. Monsieur Charpentier's Christmas Swing
5. Joy To The World
6. See Amid The Winters Snow
7. Poor Little Jesus
8. Blake's Cradle Song
9. The Coventry Carol
10. The Boar's Head
11. Ding Dong Merrily On High
12. The Holly & The Ivy
13. Personent Hodie
14. Cradle Song
15. Bright Evening Start
16. Hark Hark What News
17. Away In A Manger
18. The Carnel & The Crane
19. Bring Us Good Ale
20. La Danse Carree
See all 21 tracks on this disc

Product Description

Of all the festive traditions, few have stood the test of time better than the Christmas carol. Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band know this more than most, having been inspired by the music of Christmas for the past twenty five years. Now and for the first time, the very best of these have been brought together on one album. 'The Best Of Maddy Prior and The Carnival Band' collects twenty two tracks from across their career. Along the way you will find a mixture of the familiar and the less well known, all presented in a most unique style. With an extensive experience in folk, medieval, world and classical music between them, the singer and players guide us to exquisite places. Telling the Christmas story in a variety of ways, the likes of 'I Saw Three Ships', 'While Shepherds Watched', 'God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen' and 'The Holly Ivy' are revealed as versatile, striking pieces of music with words to match. A collection of some of the most famous carols of all time and led by one of the great voices in British music, the album is perfect for those who want to enjoy their Christmas music with a spirit, a passion and a twist.

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Marcia TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 Dec. 2012
Format: Audio CD
Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band have created some unique recordings of Christmas music over the years. They have mixed classical, folk, medieval and country elements into a glorious sound.
There have been many albums since they were brought together in 1984 for BBC Radio 2 Folk show.
This is a collection of tracks covering some of the highlights of that long recording career.
The debut album was TAPESTRY OF CAROLS on Saydisc Records. A Tapestry of Carols
Six songs that originally appeared on that album are included here. They are The Coventry Carol, Ding Dong merrily on high, The Holly and the Ivy, Personent Hodie, God rest ye merry Gentlemen, Angel's from the realms of glory. Then the next album was CAROLS AND CAPERS on Park Records. Carols and Capers The tracks from that album that are included in the Best of compilation are While shepherds watched, Monsieur Charpentier' Christmas Swing, Joy to the World, See amid the winter's snow, Poor Little Jesus, The Boar's Head, The Cradle Song and Away in a Manger.
Those two albums are the biggest contributors to this collection. Also on this album is Bright evening star, Bring us in good ale and The quiet way home. All from the album RINGING THE CHANGES Ringing the Changes
There are two further tracks from GOLD FRANKINCENCE AND MYRRH
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A.Busfield on 28 Jan. 2013
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It was a great addition to our Christmas.
Everyone could do with a copy as it leaves you with a feeling of joy.
We all enjoyed the changes of music to very familiar carols.
Only sorry that I ordered it so late.
I shall make a point of playing it when I make the family Christmas cakes this year.
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If you have to have one Christmas albumn then it might just as well be this one. Interesting mix of carols and seasonal songs played on a variety of instruments, both modern and ancient. The vocal talents of Maddy Prior are excellent, as always. I saw them live recently and it is good to see that traditional music is still being played and played well. For fans of Steeleye Span and Bellowhead.
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By A. Betts on 4 Jan. 2015
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We bought this last Christmas and got it out again this year.

The music is very different to what you might hear at a carol concert. Until the late 19th century carols were sung in pubs rather than church, many of the songs on this take you back to that time. Maddie Priors voice and the early instruments are ideal for this music

We love it
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By Bob Maguire on 23 Jan. 2013
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I've enjoyed Maddy Prior's singing since way back when Steeleye Span first appeared. Her voice still has the same strenghth and distinctive timbre. This is first-rate as a Christmas celebration - carols delivered with Christian sincerity but without the sentimentality. Wonderful.
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Great to listen to the old fashioned carols that have been sung for centuries. Just listen to the clarity of Maddy's voice and the instruments used by the band. Saw them live and they were superb.
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A brilliant collection with a refreshingly different take on the carols you know and the inclusion of many new ones. Highly reccommended to one and all the brighten up your Christmas.
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By Nigel Kimber on 11 Feb. 2013
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I liked Maddy when she was with Steel Eye Span and when I heard one of the carols before Christmas thought it was so different that it would be fantastic to hae the whole CD
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