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The Imagined Village

The Imagined Village Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (21 May 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Real World
  • ASIN: B007MJA96M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 77,115 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. ‘Ouses, ‘Ouses, ‘Ouses
2. John Barleycorn
3. Tam Lyn Retold
4. Death And The Maiden Retold
5. Cold Haily Rainy Night
6. The Welcome Sailor
7. Acres Of Ground
8. Pilsdon Pen
9. Hard Times Of Old England Retold
10. Kit Whites I & II
11. Sloe On The Uptake

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Folk used to be a four-letter word, but The Imagined Village project took it down from the shelves, dusted it off and showed how it should sound in 21st-century, multi-cultural England. Accordingly this record finds evergreen folkies like Martin Carthy, his daughter Eliza and The Copper Family rubbing shoulders with Benjamin Zephaniah and Sheila Chandra. Oh, and some bloke called Paul Weller. Not just a gripping piece of music, these recordings were crucial in helping to define Englishness in our confused and confusing times.

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CD Ft. Billy Bragg/Transglobal Underground/Paul Weller/Ao

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magic 17 Aug 2012
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I already loved many of the musicians on this album, but what they managed to create together is truly something new and exciting, though rooted in the traditions that many of them have been trying to keep alive for years.
I particularly like the rearrangement of classics like Cold Rainy Windy Night but also the "retold" Hard Times of Old England and Tam Lin, where the denunciation of the evils of our society goes hand in hand with a message of hope.
Bravo to all!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Reworked folk for a multicultural Britain 6 Dec 2012
By Mr. M Errington VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
A brief glance at the personnel contributing to this album is like a who's who of the British Folk scene for the last fifty years with the addition of some surprising and diverse artists. This is more a collective than a band. We already knew that reggae rhythms worked well with Morris tunes, after Edward II, but this extends the link to Dub and Bangra. Overall it works really well, with some good playing by Tiger Moth and The Gloworms, two bands within the collective. A standout track is by Benjamin Zephaniah, a reworking of Tam Lyn with a modern social sensibility. Billy Bragg adapts Hard Times of Old England at address some of the contemporary problems of life in rural Britain. There is plenty to dance around to and it is a genuine grower, keep playing it and it rewards the persistence. Folk purists will probably hate it, which reminds me of the old gag, how many members of the EFDSS does it take to change a lightbulb? (A: 15; 1 to change it, four to sing about how good the old one was and ten to complain that it's electric). Thoroughly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 19 Sep 2013
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I think this is quite brilliant. It's an album giving a new take on traditional English folk songs by an eclectic mix of some of England's finest musicians in all sorts of genres. People have said that "traditionalists" and "purists" will dislike this. Well, I have spent a lot of time in smoky folk clubs listening to unaccompanied ballads, for years I was a member of a Morris Ring side, I still have my box set of A Song For Every Season LPs by The Copper Family and so on...and I love this.

It sounds as though it might be dreadful. Cold Haily Rainy Night with sitar and Indian percussion, for example? In fact it's brilliant - the original is sung very traditionally with fabulous (and very English) harmonies from The Young Coppers and the arrangement and production just make it shine and give it real impact. Benjamin Zephaniah's gently rapped update of Tam Lin is similarly great. Some songs have re-worked words to reflect modern social times rather than those of centuries ago, others just have more modern musical treatments. The production and introduction of more contemporary aspects of English music is perfectly judged throughout and there isn't a duff track on the album - as you'd expect with this excellent line-up.

I think the key is that these are genuinely excellent musicians who are very knowledgeable about the material and treat it respectfully but not over-reverentially. It is exactly in the folk tradition for people to hear songs and make them their own using the language and idioms of their heritage, and the good versions survive while the poor die because people aren't interested in singing them. I think these will survive for a long, long time. It's one of the best "folk" albums I've heard for ages (a friend only recently introduced me to it) and I recommend it very warmly indeed.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps not for the traditionalists 19 Jan 2013
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Eliza Carthy, Martin Carthy, The Coppers. I was hoping for something a little more traditional, but having said that music and voices great.
Just a little too modern for me.
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