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The Reckoning [CD]

Steve Tilston Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (25 July 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Hubris Records
  • ASIN: B0058IA7V6
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,696 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  2. Nottamun Town Return 3:310.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. The Reckoning 3:210.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Pennine Spring 4:520.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  6. Memory Lane 8:320.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  9. Davey Lamp / Fruit Fly 4:410.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Rio De La Miel 4:570.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Weeping Willow Replanted 4:050.99  Buy MP3 
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Another tour de force by mastercraftsman Steve Tilston – insightful lyrics, beguiling melodies and some of the best guitar playing you're likely to hear. This eagerly awaited new album is quintessential Tilston; insightful lyrics reflecting an affinity with the landscape and the power of nature, a keen sense of history with a nod to the potential of the future, and a sharp eye for social satire. Musically, he shows us why he is one of the country's most respected songwriters, continuing to create gorgeous melodies, in a series of musical contexts powerfully evocative of time and place. A true Reckoning for these times.


"..songs of great heart, delivered with authority and instrumental panache.."
-- The Scotsman ****

"Steve Tilston writes thoughtful, highly personal songs and is one of the finest instrumentalists on the folk scene, with a style that echoes the elaborate, rhythmic "folk baroque" guitar work of Bert Jansch and Davy Graham."
-- The Guardian ****

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I reckon it's pretty good 25 July 2011
Format:Audio CD
OK, I'll be honest, I've had this for a month, because I bought it from Steve's website where it was available well before the official release. So perhaps you shouldn't expect a completely unbiased review - on the other hand, I only gave his novel 3 stars, so I'm not totally besotted.

If I've got my dates right, Steve turned 60 while writing the material for this album. Birthdays ending in 0 do tend to induce a reflective mood, and I don't think it's too much of a stretch to see that in some of the songs here. We get songs that express concern over the future (The Reckoning), muse about the attractions of the past and the fallibility of memory (Memory Lane), worry about religious faith or lack thereof (Doubting Thomas - apparently Thomas really is his middle name, as the refrain claims; a gift of a title, and it's amazing he's resisted using it for 40 years!), and reflect the landscape of his adopted home (Pennine Spring). Unusually, there are no traditional songs here: "Nottamun Town Return" is a rewrite of a traditional piece, but as it has completely new lyrics (a couple of lines may have survived from the original) I don't think it counts! There is the obligatory history lesson - Rio de la Miel, a story from the Spanish Civil War - and a couple of instrumental pieces, a dance set and a tribute to the late Davey Graham, called "Ijna" on account of its being, in terms of its musical construction, "Anji backwards".

Steve has two strengths as a performer: he's a fantastic songwriter, and he's a technically accomplished guitarist. The latter is more to the fore in this album than in its predecessor, Ziggurat - the intricate, classical-influenced introduction to the opening track lays its cards on the table in that respect, and the same atmosphere is maintained throughout.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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After 40 years of making music, Steve Tilston seems to be on a great run at the moment. The excellent "Ziggurat" in 2008 has been followed by "The Reckoning" and to my ears at any rate it's one of his best albums, with an integrality and quality throughout that would put it up with Solorubato and Swans at Coole in terms of albums by Steve where each track is as good as the track that precedes or follows it. I've had it on non-stop this summer since getting a preview copy and it gets more satisfying with every play. Where for me Steve has the edge on his contemporaries and on some of the newcomers to the folk/singer-songwriter milieu is that he does everything well- superlative guitar playing, a mature and mellowed voice that has changed a bit since the early days, and really classy songs. "The Reckoning" covers all kinds of subjects and must be the first Steve Tilston album not to feature a love song. Two songs about the beauty of living in the Pennines- "This is the Dawn" and "Pennine Spring", two superb guitar instrumentals, including a mind-boggling reworking of Anji by Davy Graham, a song about the moon with a guitar raga accompaniment, "Sovereign of Tides" , a classic ST political/historical song about the Spanish Civil War, "Rio de la Miel", a really good update of Weeping Willow Blues, a song about scepticism and faith, "Doubting Thomas" are all really good, but for me four songs that I play again and again are : "The Reckoning" a- song probably about ecological damage, but one that could equally fit the financial crisis or stretching it a bit in recent days the Murdoch empire's day of reckoning ! It's not a question of we reap what we sow, but our children and grandchildren reap the ecological, financial or moral wreck of a harvest that we've sown. "Oil and Water" a glorious road song. Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars How have I missed this man's work? 14 Nov 2011
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Despite being a gigging guitarist and acoustic music fan myself for many years, every now and again I seem to find a fellow musician who not only knocks my socks off but also has been around for a long while and I've totally missed their work.
I first saw that Steve was appearing at my local Folk Club in December so decided to visit his web-site and find out a bit more about him. I was hugely impressed by the samples I was able to listen to on the site and decided to download this, his new album. It is a very good album that for me only just misses five star rating. For me to give any album 5 stars then pretty much every single track has to be standout. There are what seem to be just a couple of filler tracks, but the songs This is the Dawn, Memory Lane, Rio De La Miel and Nottamun Town Return all fit for me into the category of outstanding songs of the genre. The one curiosity for me was the final track, Inja, which is a sort of musical parody of Davey Graham's Anji. If he wanted to make a tribute then personally I would have much preferred to hear Steve's own interpretation of the original than this.
If you, like me, have not been familiar with this man's work then this is a good place to start. He is a fine craftsman at contemporary songwriting, being able to write with both grittiness and sensitivity and is also a highly accomplished guitar player. I'll certainly be seeing him live in December!
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the UK's finest singer songwriters 11 Jan 2012
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I've seen and heard Steve Tilston for many years and he is one of the UK's finest singer songwriters. He is also a fine guitarist and this CD showcases his talent to perfection. As well as recommending this CD, I'd also recommend catching his live performance - at some time or another he will be playing somewhere near you - go and see him!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Steve Tilson
A very good C.D. well worth a listen to. Steve's deep almost gravely voice lends depth to his own pen written songs.
Published 14 months ago by Mrs I C Wakefield
5.0 out of 5 stars Recon it's pretty good.
Bought for my wife. We've followed Steve's career since his early days at the Stonehouse in Bristol. Read more
Published 18 months ago by ernieinthemorning
5.0 out of 5 stars masterful
Steve Tilstons current album is one of his best with his song the reckoning winning folk awards in the UK. Read more
Published 19 months ago by S. A. Wray
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it, you won't regret it!
I bought this cd and Ziggurat after seeing Steve live and wasn't disappointed. They haven't been out of my cd player since then. Read more
Published on 17 May 2012 by sooz2710
5.0 out of 5 stars An Ageing Heathcliff
I haven't seen Steve in person for about 16 years. I last saw him at the Bothy Folk Club, Southport, not long after he'd paid me the immense compliment of setting one of my poems... Read more
Published on 23 Mar 2012 by G. M. Parry
5.0 out of 5 stars Steve Tilston, "The Reckoning".
I heard Steve on my local radio, performing in Clitheroe and was really impressed with his music, I am sad to say that I was unaware of him up until recently, but on this... Read more
Published on 4 Jan 2012 by DB
5.0 out of 5 stars Preserving Tradition
As I write this there are three reviews already posted. I agree with The Watcher that Steve Tilston and/or this latest album do not require an essay to promote - he is consistently... Read more
Published on 28 Oct 2011 by Glenn
5.0 out of 5 stars Another pearler
This doesn't need an essay. Steve has done it again. I did think that Ziggurat was unbeatable, but The Reckoning is up there in the same place. Brilliant!
Published on 21 Oct 2011 by The watcher
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