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  • Audio CD (20 Nov. 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Topic
  • ASIN: B00005RHJW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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Come Write Me down by The Copper Family of Rottingdean finally brings the legendary 1950s and early '60s Copper Family recordings to CD for the first time. These rare performances present the glorious 'Southern harmony', southern English that is, that The Coppers brought to prominence during the early part of the folk revival. The classic duet harmonies of cousins Bob and Ron Copper are featured along with previously unreleased recordings of the quartet including both their fathers, the brothers John and Jim Copper. The influence The Coppers and these recordings have had is inestimable. All this goes to make this release, arguably, the most important traditional music release this century. Come Write Me Down has been carefully remastered with astonishing results, sounding better than anyone had originally hoped for. Included are two booklets: a 60 page booklet with extensive biographies, historical notes and a 36 page book with full lyrics. With the recent sad demise of Bob, shortly after receiving national recognition by way of his MBE, this is possibly the finest archival tribute to his legacy.

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What the Watersons are to folk harmony in the north of England, the Coppers are in the south. Often they have fewer resources: only a little of Come Write Me Down is by the full two-generational quartet of Bob, Ron, Jim and John. Most of the 28 songs are duets, most of those by Bob and Ron--but what singing it is! With sinewy grace their voices tell of a past peopled by chimney-sweeps, downland shepherds and brisk young ploughboys, where larks rise in the morning over banks of sweet primroses--pretty poetry, romantic, sometimes tender, but never remotely twee. There have been Coppers making music around Rottingdean on the Sussex coast for more than a century, and there still are, including Bob himself, but these performances, recorded almost half that time ago, make a unique portrait of the family tradition as it passed from old men to young, and they are among the treasures of English folksong. The big jewel-case accommodates two thick booklets, one on the songs and the other a brilliant, thought-provoking essay by Reg Hall on the family and its place in the social history of English music. --Tony Russell

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Brooks on 9 Nov. 2003
Format: Audio CD
The Coppers of Rottingdene Sussex in the UK are an integral part of British living folk song history. This beautifully presented compilation with its re-mastered recordings and superb detailed booklets is a milestone in English folk recording as it captures, in many cases, the birth an English folk song legend as it happened. The Coppers’ repertoire and their unique singing style has been a major reference for serious (and not so) students of traditional folk song from the 1950’s onwards and a major influence on every traditional singer in the UK. There is no other compilation quite like this as it forms part of social history, especially if studied in conjunction with Bob Copper’s books about Sussex life and song collecting. Bob, the only remaining member of the original family heard here, is still singing and touring worldwide and now his grandchildren are in on the act. As Pete Seeger is to American Folk Music so Bob Copper is to English folk music. He is a National Treasure. This CD cannot disappoint as inherent within it is the very essence of what English folk singing is about; unaffected, totally honest, humble and very direct communication about the simple rural ways of life in old England. Just put it on and imagine that the original Copper family are there, singing just for you, in your room, and you will be transported back in time, to a place, which although almost nearly lost forever, has been kept alive by these recordings and this remarkable family.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By The Librarian VINE VOICE on 4 Dec. 2005
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Did anyone see the recent TV portrait of the Copper family, and listen to Bob's reminiscences? Sadly, Bob is no longer with us, but what a wealth of memories and fabulous pictures of rural life is present in these recordings. The influence of the family's singing - their harmonic style, the songs themselves - their influence is impossible to quantify. They are the foundation of so many modern-day folk bands, that they cannot be listed. Interspersed with the songs are snippets of chat which show still further the mood and feel of life in the deep countryside of the nineteen-fifties and before. If you want the songs sung with slicker modern gusto, then look out for Oak, Young Tradition, etc, but if you like authenticity snd endless interest and charm, look no further!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Marcia TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 Feb. 2011
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Rottingdean Sussex is the place this family originate from. Their contribution to English Folk music is legendary. This release is one of the greatest projects that Topic records have ever released. It brings together a great set of recordings made in the 1950s and 1960s. It is in fact an outstanding collection of recordings of some beautiful Traditional songs. And this single CD disc comes with an excellent pair of booklets. One is about the history of the Copper Family and the other is about the songs themselves. The whole release is a lavish production and presentation. And it really is a definitive representation of their outstanding work.
The songs featured are a magical selection. They were recorded by the great English Folk song collector and performer Peter Bellamy. There are songs such as "Good ale", "Babes in the wood", "Banks of sweet primroses", "Sweep chimney Sweep", "hard times of old England", "The Lark in the morning". "The Claudy Banks" and "Adieu sweet Nancy". There are many others of course but these sort of songs and these recordings inspired other successful Folk performers that were to follow such as the Young Tradition and the Watersons.

The Copper family have been singing for over five generations, with songs written down by Jim Copper 1882-1954, his son Bob Copper, cousin Ronald Copper, Bobs son and daughter John and Jill Copper. They are held in high esteem for their part singing and harmonisation and oral style.

This release is a wonderful package of recordings and interesting booklets that stand testament to the magic of the Copper family and the great English Folk songs that are part of our musical heritage. These recordings help to keep these songs alive in an ever changing world. I totally recommend this release.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Martin Williams on 18 Aug. 2013
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Thank goodness for the BBC! They may have lost the tapes of the Beatles on Juke Box Jury, and Pink Floyd on Moon Landing Night but.... they kept this. A priceless record of a now largely lost tradition, family singing.

These are recordings of a Sussex farming family in the 1950's, singing their handed-down repertoire. As a resident of neighbouring Surrey in the 50's, I just love this. What now strikes me most forcibly, is the power and force of the bass part singing. As a bass singer myself, this is revelatory. It is also a revelation to hear how very directly the Copper family influenced the better known definers of modern folk, like The Young Tradition, Peter Bellamy and Billy Bragg.

Over and above the music, this package includes two superb booklets, one of the songs (the words, and collection notes - being greedy, I'd have liked a melody transcription), and a 60-page anthropology treatise about the Copper family and their context. Brilliant.

If you have the faintest inkling that we may be losing things of value, as we obsess over tweets and blogs, try listening to some real singing - it could change your life (for the better).

Martin Williams
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