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Ashes and Diamonds

1 Dec. 2006 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 1989
  • Release Date: 1 Dec. 2006
  • Label: Topic
  • Copyright: 1989 Topic
  • Total Length: 43:50
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  • ASIN: B001H99VQ2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 95,450 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sigrid on 17 Feb. 2012
Format: Audio CD
I don't much care for the first two tracks, but after that it's 5* material all the way.

Stand-out tracks for me are Now I'm Easy, The Earl of Aboyne, Lisbon and No Man's Land.

With the exception of the first track, I thought the instrumentation worked well - supportive and restrained.

Enthusiasts might like to note that Nic Jones features on 4 of the tracks (guitar and fiddle).
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6 of 14 people found the following review helpful By on 19 July 2001
Format: Audio CD
June's early album "ashes and diamonds" has just that; lots of ashes with the odd diamond shining through. For myself, I find I skip the tracks with instrumentation and just listen to her astonishing voice recreate the happenings of songs from hundreds of years past. This woman has SOUL. She is that rarest of artists; everything is done with total integrity.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
If you like Traditional folk, this is a MUST! 9 Jun. 1998
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Format: Audio CD
If you like Traditional Folk, this CD is a must. June Tabor has a rich, sulty contralto that lends itself best to this type of music.
Songs vary from three-handkerchief tearjerkers to bright and funny. FLOWERS OF THE FOREST is the definitive version of this eulogy for lost soldiers. DEVIL AND BISHOP MCGLYNN is hilarious!
It's solid enjoyment from the first to last cuts.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Suprisingly diverse 19 Mar. 2004
By mianfei - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Recently deleted, June Tabor's second serious album, whilst lacking the amazing beauty of her masterpieces Aqaba and Angel Tiger, possessed a surpring diversity of material that was put together with the care good music deserves.

The opener "Reynard The Fox" was in fact more effective than Tabor's earlier collaboration Silly Sisters in giving her music a lighter feel, whilst the accessible "Now I'm Easy" showed that Tabor never had to sing desolate, dark music to be effective, whilst the Australian-themed "Streets Of Forbes" showed an echo of her classic 1990s style with its sparse, even hushed piano. The follow-up (in theme as well as on the record) "Lord Maxwell's Last Goodnight" featured some beautiful, harpsichord-like guitar from Nic Jones that gave a cathedral feel Tabor would never replicate, but her soft voice was in prime form.

"Clerk Saunders" was a long and not altogether memorable a capella piece, but Tabor more than made up for it with "The Earl Of Aboyne", which illustrted the darkness inherent in ancient England like few other songs, and the earthy closer "No Man's Land"/"Flowers Of The Forest". The synthesiser of the former song sounded remarkably unlike pop, but rather like guitar or even horn effects, whilst Jon Gillespie showed himself to be as good a pianist as Huw Warren was later. Tabor gave an oddly eccentric, echo-like vocal on the a capella "The Easter Tree" to round off an album that perhaps deserves more acclaim.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
a must-have 5 Mar. 2001
By Caroline - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Wow. I doubt that the tradiitonal songs on this album have ever been sung better than they are here, anywhere, by anyone. June Tabor's contralto demonstrates a versatility and sensitivity that is very, very, rare. In her hands, the songs transcend themselves...She manages to recover the sensuality and stateliness of 'lord maxwell's last goodnight,' which, if you just heard the lyrics, you'd think was pretty much a non-ballad. "The Devil and Bailiff McGlinn" is gleeful and playful, as it is meant to be, "The Easter Tree" is stark and dark, "Cold and Raw" is spunky and rollicking. The only missteps are two very metiocre non-traditional songs, found on tracks five and eleven, with bad lyrics and schmaltzy accompanament. but for any collector of trad music, this is a must-have.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Real Folk 17 April 2002
By Scarlett Witman - Published on
Format: Audio CD
if you like english folk, this C.D. is the one for you. June's voice is earthy,the perfect voice for singing folk music. I especially like, Cold and Raw and The Earl of Aboyne. you will not be disappointed with this album, if you like the folk sound.
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