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an echo of hooves [CD]

June Tabor Audio CD
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"One of Britain's most emotive voices - in a category of one" (Mojo)

Born in Warwick, educated at Oxford University, by profession first librarian, then restaurateur but always a singer of songs where words matter as much as music, June Tabor is renowned as an explorer of a song's soul and a performer of gripping commitment. Her ... Read more in Amazon's June Tabor Store

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  • Audio CD (22 Sep 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Topic Records
  • ASIN: B0000C3IDU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,671 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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With An Echo of Hooves, June Tabor serves up a real traditionalist treat, for it is a collection of ballads, and only ballads, taken mostly from the unruly Border areas between England and Scotland and the lonely outposts of the Appalachian mountains. Though occasionally the tempo quickens, and "Hughie Graeme" and "The Battle of Otterburn" feature snatches of Northumbrian pipes, Tabor usually limits the musical backing to quiet acoustic guitar and deep, dark piano, allowing the stories to remain paramount. And what stories they are. Here we find blood feuds, betrayal and execution. Drunken murder, infanticide, mass drownings and spectral visitations. Really, this album has a bodycount worthy of Quentin Tarantino. But, above all, we find thwarted love and boundless grief, the aftermath of death, with an appropriate emotional depth being lent by Tabor's clear, unflinching voice. Students of folk will love this well-researched collection, so will fans of real roots and American gothic. Indeed, anyone with a feel for tragic high romance should grab a copy right now. --Dominic Wills

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5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive return to traditional ballads 10 Oct 2003
Format:Audio CD
In recent years June Tabor has split her output between traditional songs and the very best of contemporary songwriting. Her latest album is a return to what made her name - the traditional ballads. As her voice has deepened over the years it suits the material even better than before. There is less vocal ornamentation than in her early outings; she now lets the lyrical strength come through in a powerful direct manner. There is a deceptive simplicity to the telling, but the texts have rarely been more deeply felt and clearly communicated. One can see this especially on the re-cut "Lord Maxwell's Last Goodnight" where the dark tones of Ms Tabor's matured voice is a beautiful partner for this darkest of stories. The accompaniments from Huw Warren, Mark Emerson and Tim Harries, as in all the recent recordings, are exemplary. Guest appearances by Martin Simpson and Kathryn Tickell add colour and variety to the mix. This is a powerful album - about as far from 'easy listening' as one could imagine - but for those who like intensity and a good tale well told there are few to beat it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Album Oddity 11 May 2004
By Fantasy Lore TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I had no previous knowledge of this singer/songwriter before hearing 'Echo of Hooves', but I saw June Tabor perform some tracks from the album and found her music made an immediate impression on me...

I'd say my musical tastes are varied and I'm comfortable jumping from pop to rock to classical, but I have to admit that this album probably stands out like a sore thumb in my record collection- it's quite unusual, not just for me, but for mainstream music in general, but now that something so incredibly unique has been successful beyond it's narrow genre-following, I heartily recommend all newcomers to this particular sound to sample the album for themselves.

Apart from 'Bonnie James Campbell' and 'Hughie Graeme' there are very few stand-out tracks on this album and you'll probably find yourself listening to the album as a whole more often than you will selecting specific tracks and that's part of the charm to this record. June Tabor (with her haunting, powerful vocals) acts as the storyteller- describing significant historical events and characters that truly resonate with the listener and lull him/her into the on-going story.

I also had no previous knowledge of the lyrical ballads Tabor draws upon to breath life into her songs, but these are also incredibly powerful as songwriting tools, which inform as well as entertain (and never in a dull way, if you were wondering). The music is sombre, haunting and moving, Tabor's voice is the perfect vehicle for such songs/stories and I would very much encourage you to buy the album, if only to broaden your musical horizons, as it has mine.

And since Tabor herself says it best, I 'll leave the last word to her;
"...As you listen - for these songs are songs in which poetry and music are equally important - feel the wind and rain, see the Hunter's moon rise and catch an echo of hooves on the night air." - June Tabor.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Border Songs, Sublime Voice, Superb Arrangements 13 Oct 2004
By J. N. Valente VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
I've been a follower of June Tabor's work for scarce a decade now, and it is only after more than one listening (and a careful one at that) that I made up my mind that this is probably her best record to date. Sure, I'm partial to "Ashes & Diamonds", "Aqaba", "Angel Tiger" and "Rosa Mundi". But here her voice is in top form. The tragic ballads of social tragedy and personal tragedy touch a chord deeper than I thought I ever had to be touched in this world or any others. And the melodies, and subtle music arrangements move me each time.
If you're in love with music and the human voice - this was meant for you, just for you...
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