Alastair Dougall

Helpful votes received on reviews: 82% (129 of 157)
Location: Brighton, UK

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The Time Has Come <a href="">Anne Briggs</a><span class="byLinePipe"> | </span><span class="byLinePipe">Format:</span> MP3 Download
The Time Has Come Anne Briggs MP3 Download
4.0 out of 5 stars Fire and Wine, 2 Mar 2014
The cover picture of Anne Briggs staring unsmiling at the camera, faithful dog at her side, as if she has been caught poaching rabbits by the local gamekeeper, expresses the appeal of this album. These are the songs and the playing of a wayward, maverick free spirit. Some of the pitching may be a little off at times, some of the lyrics a bit naive or clumsy, but there are also absolutely timeless, magical, sensual performances on this album. With Tangled Man, Fine Horseman, Wishing Well, Ride, Ride, Ride, the title track, Briggs seems to be right by your side in some lost cabin in the woods, softly crooning while firelight reflects in a couple of bottles of red wine.
The Island Years ~ John Martyn
The Island Years ~ John Martyn
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fine Tribute, 1 Oct 2013
As the other reviews say, this is indeed an impressive box. I particularly liked the LP-style format, more convenient than the big Sandy Denny box of a couple years back. Compiler John Hillarby has done a clever job of finding new never-before-released versions of songs, on the audio CDs and the DVD -- especially so when JM fans will probably already have the Ain't No Saint box as well as all the albums [well I have, anyway!]. His lengthy essay in the book is enjoyable and conveys clearly some of the insecurities that must have driven Martyn on to create some of the most emotional folk/rock/jazz ever, and also led to his sadly early death. I had the sense that Hillarby was treading a bit… Read more
19 Rupert Street ~ Sandy Denny
19 Rupert Street ~ Sandy Denny
15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars For hardcore fans only, 22 Sep 2011
I agree with everything the previous five-star reviewer says, but would just like to add that this intimate, homespun tape recording is really one for dedicated Denny fans only. There are some charming performances here but the sound quality is not that great [one mic in a room, not surprising; Denny's guitar is a bit out of tune on Who Knows Where the Time Goes, much better heard on her album with the Strawbs] and the song selection is not that thrilling [why Sandy, Alex and Polly opt to sing a couple of carols in August is a bit surprising; I suppose that was the fashionable folk club repertoire of the time. There's also a rather clunky busker's attempt by Alex at the blues song Trouble… Read more