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A Parcel Of Steeleye Span (Their First Five Chrysa&hellip ~ Steeleye Span
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth having, 2 Jan 2014
With 66 reviews already posted (65 positive), there's little point in saying much. Five complete albums and a couple of extra tracks, spread over 3 CDs. Maybe not every track is a classic, but none of them are duds. You'll have your own favourites, no doubt.
An Albion Christmas ~ Albion Band
An Albion Christmas ~ Albion Band
Ok, I like the Albion Band and that sort of thing anyway. However, I particularly find that the best Christmas music is traditional, or in a folk style. Christmas "pop", in the broad sense, tends to be either trivial or sickly sweet, or just a mediocre rendering of some standard performed by whoever last won Britain's Got the X Factor. On the other hand, the best Cathedral Choirs in the world can do faultless performances of intricate arrangements, entirely without the spirit or oomph that some of these tunes need.
This album mixes traditional Christmas/midwinter/wassail songs with some original melodeon tunes by Simon Care and some reasonably modern (20th C) songs by Jackson… Read more
Dancing Days Are Here Again ~ Albion Band
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Actually, I'm not sure I can do better than to refer you to Mr S. Hodson's review, but perhaps I can add a little. It sounds a bad idea to re-release "Shuffle off" without mentioning that that's what it is, and to pair it with a live album recorded 7 years earlier: nevertheless, the two collections sit well together and if you don't already have Shuffle Off, then perhaps it's a bonus that you now do! This was the era when they played early music along with folk so you get the odd mediaeval brawl or estampie and middle-English song included. A highlight is Phil Pickett's virtuoso playing of recorders and other instruments. A contrasting highlight is their arrangement of Seaside… Read more