on 26 October 2011
I am a great admirer of the Watersons, of Lal Waterson and Norma Waterson, so perhaps I was expecting too much from this record which was released on Topic in 1977, and probably accurately reflects Topic's somewhat minimalist approach of the time i.e limited simple musical accompaniment, and a short playing time. This reissue includes 2 further bonus tracks and is certainly worth buying if available at a reasonable price, but I wouldn't put it in as high a class as much of their other work
For a unique album of Traditional English Folk songs you cannot go wrong with this offering. Lal and Norma Waterson from the Watersons created this album in 1977 and it is an excellent recording.
The original album contains a wealth of Traditional songs. There were twelve tracks originally but this release has been padded out with the inclusion of a track from the Watersons album a Yorkshire Garland from 1966 and another track recorded in the 1980s.
The album has a wonderful vocal style and there is the familiar sound of a Watersons album. The album also contains guest musicians, Jim Elden on flute and Whistle, Peta Webb on fiddle, Rod Stradling on melodeon and Tony Engle on anglo concertina.
There is a rich sound and tone and the album should appeal to anyone who likes recordings from the Watersons.