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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful music, 1 Jan. 2008
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Recycled Rabbit (Warwickshire) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: A Richer Dust (Audio CD)
Release number 7 from 1988 was a two part vinyl album. In addition to the previous line up of Nigel Eaton, Paul James, Ian Luff, Dave Roberts and Dave Shepherd, Jo Fraser (soon to be Jo Freya for Equity reasons as her birth name had already been registered by a bloke) joined the band on vocals and to replace Jon Swayne on sax and whistles (although he plays on "side one".

The first half is a suite commissioned to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the battle of Stoke in 1987- the technically last skirmish of the Wars of the Roses (Henry VII crushed the pretender to the throne, Lambert Simnel who was initially impersonating one of the "princes in the tower" (but then switched to being the Earl of Warwick). Henry VII then employed him in his kitchen- ah unusual Tudor happy ending. Anyway music wise the most amazing track form the first half is "the Willow Runnel" composed by Ian Luff.
In the second half there is more than the average number of songs which deal with the theme of rejection. The obligatory Paul James number is the whaling song "The Diamond" which emphasises the outcome of a sailor's life- lots of pregnant girls back in port! Jo Fraser/Freya's (Equity rules name) musical contributions are "Our Captain Cried" - the story of a girl getting dumped by a sailor "so girls, if you must love, love one another", followed by "The Moth"- (a song by A. Lister)- which is a tune which took me a long time to like, but I'm passionate about it now, and "All things are quite silent" (boyfriend gets press-ganged). The hot tune of the second half is a reworking of a Schottische, ( a really funky step-hop, step-hop couple dance) "The Man in the Brown Hat" written by original band member, Cliff Stapleton, which first appeared on the album "Bobbityshooty".
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank the Big Giant Head for "A Richer Dust", 19 Feb. 2001
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This review is from: A Richer Dust (Audio CD)
Oh wow. Wow. Last time I looked this was totally unavailable. Now I can order it? Where's my credit card? No one juxtaposes the incredible drone of the hurdy-gurdy with bass guitar like Blowzabella. No one does schottisches quite like this. You can forgive them Loreena McKennit because the other tracks on the album are just fabulous. Two drones - they use the pipes as well. I challenge you to keep still. Blowzabella - mind-blowing.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't just read - LISTEN!, 28 Nov. 2009
This review is from: A Richer Dust (Audio CD)
I can't add anything to the previous comments other than to say I absolute love this. I've played it so many times for very many years, but every time I hear it it brings as much pleasure as the first time. How many albums can you say that about?

This doesn't deserve five stars. I'd give it more if I could.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely album., 4 May 2015
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Mrs. Carolyn Arno (UK) - See all my reviews
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This CD bought back many memories of being at a folk club and enjoying live music....a lovely album.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great record: why so expensive??, 10 Oct. 2012
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As the [currently] three other reviewers have said, this is a really great record, especially the suite on side 1 and the rollicking, swinging "The Diamond". But moving away from the music: for heaven's sake, "A Richer Dust" was originally released in 1988: how can it possibly now be on sale for more than a great many new releases? Perhaps this sort of pricing is something that record companies might care to look at, when wondering where all their sales have gone ...
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