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VINE VOICEon 26 July 2013
At last, at last - Galleries and Chicken on a raft on CD!I have been waiting for YEARS!!!! Here you get the eponymous Young Tradition, and So cheerfully round as well. The latter have been available for a while, but its worth duplicating in order to get Galleries and COAR!

This is the complete Young Tradition oeuvres, apart from "The holly bears the crown" Christmas collection (also highly recommended!), and they could do no wrong, as far as I am concerned. All 3 were superb interpreters of traditional music, with 3 unique voices that blended so well when singing in ensemble. It is such a tragedy that Royston Wood and Peter Bellamy were taken from us so soon. They all produced wonderful solo material too, as the Young Tradition did not stay together that long, more's the pity. It seems incredible that these recordings are over 40 years old now. They are mono, of course, but have been well re-mastered, and the sound quality is absolutely fine - nice and sharp.

It's pointless me continuing to rave! This is the best recording event that's happened to me in ages!! Buy buy buy!!
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During a brief period between 1965 and 1969 The Young Tradition recorded three great albums and an EP and turned young people on to traditional rural sounding British Folk music.
This CD collection is just superb. It collects together all of that essential material. And although the albums were released before on CD on Transatlantic Records they were not re mastered and became very expensive and hard to get. This release is more than welcome.
The sound quality is excellent with the re master and the albums and EP are all complete. The enclosed booklet has faithfull original album notes on the songs and an interesting and informative modern set of notes specially written for this issue. The great thing is that you get all of the original material in one go and at a decent price.

The Young Tradition were a British Folk group made up of Peter Bellamy, Royston Wood and Heather Wood. Royston and Peter died young and although the group did record again as a group and they all did work on their own, these early and original albums are great because of their unique style from a classic period of the 1960s folk revival.
The debut album and subseqeut material was influenced by and a continuation of the work of the Copper Family recordings.
Here there was an unaccompanied vocal harmony rendition of some terrific traditional songs. There is a wide source of these traditional songs. We get a Collier's song with Byker Hill, a ballad of a serving girl in Betsy the serving Maid, a deportation ballad in Henry the poacher, a broken token ballad in the Banks of Claudy, a English hunting song with The innocent hunt, a carol in The truth sent from above, a song collected by Cecil Sharp and Ralph Vaughn Williams in Dives and Lazerus and more.
Album two, So Cheerfully Round, continues the same theme with more magical recordings. There is another song collected by Bob Copper to begin the album with the Bold Dragoon. Another carol with the Whitsuntide Carol, more ballads with The old miser and Knight William and the Sheperd's daughter and a song written by Roger Watson called Watercress O to round off the album. There are other songs I have not mentioned but all have a fabulous Traditional feel to them.
Album Three, Galleries, is different to the first two but it is just brilliant, Here the group move towards a more medieval feel. And the recording includes contributions from other musicians. Here we also get instruments with The Early Music Consort and David Munrow on Shawm and Rod and Adam Skeaping on viol. Christopher Hogwood plays percussion and Dolly Collins on poratative organ. Dave Swarbrick on fiddle and madolin and Sandy Denny on piano. A truly magical line up for a folk record.
Here we get an Air, a song collected by Harry Cox with The Barley Straw, a Thomas Campion song What if a Day, a west country song with The Loyal Lover, more songs collected by the Copper family, A song by Heather, A song by Bert Jansh and John Renbourn, classics songs like John Barleycorn, The Banks of the Nile and the Agincourt Carol.
Finally there was an EP which is also included here. This included Chicken on a raft, by Cyril Tawney and two traditional pieces with the last piece being a medley.
The whole release is digitally re mastered and nicely presented in a traditional slim double CD case and card sleeve. And the whole package is a must have for anyone interested in Traditional British Folk music.
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on 16 February 2015
Brilliant. The Young Tradition were the best Traditional Folk Group ever.
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on 21 July 2015
How wonderful to hear their sound again, and how sad that they are no longer with us.
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on 13 July 2014
Waited ages to find these tracks on CD, worth the wait!
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on 10 October 2013
I really enjoyed this CD. I have the Young Tradition sampler on vinyl so it was great to hear the three of them again in CD format.
I had the good luck to hear them live back in the day so I'm thinking of getting the CD of live performances next.
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on 17 February 2014
I bought these albums on vinyl in the late 1960s--great to have them as CDs now. The harmony between the artists is wonderful-'Wondrous Love' on 'Galleries' still makes my spine tingle after 45 years of listening!
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on 3 October 2015
brilliant. All the old songs I love.
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on 10 April 2014
This is a great album that sounds as vital today as it did in the 60s. If anything the quality of the performances compares very favourably with today's Folk superstars, buy it!
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on 1 October 2013
I've been a big fan of the Young Tradition, since way back in the sixties and this was an ideal opportunity to refresh my CD collection. Brilliant and faultless!
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