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Curiously, they all seem to have more energy and more commitment in the later album, as if they've all partaken of a magic dynamism and depth pill!
On this earlier album, they use simpler rhythms, Tabor's voice is beautiful as ever, clearer and lighter. The Oyster Band seem more laid back and mellow than the incarnation as Oysterband. I downloaded this album whilst waiting impatiently for the release of the new one, and enjoyed it enormously, and, had I only reviewed it earlier, I'm sure I would have been fulsome with praise, but enjoyable as this album is, it pales by comparison to the later one, the years having brought depth, richness and a lovely combination of velvet and grit to the partnership.
Looking forward to that, on this album, is a delicious rendition of the Velvet Underground and Nico classic `All Tomorrow's Parties' Tabor dark, tuneful, shivering the hairs on the listener's neck on vocals
The echoing studio quality of this earliest album suffers, I think by comparison with the more recent album, where there is no sense of slightly echoing production getting between the musicians and the listener.
This is a very very pleasant album indeed, much poppier and less intense. The later one grabs the listener and says `Listen Up, I'm not for background you know' and is not a pleasant album at all, but a magical one! Age wins out over youth in this case!Read more ›
No dirges on F&R. The fine opener is a cover of `Mississippi Summer' ("I hope that I don't die before the harvest comes") followed by an upbeat version of Shane McGowan's `Lullaby of London'; an intense rhythmic take on Richard Thompson's `Night Comes In', Billy Bragg's `Valentine's Day is Over' and Lou Reed's `All Tomorrow's Parties'. Trad folk songs `Dives and Lazarus', `Dark Eyed Sailor' and `Susie Clelland' are also given the rocking Oyster Band treatment and fit right in with the album's adventurous style.
F&R managed to get the formula exactly right. Oyster band never sounded better, and it's a high point in Tabor's illustrious career. Trad and unashamedly modern at the same time, it's one of a kind and a classic of the British folk-rock genre.
Put the two together and you have dynamite, you have folk-rock at its very best. This is a great Album, with the drive and energy of the Oyster band clicking perfectly with the wonderful voice of June Tabor. My only regret - it wasn't a permanent "marriage" and they didn't keep making music together. Sadly they sort of returned to where they had come from................
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Very enjoyable but a little bit of a mixture of pop/rock/folk. Well worth having.Published 5 months ago by mgt
This is another brilliant album from June Tabor with OysterbandPublished 7 months ago by I love reading
I like both June Tabor and the Oyster Band, but together they have produced something great. Perhaps in a few years they will produce a third collaboration.Published on 23 Oct. 2013 by brett
This was bought as a present too for the same person so again delighted with my choice and I was delighted to find it on AmazonPublished on 15 May 2013 by busy sec
The cd had a few light marks an was not sealed, but it played perfectly. and cd arrived on timePublished on 1 April 2013 by T W REES