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Vagabond (Red LP + Bonus CD) [VINYL] Limited Edition

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  • Vinyl (25 Aug. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Navigator Records
  • ASIN: B001E1GX6Y
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 648,922 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. (Side A) Tom Padget
  2. The Birth Of Robin Hood
  3. Three Tunes
  4. Captain Ward
  5. Beggar Boy
  6. (Side B) Mary Anne
  7. Speed The Plough / The Princess Royal
  8. Rambling Robin
  9. Gentlewoman
  10. The Rain It Rains
  11. Vignette

Disc: 2

  1. (CD) Tom Padget
  2. The Birth Of Robin Hood
  3. Three Tunes
  4. Captain Ward
  5. Beggar Boy
  6. Mary Anne
  7. Speed The Plough / The Princess Royal
  8. Rambling Robin
  9. Gentlewoman
  10. The Rain It Rains
  11. Vignette

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Product Description

Deluxe Coloured Vinyl LP + Bonus CD Album.

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Format: Audio CD
I'm not into folk music big time but with these, their related form of Bellowhead and Seth Lakeman, this is turning a little. Saw them perform Captains Ward on BBC late one night on a Glastonbury show and haven't looked back once I got this album.

The album is mostly a selection of traditional (very old) English Folk songs they've picked out. The songs are general uplifting, have a sense of humour, pretty or a combination of these. This is not the misery, navel gazing, waling/talking folk of 10/20 years ago. At the risk of putting some people off think fun, morris dancing tunes, sea shanties and sweet tunes.

They're accomplished musicians and the sound is amazing for just the two people coming from melodeon (squeezy box things), violin or guitar, piece of wood (stomping boot there on) and vocals. The quality comes from their choice of songs, how well they play and how well their playing complements each other.

I like the foot stompers best so maybe trading a slower song for another foot stomper would have given it better balance for me. But I still love the album.

Tom Padget
Slower powerful tune and story. Violin

Birth of Robin Hood
A delicate and pretty song with some lovely guitar playing by Jon. Shame the title gives the story away!

Captain War
My favourite track, foot stomping driven sea shanty. Great use of a wellington boot for stomping on the BBC footage (on their website). The fellas realy are together to drive the song on. Violin mode.

Beggar Boy
A bruding swaying song, almost Rob Roy sound track ish at the start then gaining pace. John's melodeon leads this song. Guitar swapped for Violin later on.

Mary Ann
Delicate love song,, Jon's voice is promenent.
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Yet another gem from the talented twosome. The intricate musicianship on Vagabond surpasses even their previous finest moments. The arrangments are outstanding and the fantastic guitar playing in particular adds substantially to the expected high quality of their established, but always enlightening fiddle and squeezebox sound. Their unflinching ability to pick classic traditional songs and give them the S&B treatment once again hits the mark.
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I love Bellowhead and was keen to hear Spiers and Boden as a duo, and Vagabond is where I arrived. This album is a complete delight, Spiers and Boden perform with gusto and sensitivity, as and when the pieces require. They have a delightful symbiosis that is a joy to hear, and a canny knack for interpretation that is apparent throughout, not to mention the ability to create such a big, wholesome din, for just two guys with acoustic instruments.

Swaggering, jaunty upbeat pieces are dominant - Rambling Robin being a particularly nice example, in keeping with the loose theme of the album of songs about outsiders and rogues - but the jewel in the crown here to my thinking is The Rain It Rains, a mellower piece where Jon Boden was commissioned to create a (very lovely) tune to go with verses from Shakespeare. The Birth Of Robin Hood is another highlight. Of the instrumentals my favourite is Speed the Plough/The Princess Royal, or maybe the Welsh tune Gentlewoman (Y Fenyw Fwyn), I can't decide, both are quite different from each other, the former high-stepping and showy, the latter quite dainty and respectable, and it was a nice touch to include the short Vignette (a gentle reprisal of the tune from Tom Padget) to bring proceedings to a close.

There isn't a weak track on the album, it is a beautiful thing, it's vibrant and brimming with life, and really you should only hesitate to buy it if you prefer your folk music pallid and anaemic and laying listless on a bed of synths.
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I really liked this, outstanding musicianship and a real love of the music they play. Shame they say they won't be touring as S&B again due to Bellowhead commitments, but hey, who needs an excuse not to go and see Bellowhead as often as possible.
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This is another collection of fantastic tunes from the mega-talented S and B. If you thought English folk music was a pale immitation compared to its celtic cousins, think again! A collection of songs celebrating the sturdy beggars, vagrants and rogues of old England. The sample 'captain ward' Amazon have provided gives a good idea of the content. Some tunes are slower, but you'd be exhausted otherwise! Brilliant!
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I have enjoyed Spiers & Boden's Music since I first listened to them perform at Glastonbury last year and I was not disappointed with this CD. I've now got eleven CD's of both them and Bellowhead.
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Both Jon Boden (fiddle) and John Spiers (accordion) obviously love what they do and have a real passion for their music and it shows in this album. Boden's fiddle is raw yet beautiful and Spiers' accordion and melodeon switch from melancholy to passionate and back. Boden's natural tenor and occasional stomp box tie it all together perfectly. If you're looking to an introduction to accomplished modern English folk buy this album, and then go see them live where you'll see their music really come alive.
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