- Audio CD (30 April 2012)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: CD
- Label: Powered Flight
- ASIN: B007MJA9CG
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- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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The Vice Of The People CD
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"Revamped and reinvigorated, the Albion Band's forty year legacy gets a new lease of life. This fresh faced six piece are set to kick start a folk-rock revival like no other" The Albion Band, originally formed by Ashley Hutchings in 1971, are pioneers of English folk rock. In 2011 Ashley stepped aside to introduce an all-new line up to reinvigorate Folk Rock for a new generation. Recapturing the spirit of the band's heyday with an edgier approach to folk rock, new album 'The Vice of The People' places new songs alongside reimagined traditional material, reworked Albion classics and stomping tune sets. Taking the spirit of classic era Albion Band and fusing it with award-winning songwriting, this is the sound of 21st Century English folk rock, and a welcome shot in the arm for the whole genre. Blair Dunlop (vocals/guitar), Gavin Davenport (vocals/guitar), Katriona Gilmore (vocals/fiddle), Benjamin Trott (lead guitar), Tom Wright (drums/vocals) and Tim Yates (bass/melodeon) are all familiar faces to festival-goers nationwide. With gritty arrangements and harmonies to kill for, the album has already been lauded as 'seminal' and 'classic'. With clear socio-political themes, the album embraces relentless rock ('Roll Over Vaughan Williams)', political biteback ('Thieves Song') and the melancholia ('Adieu to Old England'). With a storming live show, the reinvigorated Albion Band will make a huge and lasting impression on the folk scene for a long time to come.
Over the last 40 years, something like 160 musicians have passed through the ranks of The Albion Band. Throughout that time, founder Ashley Hutchings has been at the helm. In a move that took many observers by surprise, Hutchings handed over the stewardship of the band to his son, guitarist and vocalist, Blair Dunlop.
Rather than populating the band with grizzled vets of the folk scene, Dunlop recruited a new generation of musicians: Gavin Davenport, Katriona Gilmore (who first saw The Albion Band in 1997 as a 12-year-old), Tom Wright and Tim Yates. Together they restore a more rock-inclined vitality to a set which is, in essence, a survey of the state of modern-day Britain. There’s a palpable anger at what has become of old Albion seething within tracks that document the widening gaps between rich and poor, incipient inequality dressed up as choice, and the paucity of ambition that bedevils so many young people in the thrall of talent shows and celeb culture.
A cappella opener A Quarter Hour of Fame points a recriminatory finger at the desire to be famous without any requisite ability or achievement: "And what about the history that made our country’s name? Who are you heroes now? / Would you trade it all for glory and a quarter hour of fame? Who are your heroes now?" As respect for our political and financial institutions has never been lower, Davenport’s Thieves Song is a timely reminder that not everyone who wants to rob us blind will be a lowly burglar: "So put no faith in rich men, though gold they have in store / For now they have the taste of it they’ll want it 10 times more!"
What at first seemed unthinkable and something of a risk has proved to have been a gamble that’s paid off handsomely if this debut record of the new line-up is anything to go by. With tightly-drilled playing and some vividly potent original writing, The Albion Band looks to be in good hands for the foreseeable future.
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Top Customer Reviews
As for the CD - pure class. "Coalville" and "How Many Miles to Babylon" are exquisite renditions. The arrangement of How Many Miles brings back the eerie impression that the Nursery Rhyme made on me as a child. The rest of the tracks don't lag far behind either. The great tradition of this excellent band has been upheld.
This band sounds really tight and seriously talented. They don't remind me of Fairport Convention. Neither do they remind me of any Albion Band line-up that I recall. But to the band's great credit they do have a sense of the sadly short-lived Eighteenth Day of May - most markedly in their brilliant reading of Phil Beer's "Set Their Mouths to Twisting". ( To remind us of TEDM is a very good thing indeed.) I love the vocalising and Kathriona Gilmore's mandolin on this superb track. I suspect Kathriona is a very gifted individual as she also contributes a hugely imaginative new song "Coalville" which is a total grower. But the singing and instrumentation are superb on every track and the arrangements are nuanced , punchy ( as required ) and always rivetting. This is , by miles , the best folk album I've encountered in the last few years.
One small defect , in my humble . I prefer The Albion Band 1979 version of "One More Day" - one of the greatest ever folk-rock cuts ( on the aforementioned "Guvnor" ).Read more ›
This is destined to be one of the Folk Rock albums of the year. A nice mix of Traditional Songs and tunes, interspersed with self penned numbers. They are touring the festivals this summer. Catch them live if possible. Buy this record !
Having seen them recently at Butlins(!) Skegness when Ashley made an appearance with them this sense was re-inforced even more so. Older material mixed with the new meant a storming show with all round contributions from everybody.
The material they have recorded is a splendid mix and match of the traditional, the new and excellent covers. I can't really praise this too highly - album of the year for me so far
I cannot say this is the Albion Band with balls, as they always had them, but they have just got bigger.
There is so much power in all of the songs on board, other than where subtly is required and then it is here with abundance. Like most all of this bands releases the whole adventure holds together through its various attributes.
This has beyond doubt brought a new faze into the old and well respected guard. Without outdoing anything before the band has just moved on, please let no one begrudge them this because so much homework has been done to come to this point. If this is all too much about the past, then just enjoy this for what it is, a great release of above average traditional music.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm probably going to ruffle a few feathers here, but I think they are better than Blair Dunlops Dads original band!! Read morePublished on 17 Mar. 2013 by Valley Man
Great to see the direction the Albion Band have taken with this line up of young, exciting talent.
Songs and performances are all top drawer and clearly this band have many... Read more
Been a fan of the ALBION BAND since the late seventies in its many guises as dance or Christmas band. The latest incarnation must not be missed. Read morePublished on 6 Sept. 2012 by Darren Dean
The new generation / membership of the Albion Band has done a good job continuing the high standard and traditions of the past. Read morePublished on 13 Jun. 2012 by M. E. Trevelyan-jones