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Worth it for Alison Gross and Cam Ye O'er from France
on 25 April 2017
I had this on vinyl a few decades ago and thought it was about time I caught up with it on CD having been record playerless for some years. I still think side 1 (as it was then, now tracks 1-6) is great and side 2 largely not worth bothering with, at least after Long Lankin. Gaudete is fine, or at least it would be if it didn't sound like it had been recorded in a bathroom and started (and finished) with them processing from a nearby bedroom to the bathroom and back again, resulting in a lengthy fade in and out at the beginning and end of the track which goes some way to ruining it. All around my cat is their other hit and needs little further commendation. Thomas the Rhymer is Ok, although it has the feel of something which is going to build up to a great climax and somehow never does. Alison Gross is the best track on the album, simply brilliant. Little Sir Hugh has a twee nursery rhyme of a chorus separated by some innocent-sounding verses describing infanticide, very good. Cam Ye o'er from France is the second best track on the album, also wonderful. Long Lankin takes some time to get going but is still comfortably the best track on what was side 2. Gone ot America sounds a bit like a C & W ballad, inoffensive i itself but nothing to write home about. Let her go down is simply dull and I find it hard to imagine this was considered one of the best 11 tracks in their entire output. Black Jack Davy is a third rate Alison Gross while Bach goes to Limerick could be any old pub fiddle band to be honest.