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The Definitive Collection
on 10 March 2005
"Collections" type albums are always a good place to start when discovering a new artist to oneself and this excellent album featuring songs from 4 of Eliza's solo albums and offerings from Waterson-Carthy albums represents a pretty comprehensive opening into this talented artist.
What makes several of the tracks very nice is that they are medleys, and usually of two songs with complete opposing styles. So for example you'll get "Billy Boy" a rather plodding moody track coupled with "The Widow's Wedding" a rather more upbeat jig altogether. This is mirrored on "Greenwood Laddie" about the nearest thing folk comes to Jazz, with "Mr's Capron's Reel" a bouncing jaunty number.
I find the pacier tracks are where Eliza comes into her own and certainly this is where her fiddling skills are shown to their best. That's not to say she can't play a haunting lament ("Mother Go Make My Bed") but I just enjoy the fun in tracks like "Cold Wet & Rainy Night" and "The Light Dragoon"
If you buy and like this then I'll definitely predict you'll be after one of her studio albums soon.