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Maddy Prior & Rick Kemp - Happy Families (1990)

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Maddy Prior & Rick Kemp - Happy Families (1990)

Maddy Prior & Rick Kemp - Happy Families (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 247 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 116 Mb | Scans included
British Folk, British Folk-Rock, Celtic | Label: Park Records | # PRKCD 4 | Time: 00:46:04

Teamed with Rick Kemp, Prior turns in her best non-Steeleye Span folk-rock performance, with heavy amplification, crisp electric guitars, and accordion for support. Her airy vocals and the heavy electric sound make this a superb adjunct to the best rock sides by Steeleye (Commoner's Crown, etc.), although this stuff has more of a contemporary feel, relating to Prior's Steeleye Span work roughly the way Dylan's best '70s and '80s stuff relates to his '60s folk and folk-rock sides, with a definite rock beat and pop music feel. There's also a strong social consciousness at work, with topical songs dealing with unemployment and privation amid love songs and a very playful cover of "Who's Sorry Now". (Bruce Eder, AMG)

VA - Shining Bright: The Songs of Lal & Mike Waterson (2002)

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VA - Shining Bright: The Songs of Lal & Mike Waterson (2002)

VA - Shining Bright: The Songs of Lal & Mike Waterson (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 288 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 131 Mb | Scans included | 00:53:48
British Folk, Folk-Rock, Celtic, Singer/Songwriter | Label: Topic | # TSCD519

In 1972, Mike and Lal Waterson released an extraordinary album of their original songs, Bright Phoebus. This magical collection of very English songwriting has long been acknowledged a classic and one of the finest achievements of the British folk revival. Shining Bright was conceived to pay tribute to Mike & Lal's remarkable songs, and it draws upon the songs recorded for Bright Phoebus, and on a further dozen songs written at the same time but not previously recorded. Features 15 tracks performed by Norma Waterson, Dayteller, Maddy Prior, Richard Thompson, Eliza Carthy, Blue Murder, Dick Gaughan, Linda & Teddy Thompson, Helen Watson, Billy Bragg & The Blokes, Martin Carthy, Christine Collister & others.

Bert Jansch - Albums Collection 1965-2006 (19CD)

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Bert Jansch - Albums Collection 1965-2006 (19CD)

Bert Jansch - Albums Collection 1965-2006 (19CD)
FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 4.12 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 1.85 Gb | Scans ~ 3.05 Gb
Singer/Songwriter, British Folk-Rock, British Folk, Psychedelic | 13:34:55

Collection includes 19 albums by British folk-rock legend Bert Jansch. One of the most important figures in contemporary British folk, Bert Jansch brought an unsurpassed combination of virtuosity and eclecticism to the acoustic guitar, both as a solo act and a key member of Pentangle.

Roy Harper - Albums Collection 1966-2013 (16CD)

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Roy Harper - Albums Collection 1966-2013 (16CD)

Roy Harper - Albums Collection 1966-2013 (16CD)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 5 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 1.9 Gb | Scans ~ 3.5 Gb
Genre: British Folk-Rock, Folk, Psychedelic, Art Rock, Singer/Songwriter | Time: 14:02:18

Collection includes: Sophisticated Beggar (1966); Folkjokeopus (1969); Flat, Baroque and Berserk (1970); Stormcock (1971); Valentine (1974); HQ (1975); Bullinamingvase (1977); The Unknown Soldier (1980); Once (1990); Death or Glory? (1992); The Dream Society (1998); Green Man (2000); Counter Culture (2005); The Death of God (2005); Man & Myth (2013).

Fairport Convention - Rosie (1973) Expanded Remastered 2004

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Fairport Convention - Rosie (1973) Expanded Remastered 2004

Fairport Convention - Rosie (1973) Expanded Remastered 2004
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 320 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 144 Mb | Scans included | 00:56:23
British Folk-Rock, Progressive Folk, Psychedelic | Label: Island | # IMCD 309, 982 150-2

"Rosie" is the eighth studio album by folk-rock outfit Fairport Convention, released in 1973. The album was the first to feature Australian singer-songwriter guitarist Trevor Lucas and American lead guitarist Jerry Donahue. Both had previously played with ex-Fairport Sandy Denny, to whom Lucas was married, in the short-lived Fotheringay. Here they had effectively replaced Simon Nicol who had quit Fairport to join another ex-member Ashley Hutchings in The Albion Band, thus leaving the band with no original members until he rejoined in 1976. Remastered reissue includes previously unreleased bonus tracks, 'Matthew, Mark, Luke, & John' (Live), 'The Hen's March Through the Midden…' (Live), 'Rosie' (Live), & 'The Claw' (Live).

Fairport Convention - House Full: Live at the LA Troubadour 1970 (1986) Expanded Remastered Reissue 2001

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Fairport Convention - House Full: Live at the LA Troubadour 1970 (1986) Expanded Remastered Reissue 2001

Fairport Convention - House Full: Live at the LA Troubadour 1970 (1986) Reissue 2001
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 338 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 145 Mb | Scans included | Time: 00:53:43
British Folk-Rock, Progressive Folk, Psychedelic | Label: Island | # IMCD 289, 586 376-2

1970 found Fairport Convention reduced to a quartet after the departure of their singer Sandy Denny. They decided not to replace her and recorded FULL HOUSE, a ferocious blend of high intensity rock dynamics with traditional British Isle fiddle-filled forms. With accolades accumulating for both FULL HOUSE and its predecessor, the beloved LEIGE AND LEIF, another tour of America was mounted in the late summer. HOUSE FULL was recorded in Los Angeles at the Troubador. A fine companion piece to its alternately-ordered namesake, these eight songs are a revamped set of the live album released only in the UK. The line-up of the band is extremely impressive, but it was not to last. Richard Thompson left the following year before another studio album was made. UK remastered reissue of 1986 album for Hannibal that's out-of-print in the U.S. with 2 added bonus tracks, 'Bonnie Kate/Sir B.McKenzies' & 'Yellow Bird' both taken from the album Live At The Troubadour (1976).

Matthews Southern Comfort - Later That Same Year (1970) Expanded Reissue 2008

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Matthews Southern Comfort - Later That Same Year (1970) Expanded Reissue 2008

Matthews Southern Comfort - Later That Same Year (1970) Expanded Reissue 2008
XLD | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 333 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 128 Mb | Scans ~ 53 Mb | 00:55:38
British Folk-Rock, British Folk, Psychedelic Rock, Country-Rock | Label: BGO | # BGOCD807

Ian Matthews left Fairport Convention in 1969, and while the U.K.'s greatest folk-rock band was beginning to reinvent itself in a more traditional and very British direction, Matthews began digging deeper into the American influences that had marked his old band's first era. Later That Same Year, the second album from Ian's new group Matthews Southern Comfort (it was released in late 1970, a mere six months after their debut, hence the title), is a beautiful set of songs that splits the difference between West Coast folk-rock and early country-rock, with Gordon Huntley's pedal steel and Roger Coulam's lending an air of sunny sadness that dovetails beautifully with Matthews' silky tenor. Matthews wrote three of the songs on Later That Same Year, and they rank with the album's finest moments, especially the ethereal harmonies of "And Me" and the graceful simplicity of "My Lady," but Matthews also borrows some excellent material from American writers, including a cover of Neil Young's "Tell Me Why" that remains faithful while creating a languid mood of its own.

Steeleye Span - The Lark In The Morning: The Early Years (2003) 2CDs

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Steeleye Span - The Lark In The Morning: The Early Years (2003) 2CDs

Steeleye Span - The Lark In The Morning: The Early Years (2003) 2CDs
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 737 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 284 Mb | Scans ~ 45 Mb
British Folk, British Folk-Rock | Label: Castle Music | # CMDDD781 | Time: 02:01:16

Lark in the Morning: The Early Years is a mid-priced, two-disc rendering of the band's first three records. Remastered for the first time, Hark! the Village Wait, Please to See the King, and Ten Man Mop are featured in their entirety, and in their original sequence, making this an absolute necessity for fans, and a perfect entry point for the uninitiated. Steeleye Span are masters of arrangement, and nowhere is that more evident than on their debut. Though familial tension ran high during its recording, Hark! the Village Wait yielded some of the most agreeable tunes the band ever laid to tape. Beginning with the a cappella "A Calling-On Song," the group established itself as peerless singers, utilizing the dual lead vocals of sirens Gay Woods and Maddy Prior to a tee, particularly on "My Johnny Was a Shoemaker" and "Dark Eyed Sailor." The lineup is legendary, rivaling only Fairport Convention in their Sandy Denny/Richard Thompson heyday. Ashley Hutchings, Dave Mattacks, Tim Hart, future Pogue Terry Woods, and Gay and Maddy produced a landmark album that continues to inspire countless musicians and fans alike.

Fotheringay - Essen 1970 (2011)

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Fotheringay - Essen 1970 (2011)

Fotheringay - Essen 1970 (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 249 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 98 Mb | Scans ~ 98 Mb
British Folk, British Folk-Rock | Label: Thors Hammer | # THCD 006 | Time: 00:42:55

Fotheringay were a short-lived offshoot of Fairport Convention, featuring key member and leader Sandy Denny. The band's only studio album, a self-titled record featuring Denny's own compositions and several covers, arrived in 1970. (A second album was planned but never completed, although guitarist Jerry Donahue later completed the project and released it in 2008 as Fotheringay 2.) While Fotheringay's work proved to be interesting and beguiling, the band nevertheless broke up in 1971, with Denny going on to launch a solo career. She also sang in duet with Robert Plant on Led Zeppelin's "Battle of Evermore," becoming the only guest vocalist to perform on any of the band's albums.

Albion Country Band - Battle Of The Field (1976) Remastered Reissue 1997

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Albion Country Band - Battle Of The Field (1976) Remastered Reissue 1997

Albion Country Band - Battle Of The Field (1976) Remastered Reissue 1997
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 224 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 87 Mb | Covers included
British Folk, British Folk-Rock, Celtic | Label: BGO | # BGOCD354 | 00:36:48

Battle of the Field was recorded by the Albion Country Band in 1973, but it wasn't released until 1976. The delay didn't really matter, since the group's music – traditional English folk played on electric instruments – is essentially timeless. The group wasn't quite as skilled as Fairport Convention, but they were nevertheless extraordinarily talented, and this arguably remains their finest moment.

Pentangle - The Lost Broadcasts 1968-1972 (2004) 2CDs

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Pentangle - The Lost Broadcasts 1968-1972 (2004) 2CDs

Pentangle - The Lost Broadcasts 1968-1972 (2004) 2CD
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 735 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 340 Mb | Scans included
Progressive Folk, British Folk-Rock, Psychedelic | Label: Hux | # Hux 049 | 02:25:34

This double CD of Pentangle's BBC recordings is comprised primarily of rare and previously unheard tracks. From 1968 to 1973 Pentangle were prolific session guests on BBC radio, their unique fusion of sounds providing access to programmes covering folk, pop and progressive rock. When BBC cupboards were trawled for these recordings in the early nineties they were almost bare - a mere handful of tracks survived in the tape archive (released on the band of joy/strange fruit labels). Here at last, with previously unreleased songs among classics from all six of their albums, is a representative history of the Pentangle at the BBC. The accompanying 12 page booklet includes comprehensive liner notes, a full discography of Pentangle's BBC recordings, and several rare photographs.

June Tabor - Always (2005) 4CD Box Set

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June Tabor - Always (2005) 4CD Box Set

June Tabor - Always (2005) 4CD Box Set
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.35 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 729 Mb | Scans ~ 148 Mb | 04:53:49
British Folk, Folk-Rock, Celtic | Label: Topic | # TSFCD4003, TSCD558-561

June Tabor is not just one of England's foremost folk singers, but one of the greatest interpretive singers in any field. This set contains key tracks from all parts of her career, many live and unreleased songs and collaborations with, among others, Maddy Prior, The Oyser Band and Martin Simpson. It is subtly lavish, 4 CDs in a long box format (6'' x 12'') with a 48 page full color booklet including historical photographs, a biographical essay and comprehensive notes on the songs. There are 67 tracks, 32 of which are previously unreleased - almost 5 hours of music. The whole package is much more than just a career retrospective, it is a fitting tribute to one of the great singers of our time.

Dave Swarbrick - Swarb! Forty Five Years of Folk's Finest Fiddler (2003) 4 CD Box Set

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Dave Swarbrick - Swarb! Forty Five Years of Folk's Finest Fiddler (2003) 4 CD Box Set

Dave Swarbrick - Swarb! Forty Five Years of Folk's Finest Fiddler (2003) 4 CD Box Set
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 1.4 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 725 Mb | Scans included
British Folk, British Folk-Rock, Traditional Celtic | Label: Free Reed | # FRCD 41-44 | Time: 05:08:51

This lavishly packaged, authoritatively researched 4CD long-box set is the first in-depth anthology of the music and 45-year career of Dave Swarbrick, one of Britain's best loved and most influential folk fiddle players. The 73 tracks (over five hours of music) stretch from Swarb's earliest recordings to his latest, including selections from every duo, band and session line-up he has been involved in, legendary 'lost' recordings, and out-takes and alternate takes from all of his key albums. Among the many individuals and groups he has performed with are Ewan MacColl, the Ian Campbell Folk Group, Martin Carthy, Fairport Convention, Beryl Marriott, Richard & Linda Thompson, Whippersnapper, Eureka and Band Of Hope, all featured here along with other well know names from the British folk music scene. The definitive tribute to one of the great names of British folk music.

Fairport Convention - "Babbacombe" Lee (1971) Expanded Remastered Reissue 2004

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Fairport Convention - "Babbacombe" Lee (1971) Expanded Remastered Reissue 2004

Fairport Convention - "Babbacombe" Lee (1971) Expanded Remastered Reissue 2004
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 382 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 120 Mb | Scans ~ 280 Mb
British Folk-Rock, British Folk, Progressive Folk | Island | # IMCD308, 982 150-1 | 00:50:11

Fairport Convention's only concept album was built around the story of John "Babbacombe" Lee, a convicted killer who survived three attempts to hang him. Cut by the four-man Fairport lineup of Simon Nicol, Dave Swarbrick, Dave Mattacks, and Dave Pegg, the original album was a self-contained work with a specific beginning and ending. It's also never been much more than cult item in the group's early catalog, despite some spirited playing on "Little Did I Think," "I Was Sixteen, Pt. 2," "St. Ninian's Isle/Trumpet Hornpipe," and "Sailor's Alphabet." The slipcased "Island Remasters" keeps the concept and the original album's content intact – with killer sound as expected, and each song now getting its own index number – and appends a pair of bonus tracks that justify the purchase. The first is "Farewell to a Poor Man's Son," a "lost" song by the group from the BBC program on John Lee that was the inspiration for the album, and "Breakfast in Mayfair," both from an earlier lineup of the band featuring Jerry Donahue.

Sandy Denny - A Boxful of Treasures (2004) 5 CD Box Set

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Sandy Denny - A Boxful of Treasures (2004) 5 CD Box Set

Sandy Denny - A Boxful of Treasures (2004) 5 CD Box Set
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 1.83 Gb | Scans ~ 97 Mb | Time: 05:56:25
British Folk, British Folk-Rock, Psychedelic | Label: Fledg'ling | # NEST 5002

A Boxful of Treasures is a 2004 compilation box set of recordings by folk rock legend Sandy Denny and comprises solo material and recordings made during her time as a member of Fotheringay, Fairport Convention, and other groups. The fifth CD contains previously unreleased tracks, most of which are demos recorded at Denny's home.