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Maddy Prior & June Tabor - Silly Sisters (1976) Reissue 1994

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Maddy Prior & June Tabor - Silly Sisters (1976) Reissue 1994

Maddy Prior & June Tabor - Silly Sisters (1976) Reissue 1994
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 242 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 108 Mb | Scans included
British Folk, British Folk-Rock, Celtic | Label: BGO | # BGOCD214 | Time: 00:41:50

This was a match made in heaven: Maddy Prior, the sweet-voiced singer for Steeleye Span, and June Tabor, a darker-toned solo performer who was already making a significant name for herself on the British folk scene. The collaboration was blessed by the presence of most of that scene's aristocracy, including guitarists Nic Jones and Martin Carthy, bassist Danny Thompson, and mandolinist Andy Irvine. But the album's most transcendent moments come when Prior and Tabor sing together a cappella, as they do at the beginning of the gentle "Seven Joys of Mary" and the more astringent "Burning of Auchindoon," not to mention the hair-raising "Four Loom Weaver." A few of these songs require a couple of listens before they reveal all of their charms, but all of them are worth the effort.

June Tabor & Oysterband - Ragged Kingdom (2011)

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June Tabor & Oysterband - Ragged Kingdom (2011)

June Tabor & Oysterband - Ragged Kingdom (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 305 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 112 Mb | Scans ~ 188 Mb
Genre: British Folk, Folk Rock | Label: Topic Records | # TSCD585 | Time: 00:46:14

Twenty-one years ago, June Tabor and Oysterband got together to record what is now recognised as an English folk-rock classic. It wasn't exclusively a folk album, though there were some traditional tracks, but rather an eclectic, powerful reworking of anything from Lou Reed to Shane McGowan. Now, at long last, comes the followup that so many of us have been asking for, and it's no disappointment. The energy is still there, along with the desire to startle and experiment, but so is a new maturity and emotional depth, and even greater variety. The traditional songs include Bonnie Bunch of Roses, in which the stomping backing is never allowed to overshadow Tabor's no-nonsense storytelling; then there's a glorious melodeon and fiddle-backed treatment of Fountains Flowing, that song of parting and grief, and there's delicate, unaccompanied vocal harmony singing on the Scottish lament (When I Was No But) Sweet Sixteen. The contemporary songs range from a fiddle-backed stomp through Dylan's Seven Curses, through to a thoughtful, gutsy reworking of PJ Harvey's That Was My Veil, and a pained, acoustic version of Joy Division's Love Will Tear Us Apart.

Silly Sisters: Maddy Prior & June Tabor - No More To The Dance (1988) Reissue 2004

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Silly Sisters: Maddy Prior & June Tabor - No More To The Dance (1988) Reissue 2004

Silly Sisters: Maddy Prior & June Tabor - No More To The Dance (1988) Reissue 2004
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 238 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 140 Mb | Scans included
British Folk, Celtic, British Folk-Rock | Label: Topic | # TSCD450 | Time: 00:47:25

The first time June Tabor and Maddy Prior made a duo recording, it was released under their names and was entitled Silly Sisters. On this, their second album, Silly Sisters is the name of the group. Officially, it still consists of just Tabor and Prior, but most tracks also feature Breton guitarist Dan Ar Braz, Welsh harpist and keyboardist Huw Warren, and various other guests. As with their first album, the program is a winning mix of traditional and modern British folk music. An eerie and haunting arrangement of Andy Irvine's "Blood and Gold" is followed immediately by an almost African-sounding instrumental by Ar Braz; Tabor and Prior perform a brief a cappella "catch" by Henry Purcell entitled "Cakes and Ale"; and the traditional "Hedger and Ditcher" shows up in an arrangement that features both bagpipes and soprano saxophone. But interesting as things get instrumentally, Tabor and Prior's almost telepathic musicality and sharp, reedy voices are always at center stage, and the songs are always well served by the arrangements.

Maddy Prior - Changing Winds (1978) Reissue 1993

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Maddy Prior - Changing Winds (1978) Reissue 1993

Maddy Prior - Changing Winds (1978) Reissue 1993
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 188 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 92 Mb | Scans ~ 64 Mb
British Folk, British Folk-Rock | Label: BGO | # BGOCD213 | Time: 00:40:21

Some forty years from her emergence on the late sixties folk club circuit, Maddy Prior is one of the most enduring, influential and respected artists in British music. Born in Blackpool and, raised in St Albans, Maddy first came to prominence as a duo with singer/ guitarist Tim Hart, building a reputation around the folk clubs and releasing two albums. As the 70s dawned, they joined forces with Ashley Hutchings (of Fairport Convention) and Gay & Terry Woods, with the idea of fusing folk song with rock instrumentation and technique. The new group took its name from a traditional Lincolnshire ballad 'Horkstow Grange' - the tale of a character called Steeleye Span.

June Tabor and the Oyster Band - Freedom and Rain (1990)

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June Tabor and the Oyster Band - Freedom and Rain (1990)

June Tabor and the Oyster Band - Freedom and Rain (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 277 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 118 Mb | Scans included
British Folk-Rock, British Folk | Label: Cooking Vinyl | # COOKCD 031 | 00:39:02

Tabor teams up with one of Britain's leading folk-rock outfits, the Oyster Band, with fairly successful results, although it won't be the favorite of June's most traditionally-minded fans. She takes all the lead vocals on these fully electrified arrangements. The material is certainly varied, including both traditional numbers and covers of contemporary folk and rock tunes by Richard Thompson, Si Kahn, the Pogues, Billy Bragg, and the Velvet Underground.

Fairport Convention - Nine (1973) Expanded Remastered 2005

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Fairport Convention - Nine (1973) Expanded Remastered 2005

Fairport Convention - Nine (1973) Expanded Remastered 2005
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 333 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 134 Mb | Scans ~ 230 Mb
British Folk-Rock, British Folk, Country Folk | Label: Island | # 982 796-6, IMCD 310 | 00:55:42

Nine is the ninth album by the British folk rock group Fairport Convention, released in 1973. 2005 Remastered re-issue. Bonus Tracks include 'The Devil in the Kitchen' (Fiddlestix), 'George Jackson' (Live), 'Pleasure and Pain' (Live) and 'Six Days on the Road' (Live).

Shirley Collins & The Albion Country Band - No Roses (1971) Reissue 2004

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Shirley Collins & The Albion Country Band - No Roses (1971) Reissue 2004

Shirley Collins & The Albion Country Band - No Roses (1971) Reissue 2004
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 240 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 104 Mb | Scans included | 00:35:02
British Folk, British Folk-Rock | Label: Castle Music/Sanctuary | # CMRCD951

Shirley Collins' collaboration with the Albion Country Band for No Roses is considered a major event in the history of British folk and British folk-rock. For it was the first time that Collins, roundly acknowledged as one of the best British traditional folk singers, sang with electric accompaniment, and indeed one of the first times that a British traditional folk musician had "gone electric" in the wake of Dave Swarbrick joining Fairport Convention and Martin Carthy joining Steeleye Span. The album itself doesn't sound too radical, however. At times it sounds something like Fairport Convention with Shirley Collins on lead vocals, which is unsurprising given the presence of Ashley Hutchings on all cuts but one, and Richard Thompson and Simon Nicol on most of the selections (Dave Mattacks plays drums on a few tracks for good measure).

Sandy Denny - "Listen Listen": An Introduction To Sandy Denny (1999)

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Sandy Denny - "Listen Listen": An Introduction To Sandy Denny (1999)

Sandy Denny - "Listen Listen": An Introduction To Sandy Denny (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 423 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 170 Mb | Scans ~ 157 Mb
Label: Island Records | # IMCD 253, 524 511-2 | Time: 01:14:30
British Folk, British Folk-Rock, Psychedelic

Island's single-disc Sandy Denny compilation does its best to offer a compact overview of the iconic singer's work. Focusing on the four records completed before her death in 1978, the 17-track Listen Listen winds comfortably through career highlights like "The North Star Grassman and the Raven," "Blackwaterside," and the gorgeous title track. Fans will contest the omission of tracks like "Carnival" and "It Suits Me Well," but for such a slim collection – considering Denny's invaluable work with Fairport Convention, Fotheringay, and the Strawbs – Listen Listen is a fine introduction to the artist's later days.

Fairport Convention - Liege & Lief (1969) Expanded Remastered 2002

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Fairport Convention - Liege & Lief (1969) Expanded Remastered 2002

Fairport Convention - Liege & Lief (1969) Expanded Remastered 2002
XLD | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 307 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 153 Mb | Scans included
Label: Island Records | # 586 929-2, IMCD 291 | Time: 00:55:21
British Folk-Rock, Psychedelic, Progressive Folk

Liege & Lief is the fourth album by the English folk rock band Fairport Convention. It is the third and final album the group released in the UK in 1969, all of which prominently feature Sandy Denny as lead female vocalist. (Denny did not appear on the group's 1968 debut album). It is also the very first Fairport album on which all songs have either been adapted (freely) from traditional British and Celtic folk material (for example "Matty Groves", "Tam Lin"), or else are original compositions (such as "Come All Ye", "Crazy Man Michael") written and performed in a similar style. By introducing songs of this genre into the group's repertoire Denny, who had previously sung and recorded traditional folk songs as a solo artist, was instrumental in this transformation. Although Denny quit the band even before the album's release, Fairport Convention has continued to the present day to make music almost exclusively within the traditional British folk music idiom, and are still most strongly associated with it.

Fairport Convention - Unhalfbricking (1969) Expanded Remastered Reissue 2003

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Fairport Convention - Unhalfbricking (1969) Expanded Remastered Reissue 2003

Fairport Convention - Unhalfbricking (1969)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 272 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 110 Mb | Scans ~ 250 Mb
Label: Island Remasters | # IMCD293 / 063 596-2 | Time: 00:48:18
British Folk-Rock, Psychedelic, Progressive Folk

Unhalfbricking is the third album by British folk rock band Fairport Convention, released in 1969. It is seen as a transitional album in their history and marked a further musical move away from American influences towards more traditional English folk songs that had begun on their previous album, What We Did On Our Holidays and arguably reached its peak on the follow-up, Liege & Lief, released later the same year. In 2004 Q magazine placed Unhalfbricking at number 41 in its list of the 50 Greatest British Albums Ever, and in the same year The Observer, describing it as "a thoroughly English masterpiece", listed it at number 27 in its Top 100 British Albums. The following year, 2005, it was included in Robert Dimery's "1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die".

VA - Scarborough Fair: The Best Of English Folk (2006) 3CD Set

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VA - Scarborough Fair: The Best Of English Folk (2006) 3CD Set

VA - Scarborough Fair: The Best Of English Folk (2006) 3CD Set
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.27 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 545 Mb | Scans ~ 48 Mb | 03:56:38
British Folk, British Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter | Label: Castle | # CMETD1273

Three-disc, 64-track collection. The folk revival that took place at club level during the Sixties introduced a whole new audience to traditional folksong, while also bringing to the fore the concept of the earnest young singer/songwriter. When, by the end of the decade, centuries-old songs were being given a sonic makeover by the new breed of electric folkies (headed by the likes of Fairport Convention and Steeleye Span, both of whom are represented on this collection), folk music had long since escaped out of the clubs and into the charts. This companion piece to similar 3CD sets concentrating on the Irish and Scottish folk scenes focuses on the astonishing depth of talent emanating from the English folk scene during this most tumultuous of decades. Every facet of the English folk genre is encompassed, ranging from club singers and trad folksong revivalists like Isla Cameron and Shirley Collins, the post-Dylan singer/songwriter (Donovan, Ralph McTell), folk-based fusion act Pentangle, and even such turn-of-the-decade acid folk iconoclasts as Synathesia and the mighty Comus.

Pentangle - Reflection (1971) Reissue 2004

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Pentangle - Reflection (1971) Reissue 2004

Pentangle - Reflection (1971) Reissue 2004
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 243 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 91 Mb | Scans ~ 145 Mb
British Folk, Folk-Rock, Psychedelic | Label: Sanctuary | # CMRCD 983 | 00:39:49

Pentangle were always great at creating musical fusions, and on this album, they once again came through. The opening song, "Wedding Dress," is a fabulous meeting of Celtic, country, and, believe it or not, funk. It's one of the few songs of theirs that actually rocks. The rest of the record is classic Pentangle, with Bert Jansch's and John Renbourn's acoustic guitars intermingling so well that it would make even Neil Young and Stephen Stills a little envious. Jacqui McShee, as usual, has some exquisite vocal moments, namely the previously mentioned "Wedding Dress" and an excellent reading of "Will the Circle Be Unbroken." This track shows how the group was further exploring new musical ground, this time with traditional American folk/gospel. The group's rhythm section of Danny Thompson (upright bass/cello) and Terry Cox (percussion) – easily one of the most inventive on the planet – shines on every cut, creating solid ground for Renbourn, McShee, and Jansch to do their high-wire act on vocals and guitar. One of their finest all-around albums.

The Pentangle - Sweet Child (1968) Reissue 1988

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The Pentangle - Sweet Child (1968) Reissue 1988

The Pentangle - Sweet Child (1968) Reissue 1988
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 370 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 167 Mb | Scans ~ 103 Mb
Label: Line Music | # TACD 9.00552 O | Time: 01:13:05
British Folk, British Folk-Rock, Psychedelic Folk

Sweet Child, released in 1968, at the peak of Pentangle's career, is probably the most representative of their work. A sprawling two-record set, half recorded in the studio and half live at the Royal Festival Hall, showcases just how versatile Pentangle was in their unique brand of English folk, jazz, Celtic, blues, and pop styles. Some of the live covers are easily their finest performances. Furry Lewis' "Turn Your Money Green," sung by the delightful Jacqui McShee, swings sweetly, buttressed of course by John Renbourn and Bert Jansch's guitar tapestry. Charlie Mingus' "Haitian Flight Song" features a great solo by bassist Danny Thompson, who was easily one of the finest musicians to grace the instrument. The studio tracks are uniformly excellent as well, especially "The Time Has Come," which turns waltz time inside out. McShee, Renbourn, and Jansch all turn in career performances on this track. But these examples merely scratch the surface of Pentangle's peak. In all, Sweet Child is an awesome and delightful collection, and probably their finest hour.

The Pentangle - The Pentangle (1968) Remastered Reissue 2001

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The Pentangle - The Pentangle (1968) Remastered Reissue 2001

The Pentangle - The Pentangle (1968) Expanded Remastered Reissue 2001
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 304 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 122 Mb | Scans ~ 121 Mb
Label: Castle/Sanctuary | # CMRCD 131 | Time: 00:53:25
Genre: British Folk, British Folk-Rock, Psychedelic

Remastered reissue of the British folk-rock act's 1968 debut album. Divided between traditional and original material, highlights included their arrangement of 'Bruton Town' and the seven-minute instrumental laden 'Pentangling'. This CD also features 7 bonus tracks 'Koan' (alt. version), 'The Wheel' (alt. version), 'The Casbah' (alt. Version), 'Bruton Town' (edit 1/5/3), 'Hear My Call' (alt. Version), 'Way Behind The Sun' (alt version) & 'Way Behind The Sun' (Instrumental).

Davy Graham - Albums Collection 1963-1970 (6CD)

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Davy Graham - Albums Collection 1963-1970 (6CD)

Davy Graham - Albums Collection 1963-1970 (6CD)
EAC | FLAC | Image/Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 1.54 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 654 Mb | Scans ~ 1.1 Gb
Guitar Virtuoso, Guitar Jazz, Folk Jazz, British Folk, Folk-Rock, Folk-Blues | Time: 04:44:58

Davy Graham was one of the most eclectic guitarists of the 1960s, and his mixture of folk, blues, jazz, Middle Eastern sounds, and Indian ragas was an important catalyst of the British folk scene. Like Sandy Bull and John Fahey – two folk-based guitarists with a similar taste for genre-bending experimentation – Graham could not be said to be a rock musician. But like Bull and Fahey, he shared the eagerness of the '60s psychedelic rockers to stretch out and incorporate unpredictable influences into his music. While he wasn't much of a singer, Graham's taste in material was broad and shrewd, encompassing blues, ragas, Joni Mitchell, Charles Mingus, and the famous instrumental "Anji," which Graham recorded in 1962, way before the more famous versions by Bert Jansch and Simon & Garfunkel. Collection includes: The Guitar Player (1963); Folk, Blues & Beyond… (1965); Midnight Man (1966); Large As Life And Twice As Natural (1968); Hat (1969); Godington Boundry (1970).