Bed of Roses

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All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
This record takes on a special poignancy, coming as it does after Lal Waterson's untimely death. With this she'd truly come into her own as a writer, in addition to her splendid voice. There's a wonderful complexity to these songs, far removed from simple verse/chorus/verse/chorus, with superbly literate images. Working with her son, Oliver Knight, the stripped-down pieces (occasionally augmented by other musicians) offer insights not only into Waterson's own emotions, but also the state of the world and the past, such as "Bath Time," a mix of mother's feelings and child's imagination. She can take the humdrum things of everyday existence and make them into special ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
This record takes on a special poignancy, coming as it does after Lal Waterson's untimely death. With this she'd truly come into her own as a writer, in addition to her splendid voice. There's a wonderful complexity to these songs, far removed from simple verse/chorus/verse/chorus, with superbly literate images. Working with her son, Oliver Knight, the stripped-down pieces (occasionally augmented by other musicians) offer insights not only into Waterson's own emotions, but also the state of the world and the past, such as "Bath Time," a mix of mother's feelings and child's imagination. She can take the humdrum things of everyday existence and make them into special moments, sometimes warm, sometimes full of portent. Knight's two instrumentals -- "Train to Bay" and the closing "Lullaby" -- act as more than punctuation, but also statement, the first a journey, the latter an epitaph, coming after the leave taking of "Migrating Bird." It's the loss of a great talent -- not only a superb vocalist with an impeccable sense of timing and phrasing, but one of the most articulate, sophisticated writers to have emerged from the British folk movement.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/22/1999
  • Label: Topic Records
  • UPC: 714822050524
  • Catalog Number: 505
  • Sales rank: 244,513

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Memories - Oliver Knight (2:50)
  2. 2 Foolish One - Oliver Knight (4:04)
  3. 3 Just a Note - Maria Gilhooley (1:46)
  4. 4 Columbine - Oliver Knight (4:09)
  5. 5 At First She Starts (2:48)
  6. 6 Bath Time - Oliver Knight (4:58)
  7. 7 Train to Bay - Oliver Knight (4:11)
  8. 8 Long Vacation - Oliver Knight (3:27)
  9. 9 Party Games - Oliver Knight (3:34)
  10. 10 Together - Oliver Knight (4:57)
  11. 11 Migrating Bird - Oliver Knight (1:23)
  12. 12 Lullaby - Oliver Knight (3:32)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lal Waterson Primary Artist, Vocals
Jo Freya Tenor Saxophone
Charles O'Connor Strings
Jody Stecher Mandolin
Alice Kinloch Trombone
Oliver Knight Vocals
Technical Credits
Ewan MacColl Writer
Ives Composer
Lal Waterson Producer, Writer
Ray Williams Engineer
Oliver Knight Producer, Engineer, Writer
Rupert Wates Composer
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