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All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
The first Imagined Village release was an attempt to reinterpret English music in a multicultural context. But the host of big names and the arrangements made the English element appear bolted on. Fast forward to this album, and a real band that's spent time gigging and coalescing. There are fewer major names and the arrangements come together much better, such as the version of "Scarborough Fair." It's deliciously performed, with a magical vocal from Chris Wood, East and West working well behind him in a swell of strings especially on the reprise that closes the disc. Much of the material is made up of well-known folk songs, but the way they're done, including the subtle...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
The first Imagined Village release was an attempt to reinterpret English music in a multicultural context. But the host of big names and the arrangements made the English element appear bolted on. Fast forward to this album, and a real band that's spent time gigging and coalescing. There are fewer major names and the arrangements come together much better, such as the version of "Scarborough Fair." It's deliciously performed, with a magical vocal from Chris Wood, East and West working well behind him in a swell of strings especially on the reprise that closes the disc. Much of the material is made up of well-known folk songs, but the way they're done, including the subtle electronics, has a very organic feel that was missing from the debut. The track that's going to raise eyebrows is Martin Carthy's interpretation of Slade's "Cum on Feel the Noize." An unlikely choice, yes, but he opens it up and adds a darkness to it that was never evident in the original. Maybe it's still not a folk song, but it's become part of the fabric of English music, which makes this perfectly valid. The musicians here do reflect the makeup of the country and bring their pasts to this musical blender. This one works, and works quite beautifully.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/12/2010
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 5060214040020
  • Catalog Number: 1592112
  • Sales rank: 123,827

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 My Son John (6:09)
  2. 2 Sweet Jane (7:47)
  3. 3 Space Girl (3:55)
  4. 4 Byker Hill (6:02)
  5. 5 Scarborough Fair (6:50)
  6. 6 Mermaid (6:05)
  7. 7 The Handweaver And The Factory Maid (5:08)
  8. 8 Lark in the Morning (4:09)
  9. 9 Rosebuds in June/Mrs Preston's Hornpipe (6:45)
  10. 10 'Cum On Feel The Noize (4:12)
  11. 11 Scarborough Fair String Reprise (6:50)
  12. 12 Scarborough Fair (String Reprise)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Imagined Village Primary Artist
Martin Carthy Guitar, Vocals
Andy Gangadeen Drums
Chris Wood Fiddle, Guitar, Viola, Vocals
Simon Emmerson Guitar, Cittern
Ali Friend Bass
Simon Richmond Keyboards
Eliza Carthy Fiddle, Viola, Vocals
Johnny Kalsi Percussion, Tabla, Dhol
John Metcalfe Violin, Viola, Guest Appearance
Sheema Mukherjee Sitar, Vocals
Ben Murray Accordion
Jackie Oates Vocals, Guest Appearance
Martin Green Accordion, Guest Appearance
Barney M. Brown Cello, Vocals
Richard Evans Bass, Guest Appearance
Mark Constantine Guest Appearance
Magnus Robb Guest Appearance
Technical Credits
Martin Carthy Arranger
Ewan MacColl Arranger
Peggy Seeger Arranger
Andy Gangadeen Producer
Noddy Holder Composer
Chris Wood Arranger, Composer
Simon Emmerson Producer
Simon Richmond Arranger, Producer
Eliza Carthy Arranger
Mark Higenbottam Illustrations
Traditional Composer
John Metcalfe Arranger
Sheema Mukherjee Arranger, Composer, Engineer
Geoff Webb Engineer
Jackie Oates Arranger
The Imagined Village Arranger, Composer
Samuel Navel Engineer
James Lea Composer
Richard Evans Arranger, Producer, Engineer
Mark Constantine Engineer
Magnus Robb Engineer
Viv Dykes Illustrations
Ollie Knight Engineer
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