Empire & Love

Empire & Love

by The Imagined Village
     
 

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 comeSee more details below

Overview

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:
01/12/2010
Label:
Imports
UPC:
5060214040020
catalogNumber:
1592112
Rank:
118980

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Tracks

  1. My Son John  -  Imagined Village
  2. Sweet Jane  -  Imagined Village
  3. Space Girl  -  Imagined Village
  4. Byker Hill  -  Imagined Village
  5. Scarborough Fair  -  Imagined Village
  6. Mermaid  -  Imagined Village
  7. The Handweaver And The Factory Maid  -  Imagined Village
  8. Lark in the Morning  -  Imagined Village
  9. Rosebuds in June/Mrs Preston's Hornpipe  -  Imagined Village
  10. 'Cum On Feel The Noize  -  Imagined Village
  11. Scarborough Fair String Reprise  -  Imagined Village
  12. Scarborough Fair (String Reprise)  -  Imagined Village

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

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
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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