Lark Rise to Candleford [Deluxe Edition]

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All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
The loose aggregation called the Albion Band becomes even looser for this adaptation of Flora Thompson's classic of country life, Lark Rise to Candleford. It's a mixture of song and speech taken from a dramatic version of the story, staged in London, and essentially split into two pieces, "Lark Rise," which is set on a summer day, and "Candleford," which offers the contrast of winter. Time is very elastic, however, with "Lark Rise" ending with the enduring "Battle of the Somme," a tune about the enduring loss of life from that fruitless action which hit everywhere in England. The pieces, largely traditional, offer a real flavor of the rural life, whether it's something as...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
The loose aggregation called the Albion Band becomes even looser for this adaptation of Flora Thompson's classic of country life, Lark Rise to Candleford. It's a mixture of song and speech taken from a dramatic version of the story, staged in London, and essentially split into two pieces, "Lark Rise," which is set on a summer day, and "Candleford," which offers the contrast of winter. Time is very elastic, however, with "Lark Rise" ending with the enduring "Battle of the Somme," a tune about the enduring loss of life from that fruitless action which hit everywhere in England. The pieces, largely traditional, offer a real flavor of the rural life, whether it's something as simple as "Arise and Pick a Posy" or the eerie "Witch Elder," with some beautiful ghostly singing from Shirley Collins. It's not all idyllic, though; there's the conflict between Flora and her husband, John, who thinks her writing -- and books -- are a waste of time. But overall it offers a very accurate and moving portrait of village life in a time when everything was changing, from the traditional tunes, like "Speed the Plough," to music hall elements, such as "Scarlet and the Blue," and hymns, like "Jacob's Well," which round out the picture. Maybe it's not always happy -- Flora, for example, died lonely in her marriage -- but it's real and beautifully performed, with a sense of musical adventure in using the brass which might have planted the seed for Brass Monkey and the cream of the English folk-rock scene, under the direction of Ashley Hutchings, which makes an album that's utterly and ineffably English. [Talking Elephant's 2008 Deluxe Edition featured alternate album art.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/12/2008
  • Label: Talking Elephant
  • EAN: 5028479012329
  • Catalog Number: 123
  • Sales rank: 147,346

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Girl I Left Behind - Keith Dewhurst & The Albion Band (1:33)
  2. 2 Lemady/Arise and Pick a Posey - Keith Dewhurst & The Albion Band (4:17)
  3. 3 All of a Row - Keith Dewhurst & The Albion Band (2:30)
  4. 4 Tommytoes - Keith Dewhurst & The Albion Band (1:08)
  5. 5 John Dory - Keith Dewhurst & The Albion Band (2:17)
  6. 6 Witch Elder - Keith Dewhurst & The Albion Band (2:02)
  7. 7 All of a Row (Reprise) - Keith Dewhurst & The Albion Band (1:29)
  8. 8 Abroad for Pleasure - Keith Dewhurst & The Albion Band (3:01)
  9. 9 The Day Thou Gavest - Keith Dewhurst & The Albion Band (1:36)
  10. 10 Battle of the Somme - Keith Dewhurst & The Albion Band (2:06)
  11. 11 The Grand Circle Dance - Keith Dewhurst & The Albion Band (2:21)
  12. 12 Speed the Plough - Keith Dewhurst & The Albion Band (2:08)
  13. 13 Snow Falls - Keith Dewhurst & The Albion Band (4:06)
  14. 14 Cart Music - Keith Dewhurst & The Albion Band (1:18)
  15. 15 The Holly and the Ivy - Keith Dewhurst & The Albion Band (1:53)
  16. 16 Postmans Knock - Keith Dewhurst & The Albion Band (1:59)
  17. 17 Hunt Music - Keith Dewhurst & The Albion Band (1:29)
  18. 18 Scarlet and the Blue - Keith Dewhurst & The Albion Band (2:22)
  19. 19 Dare to Be a Daniel - Keith Dewhurst & The Albion Band (4:09)
  20. 20 Jacob's Well - Keith Dewhurst & The Albion Band (3:06)
  21. 21 Jacob's Well (Reprise) - Keith Dewhurst & The Albion Band (1:41)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Albion Band Primary Artist
Martin Carthy Jew's Harp, Vocals, cast, Group Member
Shirley Collins Vocals, Group Member
John Kirkpatrick Accordion, Concertina, Vocals, Button Accordion, Melodeon, Group Member
Ashley Hutchings Bass Guitar, Vocals, Voices, Group Member
Brian Protheroe Piano, Keyboards, Vocals, cast
Martin Simpson Banjo
Peter Bullock Keyboards, Group Member
Bill Caddick Triangle, Vocals, cast, Group Member
Howard (Jimmy) Evans Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Group Member
Doug Morter Guitar, Electric Guitar, Soloist, Group Member
Steve Saunders Trombone, Tuba, Euphonium, Group Member
John Tams Harmonica, Vocals, cast, Melodeon, Group Member
Graeme Taylor Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Soloist, Group Member
Michael Gregory Drums, Group Member
Keith Dewhurst & The Albion Band Narrator
Technical Credits
John Tams Composer
Alan Jakoby Engineer
Michael J. McDonagh Executive Producer
Roger Perry Cover Photo
Traditional Composer
Keith Dewhurst & The Albion Band Author, Adaptation
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