Migrating Bird: The Songs of Lal Waterson

Migrating Bird: The Songs of Lal Waterson

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A good tribute album often can be a benefit if the subject of the tribute is relatively obscure, serving as a chance to place a figure or style squarely in a new context. While Migrating Bird itself is like many other efforts -- a mix of the quite enjoyable and the well-meant but not always successful -- as a chance to showcaseSee more details below

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A good tribute album often can be a benefit if the subject of the tribute is relatively obscure, serving as a chance to place a figure or style squarely in a new context. While Migrating Bird itself is like many other efforts -- a mix of the quite enjoyable and the well-meant but not always successful -- as a chance to showcase British folksinger Lal Waterson, who came to prominence in the 1960s as part of her family group, the Watersons, and then performed and released irregularly on her own and with others until her passing in the late '90s, it's a gentle treasure. It's also a good sampler of whatever the psych-folk scene can be called these days, ranging as it does from a near contemporary veteran of Waterson's (Vashti Bunyan, who concludes the disc with an interpretation of the title track) to Young Turks such as Alasdair Roberts, whose "The Bird" is a lovely, delicate interpretation with just voice and piano able not only to demonstrate the song's beauty but his own fine gifts. Other efforts of interest come from Victoria Williams, whose older, twang-tinged voice comes off to intriguing effect on Waterson's most well-known effort, "Red Wine and Promises," and the inimitable Michael Hurley, with his own striking singing and the gentle touch of accordion resulting in one of the album's warmest, most inviting contributions on "How Can I Leave?" Charlotte Greig matches him with a similar instrumental approach on "Her White Gown," her own resonant voice another strong standout. At its worst the disc is fair but never horrible; if songs like Nancy Elizabeth's "Cornfield" and Jeb Loy Nichols' "Stumbling On" leave little impact, they still sound pleasant and aren't a disservice to Waterson's memory.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/15/2008
Label:
Honest Jon's
UPC:
5099950680627
catalogNumber:
31
Rank:
117561

Tracks

  1. Fine Horseman  - King Creosote
  2. Cornfield  - Nancy Elizabeth
  3. At First She Starts  - James Yorkston
  4. Red Wine and Promises  - Victoria Williams
  5. So Strange Is Man  - Lavinia Blackwall
  6. The Bird  - Alasdair Roberts
  7. How Can I Leave?  - Michael Hurley
  8. Wilson's Arms  -  Danny and the Champions of the World
  9. Her White Gown  - Charlotte Greig
  10. Stumbling On  - Jeb Loy Nichols
  11. Never the Same  - Adrian Crowley
  12. Memories  - Richard James
  13. Phoebe  -  Willard Grant Conspiracy
  14. Dazed  -  Sabbath Folk
  15. Song for Thirza  - Lindsey Woolsey
  16. The Welcome Sailor  - Sorley Youngs
  17. To Make You Stay  -  Memory Band
  18. John Ball  - Mark Olson
  19. Migrating Bird  -  Vashti

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rob Spriggs   Viola
Stephen Cracknell   Guitar,Percussion
Vashti   Track Performer
Simon Lord   Banjo
James Yorkston   Guitar,Vocals
Kevin Murphy   Cello
Robin Bennett   Track Performer
Nancy Wallace   Guitar,Vocals
Garo Nahoulakian   Track Performer
Danny George Wilson   Track Performer
Jon Thorne   Bass
Jennymay Logan   Violin
Joanna Bartlett   Vocals,Track Performer
Jon Bennett & Ralph Cardall   Track Performer
Malcolm Lindsay   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Brian O'Shaughnessy   Engineer
Lal Waterson   Arranger,Composer
Jeb Loy Nichols   Engineer
Arthur Rimbaud   Composer
Stephen Cracknell   Arranger,Producer
Traditional   Composer
Oliver Knight   Arranger,Composer
Ski Williams   Paintings
Sidney Lee Carter   Composer
Charlotte Greig   Liner Notes
Malcolm Lindsay   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Edward James   Production Support
Julian Hayman   Production Support
Lindsey Woolsey   Producer

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