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Migrating Bird: The Songs of Lal Waterson

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All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
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: 4/15/2008
  • Label: Honest Jon's
  • EAN: 5099950680627
  • Catalog Number: 31
  • Sales rank: 119,495

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Fine Horseman - King Creosote (3:25)
  2. 2 Cornfield - Nancy Elizabeth (2:50)
  3. 3 At First She Starts - James Yorkston (3:21)
  4. 4 Red Wine and Promises - Victoria Williams (3:23)
  5. 5 So Strange Is Man - Lavinia Blackwall (2:40)
  6. 6 The Bird - Alasdair Roberts (2:41)
  7. 7 How Can I Leave? - Michael Hurley (2:47)
  8. 8 Wilson's Arms - Danny and the Champions of the World (4:01)
  9. 9 Her White Gown - Charlotte Greig (2:41)
  10. 10 Stumbling On - Jeb Loy Nichols (2:48)
  11. 11 Never the Same - Adrian Crowley (2:50)
  12. 12 Memories - Richard James (3:11)
  13. 13 Phoebe - Willard Grant Conspiracy (3:10)
  14. 14 Dazed - Sabbath Folk (4:19)
  15. 15 Song for Thirza - Lindsey Woolsey (3:41)
  16. 16 The Welcome Sailor - Sorley Youngs (3:14)
  17. 17 To Make You Stay - The Memory Band (4:53)
  18. 18 John Ball - Mark Olson (3:12)
  19. 19 Migrating Bird - Vashti (1:40)
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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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