No Roses

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Shirley Collins' collaboration with the Albion Country Band for No Roses is considered a major event in the history of British folk and British folk-rock. For it was the first time that Collins, roundly acknowledged as one of the best British traditional folk singers, sang with electric accompaniment, and indeed one of the first times that a British traditional folk musician had "gone electric" in the wake of Dave Swarbrick joining Fairport Convention and Martin Carthy joining Steeleye Span. The album itself doesn't sound too radical, however. At times it sounds something like Fairport Convention with Shirley Collins on lead vocals, which is unsurprising given the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Shirley Collins' collaboration with the Albion Country Band for No Roses is considered a major event in the history of British folk and British folk-rock. For it was the first time that Collins, roundly acknowledged as one of the best British traditional folk singers, sang with electric accompaniment, and indeed one of the first times that a British traditional folk musician had "gone electric" in the wake of Dave Swarbrick joining Fairport Convention and Martin Carthy joining Steeleye Span. The album itself doesn't sound too radical, however. At times it sounds something like Fairport Convention with Shirley Collins on lead vocals, which is unsurprising given the presence of Ashley Hutchings on all cuts but one, and Richard Thompson and Simon Nicol on most of the selections Dave Mattacks plays drums on a few tracks for good measure. The nine songs are almost wholly traditional tunes with Collins' arrangements, with perhaps a jauntier and folkier mood than that heard in early-'70s Fairport, though not much. It's more impressive for Collins' always tasteful smoky vocals than for the imagination of the material, which consolidates the sound of the more traditional wing of early-'70s British folk-rock.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/7/2005
  • Label: Castle Us
  • UPC: 021823620626
  • Catalog Number: 236206

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Albion Country Band Primary Artist, Track Performer, Indexed Contributor
Shirley Collins Banjo, Guitar, Vocals
Nic Jones Fiddle, Violin, Vocals
John Kirkpatrick Accordion
Maddy Prior Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Richard Thompson Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Slide Guitar, Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Lol Coxhill Saxophone, Alto Saxophone
Ashley Hutchings Bass, Percussion, Electric Bass
Simon Nicol Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Tim Renwick Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Roy Wood Vocals
Francis Baines Guitar, Hurdy-Gurdy
Dave Bland Dulcimer, Concertina, Conductor, Hammered Dulcimer
Gregg Butler Serp, Serpent
Alan Cave Bassoon
Dolly Collins Piano, Vocals
Trevor Crozier Jew's Harp
Barry Dransfield Fiddle, Violin, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Alan Lumsden Sac
Dave Mattacks Drums, Stick
Steve Migden Horn, French Horn
Colin Ross Pipe, Northumbrian Smallpipes
Lal Waterson Vocals
Mike Waterson Vocals
Ian Whiteman Piano
Royston Wood Vocals
Nick Jones Fiddle, Vocals
Roger Powell Drums
Tony Hall Melodion, Melodeon
Technical Credits
Shirley Collins Arranger
Ashley Hutchings Producer
Jerry Boys Engineer
Victor Gamm Engineer
Alan Lumsden Contributor
Sandy Robertson Producer
John Sothcott Contributor
Roger Mayer Engineer
Becky Stewart Reissue Design
Geoff Wall Annotation
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