Shining Bright: Songs of Mike & Lal Waterson

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
In the 1960s, the Watersons carved out a reputation as England's premiere traditional folk family. It was somewhat of a shock, then, when brother and sister Mike and Lal Waterson recorded Bright Phoebus in 1972. The album departed from strict traditionalism by using all original material and by incorporating folk-rock musicians like Richard Thompson and Martin Carthy. In 2002, 30 years later, a number of England's finest singers have gathered to pay tribute to the songs that Mike and Lal Waterson wrote during this period. An incredibly eclectic disc, Shining Bright has been assembled from 15 different sessions. Many of the results are stunning. Maddy Prior's vocals ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
In the 1960s, the Watersons carved out a reputation as England's premiere traditional folk family. It was somewhat of a shock, then, when brother and sister Mike and Lal Waterson recorded Bright Phoebus in 1972. The album departed from strict traditionalism by using all original material and by incorporating folk-rock musicians like Richard Thompson and Martin Carthy. In 2002, 30 years later, a number of England's finest singers have gathered to pay tribute to the songs that Mike and Lal Waterson wrote during this period. An incredibly eclectic disc, Shining Bright has been assembled from 15 different sessions. Many of the results are stunning. Maddy Prior's vocals on "Winifer Odd" are bolstered by a bouncy acoustic guitar, an atmospheric bass, and multi-tracked harmony, while Helen Watson and Heather Greenbank's version of "Shine" receives an equally attractive arrangement. The standout track among many fine tracks is Linda and Teddy Thompson's take on "Evona Darling." Teddy Thompson's vocal is achingly beautiful and melds flawlessly with his mother's. There's also an interesting bit of accordion and B-3 organ added to the track courtesy of Van Dyke Parks. Another nicely done piece is Norma Waterson's Mike and Lal's sister rendition of "Song for Thirza." Waterson's voice seems to just keep getting better and better, and her reading of this emotionally bare lyric is stately. Shining Bright finally serves two purposes: first, to remind younger listeners of the talented pair who made Bright Phoebus, and next, to showcase a number of Britain's best and brightest folksingers. A lovely collection.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/22/2002
  • Label: Topic Records
  • UPC: 714822051927
  • Catalog Number: 519

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Bright Phoebus - John Pashley's Phoenix New Orleans Parade Band (1:52)
  2. 2 Evona Darling - Linda & Teddy Thompson (3:19)
  3. 3 Scarecrow - Dick Gaughan (5:43)
  4. 4 Never the Same - Martin Carthy (3:36)
  5. 5 Song for Thirza - Norma Waterson (4:10)
  6. 6 Piper's Path - Christy Moore (2:33)
  7. 7 Child Among the Weeds - Eliza Carthy (4:27)
  8. 8 Shine - Helen Watson & Heather Greenbank (4:11)
  9. 9 Danny Rose - Billy Bragg & the Blokes (2:30)
  10. 10 Winifer Odd - Maddy Prior (3:35)
  11. 11 Marvellous Companion - Christine Collister & Oliver Knight (4:08)
  12. 12 One of Those Days - Jody Stecher & Kate Brislin (2:31)
  13. 13 Fine Horseman - Dayteller (4:14)
  14. 14 Red Wine Promises - Richard Thompson (3:57)
  15. 15 Bright Phoebus - Blue Murder (2:55)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Martin Carthy Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Vocals
Dick Gaughan Guitar, Vocals
Dónal Lunny Bouzouki
Christy Moore Vocals
Maddy Prior Vocals
Billy Bragg Guitar, Vocals
Van Dyke Parks Accordion, Hammond Organ
Richard Thompson Guitar
Ian McLagan Hammond Organ
Martyn Barker Percussion, Drums
Jim Boyes Electric Guitar, Vocals
Kate Brislin Vocals
Christine Collister Vocals
Robert Kirby Conductor
Ben Mandelson Lap Steel Guitar, 6-string Electric Bass
Declan Sinnott Guitar
David Stanley Snare Drums
Jody Stecher Guitar, Vocals
Mike Waterson Vocals
Helen Watson Guitar, Vocals
Steven Page Percussion
Eliza Carthy Fiddle, Violin, Vocals
Sara Wilson Cello
Norma Waterson Vocals
Barry Coope Keyboards, Vocals
Sam Smith Oud
Howard Gott Violin
Ben Ivitsky Violin
Barnaby Stradling Piano, Bass Guitar
Andy Waterworth Double Bass
John Brunton Tenor Saxophone
Teddy Thompson Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Maude Howard Bass Drums
Jacqueline Norrie Violin
Oliver Knight Guitar
Lucy Adams Background Vocals
Lester Simpson Vocals
Sophie Sarota Viola
Sam Thomas Drums
Martin Green Piano, Piano-Accordion
Simon Edwards Bass Guitar
Technical Credits
Adrian Belew Composer
Tim Moore Engineer
Denis Blackham Mastering
Edward Haber Producer, Engineer
Rick Kemp Contributor
Robert Kirby Arranger, String Arrangements
Brian Robertson Composer
Tom Rothrock Engineer
Grant Showbiz Producer
Bob Shumaker Engineer
Paul Stubblebine Mastering
Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor Composer
Steve Watkins Engineer
John Haxby Illustrations
Kenny Denton Engineer
Andy Seward Engineer
Dave Waugh Engineer
David Suff Producer, Liner Notes
Teddy Thompson Producer
Richard Barron Engineer
Lemmy Kilmister Composer
Oliver Knight Engineer
Michael Boddy Engineer
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