Songs of Love and Parting

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All Music Guide - Jo-Ann Greene
Robin Williamson first came to prominence as a member of the Incredible String Band, continuing on his merry way with two more groups, before finally turning solo in the late '70s. One wonders what took him so long to do so, seeped as he was in the great bardic tradition, an occupation of one, not many. But perhaps like the journeyman of old, these bands served as the apprenticeship necessary before Williamson could embark on his own. In any event, Williamson exquisitely resurrected this ancient art first on-stage and then on record. Songs of Love & Parting dates from these early days and was originally released in 1981, a 13-track acoustic set of songs and poems ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jo-Ann Greene
Robin Williamson first came to prominence as a member of the Incredible String Band, continuing on his merry way with two more groups, before finally turning solo in the late '70s. One wonders what took him so long to do so, seeped as he was in the great bardic tradition, an occupation of one, not many. But perhaps like the journeyman of old, these bands served as the apprenticeship necessary before Williamson could embark on his own. In any event, Williamson exquisitely resurrected this ancient art first on-stage and then on record. Songs of Love & Parting dates from these early days and was originally released in 1981, a 13-track acoustic set of songs and poems subtly set to music. Now album is lovingly reissued on CD, accompanied by a lavish booklet that annotates each of the tracks, reproduces the lyrics, and includes atmospheric photographs that capture the setting and feel of a number of songs. And atmosphere is all important to this album, the evocative music capturing and enhancing the mood of the songs. Williamson supplies most of the instrumentation -- harp, bagpipe, guitar, whistles, and so on, with guests assisting with strings and horn as necessary. Dipping across Britain's rich folkloric tradition, feted native sons both Keats and Dylan Thomas serve as inspiration, Irish poems, and Welsh legends, Williamson's songs peruse history, culture, and the rhythms of life and death, the ancient rubbing easily against Williamson's modern writings. The reissue adds five more numbers from the early '80s, all strong pieces, but most with a tougher sound and a rougher edge, which may explain why they didn't make the album cut. Regardless, they make an intriguing addition to a sublime set.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/7/2008
  • Label: Bgo - Beat Goes On
  • EAN: 5017261208491
  • Catalog Number: 849
  • Sales rank: 67,882

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Verses in Stewart Street (2:03)
  2. 2 For Mr Thomas (3:50)
  3. 3 Fare Thee Well Sweet Mally (4:33)
  4. 4 Return No More (5:38)
  5. 5 Tarry Wool (1:48)
  6. 6 For Three of Us (3:18)
  7. 7 Sigil (2:10)
  8. 8 Flower of the Briar (5:20)
  9. 9 The Forming of Blodeuwedd (1:13)
  10. 10 Gwydion's Dream (1:57)
  11. 11 Verses at Balwearie Tower (3:19)
  12. 12 A Night at Ardpatrick (1:37)
  13. 13 The Parting Glass (3:51)
  14. 14 Song of Mahon (5:44)
  15. 15 The Fair (6:20)
  16. 16 The Fair Dance (2:00)
  17. 17 Edinburgh (17:39)
  18. 18 Lammas (4:27)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Robin Williamson Primary Artist, Bagpipes, Guitar, Percussion, Accordion, Harmonium, Harp, Vocals, Human Whistle, Cittern, Shawm, Glass
Mike Garson Harpsichord, Keyboards
David Campbell Viola
Jesse Ehrlich Cello
Judy Gameral Dulcimer, Hammered Dulcimer
Bernie Kirsh Natural Horn, Hunting Horn
Carol Shive Violin
David Paul Campbell Viola
Technical Credits
Robin Williamson Arranger, Composer, Producer, Audio Production, Instrumentation
Sylvia Woods Writer, String Score
Roy Ashby Engineer
Bernie Kirsh Engineer
Dai Shell Engineer
Eric Westfall Engineer
Randy Tobin Engineer
John Haxby Cover Design, Cover Painting
Traditional Composer
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