The Carthy Chronicles: A Journey Through the Folk Revival

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All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
It would be far too easy to simply call this the definitive Martin Carthy compilation. Given its length -- four CDs plus a CD-ROM -- it would seem to cover all the high spots. In fact, it goes far deeper, looking at his career not chronologically, but splitting the albums into Classic Carthy, Carthy in Company, Carthy Contemporaries, and Child: Carthy. It's an approach that works well and which also discovers plenty of hidden gems that have never seen the light of day before, from early live performances to tracks by his first band, Three City Four, that have never been reissued on CD. It all underscores the fact that Carthy is a major force in English -- and British -- ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
It would be far too easy to simply call this the definitive Martin Carthy compilation. Given its length -- four CDs plus a CD-ROM -- it would seem to cover all the high spots. In fact, it goes far deeper, looking at his career not chronologically, but splitting the albums into Classic Carthy, Carthy in Company, Carthy Contemporaries, and Child: Carthy. It's an approach that works well and which also discovers plenty of hidden gems that have never seen the light of day before, from early live performances to tracks by his first band, Three City Four, that have never been reissued on CD. It all underscores the fact that Carthy is a major force in English -- and British -- folk music, someone who deserves every plaudit he's ever been given, whether for his understated guitar technique or his thoughtful interpretations of traditional songs, illustrated here on the first and last discs. And while his reputation rests heavily on that traditional arrangement of material, he's done a good share of modern work, too, whether his own, all-too-infrequent compositions like "Company Policy," Dylan, Richard Thompson, or even Gilbert O'Sullivan. From solo work to duets with fiddler Dave Swarbrick, the bold Brass Monkey, and Waterson:Carthy, the man plowed a lot of furrows and the compilers of this set have gone over them all with a very fine-toothed comb. Add to that an excellent booklet, and one has an outstanding set and a well-deserved tribute to one of the great folk figures.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/10/2001
  • Label: Free Reed Imports
  • EAN: 5016700916027
  • Catalog Number: 60
  • Sales rank: 229,158

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Scarborough Fair (4:12)
  2. 2 Byker Hill - Dave Swarbrick (2:57)
  3. 3 Cold, Haily, Windy Night - Dave Swarbrick (4:25)
  4. 4 Skewbald (3:58)
  5. 5 Creeping Jane (4:17)
  6. 6 Old Horse - Howard (Jimmy) Evans (3:52)
  7. 7 A Question of Sport - Dave Swarbrick (3:41)
  8. 8 Lovely Joan - Howard (Jimmy) Evans (3:13)
  9. 9 The Maid and the Palmer - Brass Monkey (5:38)
  10. 10 Begging Song - Dave Swarbrick (6:21)
  11. 11 I Was a Young Man (2:44)
  12. 12 Prince Heathen (7:55)
  13. 13 Prickle Holly Bush - Rachel Waterson (5:31)
  14. 14 Lord Franklin (3:39)
  15. 15 Lemady/Arise and Pick a Posy - The Albion Band (3:22)
  16. 16 Famous Flower of Serving Men (9:21)
  17. 17 Glorishears - John Kirkpatrick (2:43)
Disc 2
  1. 1 New St. George - The Albion Band (4:24)
  2. 2 Carthy's March/The Lemon Tree - Band of Hope (4:29)
  3. 3 I Haven't Told Her, She Hasn't Told Me - Dave Swarbrick (1:19)
  4. 4 My Girl - Lisa Turner (2:34)
  5. 5 Boys of Bedlam - Steeleye Span (4:20)
  6. 6 Oh, Had I a Golden Thread - Three City Four (2:58)
  7. 7 Anc Song (Azicatal) - Blue Murder (2:26)
  8. 8 Wimoweh (1:05)
  9. 9 Young Banker - The Watersons (3:10)
  10. 10 The Postman's Knock - Ashley Hutchings (1:56)
  11. 11 Constant Billy - John Kirkpatrick (5:35)
  12. 12 Lakes of Cold Flynn - John Kirkpatrick (5:30)
  13. 13 Irish Washerwoman/Ash Plant (3:04)
  14. 14 Arthur McBride - Dave Swarbrick (3:23)
  15. 15 The Royal Forester/Bald-Headed End of the Broom - The Watersons (6:26)
  16. 16 Nafarroa - Oskorri (4:11)
  17. 17 The Wren - Dave Swarbrick (1:37)
  18. 18 The King - Steeleye Span (1:26)
  19. 19 Joy Health Love and Peace - The Watersons (1:36)
  20. 20 Hunting the Wren - Steeleye Span (2:47)
  21. 21 Hunting the Cutty Wren - Les Barker (3:21)
  22. 22 Byker Hill - Dave Swarbrick (7:29)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Nothing Rhymed (2:12)
  2. 2 Lord of the Dance - Dave Swarbrick (2:43)
  3. 3 Rivers of Babylon (Babalon) (1:24)
  4. 4 History Lesson - Three City Four (2:56)
  5. 5 January Man (3:18)
  6. 6 Ballad of Alfie Hinds (2:37)
  7. 7 The Humane Turnkey, Pt. 2 (2:20)
  8. 8 Farewell, Farewell (3:17)
  9. 9 Dust to Dust (3:43)
  10. 10 Stitch in Time (3:06)
  11. 11 Trimdon Grange (5:14)
  12. 12 Palaces of Gold (5:00)
  13. 13 Springhill Mine Disaster (4:15)
  14. 14 Coal Not Dole - The Watersons (3:27)
  15. 15 Perfumes of Arabia (3:32)
  16. 16 Such a War Has Never Been - Dave Swarbrick (3:36)
  17. 17 The Wife of the Soldier (1:34)
  18. 18 The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll (5:03)
  19. 19 The Ant and the Grasshopper (2:57)
  20. 20 Company Policy (3:59)
  21. 21 On a Monday Morning (2:37)
  22. 22 Rave On - Steeleye Span (1:54)
  23. 23 Oor Hamlet (3:49)
  24. 24 The Harry Lime Theme (Third Man Theme) (3:32)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Jack Orion - Dave Swarbrick (4:09)
  2. 2 The Seven Virgins (Leaves of Life) (3:03)
  3. 3 Duncan and Brady - Lisa Turner (2:23)
  4. 4 Geordie (3:26)
  5. 5 Sir Patrick Spens - Eliza Carthy (5:36)
  6. 6 King Henry (6:20)
  7. 7 Sovay the Female Highwayman - Dave Swarbrick (3:45)
  8. 8 Man of Newlyn Town - Dave Swarbrick (2:19)
  9. 9 The Bows of London (5:55)
  10. 10 Lucy Wan - Dave Swarbrick (4:19)
  11. 11 Lord Randall (4:35)
  12. 12 The Whale Catchers (3:00)
  13. 13 Rufford Park Poachers (3:54)
  14. 14 John Barleycorn (2:28)
  15. 15 Hard Times of Old England (2:57)
  16. 16 Hard Cheese of Old England (2:49)
  17. 17 Over the Hills and Far Away - Isla St. Clair (2:02)
  18. 18 The Farmer's Servant (1:50)
  19. 19 False Knight on the Road - Steeleye Span (5:36)
  20. 20 The Elfin Knight - Bert Jansch (3:51)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Martin Carthy Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
The Albion Band Track Performer
Bert Jansch Track Performer
June Tabor Track Performer
Blue Murder Track Performer
Brass Monkey Track Performer
Ashley Hutchings Track Performer
Rory and Alex McEwen Track Performer
Leon Rosselson Track Performer
Les Barker Track Performer
Howard (Jimmy) Evans Track Performer
Lisa Turner Track Performer
Lal Waterson Track Performer
Mike Waterson Track Performer
Band of Hope Track Performer
Eliza Carthy Fiddle
Norma Waterson Triangle
Saul Rose Vocals, Melodeon
John Brunton Tenor Saxophone
Pete Whitehead Tuba
Oskorri Track Performer
Rachel Waterson Track Performer
Three City Four Track Performer
Technical Credits
Peter Bellamy Engineer
Martin Carthy Arranger
John Kirkpatrick Arranger
Dave Swarbrick Liner Notes
Steeleye Span Arranger
The Watersons Arranger
Norman Petty Composer
Natalie Budelis Engineer
John Chelew Producer
Edward Haber Engineer
John Peel Liner Notes
Joe Schiff Engineer
Prior Arranger
Neil Wayne Producer, Liner Notes
Bill Tilghman Composer
Sonny West Composer
Swan Arranger
Traditional Composer
Oliver Knight Engineer
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