The Lark in the Morn and Other Folksongs and Ballads

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Long before he established the Christmas Revels an annual winter solstice celebration that has become one of the most beloved annual musical events in the Boston area, baritone John Langstaff spent just over a decade living in England, where he performed both classical and folk songs in concert and in recordings for various record labels. The HMV label asked him to come to its Abbey Road Studios to make a series of records of traditional English songs between 1949 and 1956, and those recordings are collected here. Originally recorded on 78-rpm wax records, they have been digitally remastered and sound remarkably clear and fresh on this CD collection. To modern listeners, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Long before he established the Christmas Revels an annual winter solstice celebration that has become one of the most beloved annual musical events in the Boston area, baritone John Langstaff spent just over a decade living in England, where he performed both classical and folk songs in concert and in recordings for various record labels. The HMV label asked him to come to its Abbey Road Studios to make a series of records of traditional English songs between 1949 and 1956, and those recordings are collected here. Originally recorded on 78-rpm wax records, they have been digitally remastered and sound remarkably clear and fresh on this CD collection. To modern listeners, Langstaff's style may sound a bit stylized -- his style of singing is more classically refined than unpretentiously folky in tone. But his voice is so rich and his love of the material so infectious that it's easy to forget about the 50 years that have passed since these recordings were made and simply to give in to the sumptuous loveliness of the songs. The first half of the program consists of traditional songs with British roots, though some were collected in the United States; these include such familiar fare as "Black Is the Color of My True Love's Hair" and "Lark in the Morn," as well as many that will be brand-new to most listeners. The second half consists largely of children's songs, many of which are actually of Dutch origin. This album concludes a four-disc series that brings back to market all of the folk recordings Langstaff made during the middle decades of the 20th century.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/6/2004
  • Label: Revels Records
  • UPC: 738871200426
  • Catalog Number: 2004
  • Sales rank: 187,969

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Black Is the Color of My True Love's Hair - Gerald Moore (2:17)
  2. 2 Bingo - Gerald Moore (1:14)
  3. 3 I Wish I Was a Child Again - Gerald Moore (0:52)
  4. 4 Hares on the Mountain - Gerald Moore (1:25)
  5. 5 The Two Magicians - Gerald Moore (2:10)
  6. 6 The Trees They Do Grow High - Gerald Moore (3:08)
  7. 7 Lady Maisry - Nancy Woodbridge (2:49)
  8. 8 Edward - Nancy Woodbridge (3:08)
  9. 9 As I Walked Through the Meadows - Nancy Woodbridge (1:34)
  10. 10 The Lark in the Morn - Nancy Woodbridge (1:28)
  11. 11 The Gypsy Laddie - Nancy Woodbridge (2:04)
  12. 12 The Go and Tell Aunt Nancy - Nancy Woodbridge (1:22)
  13. 13 Soldier, Soldier, Won't You Marry Me? - Nancy Woodbridge (2:11)
  14. 14 Cripple Creek Girls - Nancy Woodbridge (0:32)
  15. 15 The Tottenham Toad - Nancy Woodbridge (0:32)
  16. 16 The Frog in the Well (Virginia variant) - Nancy Woodbridge (1:35)
  17. 17 Dance to Your Daddy, folk song - Nancy Woodbridge (1:05)
  18. 18 As I Was Going to Banbury - Sam Mason (1:17)
  19. 19 The Swapping Song - Sam Mason (1:48)
  20. 20 Dashing Away With the Smoothing Iron - Sam Mason (2:17)
  21. 21 O My Love, Will You Wear Red? - Sam Mason (1:15)
  22. 22 The Frog and the Mouse (English variant) - Sam Mason (1:40)
  23. 23 Cocky Robin - Sam Mason (2:00)
  24. 24 What'll We Do With the Baby? - Sam Mason (0:29)
  25. 25 The Mocking Bird (Hush Up, Baby) - Sam Mason (0:40)
  26. 26 Bye, Bye Baby - Sam Mason (0:42)
  27. 27 Tiny Man - Nancy Woodbridge (0:35)
  28. 28 Weekdays and Sundays - Nancy Woodbridge (0:41)
  29. 29 Oh Jacky, Stand Still - Nancy Woodbridge (0:20)
  30. 30 Turn Round, Turn Round - Nancy Woodbridge (0:58)
  31. 31 A Basket Full of Nuts - Nancy Woodbridge (0:38)
  32. 32 Our Baby Prince - Nancy Woodbridge (0:23)
  33. 33 All the Ducks - Nancy Woodbridge (1:02)
  34. 34 Polly Perkin - Nancy Woodbridge (0:25)
  35. 35 Follow the Leader - Nancy Woodbridge (0:37)
  36. 36 Poor Doggie - Nancy Woodbridge (0:27)
  37. 37 Baby's Song - Nancy Woodbridge (0:36)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Langstaff Primary Artist, Baritone (Vocal)
Gerald Moore Piano
Sam Mason Piano
Nancy Woodbridge Piano, Track Performer
Sam Mason Piano
Technical Credits
John Langstaff Liner Notes
George Martin Liner Notes
Malcolm Taylor Liner Notes
Margaret Davis Compilation Supervisor
Simon Gibson Remastering
Maxim Langstaff Producer
Cecil Sharp Arranger, Author
Traditional Composer
Katherine Davis Arranger
David Langstaff Executive Producer
Gayle Rich Manuscript Coordinator
Oscar Preuss Compilation Supervisor
Judy Lockhart-Smith Compilation Supervisor
Doug Wechsler Cover Photo
Michele Langstaff Producer
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