The Prospect Before Us

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All Music Guide - Steven McDonald
One thing is certain in this uncertain world -- you can trust Ashley Hutchings to do interesting things with various areas of British folk and rock music. In the case of the Albion Dance Band, under its various names, the focus was on mutating traditional English dance and folk music, which led to escapades involving traditional tunes, Morris dancers, double drummers, dance callers, Philip Pickett's entire collection of medieval instruments, and serious rock guitar front lines that tend to leap onto the hay cart and start blazing away. The Prospect Before Us is particularly unusual, even for Hutchings and the Albions -- a number of the tracks were recorded live in the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steven McDonald
One thing is certain in this uncertain world -- you can trust Ashley Hutchings to do interesting things with various areas of British folk and rock music. In the case of the Albion Dance Band, under its various names, the focus was on mutating traditional English dance and folk music, which led to escapades involving traditional tunes, Morris dancers, double drummers, dance callers, Philip Pickett's entire collection of medieval instruments, and serious rock guitar front lines that tend to leap onto the hay cart and start blazing away. The Prospect Before Us is particularly unusual, even for Hutchings and the Albions -- a number of the tracks were recorded live in the studio, complete with dancing by the Albion Morris Men, an effort that resulted in some especially raucous moments: the bonus version of "Merry Sherwood Rangers" is far more staid than the live rendition that made it to the original version of this album. An essential purchase, we think.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/9/2002
  • Label: Bgo - Beat Goes On
  • EAN: 5017261204868
  • Catalog Number: 486
  • Sales rank: 125,434

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Uncle Bernard's/Jenny Lind - The Albion Band (3:46)
  2. 2 The Hunt Is Up - The Albion Band (1:54)
  3. 3 Varsovianna - The Albion Band (2:51)
  4. 4 Masque Tune - The Albion Band (1:02)
  5. 5 Huntsman's Chorus - The Albion Band (4:32)
  6. 6 Minuet - The Albion Band (2:11)
  7. 7 Wassail Song - The Albion Band (2:37)
  8. 8 Picking Of Sticks/The Old Mole - The Albion Band (3:16)
  9. 9 Merry Sherwood Rangers - The Albion Band (3:24)
  10. 10 La Sexte Estampie Real - The Albion Band (1:57)
  11. 11 I Wish I Was a Single Again - The Albion Band (3:43)
  12. 12 The Whim - The Albion Band (3:32)
  13. 13 Hopping Down In Kent - The Albion Band (2:47)
  14. 14 Horse's Brawl - The Albion Band (3:47)
  15. 15 On Christmas Night All Christians Sing - The Albion Band (3:43)
  16. 16 Merry Sherwood Rangers - The Albion Band (3:07)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Albion Dance Band Primary Artist
The Albion Band Indexed Contributor
Martin Carthy Guitar, Vocals
Shirley Collins Vocals
Ashley Hutchings Bass, Electric Bass, Leader, Vocals
Simon Nicol Dulcimer, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Piano, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Sue Harris Dulcimer, Oboe, Vocals
Dave Mattacks Synthesizer, Piano, Drums, Electric Piano
John Rood Conductor, Vocals
John Sothcott Vielle, Citole, Crumhorn
John Tams Vocals, Melodion, Melodeon
Graeme Taylor Guitar, Piano, Electric Guitar, Keyboards
Eddie Upton Harmonica, Vocals, Telephone Voice
Philip Pickett Keyboards, Wind, Group Member
John Rodd Concertina, Tambourine, Vocals
Michael Gregory Percussion, Drums, Nakers
Technical Credits
Ashley Hutchings Producer
Simon Nicol Producer
John Adson Composer
Victor Gamm Engineer
John Tobler Sleeve Notes
William Dudley Artwork, Back Cover
David Dragon Cover Design
David Suff Sleeve Notes
Traditional Composer
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