The Reckoning

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All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
John Tams is highly regarded in British folk circles, and rightly so. His work as a solo artist, member of Home Service, and the Albion Band has all been of the highest quality. These days his real focus is on his own work, and with The Reckoning he's released an absolute cracker of an album -- albeit one that won't sit handily in any pigeonhole. Several of the songs on here, like "Written in the Book" or "Amelia," could fit into alt-country, along with his cover of the perennial "A Man of Constant Sorrow," while he's also extremely comfortable with traditional material, although performed in his own fashion, as with "Bitter Withy" or "A Sailor's Life," which forms part ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
John Tams is highly regarded in British folk circles, and rightly so. His work as a solo artist, member of Home Service, and the Albion Band has all been of the highest quality. These days his real focus is on his own work, and with The Reckoning he's released an absolute cracker of an album -- albeit one that won't sit handily in any pigeonhole. Several of the songs on here, like "Written in the Book" or "Amelia," could fit into alt-country, along with his cover of the perennial "A Man of Constant Sorrow," while he's also extremely comfortable with traditional material, although performed in his own fashion, as with "Bitter Withy" or "A Sailor's Life," which forms part of "The Sea." It's indicative of the quality of Tams' own songs that it's impossible to discover which is original and which is traditional unless you know. There's a mellow warmth to his voice that wraps easily around the material, bringing it alive in an easy fashion. Listening to him becomes a joy -- the album slips by even before you know it, but reveals its true delights only gradually, over several plays -- a turn of phrase there, an interesting solo, an acute lyric, or soaring chorus. It's a disc from a mature talent, one who's in no rush, and values his craft as much as his art. The musicians backing him obviously know him well, giving him plenty of space, never crowding the arrangements. In many ways it's down-home, playing in the kitchen, but with a wonderful professionalism that makes the entire thing a joy. The Reckoning is Tams at his very best, and that's saying a lot.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/20/2005
  • Label: Topic Records
  • UPC: 714822055123
  • Catalog Number: 551
  • Sales rank: 113,350

Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Tams Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Bass Guitar, Vocals, Foot Percussion, Button Accordion, 5-string Banjo, Group Member
Graeme Taylor Acoustic Guitar, Dobro, Electric Guitar, Ukulele, 5-string Banjo, Group Member
Roger Wilson Acoustic Guitar, Fiddle, Group Member
Barry Coope Percussion, Drums, Harmonium, Keyboards, Vocals, Group Member
Andy Seward Bouzouki, String Bass, 5-string Banjo, Group Member
Steve Dawson Trumpet, Cornet, Flugelhorn, Group Member
Keith Angel Percussion, Drums, Group Member
Technical Credits
John Tams Producer, Engineer
Graeme Taylor Engineer
Barry Coope Engineer
Andy Seward Engineer
Oliver Knight Engineer
Keith Angel Engineer
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