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Shining Bright: Songs of Mike & Lal Waterson
     

Shining Bright: Songs of Mike & Lal Waterson

 
In the 1960s, the Watersons carved out a reputation as England's premiere traditional folk family. It was somewhat of a shock, then, when brother and sister Mike and Lal Waterson recorded Bright Phoebus in 1972. The album departed from strict traditionalism by using all original material and by incorporating

Overview

In the 1960s, the Watersons carved out a reputation as England's premiere traditional folk family. It was somewhat of a shock, then, when brother and sister Mike and Lal Waterson recorded Bright Phoebus in 1972. The album departed from strict traditionalism by using all original material and by incorporating folk-rock musicians like Richard Thompson and Martin Carthy. In 2002, 30 years later, a number of England's finest singers have gathered to pay tribute to the songs that Mike and Lal Waterson wrote during this period. An incredibly eclectic disc, Shining Bright has been assembled from 15 different sessions. Many of the results are stunning. Maddy Prior's vocals on "Winifer Odd" are bolstered by a bouncy acoustic guitar, an atmospheric bass, and multi-tracked harmony, while Helen Watson and Heather Greenbank's version of "Shine" receives an equally attractive arrangement. The standout track among many fine tracks is Linda and Teddy Thompson's take on "Evona Darling." Teddy Thompson's vocal is achingly beautiful and melds flawlessly with his mother's. There's also an interesting bit of accordion and B-3 organ added to the track courtesy of Van Dyke Parks. Another nicely done piece is Norma Waterson's (Mike and Lal's sister) rendition of "Song for Thirza." Waterson's voice seems to just keep getting better and better, and her reading of this emotionally bare lyric is stately. Shining Bright finally serves two purposes: first, to remind younger listeners of the talented pair who made Bright Phoebus, and next, to showcase a number of Britain's best and brightest folksingers. A lovely collection.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/22/2002
Label:
Topic Records
UPC:
0714822051927
catalogNumber:
519

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Martin Carthy   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Dick Gaughan   Guitar,Vocals
Dónal Lunny   Bouzouki
Christy Moore   Vocals
Maddy Prior   Vocals
Billy Bragg   Guitar,Vocals
Van Dyke Parks   Accordion,Hammond Organ
Richard Thompson   Guitar
Ian McLagan   Hammond Organ
Martyn Barker   Percussion,Drums
Jim Boyes   Electric Guitar,Vocals
Kate Brislin   Vocals
Christine Collister   Vocals
Robert Kirby   Conductor
Ben Mandelson   Lap Steel Guitar,6-string Electric Bass
Declan Sinnott   Guitar
David Stanley   Snare Drums
Jody Stecher   Guitar,Vocals
Mike Waterson   Vocals
Helen Watson   Guitar,Vocals
Steven Page   Percussion
Eliza Carthy   Fiddle,Violin,Vocals
Sara Wilson   Cello
Norma Waterson   Vocals
Barry Coope   Keyboards,Vocals
Sam Smith   Oud
Howard Gott   Violin
Ben Ivitsky   Violin
Barnaby Stradling   Piano,Bass Guitar
Andy Waterworth   Double Bass
John Brunton   Tenor Saxophone
Teddy Thompson   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Maude Howard   Bass Drums
Jacqueline Norrie   Violin
Oliver Knight   Guitar
Lucy Adams   Background Vocals
Lester Simpson   Vocals
Sophie Sarota   Viola
Sam Thomas   Drums
Martin Green   Piano,Piano-Accordion
Simon Edwards   Bass Guitar

Technical Credits

Adrian Belew   Composer
Tim Moore   Engineer
Edward Haber   Producer,Engineer
Rick Kemp   Contributor
Robert Kirby   Arranger,String Arrangements
Tom Rothrock   Engineer
Grant Showbiz   Producer
Bob Shumaker   Engineer
Steve Watkins   Engineer
John Haxby   Illustrations
Kenny Denton   Engineer
Andy Seward   Engineer
Dave Waugh   Engineer
David Suff   Producer,Liner Notes
Teddy Thompson   Producer
Richard Barron   Engineer
Oliver Knight   Engineer
Michael Boddy   Engineer

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