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Review of Watersons CD

By Julius Timmerman
Posted Friday, September 7, 2007

Recorded in 1977, this album appears for the first time on CD. It contains a collection of sacred songs including wassail songs, carols, hymns, camp meeting pieces and folk songs. These include “God Bless The Master”, “While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks”, “Heavenly Aeroplane”, “Come All Ye Faithful Christians”, “Morning Trumpet” and others, 14 in all.

In 4-part harmony a cappella Lal, Mike and Norma Waterson and Martin Carthy provide a bold distinctive rough-edged sound. Compared to the Watersons’ neater debut Frost and Fire of 1966, there’s less restraint here so the singing is characterised by spontaneous exuberance. The authority however is just the same in these historically important performances.

Nicely remastered and repackaged, this is an album for serious folk music collectors.


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