The Albion Band - Rise Up Like The Sun

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Full album is here - - guessing it will be on streaming services too.

I am not including the bonus tracks because afaic they do not exist.

Poll Results

Poor Old Horse 5
Afro Blue/Danse Royale 1
House in the Country 1
Gresford Disaster 1
Ragged Heroes 0
Ampleforth/Lay Me Low 0
Time To Ring Some Changes 0
The Primrose 0

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Tuesday, 28 May 2019 20:15 (three months ago) link

Full album is available here - search youtube for Albion Band Rise Up Like The Sun as I cannot paste youtube playlists here for some reason

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Tuesday, 28 May 2019 20:17 (three months ago) link

Wikipedia has a full walkthrough:

"Ragged Heroes" (John Tams): written as a way of announcing that the songs and tunes would be a rallying-call for English folk music. Towards the end, Martin Carthy's counter-melody makes for some very interesting harmonies.
"Poor Old Horse" (Traditional sea shanty): usually called "The Dead Horse". The song was sung at the end of the first month on board ship. Sailors would make a horse figure from rags and tar, hoist it to the yard-arm, then cut it loose and let it drift out to sea. The verse about "Sally in the garden" seems to have drifted in from a different unrelated shanty.
"Afro Blue/Danse Royale" (Santamaria/Anon medieval): an instrumental track combining Latin-jazz (John Coltrane, 1963) on violin, with a medieval French dance tune on bagpipes. Only the folk-rock band Gryphon had ever attempted anything like this before.
"Ampleforth/Lay Me Low" (Trad/Trad): a Northern English sword dance tune, slowed down and played as an air; followed by a Shaker gift song received by Addah Z. Potter of the New Lebanon Church order on 15 April 1838.
"Time To Ring Some Changes": Richard Thompson did not record his song until "Small Town Romance" (1984). Although he was present for the recording of "Poor Old Horse", he does not appear on this track.
"House in the Country" (Stewart): Maggie Stewart, one of the travelling Stewarts of Blairgowrie, wrote this song about the difficulty of finding a place to live after the First World War.
"The Primrose": a nineteenth century polka which had been recorded by Jimmy Shand in the 1950s, while a recording of the tune by Dartmoor melodeon-player Bob Cann appeared on the Topic Records LP "West Country Melodeon" in 1975.
"Gresford Disaster": on 22 September, 1934 265 colliers died at the Gresford Colliery in North Wales. A. L. Lloyd included a version of the song from Yorkshire in his book "Come All Ye Bold Miners" (1952), while Alan Lomax made a field recording of the song from Mrs Cosgrove of Newtongrange, Midlothian, Scotland in the 1950s. The Albion Band set the words to the hymn tune "How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds in a Believer's Ear".

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Tuesday, 28 May 2019 20:18 (three months ago) link

Why I'm posting this here, by mfktz.

My dad is and always has been a folky, and had this album on tape. I listened to it a lot on my walkman around the late 80s, then I didn't really listen to it again at all until a few years ago, but am very pleased to find I still love it. Every track vividly captures the places I was walking around / sitting around in while listening (the shared area of the commune in a Victorian mansion where we lived) and now it seems to be the most listened to thing in the house.

It's amazing for me to think of everything that was going on in 1978 and what a bubble this music exists in, it's very prog in parts, still sounds sort of raw too though. Checking out another thread I saw someone didn't like the production, which amazes me as it was maybe the first production I ever found myself in awe of - the segue from Afro Blue to Danse Royale in particular, and it still seems to elevate it from a collection of folk songs to something much more special.

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Tuesday, 28 May 2019 20:20 (three months ago) link

Great album. Ragged Heroes, Poor Old Horse, Ampleforth/Lay Me Low, Gresford Disaster in particular are as good as English folk rock ever got.

Ned Caligari (Tom D.), Tuesday, 28 May 2019 20:23 (three months ago) link

Tough to choose a favourite!

Ned Caligari (Tom D.), Tuesday, 28 May 2019 20:23 (three months ago) link

Battle of the field is an lp I love. I still don't have a copy of the later lps and I think this may be Oop from prices I was seeing on at least the cd a few months back.
Like what I've heard by the various versions of Albionband bands. Especially the really early stuff with the Thompsons.
I think there are like 3 live sets from that era around 72 circulating. All pretty interesting. Hutchinson seems to have kept things interesting bandwidth for decades shame he was less than great to Shirley Collins.

Stevolende, Tuesday, 28 May 2019 20:37 (three months ago) link

Kept things interesting bandwise

Stevolende, Tuesday, 28 May 2019 20:38 (three months ago) link

Yikes, how did I almost miss this poll. I love this album so much, voting Poor Old Horse.

van dyke parks generator (anagram), Tuesday, 4 June 2019 10:21 (three months ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Sunday, 9 June 2019 00:01 (three months ago) link

Lovely album. Poor Old Horse or Gresford...

Good cop, Babcock (Chinaski), Sunday, 9 June 2019 10:00 (three months ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Monday, 10 June 2019 00:01 (three months ago) link

missed this poll ... might have voted Time To Ring Some Changes ...

tylerw, Monday, 10 June 2019 02:13 (three months ago) link

Lay Me Low got no votes = I forgot to vote

John Harris is a Guardian columnist (Tom D.), Monday, 10 June 2019 06:50 (three months ago) link

Thanks camaraderie for starting this, i was unaware of this band despite being a Thompson fan. What a great album

calstars, Wednesday, 12 June 2019 01:35 (three months ago) link

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