Sweet England

Dolly CollinsJanuary 1, 1959
Folk℗ 2010 A Wing & A Prayer Ltd.
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The first CD reissue of Shirley Collins' debut album, recorded when she was 23, and still uncertain of herself. The album received a critical walloping on release, and it took another few years before Collins felt ready to record again (successfully, this time, in tandem with Davey Graham). It took a good decade before Sweet England itself began to be accepted as a key recording in the folk revival. It's easy to understand why the record struck an unsympathetic note -- Collins' vocal approach has a fragile, almost maudlin quality to it, presenting a raw sadness even when the songs themselves are light-hearted. Combine that with the bare arrangements, which depend on simple five-string banjo, and the result is a difficult listen -- the immediacy of much of the work being done in the folk revival is missing; Sweet England demands repeated listening, which becomes hard work indeed. Ironically, however, Collins' approach has more in keeping with folk tradition than many of the folk revival performers (one of the closer comparisons might well be A.L. Lloyd, another performer who was often not immediate in his impact.) Topic has cleaned up the master recordings as best they can; listeners will notice some flaws, and a very small degree of distortion on Collins' vocals.

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Songs
1
Sweet England2:38
2
Hares on the Mountain1:35
3
Hori-Horo1:42
4
The Bonny Irish Boy1:35
5
The Tailor & the Mouse1:59
6
The Lady & the Swine1:33
7
Turpin Hero2:35
8
The Cuckoo1:46
9
The Bonny Labouring Boy4:18
10
The Cherry Tree Carol3:44
11
Sweet William3:21
12
Omie Wise3:56
13
Blackbirds & Thrushes1:38
14
A Keeper Went Hunting1:48
15
Polly Vaughan2:40
16
Pretty Saro2:04
17
Barbara Allen3:18
18
Charlie2:35
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Genres
Total length
44:45
Tracks
18
Released
October 24, 2010
Label
℗ 2010 A Wing & A Prayer Ltd.
File type
MP3
Access type
Streaming and by permanent download to your computer and/or device
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