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Album: Aqaba
# Song Title   Time
1)    Old Man's Song, The
2)    Searching for Lambs
3)    Banks of Red Roses, The
4)    Where Are You Tonight?
5)    Aqaba
6)    Bogie's Bonnie Belle
7)    Reaper, The
8)    Verdi Cries
9)    Grazier's Daughter, The
10)    Seven Sumeers
11)    Mayn Rue Plats
12)    King of Rome, The
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Performer Notes
  • Arguably the finest post-Denny British folk singer, Tabor was never content to remain within that tradition's rigid confines. As her subsequent recordings would prove, she was equally at home with jazz standards, rock/pop and artsong. AQABA provides perhaps the most comprehensive overview of Tabor's gifts.
  • She tackles unaccompanied traditional material like "Bogie's Bonnie Belle" with aplomb one moment and redefines the then-unknown Natalie Merchant's "Verdi Cries" the next. The stoic, unflappable quality of Tabor's style is like the calm in the eye of the storm, as she navigates subtle but effective emotional dynamics with no undue fanfare. The spare, impressionistic arrangements set her rich voice in stark relief, with low-key violin (Fairport's Ric Sanders) and synthesizer providing cool, dreamy textures.
Professional Reviews
Q (11/99, p.163) - Included in Q Magazine's Best Folk Albums of All Time - "...a superb collection of songs....a towering vocal performance, and rarely bettered support from Ric Sanders and Martin Simpson. Exceptional, even by her standards."

Q (Magazine) (p.123) - "[T]his sombre, rather mysterious collection perfectly encapsulates her art..."
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