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Early Days

Album: Early Days
# Song Title   Time
1)    Boston Harbour
2)    Greenland Whale Fishery, The
3)    Three Score and Ten
4)    Broom of Cowdenknowes, The
5)    King Arthur's Servants
6)    Rap Her to Bank - (previously unreleased)
7)    Dido Bendingo
8)    North Country Maid, The
9)    Brave Wolfe
10)    Jolly Waggoners, The
11)    I Am a Rover
12)    Fathom the Bowl
13)    Thirty Foot Trailer, The
14)    Holmfirth Anthem, The
15)    Twanky-Dillo
16)    White Hare of Howden, The
17)    All for Me Grog
18)    Poacher's Fate, The
19)    Tour of the Dales, The
20)    Willy Went to Westerdale
21)    I'ansons' S Racehorse
22)    Plough Boy, The
23)    White Cockade, The
24)    Ye Noble Spectators
25)    Stow Brow
26)    Wanton Wife of Castlegate, The
27)    Whitby Lad, The
Product Details
Performer Notes
  • The Watersons: Michael, Norma & Elaine Waterson, John Harrison (vocals).
  • Photographer: Brian Shuel.
  • Unknown Contributor Role: A.L. Lloyd.
  • Arranger: The Watersons.
  • The influence of unaccompanied singing group the Watersons on the British folk revival has long been acknowledged as huge. This CD, which collect their cuts from the 1965 New Voices compilation along with The Watersons and A Yorkshire Garland (both 1966), captures a lot of the appeal of Norma, Lal, and Mike Waterson, who, with their cousin John Harrison, comprised the group. And, along with the Frost and Fire album (available separately), it rounds up the output of their early days, prior to their initial breakup in 1968 (they'd re-form four years later). The music itself is glorious, the voices completely unself-conscious, the harmonies stirring, whether on something as well-known as "Twanky-Dillo" or any of the more obscure songs from A Yorkshire Garland, which explored their native county. Of greatest interest is the way Norma and Lal's voices work together, bringing a young freshness to their vocals, and reinventing the traditional material in a way that it can hit a new, younger generation -- indeed, it still sounds completely vital and passionate today. And the inclusion of the previously unreleased "Rap Her to Bank," recorded for (but not included on) The Watersons, means this even has collector's appeal, too -- but it'll be the newcomer who'll be most moved by this excellent collection. ~ Chris Nickson
Professional Reviews
Mojo (Publisher) (1/95, p.109) - "...collects songs from [The Watersons'] 1965 debut NEW VOICES as well as a selection from their subsequent Topic albums....The group's harmonies and distinct Yorkshire accents are still one of the folk scene's finest sounds."
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