Wednesday, January 03, 2007

The Albion Dance Band "The Prospect Before Us" 1976

One thing is certain in this uncertain world -- you can trust Ashley Hutchings to do interesting things with various areas of British folk and rock music. In the case of the Albion Dance Band, under its various names, the focus was on mutating traditional English dance and folk music, which led to escapades involving traditional tunes, Morris dancers, double drummers, dance callers, Philip Pickett's entire collection of medieval instruments, and serious rock guitar front lines that tend to leap onto the hay cart and start blazing away. The Prospect Before Us is particularly unusual, even for Hutchings and the Albions -- a number of the tracks were recorded live in the studio, complete with dancing by the Albion Morris Men, an effort that resulted in some especially raucous moments: the bonus version of "Merry Sherwood Rangers" is far more staid than the live rendition that made it to the original version of this album. An essential purchase, we think. ~ Steven McDonald, All Music Guide

01. Uncle Bernard's / Jenny Lind
02. Hunt Is Up
03. Varsovianna
04. Masque Tune
05. Huntsman's Chorus
06. Minuet
07. Wassail Song
08. Picking Of Sticks / The Old Mole
09. Merry Sherwood Rangers
10. Sexte Estampie Real
11. I Wish I Was Single Again
12. Whim
13. Hopping Down In Kent
14. Horse's Brawl (new)
15. On Christmas Night All Christians Sing *Bonus (new)
16. Merry Sherwood Rangers (Alternate Version) *Bonus (new)

5 Comments:

Anonymous dan-the-man said...

Thanks for this Albion Dance Band album - although there seems be be something wrong with track 14: it should be "Horse's Brawl" - but it's track 2 "The Hunt Is Up" again. A separate upload of "Horse's Brawl" would be much appreciated. Thanks a lot for all your work.

04 January, 2007 06:09  
Blogger newelectricmuse said...

Love this album - folk dance that rocks!
Newelectricmuse

04 January, 2007 06:36  
Anonymous dan-the-man said...

Hi Lzardson,

thanks for the new upload of Horse's Brawl and the two bonus tracks.

Keep on keeping in ...

25 January, 2007 21:38  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Many thanks for this! Great stuff!

26 January, 2007 18:28  
Anonymous xij64 said...

Great posting. Been looking for this for a long time.
Any chance of anyone getting hold of the sister album to this - Shuffle Off!

Many thanks
xij64

23 July, 2008 05:28  

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