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Maddy Prior & The Carnival Band - A Christmas Caper: The Best Of Maddy Prior and Carnival Band (2012)

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Maddy Prior & The Carnival Band - A Christmas Caper: The Best Of Maddy Prior and Carnival Band (2012)

Maddy Prior & The Carnival Band - A Christmas Caper: The Best Of Maddy Prior and Carnival Band (2012)
FLAC (tracks) - 388 MB | 1:09:31
Folk | Label: Park Records

Of all the festive traditions, few have stood the test of time better than the Christmas carol. Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band know this more than most, having been inspired by the music of Christmas for the past twenty five years. Now and for the first time, the very best of these have been brought together on one album. The Best Of Maddy Prior and The Carnival Band collects twenty two tracks from across their career. Along the way you will find a mixture of the familiar and the less well known, all presented in a most unique style. With an extensive experience in folk, medieval, world and classical music between them, the singer and players guide us to exquisite places. Telling the Christmas story in a variety of ways, the likes of I Saw Three Ships, While Shepherds Watched, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen and The Holly Ivy are revealed as versatile, striking pieces of music with words to match.

VA - Shining Bright: The Songs of Lal & Mike Waterson (2002)

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VA - Shining Bright: The Songs of Lal & Mike Waterson (2002)

VA - Shining Bright: The Songs of Lal & Mike Waterson (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 288 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 131 Mb | Scans included | 00:53:48
British Folk, Folk-Rock, Celtic, Singer/Songwriter | Label: Topic | # TSCD519

In 1972, Mike and Lal Waterson released an extraordinary album of their original songs, Bright Phoebus. This magical collection of very English songwriting has long been acknowledged a classic and one of the finest achievements of the British folk revival. Shining Bright was conceived to pay tribute to Mike & Lal's remarkable songs, and it draws upon the songs recorded for Bright Phoebus, and on a further dozen songs written at the same time but not previously recorded. Features 15 tracks performed by Norma Waterson, Dayteller, Maddy Prior, Richard Thompson, Eliza Carthy, Blue Murder, Dick Gaughan, Linda & Teddy Thompson, Helen Watson, Billy Bragg & The Blokes, Martin Carthy, Christine Collister & others.

Maddy Prior & Rick Kemp - Happy Families (1990) [Re-Up]

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Maddy Prior & Rick Kemp - Happy Families (1990) [Re-Up]

Maddy Prior & Rick Kemp - Happy Families (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 247 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 116 Mb | Scans included
British Folk, British Folk-Rock, Celtic | Label: Park Records | # PRKCD 4 | Time: 00:46:04

Teamed with Rick Kemp, Prior turns in her best non-Steeleye Span folk-rock performance, with heavy amplification, crisp electric guitars, and accordion for support. Her airy vocals and the heavy electric sound make this a superb adjunct to the best rock sides by Steeleye (Commoner's Crown, etc.), although this stuff has more of a contemporary feel, relating to Prior's Steeleye Span work roughly the way Dylan's best '70s and '80s stuff relates to his '60s folk and folk-rock sides, with a definite rock beat and pop music feel. There's also a strong social consciousness at work, with topical songs dealing with unemployment and privation amid love songs and a very playful cover of "Who's Sorry Now". (Bruce Eder, AMG)

Tim Hart and Maddy Prior - Folk Songs of Olde England, Vol. 1 (1968) Reissue 1991

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Tim Hart and Maddy Prior - Folk Songs of Olde England, Vol. 1 (1968) Reissue 1991

Tim Hart and Maddy Prior - Folk Songs of Olde England, Vol. 1 (1968)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 169 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 111 Mb | Scans included
British Folk, Celtic | Label: Mooncrest | # CRESTCD 006 | Time: 00:37:39

The first album by the trad folk duo of Tim Hart and Maddy Prior, Folk Songs of Olde England, Vol. 1, is as interesting for what came of it as for what it is. This album, recorded in 1968, led directly to the formation of Steeleye Span, whose early albums were an electrified variation on this album's traditional acoustic British folk-rock. It could also be argued that Hart and Prior's example was influential in Fairport Convention's decision to move from a California-style folk-rock sound into something more uniquely British. In light of what came after, Folk Songs of Olde England, Vol. 1 sounds a bit tentative and at times slightly twee (Prior's voice has not quite matured into the rich, expressive instrument it would soon become), but on their own merits, these sensitive renditions of traditional British folk favorites like "Maid That's Deep in Love" or "A Wager a Wager" are respectful of tradition but not bound to it, performed with an infectious enthusiasm quite similar to what the Young Tradition were doing around the same period.

Maddy Prior & June Tabor - Silly Sisters (1976) Reissue 1994 [Re-Up]

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Maddy Prior & June Tabor - Silly Sisters (1976) Reissue 1994 [Re-Up]

Maddy Prior & June Tabor - Silly Sisters (1976) Reissue 1994
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 242 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 108 Mb | Scans included
British Folk, British Folk-Rock, Celtic | Label: BGO | # BGOCD214 | Time: 00:41:50

This was a match made in heaven: Maddy Prior, the sweet-voiced singer for Steeleye Span, and June Tabor, a darker-toned solo performer who was already making a significant name for herself on the British folk scene. The collaboration was blessed by the presence of most of that scene's aristocracy, including guitarists Nic Jones and Martin Carthy, bassist Danny Thompson, and mandolinist Andy Irvine. But the album's most transcendent moments come when Prior and Tabor sing together a cappella, as they do at the beginning of the gentle "Seven Joys of Mary" and the more astringent "Burning of Auchindoon," not to mention the hair-raising "Four Loom Weaver." A few of these songs require a couple of listens before they reveal all of their charms, but all of them are worth the effort.

Maddy Prior - Woman in the Wings (1978) Remastered Reissue 1994

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Maddy Prior - Woman in the Wings (1978) Remastered Reissue 1994

Maddy Prior - Woman in the Wings (1978) with Jethro Tull
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 206 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 88 Mb | Scans included
British Folk, British Folk-Rock, Celtic | Label: BGO | # BGOCD 215 | Time: 00:36:04

Woman in the Wings is a 1978 debut solo album by Maddy Prior. It was produced by Ian Anderson, David Palmer and Robin Black. All the songs were written by Maddy Prior.

Silly Sisters: Maddy Prior & June Tabor - No More To The Dance (1988) Reissue 2004

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Silly Sisters: Maddy Prior & June Tabor - No More To The Dance (1988) Reissue 2004

Silly Sisters: Maddy Prior & June Tabor - No More To The Dance (1988) Reissue 2004
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 238 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 140 Mb | Scans included
British Folk, Celtic, British Folk-Rock | Label: Topic | # TSCD450 | Time: 00:47:25

The first time June Tabor and Maddy Prior made a duo recording, it was released under their names and was entitled Silly Sisters. On this, their second album, Silly Sisters is the name of the group. Officially, it still consists of just Tabor and Prior, but most tracks also feature Breton guitarist Dan Ar Braz, Welsh harpist and keyboardist Huw Warren, and various other guests. As with their first album, the program is a winning mix of traditional and modern British folk music. An eerie and haunting arrangement of Andy Irvine's "Blood and Gold" is followed immediately by an almost African-sounding instrumental by Ar Braz; Tabor and Prior perform a brief a cappella "catch" by Henry Purcell entitled "Cakes and Ale"; and the traditional "Hedger and Ditcher" shows up in an arrangement that features both bagpipes and soprano saxophone. But interesting as things get instrumentally, Tabor and Prior's almost telepathic musicality and sharp, reedy voices are always at center stage, and the songs are always well served by the arrangements.

Maddy Prior - Changing Winds (1978) Reissue 1993 [Re-Up]

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Maddy Prior - Changing Winds (1978) Reissue 1993 [Re-Up]

Maddy Prior - Changing Winds (1978) Reissue 1993
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 188 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 92 Mb | Scans ~ 64 Mb
British Folk, British Folk-Rock | Label: BGO | # BGOCD213 | Time: 00:40:21

Some forty years from her emergence on the late sixties folk club circuit, Maddy Prior is one of the most enduring, influential and respected artists in British music. Born in Blackpool and, raised in St Albans, Maddy first came to prominence as a duo with singer/ guitarist Tim Hart, building a reputation around the folk clubs and releasing two albums. As the 70s dawned, they joined forces with Ashley Hutchings (of Fairport Convention) and Gay & Terry Woods, with the idea of fusing folk song with rock instrumentation and technique. The new group took its name from a traditional Lincolnshire ballad 'Horkstow Grange' - the tale of a character called Steeleye Span.

Maddy Prior - Ravenchild (2000)

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Maddy Prior - Ravenchild (2000)

Maddy Prior - Ravenchild (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 259 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 127 Mb | Scans included
British Folk-Rock, Folk, Celtic | Label: Park | # PRKCD49 | Time: 00:52:06

On Ravenchild, Maddy Prior teamed up again with keyboard player Nick Holland and multi-instrumentalist Troy Donockley, whose arsenal included Uilleann pipes and low whistle, as she had on her previous album, Flesh & Blood. The centerpiece of the album was a six song suite dubbed "In the Company of Ravens" (also the title of the first song), a series of Prior originals concerning the carrion birds who give the word "ravenous" its meaning. This was sometimes gritty stuff, as Prior described the birds' eating habits, though their mating habits were far more inspiring. The album also contained a three song suite, "With Napoleon in Russia," tracing that famous historical defeat. Then there was "Rigs of the Time," a condemnation of contemporary media culture set to a traditional melody, and the album concluded with what Prior herself described as the eerie traditional song "Great Silkie of Sules Skerry." The music and Prior's singing could be haunting, but Ravenchild was an album of disquieting material, whether the subject was aviary, historical, or contemporary.