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Coming In

The Front Cover
Coming In
Shirley Collins and the Albion Country Band
Claudy Banks [4:37]
The Little Gypsy Girl [2:16]
Banks Of The Bann [3:38]
Murder Of Maria Marten [7:28]
Van Diemen's Land [4:59]
Just As The Tide Was A 'Flowing [2:13]
The White Hare [2:43]
Hal-An-Tow [2:54]
Poor Murdered Woman [4:17]
A Little Music or The Delights of Harmony
Anthems In Eden
Notes and Things
The Back Cover

When this album was first released in 1971, it was regarded as adventurous, combining a traditional English singer with 25 musicians, some from a folk background, other from the fields of contemporary rock and early music. It was an experiment which grew into a triumph, and sprang from the talents of Shirley Collins and Ashley Hutchings, both pioneers of their own right, in the first year of their marriage. Shirley, widely regarded as the doyenne of English traditional folk singers, had recorded her first album in 1959 for the highly respected American Folkways label, and subsequent albums were regarded as milestones, notably Folk Roots, New Routes made in 1964 with guitarist Davy Graham and Anthems in Eden, made with her sister Dolly in 1969 - the first album to unite traditional songs with early instruments, under the musical direction of David Monrow. Ashley Hutchings, a founder member of Fairport Convention, had left that pioneering band at the end of 1969, after recording Fairport's seminal Liege And Lief, and, still hooked on traditional music, had then launched Steeleye Span. After three albums, A.H quit the band he had helped found, and the next step was this......

It is very unusual to have 27 musicians and singers on an album of traditional folk songs. It happened because people simply dropped in during recording sessions and were asked to join in. At the time, the most unusual sound was the hurdy-gurdy, now heard much more frequently. "The Murder of Maria Marten" is broken into segments, with a heavy-rock alternating with Shirley's voice accompanied by a simple drone. Shirley had used a similar technique on "One Night As I Lay on My Bed" on "Adieu To Old England".

recorded at Sound Techniques, and Air Studios
Summer 1971
produced by Sandy Roberton and Ashley Hutchings

No Roses (LP, UK, 1971) [click for larger image]
Pegasus 7 (LP, UK, 1971)

B&C CREST 11 (LP, UK, 1976) [rz]
Antilles AN-7017 (LP, US, 1976)
Mooncrest Crest CD 011 (CD, UK) [rz]
All tracks (Trad. Arr. Shirley Collins),
published by Roberton Brown
except [track 1] (B&R Copper),
published by Copper Songs

  1.Claudy Banks
[4:37]

2. The Little Gypsy Girl
[2:16]

3. Banks Of The Bann
[3:38]
[7:28]

5. Van Diemen's Land
[4:59]

6. Just As The Tide Was A 'Flowin
[2:13]

7. The White Hare
[2:43]

8. Hal-An-Tow
[2:54]
[4:17]

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