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The Watersons - A Yorkshire Christmas (2005)
« on: June 03, 2017, 04:21:33 AM »
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While this isn't one of the Watersons' more significant albums, it's an important document of the group, for these Christmas carols, performed in December 1980 for a local Yorkshire radio station, were the last recordings of the group's earliest lineups (Norma Waterson, Lal Waterson, Mike Waterson, and Martin Carthy who replaced John Harrison in 1968) ever done. The quartet sing the seasonal tunes a cappella, interspersed with holiday stories and readings by wizened Yorkshire locals Kit Calvert, Norman Benson, and Mabel Race, drawing upon Christmas experiences of their childhood. As is the case for many radio broadcasts alternating music and spoken word, it's better heard as a whole on the radio than on the home stereo. But taken by itself, the music is good, the Watersons offering distinctive and stellar harmonization of the songs in a traditional English folk cast, imbued with the sparkling melancholy so particular to the genre. With good fidelity, it's certainly an above-average Christmas record, and one absent of the sentimental pandering so prevalent in much holiday music. The singing's good enough to make it enjoyable at all times, though by its very nature there's not as much variety here as there is on the Watersons' best recordings. ~ Richie Unterberger

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Track Listing
1. Holly Bears a Berry
2. While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks
3. The Yorkshire Nativity Story
4. Stormy Winds
5. Carol Singing
6. Emmanuel
7. Christmas Shops
8. Wassail Song
9. The Blunderbus Gun
10. Pace-Egging Song
11. Here We Come A-Wassailing
12. Our Christmas Presents
13. Christmas Is Now Drawing Near at Hand
14. Christmas Wages
15. Sound, Sound Your Instruments of Joy
16. On Christmas Eve
17. Herod and the Cock
18. A New Year Poem
19. God Bless the Master
20. The Hawes Tragedy
21. The Loss of the Scotch Express
22. Father Christmas

Details
Number of CDs:   1
Recording Type:   Studio
EAN:   5065000199296
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