SHIRLEY & DOLLY COLLINS - ANTHEMS IN EDEN

SHIRLEY & DOLLY COLLINS

ANTHEMS IN EDEN

1LP
GF
Anthems in Eden is a 1969 album by Shirley and Dolly Collins, with the Early Music Consort of London, directed by David Munrow. The album originally consisted of a 28-minute set of folk songs plus seven other individual pieces performed by the same group. The musical arrangements for these eight pieces included early music instruments, such as viols, recorders, sackbuts and crumhorns.
  • 180 gram audiophile vinyl
  • Gatefold Sleeve
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Catalog # : MOVLP1954Format : 1 LP, 180 gramReleasedate : 2017-08-18
Barcode : 8719262004597Sleeve : GatefoldOriginal Release : 1969 

Side A

1. A Beginning
2. A Meeting (Searching For Lambs)
3. A Courtship (The Wedding Song)
4. A Denying (The Blacksmith)
5. A Forsaking (Our Captain Cried)
6. A Dream (Lowlands)
7. A Leavetaking (Pleasant And Delightful)
8. An Awakening (Whitsun Dance)
9. A New Beginning (The Staines Norris)

Side B

1. Rambleaway
2. Ca' The Yowes
3. God Dog
4. Bonny Cuckoo
5. Nellie The Milkmaid
6. Gathering Rushes In The Month Of May
7. The Gower Wassail

Anthems in Eden is a 1969 album by Shirley and Dolly Collins, with the Early Music Consort of London, directed by David Munrow. The album originally consisted of a 28-minute set of folk songs plus seven other individual pieces performed by the same group. The musical arrangements for these eight pieces included early music instruments, such as viols, recorders, sackbuts and crumhorns. 

Track one is a suite, "A song-story", lasting 28 minutes, 7 seconds and is the centrepiece of the album.
This is a suite of folk songs which depict the changes in rural England brought about by the First World War, and the disconnection that this created with folk traditions. Recorded with an ensemble of early music instruments, it was a completely unique approach to recording English folk music and was to be influential on bands such as Fairport Convention and Steeleye Span in the way that they addressed the traditional folk repertoire. The importing of early instruments into popular recordings is believed to have influenced other bands such as Amazing Blondel and Gryphon.

  • 180 gram audiophile vinyl
  • Gatefold Sleeve