A quietly adventurous 1967 recording by Collins sisters, Shirley and Dolly. Traditional love ballads given an early music patina by Dolly’s restrained arrangements and the flutey tones of her miniature wooden pipe-organ. A pristine Joe Boyd production and array of supporting off-kilter instruments by the ascendant Wlliamson and Heron (a favour Dolly repays on ISB track God Dog).
Shirley’s voice is natural, artless and wholly inhabits songs about “ladies fair and tender, the ballad-heroines with lily hands, riding through the night, sighing for love, wandering through meadows distracted, saving or losing their virtue, getting pregnant, eloping with gypsies, dying of remorse, twined in the True-Lovers Knot” [ sleeve notes – S.C.].
By the time of this recording, Shirley had already paired with Davy Graham to redefine the nature of folk accompaniment, and would go on to produce arguably the finest folk-rock album of the era with the Albion Country Band.
Her 2006 guest vocal on Current 93’s Black Ships Ate the Sky is breath-taking.
Buy these: Folk Roots, New Routes; Anthems in Eden; Love, Death & the Lady; No Roses
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