No Roses

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No Roses
Studio album by Shirley Collins and The Albion Country Band
Released October 1971
Recorded Summer 1971
Genre folk rock, art rock
Length 33:30
Label Pegasus Records
Producer Sandy Roberton, Ashley Hutchings
Shirley Collins chronology
Love, Death and The Lady
(with Dolly Collins)
(1970)
No Roses
(1971)
A Favourite Garland
(1973)
The Albion Country Band chronology
No Roses
(1971)
Battle of the Field
(1976)

No Roses is an album by Shirley Collins and the Albion Country Band. It was recorded at Sound Techniques, and Air Studios in London, in the summer of 1971. It was produced by Sandy Roberton and Ashley Hutchings (Shirley Collins' husband at the time). It was released in October 1971 on the Pegasus label.

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. "The Murder of Maria Marten", a lengthy song about the Red Barn Murder, is broken into segments, with parts of British folk rock alternating with more traditional parts featuring Shirley Collins' voice and a hurdy-gurdy drone. Shirley Collins had used a similar technique on "One Night As I Lay on My Bed" on "Adieu To Old England".

Some songs, for instance Poor Murdered Woman and Murder of the Maria Marten, feature big parts of the Fairport Convention line-up of late 1969 (Liege and Lief). In fact, Fairport Convention member Ashley Hutchings appears on all, Simon Nicol on eight, Richard Thompson on seven, and Dave Mattacks one three of the nine songs on this album.

Claudy Banks includes a composed duo performance by Alan Cave on bassoon and British free jazz saxophonist Lol Coxhill – his only performance ever in the context of British folk music. Hal-An-Tow features members of the two acclaimed folk vocal groups The Watersons (Lal and Mike Waterson) and The Young Tradition (Royston Wood). Both drummer Roger Powell and pianist Ian Whiteman previously played together in the band Mighty Baby.

Track listing[edit]

All songs are arrangements of traditional folk songs. Claudy Banks stems from Ron and Bob Cooper. The line-up is according to the folk database Mainly Norfolk.[1]

  1. Claudy Banks (4:37)
  2. Little Gipsy Girl (2:16)
    • Shirley Collins – lead vocals; Ashley Hutchings – bass guitar; Roger Powell – drums; Dave Mattacks – sticks; Simon Nicol – electric guitar; Dave Bland – hammered dulcimer; Tony Hall – melodeon
  3. Banks of The Bann (3:38)
  4. Murder of Maria Marten (7:28)
    • Shirley Collins – lead vocals; Nic Jones – backing vocals and fiddle; Ashley Hutchings – bass guitar; Richard Thompson – electric guitar; Simon Nicol – electric guitar; Tim Renwick – electric guitar; Dave Mattacks – drums; Barry Dransfield – fiddle; Francis Baines – hurdy gurdy
  5. Van Dieman's Land (4:59)
    • Shirley Collins – lead vocals; Ashley Hutchings – bass guitar; Ian Whiteman – piano; Simon Nicol – acoustic guitar; Richard Thompson – electric guitar; Roger Powell – drums; Dave Bland – concertina; Colin Ross – Northumbrian smallpipes; Alan Lumsden – ophicleide
  6. Just As The Tide Was A-Flowing (2:13)
    • Shirley Collins – lead vocals; Maddy Prior – backing vocals; Ashley Hutchings – bass guitar; Roger Powell – drums; Simon Nicol – acoustic guitar; Dave Bland – concertina
  7. The White Hare (2:43)
    • Shirley Collins – lead vocals; Ashley Hutchings – bass guitar, percussion; Roger Powell – drums; Tim Renwick – acoustic 12-string guitar; Richard Thompson – electric guitar; Royston Wood – backing vocals; Lal and Mike Waterson – backing vocals; Steve Midgen – French horn
  8. Hal-An-Tow (2:54)
    • Shirley Collins – lead vocals; Ashley Hutchings – bass guitar, percussion; Roger Powell – drums; Tim Renwick – acoustic 12-string guitar; Richard Thompson – slide guitar; Dave Bland – hammered dulcimer; Tony Hall – melodeon; Royston Wood – backing vocals; Simon Nicol – backing vocals; Gregg Butler – serpent; Trevor Cozier – jew's harp
  9. Poor Murdered Woman (4:17)
    • Shirley Collins – lead vocals; Ashley Hutchings – bass guitar; Dave Mattacks – drums; Dolly Collins – piano; Richard Thompson – electric guitar; Simon Nicol – electric guitar; Tin Renwick – electric guitar; Dave Bland – concertina

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.informatik.uni-hamburg.de/~zierke/shirley.collins/records/noroses.html Mainly Norfolk: track listing, line-up and further information concerning No Roses