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The Albion Band: The BBC Sessions

The Albion Band: The BBC Sessions (BBC/Strange Fruit SFRSCD050)

The BBC Sessions
The Albion Band

BBC/Strange Fruit SFRSCD050 (CD, UK, April 1998)

Tracks

Albion Country Band (1973)

Recorded May 9, 1973 for the Bob Harris Show
Produced by Peter Ritzema, engineered by Bill Aitken

Musicians: Martin Carthy, vocals, acoustic guitar; John Kirkpatrick, vocals, button accordion, concertina; Sue Harris, oboe; Simon Nicol, vocals, electric guitar, tambourine; Ashley Hutchings, electric bass guitar; Roger Swallow, drums

  1. The New St. George (4.23)
  2. I'll Go and List for a Sailor (Roud 1614) (4.07)
  3. Hanged I Shall Be (Roud 1614) (6.24)
  4. Harvest Home / The Gas Almost Works (3.19)

Track 1, The New St George, is also available on The Carthy Chronicles.

Albion Dance Band (1976)

Recorded July 22, 1976 for BBC Radio 1 “Top Gear”; broadcast September 6, 1976;
Produced by Tony Wilson, engineered by Bill Aitken

Musicians: Shirley Collins, vocals; Eddie Upton, vocals; Philip Pickett, woodwinds; Simon Nicol, electric guitar, vocals; John Sothcott, vielle, woodwinds; John Rodd, concertina; Ashley Hutchings, electric bass guitar; Michael Gregory, drums; Dave Mattacks, drums

  1. La Sexte Estampie Real (1.51)
  2. Hopping Down in Kent (Roud 1715) (2.56)
  3. Horse's Brawl (3.40)
  4. Old Sir Simon the King (Roud 19776) (2.00)

Albion Dance Band (1977)

Recorded May 31, 1977 for BBC Radio 1 “Top Gear”; broadcast June 8, 1977;
Produced by Jeff Griffin, engineered by Mike Robinson

Musicians: John Tams, vocals, melodeon; Ric Sanders, fiddle; Philip Pickett, woodwinds; Graeme Taylor, electric guitar, electric piano, vocals; Simon Nicol, electric guitar, vocals; Ashley Hutchings, electric bass guitar, vocals; Michael Gregory, drums; Dave Mattacks, drums

  1. Holm's Fancy / Cuckold's All Awry (2.53)
  2. Poor Old Horse (Roud 3724) (5.36)
  3. The Postman's Knock (Roud 13177) / Black Joke (Roud 9212) (3.19)
  4. Boycott's Bourrée (1.46)

The Albion Band (1978)

Recorded April 11, 1978 for BBC Radio 1 “Top Gear”; broadcast April 20, 1978;
Produced by Malcolm Brown

Musicians: John Tams, vocals, melodeon; Ric Sanders, fiddle; Philip Pickett, woodwinds, tenor horn; Howard Evans, trumpet; Graeme Taylor, electric guitar, vocals; Simon Nicol, vocals, electric and acoustic guitars; Pete Bullock, synthesiser; Ashley Hutchings, electric bass guitar, vocals; Michael Gregory, drums; Dave Mattacks, drums

  1. Time to Ring Some Changes (3.20)
  2. Rainbow over the Hill (3.20)
  3. Down the Road (2.06)
  4. Uncle Bernard's / Albion Sunrise / Bacup Tune / Jenny Lind (6.11)

Tracks 1, 13, 14, 16b Richard Thompson
Track 2 Trad. arr. John Kirkpatrick
Tracks 3, 4 Trad. arr. Albion Country Band
Tracks 5-12 Trad. arr. Albion Dance Band
Tracks 15, 16a, 16c-d Trad. arr. Albion Band