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A.L. Lloyd: First Person (Topic 12T118)

First Person
Some of His Favourite Folk Songs
A.L. Lloyd

Topic 12T118 (LP, UK, 1966)
Topic Records TSDL118 (digital download, UK, June 2010)

A.L. Lloyd: First Person (Topic 12T118)


A.L. Lloyd: vocals;
Alf Edwards: English concertina [3, 7-8, 10, 14];
Dave Swarbrick: fiddle [1, 3, 5, 7-8, 10, 12, 14]


Side 1

  1. Four Drunken Maidens (Roud 252) (2.18)
  2. St James’s Hospital (Roud 2; Laws Q26; G/D 7:1404; Henry H680) (2.20)
  3. The Kelly Gang (Roud 22593) (3.30)
  4. I Wish My Love (Roud 8738) (2.52)
  5. Jack Orion (Roud 145; Child 67) (3.59)
  6. The Lover’s Ghost (Roud 179; Child 248) (2.28)
  7. Rocking the Cradle (Roud 357) (2.46)

Side 2

  1. The Drover’s Dream (Roud 5473) (2.53)
  2. Short Jacket and White Trousers (Roud 231; Laws N12) (1.56)
  3. Sovay, the Female Highwayman (Roud 7; Laws N21; Henry H35) (2.22)
  4. Reynardine (Roud 397; Laws P15; G/D 2:333) (2.36)
  5. Farewell Nancy (Roud 527; Laws K14; Henry H755) (2.48)
  6. Fanny Blair (Roud 1393) (3.30)
  7. Shickered As He Could Be (Roud 114; Child 274; G/D 7:1460; Henry H21ab) (1.58)

Tracks 2, 4-6, and 9-13 have been reissued in 1994 on the CD Classic A.L. Lloyd.
Tracks 3, 7, and 8 have been reissued in 1994 on the Australian CD The Old Bush Songs.
Tracks 1 and 14 are yet unreleased on CD.


Sydney Carter’s review is from Gramophone, December 1966:

A.L. Lloyd is considered by some to be the best singer, as well as the soundest scholar, of the English folk revival. Those nurtured on ‘pop’ folk may find his singing a little too traditional to suit their taste, though even they might succumb to Jack Orion or As Shickered As He Could Be on First Person, Topic 12T118. This personal selection of the songs which he likes best are all either British or Australian. Beside the two I have mentioned they include Farewell Nancy, Reynardine, a fine early version of St James’s Hospital and A. L. Lloyd’s own adaptation of Sovay, the Female Highwayman which Martin Carthy has been singing lately. He is accompanied by Alf Edwards on the concertina and Dave Swarbrick on the fiddle. For me this is the best and most interesting record of the month.