The Record Collection

Shirley Collins & Dolly Collins: Anthems in Eden (1969)

Beat Goes On BGOCD442 (1999)

Track list:

01 – Anthems in Eden Suite:
01a – A Beginning
01b – A Meeting – Searching For Lambs
01c – A Courtship – The Wedding Song
01d – A Denying – The Blacksimth
01e – A Forsaking – Our Captain Cried
01f – A Dream – Lowlands
01g – A Leavetaking – Pleasant And Delightful
01h – An Awakening – Whitsun Dance
01i – A New Begining – The Staines Morris
02 – Rambleaway
03 – Ca’ The Yowes
04 – God Dog
05 – Bonny Cuckoo
06 – Nellie The Milkmaid
07 – Gathering Rushes In The Month Of May
08 – Gower Wassail
+ additional tracks (recorded in 1975/76)
09 – Fare Thee Well My Dearest Dear
10 – C’est La Fin Pour Mon Coeur
11 – Bonny Kate
12 – Adieu To All Judges And Juries
13 – Edi Beo Thu Hevene Quene
14 – Black Joke/Black White Yellow And Green

Personnel:

#01-08:
Shirley Collins – Vocals
Dolly Collins – Portative Organ
+
David Munrow – Soprano & Alto Crumhorn, Rackett, Tenor Sordun, Treble Recorder
Richard Lee – Treble Descant Recorder
Michael Laird – Cornet
Alan Lumsden – Sackbut
Gillian Reid – Bells
Christopher Hogwood – Harpsichord
Boderick Skeaping – Rebec, Treble Viol, Bass Viol
Adam Skeaping – Bass Viol, Violone
Oliver Brookes – Bass Viol
Backing Vocals – John Morgan, Royston Wood, Steve Ashley
Backing Vocals – The Home Brew [John Fordham, Michael Clifton, Ray Worman]

#09-14:
Shirley Collins – vocals
+
Roger Brenner – Alto Sackbut
Colin Sheen – Tenor Sackbut
Martin Nicholls – Tenor Sackbut , Bass Sackbut
Terry Potter – Mouth Organ
John Rodd – Anglo Concertina
John Watcham – Anglo Concertina
John Kirkpatrick – Button Accordion, Melodeon
Chris Hogwood – Virginals Harpsichord
Simon Nicol – Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
John Scothcott – Vielle, Recorder
Ashley Hutchings – Acoustic Double Bass, Electric Bass
Pat Donaldson – Electric Bass
Dave Mattacks – Drums, Regal
Dancing & Vocals – The Albion Morris Men [Ada Turnham, David Busby, Dots Daultrey, Mike Clifton, Roger Rigden, Stuart Hollyer]

#01-08: originally released in 1969 as “Anthems in Eden” (Harvest SHVL 754).
Recorded at EMI, Abbey Road, London, 1969.

#09-14: originally released in 1976, taken from the album “Amaranth” (Harvest SHSM 2008).
Recorded at Sound Techniques Studio, London and Spaceward Studio, Cambridge in 1975/76.

Producer – Austin John Marshall (#1-8), Ashley Hutchings (#9-14)
Engineer – Peter Mew (#1-8), Vic Gamm (#9-14), Gary Lucas (#10,13)

Liner notes: David Suff, John Tobler

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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 7 other individual pieces performed by the same group.

The musical arrangements for these 8 pieces included early music instruments, such as viols, recorders, sackbuts and crumhorns.

In 1976, 6 new songs were recorded with a different assortment of accompanists, to replace the original 7 individual songs.

The 1976 album consisting of the 28-minute set plus the 6 new songs was released by Harvest Records under the title “Amaranth”.

Subsequent releases have combined all 14 pieces under the original title, “Anthems in Eden”.

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