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Album Review

This beautiful 22-track collection represents the music of British folksinger Shirley Collins from 1966-1979. Here are many of the songs she has become so well known for, such as "All Flowers in Broome," "The Murdered Woman," "The Gypsy's Wedding Day," and 19 others. Collins plays guitar and banjo and performs in the company of her late sister Dolly (on piano and organ) as well as a number of others. While this is hardly a definitive collection, it is nonetheless a fine one, especially for the price. The music here traces the British folk boom in its formative and bountiful years, and makes a profound argument for Collins, not Sandy Denny or Maddy Prior or anyone else, being the true queen of British folk.


Born: July 5, 1935 in Hastings, England

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s

Shirley Collins, though almost unknown in the United States, was an immensely important figure in Britain's early-'60s folk revival and the golden age of British folk-rock in the late '60s and early '70s. She is one of British folk's most golden-throated vocalists, and one of its most eclectic, handling traditional fare, Renaissance music, and folk-rock. Any discussion of her recordings must also note the important contributions of her non-singing sister, the late Dorothy Collins, who was co-billed...
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