The Wire - 12/00, pp.36-7
"...Direct and honest...she sings unaccompanied. The singular quality that is peculiar to her is to make the material sound fresh and contemporary, to make the recording seem alive. She has presence..."
Personnel: Anne Briggs (vocals, guitar, bouzouki); Ray Fisher (vocals); John Moynihan (bouzouki).
Includes liner notes by Colin Harper and A.L. Lloyd.
Personnel: Anne Briggs (vocals, guitar, bouzouki).
Liner Note Author: Colin Harper.
Recording information: 1958-1968.
Photographer: Brian Shuel.
Anne Briggs' recording career lasted from 1963 to 1973, after which she largely withdrew from public performance, so the 1990 compilation CLASSIC ANNE BRIGGS came as a revelation to a generation of folk music fans more familiar with successors like Maddy Prior, Sandy Denny and June Tabor. That album gathered together her entire output for the Topic label. The ANNE BRIGGS album of 1971 was combined with her '60s output: two songs she contributed to THE IRON MUSE project, four more from the conceptual BIRD IN THE BUSH album plus her own EP THE HAZARDS OF LOVE.
In the '90s she made a short-lived return to live performance in the company of Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick. Always plagued by stage fright, these appearances were clearly nerve-wracking and the supportive enthusiasm of audiences was not enough to persuade her to revive her singing career. A COLLECTION presents all her Topic material in order of release, but this time adds superb versions of "She Moves Through The Fair" and "Let No Man Steal Your Thyme" first heard on two volumes of THE DECCA EDINBURGH FOLK FESTIVAL.