This collection from the U.K. 60s-era folkies features 17 medieval-sounding pieces including the classic title cut, "Oxford Girl," "Six Dukes," "Sailor From Dover," "Salisbury Plain," "Polly On The Shore," and "Plains Of Waterloo."
Personnel: Shirley Collins (vocals); Eleanor Sloan (rebec); Adam Skeaping (violone); Peter Wood (concertina); John Fordham (recorder); Alan Lumsden (sackbut); Dolly Collins (piano); Christopher Hogwood (harpsichord); Terry Cox (percussion).
Arrangers: Peter Wood; Shirley Collins; Bob Copper; Dolly Collins.
More outstanding arrangements of medieval fare, given emotional resonance by Shirley's outstanding interpretations and Dolly's dignified, haunting arrangements for an ensemble featuring Christopher Hogwood on harpsichord, Pentangle drummer Terry Cox on percussion, and Dolly herself on organ and piano. Just as impressive as Anthems in Eden, although not as widely discussed. ~ Richie Unterberger