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Norma Waterson
Norma Waterson
Norma Waterson
Genres: Country, Folk, World Music, Pop
 
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Nothing in Waterson's long career could prepare the listener for this album. It's a masterpiece of folk rock, featuring the passionate geometry of Richard Thompson's and Martin Carthy's guitars, and the imaginative product...  more »

      
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All Artists: Norma Waterson
Title: Norma Waterson
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Hannibal
Release Date: 6/11/1996
Genres: Country, Folk, World Music, Pop
Styles: British & Celtic Folk, Celtic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 031257139328, 031257139342, 031257139366

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Nothing in Waterson's long career could prepare the listener for this album. It's a masterpiece of folk rock, featuring the passionate geometry of Richard Thompson's and Martin Carthy's guitars, and the imaginative production of John Chelew. Like Daniel Lanois's work with Emmylou Harris and Bob Dylan, Chelew walks the line between ambient richness and bluesy edges, but it's the song selection and Norma's delivery that stuns. The Grateful Dead song "Black Muddy River" becomes a gorgeous hymn, the Billy Bragg penned "St. Swithin's Day" a folk pop gem, and the spiritual "Fountain of Christ's Blood" a beautiful mystery. Brilliant from beginning to end. --Roy Frances Kasten

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CD Reviews

A stunning record
Tadeusz Palac | Santo Domingo, DR | 06/19/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is the art of singing at its best. From the Dead to obscure 40's songs to Richard Thompson to a Methodist hymn - what a range! Each one a nugget of a different kind. And all this from the grande dame of pure finger-in-yer-ear english folk! That's musical daring for you! If they gave a prize for successful audacity, Norma would win hands down. I bought this when it first came out and was stunned by it. Can't wait for her new one to be available here (already out in the UK)."
Songs of experience
Douglas Stapleton | Chicago, IL USA | 02/21/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"i bought this last night and i'm on the fourth listen! impeccable crafting of songs and a voice as smoking and experienced in tone as the later day voices of bobby Dylan and joni Mitchell and nina Simone and Billy Holliday and marianne faithful. a fully felt and unpretentious music with excellent punch and clarity. BUY IT!!!"
The very thought of you
J G A Gardner | London | 03/24/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"There is little to add to the ecstatic reviews already listed about Norma's first CD. It is only surpassed by the latest CD in the UK "The very thought of you" - more confidence - same main players. Songs from Queen through Richard Thompson to a heart stopping version of Nick Drake's River Man. The blend on paper again is startling but sounds so right. I suggest all american readers rush to the amazon.co.uk site!"