Shirley Collins – Heroes In Love (Topic TOP 95) (1963)

I don’t usually bother with singles, but this one is unique. Sung without affectation in pure Home Counties tones and performed with simple, delicate understatement, Brit-Folk lynchpin Collins manages to avoid the shrillness and preciousness of her contemporary folk loving sisters. And I love that “of Sussex” qualification. This is really good stuff bought today from a chazza in Sandwich.

Though I’d never heard her music, I was aware of her archival field work with Alan Lomax during a famous late 50s jaunt across the American south, known to folkies as the “Southern Journey”, to document (in stereo!) fast disappearing folk and blues artists. Though issued several times over the years, the fruits of this trip were recently made available again on vinyl through the good people at Mississippi Records.

Published in: on January 21, 2012 at 6:36 pm  Leave a Comment  

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