Anne Briggs

Classic Anne Briggs

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A great compact disc that contains much of Anne Briggs' recorded output, with the exception of her second and final solo record, The Time Has Come. This wonderful collection is a must for any fan of English folk music and will prove beyond a doubt that all of the accolades heaped upon Briggs were well-deserved; she is a remarkable singer. Much of the music here is rendered a cappella, and her crystal clear soprano is riveting on songs like "The Doffing Mistress" and "Polly Vaughn." She has gobs of technique, but never oversings or gets too flashy; her control and execution are amazing, and you can easily understand why she remains as influential as she has for all these years. Much more than simply a great collection of folk music, Classic Anne Briggs is also a textbook on how to sing English folk music, and it's a venerable volume that has lost none of its immediacy, power, and importance.

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