The Corries

The Promise of the Day

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The second album by the Corries and Paddie Bell is more ambitious than their first, this time with Archie Fisher, no less, guesting on banjo, and some more moody and reflective folk tunes, including "Shoals O'Herrin" and "Verdant Braes o'Screen," appear amid the boisterous sea shanties and other traditional material. And fans of Steeleye Span, in particular, will recognize material common to their subsequent repertory in tunes like "The Trooper and the Maid." All through this record the melodies are so basic and powerful -- and presented in forms closer to their Anglo-Celtic origins that one will be tempted to stomp and sing along, and hum them afterward. Paddie Bell sings less on this second album, not appearing vocally until the fourth tune ("Queen Mary"), and she was to part company with the group soon after -- her presence is more than justified, however, by the elegant interweaving of her voices with the men's singing on "Fear a Bhata," probably the most beautiful song on the group's early output.

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