A.L. Lloyd

The Bird in the Bush

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This CD is an expanded version of a 1965 album that was a British equivalent to Ed McCurdy's When Dalliance Was In Flower, collecting 19 songs dealing with lust, eight of them performed by A.L. Lloyd solo or in collaboration with Dave Swarbrick and/or Alf Edwards. Others featured are Frankie Armstrong, Anne Briggs, Louis Killen, and Norman Kennedy. Some of the more interesting songs include "The Two Magicians," which is more familiar today in the electric version by Steeleye Span, and "Pretty Polly," which is known in dozens of versions, none as authentic-sounding as the recordings here in voices raw and natural. Much of it is also very funny in the many and varied masculine and feminine sexual images represented. The CD also delineates about as well as any the division between the generations of English folk singers -- except for Swarbrick, none of the people performing here would have meshed well with the younger folk-rock outfits coming along around the time of its release.