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Kate Rusby & Kathryn Roberts [Import]

Kate Rusby, Kathryn RobertsAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (April 20, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: April 20, 1999
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Compass Records
  • ASIN: B00000IISD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #185,136 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Recruited Collier
2. Ned On The Hill
3. The Lorry Ride
4. The Queen And The Soldier
5. Courting Is A Pleasure
6. The Constant Lovers
7. Dark Eyed Sailor
8. Hunting The Hare
9. Plains Of Waterloo
10. Exile

Editorial Reviews

Originally released in the U.K. in 1995, this album captures the duo just after they'd won the prestigious Young Tradition folk award. They bring a freshness and fire to the mostly traditional, familiar songs, which is no mean feat, Roberts's sweetness tempering Rusby's roughness well. It's Kate Rusby who emerges as the more distinctive voice here. Her version of "Recruited Collier" is a joy, and, both solo and with the Poozies, her star continues to rise, while Roberts has settled for less. The knowledge of what's happened since doesn't lessen the enjoyment of this record, however. If anything, this glimpse into the past shows two people laying a solid foundation for the future, and when you consider they were only 20, it's a remarkable achievement of youth. --Chris Nickson

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not so silly sisters December 4, 2000
Format:Audio CD
First, let me admit: I came to this record after hearing Ms Rusby on the radio recently, ordered several CDs, and this one arrived first, so I can't compare it to other records by either artist. It's been a great surprise. One of my favorite 'folk revival' records of all time is Maddy Prior and June Tabor's "Silly Sisters" and fans of that record should buy this without hesitation. Now, this is not quite in the rarified terriory of June & Maddy, but it is very good.
Both Ms Rusby and Ms Roberts have fine voices, but Rusby's is often quite thrilling and is the real star here. The unfussy, simple arrangements serve their oft-heard material well.
Ms Rusby sounds particular luminous on "Recruited Collier" & "Dark Eyed Sailor". I am also partial to Ms Roberts version of "Plains of Waterloo" -- this doesn't quite match the specatularly mournful June Tabor version (on her "Airs and Graces") but she does nicely capture the heartache in this ballad, one of my favorite "my lover went to war and now he's dead" ballads.
If I have a complaint it is that there is quite enough variety of mood here -- but that's a small problem with stuff this lovely.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kate Rusby & Kathryn Roberts sound like magic November 12, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I have to admit I'm not the biggest fan of female vocalists, nor am I a Celtic music buff. However I've never heard two women sing together like these two. It's a sound that caresses and squeezes your heart all at the same time... The sound makes me feel like I want to cry from the saddest and most warm embrace.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In my CD player at least once a week ... October 26, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This CD has given me so much pleasure. Simple accoustic arrangements, two lovely voices singing poignant solos and exquiste harmonies. Kathryn Roberts' soulful lead in "Ned On The Hill" is one of many highlights, but the version of "The Queen and The Soldier" is the crown jewel of the set, carrying great emotional impact. Still, it seems unfair to single out one or two tracks when every one is memorable.
It's all sung and played in a way that seems inevitable and natural as the weather -- nothing calling attention to itself, with the simple, spare parts creating a marvelous whole.
Not just another English folkie CD, but an investment for your soul.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars beautiful harmonies and lyrics October 1, 1999
Format:Audio CD
This a beautifully sung and produced album with some traditional celtic tunes and several that are more contemporary. The version of The Queen and the Soldier is amazing.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tears in my eyes. July 24, 2005
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Forgive my cliche. I love Kate Rusby and figured I would check out this duet CD. Wow. These songs are simple and pure. You can only get away with such minimal instrumental accompaniment if you have the voices to fill the whole landscape. These ladies have it. Roberts adds a rich and intensely beautiful counterpart to Rusby's magical voice. Together --- I just get tears in my eyes. I put this CD on, lie on the floor, spread my arms out, close my eyes, and let my imagination go. I love all my Rusby CDs, but this is my most favorite of favorites.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful December 6, 2000
By Ashareh
Format:Audio CD
The song that made me buy this CD was "The Queen and the Soldier," a Suzanne Vega story/ballad that gave me shivers and teary eyes when I first listened to it. I was very pleasantly surprised to discover that the rest of the CD is also great, full of evocative traditional British folk songs. Each song tells a story, and Kate Rusby and Kathryn Roberts combine their talents beautifully in songs accompanied by the pure sounds of piano and violin, or modernized by the clarinet and soprano saxophone.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love This CD; I love these voices! August 9, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I bought this CD a year ago, and I am continually entranced with the voice quality of these two singers. "Ned on the Hill" is so beautiful, it stands equal in my view to Jean Redpath's version, which first aquainted me with the song. "The Lorry Ride" is one of the most haunting songs I have ever heard. I can feel the lonely woman's anguish, as she waits to see if her man will return from his harsh work on the plantation, or if se will find only a body when the lorry returns him to her. I would rate this as one of my all time faves in Celtic music.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful cd April 4, 2000
Format:Audio CD
What a wonderful cd! Every song is great, but my favorite has to be "the queen and the soldier" The lyrics to that song express so much anguish and sorrow that it makes me shiver everytime I listen to it. Both ladies voices are beautiful and I hope that we see another albumn by these together real soon.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent album
A oldish recording with some raw edges, but great songs from two of today's premier folk artists. This album should be on full release in the UK.
Published 16 months ago by david guest
4.0 out of 5 stars A folk-revival album to be treasured
I got this as the third CD I had bought (after Hourglass and Sleepless) featuring Rusby. Some of my favorites include The Lorry Ride and The Queen and the Soldier. Read more
Published on July 22, 2008 by Christopher R. Travers
5.0 out of 5 stars Kate Rusby & Kathryn Roberts
A beautiful album to listen to - these girls manage to present traditional British folk music with a contemporary feel, with heavenly, husky voices and style of singing that makes... Read more
Published on March 18, 2008 by EA Stanway
4.0 out of 5 stars fine old wine in new bottles
Great voices, great melodies, beautiful sung if with if somewhat ponderous and predicatbel arrangements. But what gems. "Exile",so poignant. "The Queen and the Soldier", haunting. Read more
Published on February 19, 2008 by Paul Hemphill
5.0 out of 5 stars gives you goosebumps!!
I purchased this CD about a month ago, along with several of Kate Rusby's other albums, and have been really impressed. Read more
Published on November 8, 2005 by Carolyne
2.0 out of 5 stars Precious and sleep-inducing
Let me preface this by saying that I LOVE Kate Rusby's voice and solo recordings. But boy oh boy, this one puts me to sleep. Read more
Published on February 18, 2005 by Lawyer Man
5.0 out of 5 stars For those with *distinguished* musical taste
I first purchased Kate Rusby's "Under the Stars" CD and loved it then I found this CD that displays the thoughtful talent of these two ladies. Read more
Published on July 22, 2004 by Tinkler
5.0 out of 5 stars Real music
The two ladies present a lovely group of songs, sung in breathtakingly beautiful voices. This is the music of the Scots' parlor, mainly voice and piano, easy to listen to but far... Read more
Published on January 2, 2001 by "really-siobhan"
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