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Songs of Love and Parting Import

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2008 release. Originally released in 1981, Songs of Love And Parting' was Robin's first solo album after the amicable demise of the Merry Band. All songs were written by Robin (with a few traditional tunes thrown in for good measure!) and are now regarded by many as his finest compositions. Around the same time, Robin released a cassette of songs and poetry titled Selected Writings which was only ever sold at concerts.

1. Verses in Stewart Street
2. For Mr Thomas
3. Fare Thee Well Sweet Mally
4. Return No More
5. Tarry Wool
6. For Three of Us
7. Sigil
8. Flower of the Briar
9. The Forming of Blodeuwedd
10. Gwydion's Dream
11. Verses at Balwearie Tower
12. A Night at Ardpatrick
13. The Parting Glass
14. Song of Mahon
15. The Fair
16. The Fair Dance
17. Edinburgh
18. Lammas

Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 1, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: BGO Records
  • ASIN: B001EDKXTA
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,988 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Craig Brandon on October 5, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Is there anything more frustrating than being a Robin Williamson fan?

At his best he is a lyrical, magical poet seeming to overflow with creativity. At his worst he is a screeching, howling madman producing music that is truly unlistenable.

For the newcomer, this collection contains some of his best work and many of my favorites. The "Songs of Love and Parting" LP was worn out on my turntable when it first came out. From the nostalgic romance of "Verses in Stewart Street" to the truly magical Celtic mystery of "Flower of the Briar" and the unusually slow and pensive "Parting Glass."

If you have never heard of Williamson, this is where to start. If you are an old friend, it's great to have this music back on CD.

The special bonus here is his poetry set to music that was originally available only on cassette at his concerts and was later available as part of a different CD compliation.

This includes one of the most haunting bits of Celticism ever produced, the "Song of Mabon," which always sounded to me like an ancient Druidic rite that had been captured thousands of years ago and somehow channeled by Robin.

Robin has many personnas and is full of contradictions. He is a Celtic bard, but also a Scientologist! He has a stunningly lyrical voice that he can suddenly shatter into passionate dissonance. He is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist. He is a wonderful poet who isn't above writing a bit of doggeral now and then.

My wife hates his voice and runs from the room when I put him on, as do many of my friends. So I put on the headphones or enjoy this music alone in my car. If you have any love of Celticism, poetry or folk music, this is the CD to try. If you hate it, you can always sell it on Ebay.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Paul Del Vecchio on February 11, 2001
Format: Audio Cassette
This collection, "Songs of Love and Parting", together with "A Glint at the Kindling", represent the best outpouring of a remarkable artist, who is also unfortunately remarkably inconsistent.
When Robin hits his mark as he does in these two albums, he pulls forth from guts and sinew a richness of imagery and transendence that inspires awe at the very bone.
This album,"Songs of Love and Parting", is the tree in leaf, as "Glint" is the tree in flame. Together they reveal a man who is more than artist, whose connection to the past and his reverence of the miracle of our lives seem to scream from him perhaps unbidden from some wellspring or resource, "a burden and a turn", horrible and compelling, that will not be denied.
"Where wild geese cry accross the sky like voices on the air; and the midnight dark is in her eyes and the night is on her hair."
If you have perhaps happened upon some of his less remarkable works, I suggest you visit Robin again with these two works.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Arbor on July 13, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This album has been a favorite since I found it in my university's library on LP. The sounds are very touching to the soul. It reminds me of the feeling you get after a long journey through the mountains, or the feeling of losing a dear friend and the being reunited again in the future. The songs have great lyrics and composure. I also own Myrrh by Robin but to me this album is much better.
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By England on December 1, 2011
Format: Audio CD
I used to have this on phonographic record. I loaned it to someone and never got it back. I was happy to be able to find it on CD.
I think the other reviewers have summed up the music well. Robin's writing and storytelling are among the best around. If you ever get to see him live, you will get to really experience him at his best.
My favorite song is Fare Thee Well Sweet Mally. "The forming of Blodeuwedd" was created as part of a theatre piece to be used in a scene where Blodeuwedd is created by use of magic (as a bride for her son). As a musical piece it is discomforting to listen too, but it is geniously written and executed - eery, haunting and seemingly realistic. That must have been some Theatre piece!
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This is as near perfect an album as I have heard--each track is wonderful on it's own and each subsequent track builds into something even greater than the sum of it's already impressive parts. The first 13 tracks encompassing the original "Songs of Love and Parting almost serve as a cohesive song cycle, and although the four additional tracks are more on the order of performance pieces they dovetail beautifully with the more traditional tunes. This is an absolute must-have for all fans of folk, Celtic or singer-songwriter music.
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